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A Chance Encounter
Edward Hujsak


I did not know her,
nor had I ever seen her

but her smile,
passing by each other
while running on the beach,
made my day.

©by Edward Hujsak.
Used with the authorís permission.

Edward Hujsak (1925 - 2018) was born in New Hampshire to a Polish farming family. A chemical engineering graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Ed worked on propulsion systems at General Dynamics during development of the Atlas and Centaur rockets. He was propulsion engineer on John Glenn's famous orbital flight and served as chief of preliminary design at General Dynamics Astronautics Division for ten years, accumulating more than a dozen patents in the aerospace field. In addition to his numerous engineering achievements, Ed was a writer, artist, sculptor, and builder of furniture and musical instruments. In his spare time, Ed made more than 2000 wooden birds, dogs, and race cars for the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, which distributes them to sick and needy children.



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Such a simple, eloquent truth!
Posted 09/26/2016 08:52 AM
Who could no love a rocket engineer turned writer? Perfect expression of the fleeting moment.
Posted 09/22/2016 02:36 PM
Janet Leahy:
A moment in time, captured in a poem.
Posted 09/22/2016 05:32 AM
nice little poem, Ed, nice moment to remember.
Posted 09/22/2016 03:37 AM
I just love it. A small thing can really make a diffe ence. Very well expressed.
Posted 09/22/2016 03:30 AM
60 years ago and i still remember it! A lovely wee poem.
Posted 09/22/2016 02:15 AM
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