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Jamarr "Blue" Blue Works Wonders With Brooms and Rods
July 06, 2011
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During the day custodian Jamaar “Blue” Blue works with a broom and dust pan, but on weekends he and his family switch to fishing rods on the bay.

What is most interesting about your role here at Goddard?

Every day I come to work and police the area to make sure that everything is in order. If it is not, then I clean it up. I work in Building 8, all day, every day. I work with a broom and a dust pan.

I work with three other people on a team. We all pull together, look out for each other, and get the job done as one.

Last winter, I got to meet an astronaut. I forgot his name. I heard an astronaut speak in the Building 8 auditorium. After he finished, I went up to him and asked him what made him want to be an astronaut. He told me that is was something he had always wanted to do since he was a kid.

I like working at Goddard because the people are so interesting and nice. Everyone is friendly and kind and shows our team respect.

Photo of JamarrPhoto of Jamarr Blue. Credit: W. Hrybyk

What lessons or words of wisdom would you pass along to somebody just starting their career at Goddard?

I would tell them to get to know the people here because they are nice and some might even help them advance their careers.

Is there something surprising about you, your hobbies, interests, activities outside of work that people do not generally know (like you run ultra marathons or work on a NASCAR pit crew on weekends)?

I love to fish. My father has a 28-foot motor boat. Every weekend, my father, my four-year-old son, my five- and six-year-old nephews, and I all go out fishing together on the Chesapeake Bay. We catch a lot of rockfish and have a great time together.

Is there someplace in the world that you want to visit, or someplace you have been and want to go back?

Last summer, my girlfriend and I went on a one week cruise to the Bahamas. It was the most beautiful scenery that I have ever seen! It was also the most relaxing time of my life. We hope to return next year.

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Elizabeth M. Jarrell
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.