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RELEASE NO. 98-080

New Stamp to Help Celebrate NASA's 40th Anniversary

Former network newsman and long-time Hampton Roads anchorman Jim Kincaid will help unveil a new set of stamps in honor of NASA's 40th anniversary.

The retired WVEC-TV 13 anchorman will be the keynote speaker at a stamp commemoration ceremony starting at 11 a.m., October 1, in the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. The ceremony will be followed by an employees' picnic.

Kincaid had a long association with NASA and its programs during his 45 year career as a newsman in radio and for CBS and its affiliates, ABC network and WVEC-TV in Hampton Roads. During the Mercury years Kincaid was in St. Louis and often covered McDonnell Douglas and the original seven astronauts.

He says outside of his experience covering the war in Vietnam, the most significant story he covered was the Apollo XI mission. "I was in Mission Control when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. I can't tell you what that was like. It was almost unreal."

After Kincaid's speech, Hampton Postmaster Willard Davenport and Langley Center Director Dr. Jeremiah Creedon are scheduled to unveil a commemorative set of five space discovery stamps. The Langley Exchange shop will sell special commemorative envelopes that employees can have hand-canceled at the event.

To cap off the celebration, with the help of the Langley Federal Credit Union and the Langley Exchange Council, an employee picnic on the Conference Center ground's will offer 40 cent hamburgers and hot dogs also in honor of NASA's anniversary.

Please arrive at the NASA Langley main gate at the end of Commander Shepard Blvd. by 10:45 a.m. Be prepared to show proper identification, so the security guard can issue a restricted pass to the Reid Conference Center.

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