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Hempstead, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Statue of astronaut Sally Ride - the first American woman in space - has unveiling and dedication ceremony at the new Sally Ride Circle in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.

Astronaut Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 23, 2022

Honoring America’s first woman in space

“About time! Love it” – Ellen Thomas Ehmer, former Gruman worker

Though it was near high noon on a hot day – not my favorite for capturing outdoor photos – I thoroughly enjoyed the dedication ceremony for the Sally Ride statue in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum on June 17th.

my Photo Gallery – Sally Ride statue dedication ceremony (Plus, click each photo below to see larger one.)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Officials (on left) and students (on right) who won essay contest on Sally Ride pull ropes to uncover statue of Sally Ride during dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

The inspiring seven-foot bronze statue, titled “The First American Woman in Space,” powerfully commands the new Sally Ride Circle.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Andy Parton, President of CAM, speaks at podium in front of covered statue of astronaut Sally Ride during dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

VIDEO: Andy Parton & Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips (Read much of Phillips’ speech near end of this post): 
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Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Four middle and high school winners of an essay contest about Sally Ride pose in front of statue of Sally Ride during dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Sally Ride statue – CAM

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Filmmaker Steven C. Barber, the Project Manager of the statue of Sally Ride, speaks during in its dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

The Project Manager of the “The First American Woman in Space” statue is Steven Barber, a documentary filmmaker. (see above photo)

As Andy Parton, President of Cradle of Aviation Museum, said while thanking those who helped make the statue possible:

“….And, finally, a huge vote of thanks to the man who had the vision and passion to make this project work – Mr. Steve Barber….”


Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. George Lundeen, of Lundeen Sculpture, is one of three sculptors of astronaut Sally Ride statue. They all attended its dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island. (© 2022 Ann Parry)

Project Manager Steven Barber introduced the 3 sculptors of Sally Ride statue – GEORGE LUNDEEN, MARK LUNDEEN, and JOEY BAINER (see above photo):

“I want to introduce, in my humble option – and they get a little embarrassed when I say this, but it is true:

These are not just the greatest sculptures in America, these are the greatest sculptures in the world, for many reasons,
the Family Lundeen, George and Mark,
who have believed in me, which is hard to do sometimes,

So anyway, their unwavering spirit has been amazing for me.

So everybody, put your hands together for George and Mark Lundeen, and master sculptor Joey Bainer, behind the tree hiding, Joey is the heir apparent….”

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Alexandria Leggitt, who’s working with Barber trying to build ‘Hidden Figures’ monument, poses by the statue of Sally Ride during its dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Project Manager Steven Barber also introduced ALEXANDRIA LEGGITT (see above photo):

“….And I do want to also mention we have a great IBM’er, an executive from IBM here, Alexandria Leggit, who has been tireless in the last 2 years.
She has been working with me trying to build the ‘Hidden Figures’ monument.

“So we want to start moving into diversity, which obviously Sally Ride is…”

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. Julia Lauria-Blum, the Curator of the Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII Exhibit at American Air Power Museum, poses at statue of astronaut Sally Ride during dedication ceremony at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

JULIA LAURIA-BLUM is another of the many accomplished women who attended the Sally Ride statue dedication ceremony. (see above photo)

Now one of the curators at the American Airpower Museum, previously Lauria-Blum was a Curatorial Assistant at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for 14 years. 

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2022. At far left, Elaine Phillips, the Nassau County Comptroller – and CAM Board of Directors: Vice-Chair Anne Shybunko-Moore, and trustees Peter Stearn, Teresa Ferraro, Dr. Kishore Kuncham, and Mike Stromer – attend dedication for statue of Sally Ride at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com )

Plaque inscription on statue pedestal:

SALLY RIDE
First American Woman in Space

Commissioned by
Matson Family Foundation
Peter Diamandis: on behalf of the XPRIZE Foundation
Maria Shriver

Project Manager: Steven C. Barber

Sculptors: Joey Bainer Joey Bainer George Lundeen

Dedicated June 17, 2022

Cradle of Aviation


FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post) – Garden City, N.Y., U.S. June 17, 2022. Statue of astronaut Sally Ride – the first American woman in space – has unveiling and dedication ceremony at the circle in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


Sally Ride Statue at CAM: my PHOTO GALLERY

CAM site:  Cradle of Aviation Museum

Sculptors:  Lundeen Sculpture@lundeensculpture

Steven C. Barber: @StevenWhartonBarber

Space.com article: space.com/astronaut-sally-ride-statue-cradle-aviation

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Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips’ speech:
  (video of speech is near start of post)

“…So you’re probably wondering why the Comptroller of Nassau County is standing here talking to you ….

But, when I was elected this past November,
I was the first woman to be elected as the Nassau County Comptroller,
thank you, thank you, yes, and I won’t be the last

And when we actually had our inauguration ceremony here at the Cradle of Aviation,
and beforehand, I was thinking,
What do I say?

You know, I’ve been in politics for X amount of years,
I’ve been in the financial service industry for 35 years,
nobody wants to hear that

And I thought about this museum,
and I thought about women who have made first in science

And Sally Ride came to my mind,
and that day I looked at the young women in the audience
and said:

How do you become the first woman,
or the second, or the fifth, or the one-hundredth?
but how do you get ahead in life?

And the answer, one of the answers, is hard work, obviously
but it is also saying Yes when opportunity presents itself

and I will tell you, there are many times
in many of my jobs, careers in the past
Was I fully fully prepared to do the job?
the answer is No
but I said Yes

And you think about it,
Sally Ride, she didn’t grow up thinking she was going to be an astronaut, the first American woman in space

An opportunity came about,
And she applied, out of thousands and thousands of women and men

So, to the young women out in the audience,
When an opportunity comes, it’s OUR responsibility to say YES….”


2015 PHOTO: Below, see the metal sculpture (at left) previously in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum:

Hempstead, NY, U.S. June 17, 2022. Sally Ride statue unveiled at Cradle of Aviation Museum (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Garden City, N.Y., USA. December 12, 2015. Metal rocket sculpture appears to soar into sky in circle in front of Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com )

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. May 4, 2022. Shirleen Allicot, a 2004 graduate of Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and current Eyewitness News anchor, speaks at the opening ceremony of the WABC Long Island Bureau at LHSC.

‘Eyewitness News’ opens Long Island Bureau at Hofstra

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 14, 2022

WABC-TV  ABC 7 & Lawrence Herbert School of Communication launch L.I. partnership

“Nothing spoils a good story like the arrival of an eyewitness.”  – Mark Twain (1835-1910)

VIDEO 1 – Dr. Susan Poser tells why it was a no-brainer to green light project to have WABC’s Long Island Bureau at Hofstra:

With great anticipation and my Nikon Z9, I drove to the Grand Opening ceremony of the Eyewitness News Long Island Bureau at Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication on May 4th.

Thanks to the prediction of a storm, which never arrived, the event was held at  Studio A, rather than outside LHSC.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. WABC-TV / ABC 7 opens its Long Island Bureau inside the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. JAMES JACOBS watches his wife take photos of Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, with new Eyewitness News Long Island Bureau sign, and ABC7 van, at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry)

Eyewitness News reporter CHANTEE LANS will be stationed full-time at the Long Island Bureau, and ABC7 vans have their own parking spaces next to the LHSC building.

This is MAJOR for several reasons, including:

It will give Lans a solid chance to become familiar with, and gain insight about, Long Island, its people and events.

It will give Hofstra communication students an ongoing chance to see, and develop a working relationship with, a professional cover news….

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. MARK LUKASIEWICZ, Dean of Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, speaks during opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra University. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. MARK LUKASIEWICZ, Dean of Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, speaks during opening ceremony of WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

“The world needs good journalists right now, and I believe that’s what this is about.” – Dean Mark Lukasiewicz (May 4, 2022)

The hosts of the event were DR. SUSAN POSER, Hofstra’s president; and Dean MARK LUKASIEWICZ of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.

Creating an Eyewitness News Long Island Bureau at Hofstra began in 2018, the year Lukasiewicz became Dean at Hofstra. During his long and distinguished career in journalism, he worked at ABC for 11 years.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. CHAD MATTHEWS, president of ABC-owned television stations, speaks at the opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. CHAD MATTHEWS, president of ABC-owned television stations, speaks at opening ceremony of WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Guests included CHAD MATTHEWS, the new president of ABC Owned Television Stations; DONALD SCHAEFFER, Chair of the Hofstra Board of Trustees; ABC anchor BILL RITTER, who emceed the ceremony, SHIRLEEN ALLICOT, a graduate of LHSC and current Eyewitness News anchor; Hofstra LHSC students; Hofstra staff and alums; community leaders and officials.

The long-standing mutual respect between Chad Matthews and Dean Lukasiewicz was evident during each of their speeches, and Matthews mentioned he was happy the abc7 Long Island Bureau at Hofstra opened before he named a new General Manager of WABC New York.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. BILL RITTER, anchor of Eyewitness News, emcees the opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra University. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. BILL RITTER, Eyewitness News anchor, emcees the opening ceremony of WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Eyewitness News anchor BILL RITTER emceed the event.

He’s known Chad Matthews and Dean Mark Lukasiewicz for decades, and I enjoyed the heartwarming, funny anecdotes he shared about each.

Ritter narrated the ceremonial unveiling of the Eyewitness News sign as we watched it on the large screen on stage.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. Front L-R, KRISTIN THORNE, WABC investigative reporter; reporter; DANIEL GALL, LHSC student; LHSC student, watch opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. Front L-R, KRISTIN THORNE, WABC investigative reporter; WABC reporter; DANIEL GALL, LHSC student; LHSC student, watch unveiling of Eyewitness News sign during opening ceremony of WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry)

Outside the entrance of the LHSC building, two communications students braved the sunshine, as Ritter put it, to remove the blue cloth covering the sign at the entrance of the Communications building:

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. Eyewitness News anchor BILL RITTER watches screen as blue cover falls to reveal new Eyewitness News 7 Long Island Bureau sign on facade of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication building at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. Eyewitness News anchor BILL RITTER watches screen as blue cover falls to reveal new Eyewitness News 7 Long Island Bureau sign on facade of Lawrence Herbert School of Communication building at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry)

Councilwoman DOROTHY GOOSBY, Legislator TOM MCKEVITT, Councilman ANTHONY D’ESPOSITO, and Nassau County Executive BRUCE BLAKEMAN were among those attending not just because of their offices but because they were former Hofstra students.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. L-R, MARK LUKASIEWICZ, Dean of Lawrence Herbert School; official; ANTHONY D’ESPOSITO, Town of Hempstead councilman; DOROTHY GOOSBY, Town of Hempstead councilwoman; CHANTEE LANS, Eyewitness News' L.I. Bureau reporter; SUSAN POSER, Hofstra president; BRUCE BLAKEMAN, Nassau County Executive; official, and TOM MCKEVITT, Nassau County legislator, pose for photo at opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. L-R, MARK LUKASIEWICZ, Dean of Lawrence Herbert School; official; ANTHONY D’ESPOSITO, Town of Hempstead councilman; DOROTHY GOOSBY, Town of Hempstead councilwoman; CHANTEE LANS, Eyewitness News’ L.I. Bureau reporter; SUSAN POSER, Hofstra president; BRUCE BLAKEMAN, Nassau County Executive; official, and TOM MCKEVITT, Nassau County legislator, pose for photo at opening ceremony of WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com

And the Mark Twain quote at the top –  “Nothing spoils a good story like the arrival of an eyewitness” – alludes to a third reason why this Hofstra alum finds it major that Eyewitness News will have a reporter stationed full-time at the Long Island Bureau:

Covering news as an eyewitness makes it more likely the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth of the story will be shared.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. DOROTHY GOOSBY, Town of Hempstead Senior Councilwoman, District 1, speaks at the opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra University. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. DOROTHY L. GOOSBY, Town of Hempstead Senior Councilwoman, District 1, speaks at opening ceremony of WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

ABC7NY + Hofstra

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. At right, SUSAN POSER, Hofstra President, speaks with, at center in light jacket, JEFF ABRAMS and family, during WABC-TV / ABC 7 opening ceremony for its Long Island Bureau inside the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. At right, SUSAN POSER, Hofstra President, speaks with, at center in light jacket, JEFF ABRAMS and family, during WABC-TV / ABC 7 opening ceremony for its Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry)

ABC7NY + Hofstra

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. BRUCE BLAKEMAN, Nassau County Executive, speaks at the opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra University. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. BRUCE BLAKEMAN, Nassau County Executive, speaks at opening ceremony of WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

ABC7NY + Hofstra

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. ANTHONY D’ESPOSITO, Town of Hempstead councilman, speaks at the opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. ANTHONY D’ESPOSITO, Town of Hempstead councilman, speaks at the opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

ABC7NY + Hofstra

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. Front L-R, CHARMISE WOODSIDE-DESIRE, Hofstra's Assistant Director for Alumni Affairs, and SARA HENDRICKS, WRHU radio station's professional-in-residence, chat during ceremony when WABC-TV / ABC 7 opens its Long Island Bureau at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. Front L-R, CHARMISE WOODSIDE-DESIRE, Hofstra’s Assistant Director for Alumni Affairs, and SARA HENDRICKS, WRHU radio station’s professional-in-residence, chat during ceremony when WABC-TV / ABC 7 opens its Long Island Bureau at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

ABC7NY + Hofstra

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. L-R, MARK LUKASIEWICZ, Dean of Lawrence Herbert School; ANTHONY D’ESPOSITO, Town of Hempstead Councilman; CHAD MATTHEWS, President of ABC-owned television stations; SUSAN POSER, Hofstra President; DOROTHY GOOSBY, Town of Hempstead Senior Councilwoman; DONALD SCHAEFFER, Chair of Hofstra Board of Trustees, and TOM MCKEVITT, Nassau County legislator, pose for photo at the opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. L-R, MARK LUKASIEWICZ, Dean of Lawrence Herbert School; ANTHONY D’ESPOSITO, Town of Hempstead councilman; CHAD MATTHEWS, president of ABC-owned television stations; SUSAN POSER, Hofstra president; DOROTHY GOOSBY, Town of Hempstead councilwoman; DONALD SCHAEFFER, Chair of Hofstra Board of Trustees; and TOM MCKEVITT, Nassau County legislator, pose for photo at opening ceremony of WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

ABC7NY + Hofstra

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. SEDGWICK EASLEY, Executive Asst./Publicity Director to Village of Hempstead Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, speaks at the ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. SEDGWICK EASLEY, Executive Asst./Publicity Director to Village of Hempstead Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, speaks at the ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

ABC7NY + Hofstra

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. Far left, guest talks with (seen from back) WABC reporter KRISTIN THORNE and president of ABC-owned television stations CHAD MATTHEWS, and at front right table LHSC students chat, at Studio A at Lawrence Herbert School of Communication during opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. May 4, 2022. Far left, guest talks with (seen from back) WABC reporter KRISTIN THORNE and president of ABC-owned television stations CHAD MATTHEWS, and at front right table are LHSC students, at Studio A at Lawrence Herbert School of Communication during opening ceremony of the WABC-TV Long Island Bureau at Hofstra. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post) – Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. May 4, 2022. SHIRLEEN ALLICOT, a 2004 graduate of Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and current Eyewitness News anchor, speaks at the opening ceremony of the WABC Long Island Bureau at LHSC. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


VIDEO 2 – After heartfelt, funny intro from ABC anchor BILL RITTER, Dean MARK LUKASIEWICZ says what the world needs right now:


ABC 7 Opens L.I. Bureau at Hofstra:  my PHOTO GALLERY

LI Advocate: Eyewitness News sets up shop at Hofstra’s Herbert School  [Megan Naftali, May 5, 2022]

Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

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