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Rocket Man Robert Goddard Honored With Film

CONTACT:
Robert Newton
The MassBay Film Project & Festival
(508) 363-2424 [phone] • (508) 363-4747 [fax]
e-mail: RobertNewton@MassBayFilmProject.org
website: www.MassBayFilmProject.org

[Worcester, Mass., September 21, 2004] — At 7:30pm on Thursday, October 14th, the public is invited to a benefit screening at Worcester’s Bijou Community Cinema of some exceptional films to celebrate Worcester’s own Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard and his dream of space exploration. Goddard, internationally recognized as the “Father of the Space Age”, is the subject of the film "Rocket Men: Robert Goddard and the Adventure of Space Exploration”. Also showing is a short historic film that presents Goddard's own private records of his early launches, and a special animated treat to round out the show.

To add to the recognition of the “Goddard Centennial”, the GMA has invited several classrooms of Worcester Public School students to view “Rocket Men: Robert Goddard and the Adventure of Space Exploration”, at the Razzo Theater Clark University’s Traina Center on Tuesday, October 12th. The GMA is pleased to aid the Worcester Public Schools in recognition of this historic Goddard/WPS milestone.

Tickets are be available in advance at the Tatnuck Bookseller (on Chandler Street), the Bijou box office, or online at www.goddardmemorial.org. Tickets purchased in advance are $10.00. Tickets purchased at the door are $15.00. Doors open at 6pm for appetizers, the restaurant will be open for pre-show dining, and films begin at 7:30pm. 100% of ticket sales of this event will benefit the Goddard Memorial.

The non-profit Goddard Memorial Association (www.GoddardMemorial.org) is committed to building a permanent memorial to Worcester native and Father of the Space Age, Robert Hutchings Goddard. The site, located at the corner of Apricot Street and Goddard Memorial Drive in Worcester, MA, will have as its focal point an eight-paneled monument that will present highlights of Goddard's life and explain his pioneering accomplishments.