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Number of Pages: 354
Vendor: Capture Books
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.61 X 6.69 X 0.74 (inches)|
Timely Mister B: Living with a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist charms the bejeebers out of the space-age and greatest generation. Like Aesop's fables, a comedy of helped and helper explodes the busy lives of adult children of aging parents. The 2016 Pinnacle Award Winner.
Joseph Byk begins his early schooling in rope-tied-baggy-pants-poverty. He is every teachers' dreaded student. Ending his senior year at Woonsocket High, R.I., however, he begs a high school counselor to help him make up the deficiencies in his missing math education. Why? Because, suddenly, he aspires to design vehicles that defy gravity. Mister B eventually helps design the space shuttle Gemini, the first moon landing gear for Apollo and the beginnings of Google Earth.
Joe Byk's high school counselor helps to enroll him into Auburn University-(Alabama Polytechnic) to hone up on his math deficiency. Graduating from the University of Alabama, Mister B's career begins on the back of a good ol' boy's business card, with a reference to work for Vultee, in Downey, California. There, he helps design basic trainer war planes. When, at the beginning of WWII, he transfers to the Glen Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, he continues to perform stress analysis on space craft throughout the cold war.
"Great story. I was enthralled right to the end," reports Sue Lockwood Summers, author-teacher of: Get Them Thinking Use Media Literacy to Prepare Students for State Assessments. Arm chair philosophers, book clubs and would-be scientists will appreciate Mister B's wry interactions with his in-laws who move into his home to help him after the death of his wife. The ol' man decides to teach these younger caretakers a thing or two: specifically that, his newest design is to live forever.
The reader is carried from tragedy to hilarity as his companions seek to please him with foodie experiments while coaxing Mister B to upgrade his 44 year-old home. Too bad the only non-controversial place to renovate the HUD-styled real estate is in the weedy backyard. If only the younger couple had not promised to save their 97-year-old Polish father from the nursing home A triangle forms as they study, and, tentatively approach one another. The ol' man and his new companions gradually redesign a dry acre into a flowering conversation piece where mushroom collecting and the sources of hydrogen and iron are discussed. Interior design must take a back seat while the scientific engineer challenges them to consider theories of deflection, accuracy, stress variables, and material strengths. With all the delicacy of designing a conical intersection onto a space capsule, the threesome focus on integrating their relationships in 3-D.
Joseph Byk received his PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama. He taught pilots in the air corps with Spartan Company and then worked through WWII and the cold war with Martin Company performing projects for NASA and the Department of Defense. With a shot of respect, Mister B's bygone family ideals confront the independence of a younger generation as he reveals a lifetime of secrets. Mister B's family gains more than a conversationalist. They gain a friend.
For curiosity seekers of the aerospace industry wondering, how did it all start? For students of math and science, for story lovers of the Greatest Generation and World War II, and for family members caring for aging parents... Mister B brings to you a genuine Americana storyline. You can now find Mister B in the Grumpy Old Men section of the library.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Aeronautics Engineer Offers Life ExampleJanuary 26, 2018MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This narrative shares the true story about the authors elderly father-in-law and their life when she and her husband move in with Mr. B. He tells her about world history and wars and his own life and his work on airplanes and spacecraft. Mr. B is an amazing man, still active and able to do so much. The story is told in a captivating fashion, even though much of it seems like ordinary life. The dates are listed like for journal entries, which are written with fiction techniques. It sometimes may be overly detailed and repetitive, but it definitely held my interest and made want to know more about Joe Byk. The book also included photos, but in the ebook they are quite small so its hard to see details. The author shares her struggles and lessons learned and her faith. Its a great example of relating to an older person. I received this from the author through Book Fun Club. All opinions are my own.
JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Life of a Real Rocket ScientistJuly 18, 2017JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! What an amazing, delightful book! Lynn Byk, Mr. B's daughter-in-law, has written a fabulous memoir of a first-class example of a man of the Greatest Generation. We see almost of a century of tremendous mechanical and technological changes through the eyes of - literally - a rocket scientist. The first year of sharing Mr. B's home, his son Paul and daughter-in-law Lynn were gifted with an entirely different experience than anticipated. Each has received a precious treasure.
Paul and Lynn must sell the home they have so lovingly put together. Lynn was forced to give up her dream for that home due to the neighbors and lack of cooperation from the City. They moved in with Paul's father, Joe Byk, who has lived in his home for over 40 years, the last few living alone after the loss of his beloved Maudie. Lynn noticed the effect of many little, cumulative changes from recent months showing a sad trend for Mr. B. He looked so frail, and was taking less care of himself, his home and garden.
Mr. B was less than thrilled to have people move into his home, and didn't want any changes made to the 40+ year old decor, including floor coverings and paint colors. It was challenging for each to accept the parameters, yet it is Lynn who spends the most time with Mr. B. What she and Mr. B learn and share through these circumstances is tremendous, demonstrating yet again what a priceless treasure of wisdom, history, and love can be learned from seniors of any age.
The book is written in journal form, showing just over a year of entries. This reader was invited into it from the beginning. While I understood very little of the math and mechanics that Mr. B shared, they are very short in nature and shown step by step. Lynn also shares brief thoughts from various scripture verses that are meaningful to their situations. While Mr. B does not share her faith, it sounds like he is softening when hearing more about her relationship with Jesus in lieu of having a religion. Overall, I learned about a man who lived some of the "American Dream", the son of immigrants who is brilliant, has been self-motivated to learn more about what he loved to do so he could stay employed in a competitive environment, and has made significant contributions to the history and future of aviation and space programs in the United States. I enjoyed the drawings of what he has worked on, and particularly a photo of Mr. B looking into Lynn's "black box".
This is a journal to read slowly, savor the nuances of the Byk family, American history, and Lynn's spiritual journey. One can appreciate the changes to the garden and the correlation between the garden and the relationship of Mr. B and Lynn. For anyone who has been a caregiver as a profession either inside or outside their family, these memories will resonate. Everyone needs to find their purpose if they are to flourish. Even 98-year-old rocket scientists and a middle-aged couple who have left their home. This is a remarkable book of wisdom garnered from a Greatest Generation gentleman. It is a beautiful memoir, one that honors Mr. B and his family. It is also about a renewed relationship with the Lord that I hope continues to have positive influence on Mr. B. I highly recommend this as a not-to-be-missed memoir.
From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
jbarr5RIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Mister BMay 8, 2017jbarr5RIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mister B: Living with a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist by A.L. Byk
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review
This book starts out with the family moving into their fathers house. Love hearing of the blimps and what they were really all about. Same with Apollo explosion and why although the officials never told you.
The father (father in law), Mister B loves to learn how things works, like a computer so he studies at his local library-walking there as he no longer drives. He doesn't have a computer just wants to learn all about them.
So many other subjects come up. Helium in TX-this guy would do well on Jeopardy. The family is giving it a year to see if they like living with their father before they decide what to do next. They had sold their house but didn't make much money on it as they owed so many people money.
Love the pictures along the way. Book is set up like a diary or journal where it's written in on a daily if not weekly basis. Love time spent where prayer and much thought goes into things they always wondered about.
Living in Woonsocket, RI growing up near cotton mills. Love what they all sacrifice so an old man can remain in his house.
I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.