Excerpts from speeches written for Lockheed Martin leaders


Joanne Maguire speech for Space Foundation’s 25th Anniversary

September 2009

When President John F. Kennedy fired the metaphoric starter pistol to launch the Space Race in the early sixties, he defined a clear finish line as he challenged us to reach the moon by the end of the decade. Today, the Space Race continues, but we now realize there is no finish line. We are all running laps around the planet or the solar system. And we need to be the supporters, the motivators, and the pacesetters for one another.

Joanne Maguire speech at Colorado State University

May 17, 2007 (video from C-SPAN)

The contributions that the space business has made – to society, to technology, and to democracy – are incalculable. To illustrate, let me ask you a trivia question:  What do the following items have in common? The fabric used in the huge tents over Denver International Airport... advanced pacemakers that help cardiac patients live active lives... the special paint used on the Statue of Liberty to prevent corrosion... CAT scans that can detect brain cancer while it is still treatable... and thermometers that you can put in your child's ear to get a fast temperature reading? All of these modern conveniences are byproducts of the space program. And there’s so much more yet to discover.


Dennis Little holiday speech

December 12, 2008

This year has had its share of thrilling moments. One of the highlights for me was when our Phoenix Lander spacecraft touched down on the surface of Mars and gave us a better, longer, and more exciting science than we had dreamed possible. Not only did it find evidence of water, it also photographed snow falling from the Martian sky. The mental picture of a White Christmas on the Red Planet so intrigued one of our employees that he was inspired to write a parody of Irving Berlin’s song, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas."  The words go like this:

I’m dreaming of some white crystals, falling when temperatures are low.
For the Phoenix lander, what could be grander than finding H2O and snow?

By teaming, we’ve made flight history, showing to all that we know “How.”
And one word, best sums it up now as the world—in unison—says, “Wow!”

I’m extremely proud of white crystals discovered by a spacecraft that we made.
To find the white stuff, it takes “The Right Stuff,” which Lockheed Martin has in spades.

I’m beaming ’cause some white crystals lavished some frosting on our quest.
Hip hooray for mission success! (Even Boeing… is secretly… impressed!)

Dennis Little speech for Community College of Denver

Feb. 16, 2007

If you were a professional baseball player, you would be considered a superstar if you got a hit once every three times you were up to bat. According to the Baseball Almanac, the highest batting average in history (over three consecutive seasons) was .408, a record set by Ty Cobb almost a century ago. In the space business, on the other hand, we not only have to bat 1.000 year after year, we only get one strike and we’re out.


Evan McCollum speech for President’s Volunteer Service Award presentation

April 24, 2006

When you add up all the volunteer hours that Lockheed Martin employees have worked since January 2002 — just in the last four years — it comes out to 2.3 million hours.  Isn’t it amazing what we can do when we work together?  If a single person, working alone, tried to put in that many hours, he or she would have to work full-time — 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year — for more than 1,000 years.  So, working together in this new millennium, Lockheed Martin employee volunteers have accomplished what one person might have done by working until the next millennium!


Tom Marsh holiday speech

December 2005

It was on December 17, 1903 that the Wright brothers made that first historic flight at Kitty Hawk. Later the same day, Orville Wright sent a telegram to his father that described their incredible achievement. What’s even more incredible is the fact that the message he sent was only 29 words long. The Wright Brothers had just invented the first airplane, and their announcement was shorter than the Pledge of Allegiance! I guess that proves one of two things, either kids have never talked much to their parents, or Western Union didn’t offer “unlimited anytime minutes” back in 1903.