SP-4011 Skylab: A Chronology


[459] The Authors


Courtney G. Brooks was a Research Associate in the History Department of the University of Houston from 1969 to 1974. In that capacity he coauthored the NASA sponsored history of the development of the Apollo spacecraft, now in final revision. Born in Savannah, Georgia (1939), he received his B.A. degree from Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama (1964), and his M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1969) degrees in history from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Ivan D. Ertel has been a contract historian to NASA's History Office since November 1972. He retired from NASA's Johnson Space Center in June 1972 after serving as the Center's Assistant Historian since September 1964. Born in Marion, New York (1914), he received his B.B.A. degree from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia (1958). He was news editor of Atlanta's Suburban Reporter, East Point, Georgia, and the Decatur De Kalb News, Decatur, Georgia (1954 1957). Before coming to NASA in 1961, he was Press Officer at Headquarters, Third U.S. Army. Ertel established the Manned Spacecraft Center's official news organ, Space News Roundup, authored fact sheets and brochures about each Mercury and Gemini manned flight, and is coauthor of The Apollo Spacecraft: A Chronology, Volume I (1969), Volume III (1976), and Volume IV (in press).


Roland W. Newkirk, an army retiree, was born in Palenville, New York (1915). Following retirement from the army and before joining NASA at the Johnson Space Center in 1965, Newkirk received his B.A. in history at the College of the Ozarks (1963) and his M.A. at the University of Arkansas (1965). He has also done graduate work in political science (public administration) at the University of Houston (1966 1970). Newkirk left the NASA Johnson Space Center in June 1973. He then served as a NASA contract historian for a short period. He authored Skylab: Preliminary Chronology, NASA HHN 130, May 1973, and is coauthor of The Apollo Spacecraft: A Chronology, Volume IV (in press).