Kenneth W. Behannon
Organization: American Society of Polar Philatelists
Address: 40000 Cathedral Ave., NW
Apt. 112 B
Washington DC 20016-5277
Biography: I was born January 1, 1934 in Houston, Texas. I lived there until I went away to college in California for one year. I then enlisted in the Navy, and trained as an Aerographer's Mate. I served as a weather observer first at Mustin Field, a Naval Air Station in Philadelphia PA and then aboard the U.S.S. Pillsbury (DER-133). After later becoming attached to Airdevron-6, I served with the weather staff aboard the U.S.S. Wyandot (AKA-92) at McMurdo Sound during Operation Deepfreeze One ('55-'56) while the base and air facility were being constructed there. Following the return home, I was stationed at the Fleet Weather Center in London, England, for 2 1/2 years. After a total of 7 1/2 years in the Navy, I took a discharge and completed my higher education in physics and space science. I then had a 25-year career at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland studying magnetic fields around the Earth and throughout the rest of the Solar System using instruments aboard several Earth-orbiting satellites and then Mariner 10, Helios and Voyagers 1 and 2. I've spent my retirement years pursuing a number of hobbies that include, among others, philately, photography, reading, creative writing, travel and collecting wines, movies and recorded music. I also engaged in distance running including marathons for 40 years. Now at 77 I walk/hike for fun and exercise. In addition to my hobbies and spending time with family and friends, I continue to keep track of what is going on in my former field of work and in the world in general. I look forward to being more in touch with events past and present in Antarctica as an Antarctican.