Oops, looks like Ken Johnston's latest official biography (below) forgets that he was ever “head of the Apollo photo lab," as Hoagland and his
attack gerbil Mikey Bara claimed. And the second edition of Dork Mission quietly dropped all references to Johnston's claims of being a jet fighter
pilot. What happened? At least he's STILL "Dr." Johnston -- but he no longer claims a PhD. Better get the re-rewrites ready for the NEXT edition!!
How many of these claims, below, will turn out to be equally imaginary?
May 27, 2009
OMA Alumni Association Announces Recipients of Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2009.
The recipients will be honored during the annual Oklahoma Military Academy Reunion on June 5-6 at Rogers State University in Claremore.
The Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Awards represent the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an alumnus of the Oklahoma Military Academy.
Currently, more than 1,200 alumni remain active with the OMA Alumni Association.
This year, nearly 250 OMA alumni, spouses and guests will return to RSU’s “College Hill” to attend a variety of reunion activities including the
Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony on June 6.
Inducted into the OMA Hall of Fame will be Hugh Miller of West Chester, Penn.
This year’s OMA Distinguished Alumni are Tom Anderson of Olympia, Wash., who also is serving as the reunion adjutant; Dr. William Daugherty of
Savannah, Ga.; and Dr. Ralph Kennedy (Ken) Johnston of Belen, N.M.
“We are pleased to present the Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Awards to these men who have brought honor to the Oklahoma Military Academy
through their many years of dedicated service to their communities and country,” said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice.
Dr. Ralph Kennedy (Ken) Johnston, Distinguished Alumnus
Ken Johnston was described in a 1989 San Angelo, Texas, newspaper article as an “Earth-bound space pioneer,” an apt description considering his
resume, which includes groundbreaking work training the Apollo Astronauts in 0-G (weightless environment) and vacuum chambers. He helped train the
first crews to land on the moon how to fly the Lunar Module spacecraft. Johnston joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962 and served during the Vietnam
War. He began a 17-year career with NASA in 1966 as a test pilot with the Apollo Program and later on the Space Shuttle. Subsequently he worked at
Boeing for 14 years on the Peace Keeper (MX Missile) launch systems and as a flight instructor on Boeing 737 aircraft. Ken received his Doctorate of
Divinity in 1985, and became an ordained minister. Earlier he earned multiple undergraduate degrees including a B.S. in aerospace engineering. He is
currently a NASA volunteer, promoting the accomplishments and missions of our Space Program as a Solar System Ambassador.