Archive for Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Missile would be missed

Sometimes we just don’t appreciate what we have until someone else wants to take it away.

September 20, 2011


Local residents may not be that attached to the Polaris missile in Lawrence’s Centennial Park, but if the Kansas Cosmosphere wants the missile, it suddenly could become a much more important part of the city’s landscape.

City commissioners are scheduled to officially accept a letter tonight from the Cosmosphere seeking to obtain the missile for a new rocket and aircraft park in Hutchinson. Really? Who knew the Lawrence rocket was an important artifact that someone else would want?

At least initially, city officials seemed cool to the idea of giving up the submarine-launched rocket that was donated by the Lawrence Navy League in 1964 as a tribute to members of the U.S. military who served during the Cold War. In fact, City Manager David Corliss said the city probably would do some research on the missile to make sure its story is being adequately told.

Local residents may owe the Cosmosphere a debt of thanks for raising the city’s awareness of the missile and the reason for its donation. It’s not exactly Lawrence’s most prominent landmark, but it could have an important story to tell.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

I'm out there regularly. I wouldn't miss it if it left.

Duane Nevins 5 years ago

I served onboard the Fleet Ballistic Missle nuclear powered submarine the USS Thomas Jefferson SSB(N) 618 from 1967 until 1970. We had 16 of these Polaris missles on our submarine and I for one think that it is most fitting to keep this one in Lawrence "as a tribute to members of the U.S. military who served during the Cold War." I guess it means more to some of us than it does to others.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

I guess it does serve as a reminder of the decades of collective insanity otherwise known as the cold war. Too bad we merely replaced that form of insanity with a new one.

jaywalker 5 years ago

Ditto. And thank you for your service, cellist.

gl0ck0wn3r 5 years ago

bozo always finds a way to bring a special level of hyperbolic jerkishness to any thread. Congratulations.

Mark Jakubauskas 5 years ago

Oh, initially my reaction was, keep it in lawrence, but in thinking about it, why ? The Polaris missile has no connection to lawrence, historically or economically; fundamentally, it's a trinket that happened to end up here, that most people don't know why not put it in context with other missiles and rockets ? No economic or historical loss to Lawrence, or great gain to Hutchinson.
Kinda like keeping that ridiculous stuffed horse at the Natural History Museum - it really ought to be sent up the river to Fort Riley, which would be a better place for it.

Duane Nevins 5 years ago

You are missing the point here. In the article it states about the missile, "...that was donated by the Lawrence Navy League in 1964 as a tribute to members of the U.S. military who served during the Cold War." It is a symbol which honors the service of military personnel who served during the Cold War era and represents the fact that we who served onboard the submarines which carried these Polaris missiles accomplished our primary mission which was a deterrent to nuclear war. No nuclear weapons were ever fired. To my way of thinking that was a good thing.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

Shouldn't we have a comparable Soviet missile displayed there, as well? After all, their missiles served precisely the same purpose-- deterrence.

Duane Nevins 5 years ago

Yes, we should have a comparable Soviet missile displayed there as well. How could I have missed the point of this article. We should measure the size of both phalic symbols and see who's is the biggest. That's exactly what this article is about. I see you did a great job in choosing your name, bozo.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

We're all bozos on this bus, my fellow bozo. Welcome aboard.

jaywalker 5 years ago

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Mark Jakubauskas 5 years ago

Does the Lawrence Navy League still even exist ?

Noweigh 5 years ago

"that was donated by the Lawrence Navy League in 1964 as a tribute to members of the U.S. military who served during the Cold War."

Of course the Cold War seems senseless now, but like cellispilot said, "it was a good thing" firings, no war. To consider turning our back on the donation, the donor group and the spriit in which it was given by moving it seems incomprehensible.

Duane Nevins 5 years ago

Those are excellent points you have made.

boxers_or_briefs 5 years ago

Hey city commisioners. Is that a rocket in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

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