New Book Follows One Man’s Remarkable Quest for Success

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Author Ralph Shapiro looks back on his journey “From NYC Lower East Side To NASA Satellite Operations Manager”

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Ralph Shapiro’s life is a story replete with universal truths on determination and the unwavering human spirit. In his new memoir, he looks back to his many definitive experiences and invites readers to join him as he retraces his storied journey “From NYC Lower East Side To NASA Satellite Operations Manager”.

Shapiro grew up on the Lower East Side of New York City during the Great Depression. Surprisingly, he found those years exciting, highlighted with his time playing sports and games that most people probably never heard of. From his childhood, Shapiro takes readers along his passage to adulthood. Although most of the youth in his community did not prioritize going to college, he dared to be different and decided to pursue his college education.

At twenty years old, Shapiro graduated from the City College of New York and five industrial engineering jobs later he found his place in NASA as operations manager of a series of seven NASA research weather satellites called Nimbus. In his book, he shares an insightful glimpse into all these experiences; all of which paint a striking portrait of the zeitgeist of the era and of a man who dared to find his place in the world. The book includes an easy-to-read tutorial on how satellites work. He says,

“My vivid recollection paints a broad view of the 1930’s depression-era NYC Lower East Side for you to see what it was like: social activity, sports activity, bread lines, patriotism, politics, professional sports interest—compare it to your experiences. I was fortunate not to be hungry for food but hungry to experience the wonders of our country. From my account you will learn how I broke out of the Lower East Side shell and learn how the seven different Nimbus weather and Earth resource satellites benefited society, and how satellites work.”

Brilliant in its relevance to life and living, “From NYC Lower East Side To NASA Satellite Operations Manager” is a triumphant testament of courage and hard work and a remarkable true story of success.

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About the Author
Born in 1924, Ralph Shapiro grew up on the Lower East Side of New York City during the Great Depression. He completed his college education at the City College of New York at twenty years old. He held five industrial engineering jobs before finding his place in NASA as the Nimbus research meteorological satellite Operations Manager. In his book, he talks about his life story, family, rewarding career, volunteerism, how he enjoys his senior years while still being productive with consultancy work and Nimbus program benefits to society.

From NYC Lower East Side To NASA Satellite Operations Manager * by Ralph Shapiro
Publication Date: September 21, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 252 pages; 978-1-4797-0409-5
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 252 pages; 978-1-4797-0410-1
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-0411-8

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