|ASJA Success Stories
Member Name: Beverly Gray, Santa Monica, California
Success Story: Published “When Apollo Went to Japan,” featured in the April issue of Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine. The piece (which includes a 50-year-old picture of me in a miniskirt) is a reminiscence about my stint as a guide in the U.S. Pavilion at Expo ’70, Osaka, Japan, explaining the U.S. space program to Japanese visitors.
How I Landed the Gig: It all started when I signed up for ASJA’s Washington, D.C., regional conference in November 2019. When I learned that a representative of Air & Space Magazine would be participating in Client Connections, I realized I had a story that was a perfect fit. At my appointment, I began by pulling out that old photo of me explaining the Apollo 8 command module to a cluster of rapt Japanese and went on from there. I came home with the assignment, and the article itself was accepted the same day I sent it in, a record for the magazine and for me.
Comments: I have been an ASJA member since my first book was published 20 years ago. My ASJA friendships continue to inspire me to take my professional goals to a higher level. I would never have written this article if Client Connections had not provided an irresistible opportunity I had never before considered.
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