Dream realized: Rochester Hills native named NASA flight director

Michigan woman named NASA flight director
Michigan woman named NASA flight director

When I was seven years old, I dreamed of becoming a “Channel 4 weatherman” someday. 

So I know from firsthand experience what it’s like to realize a lifelong dream. Ask anybody here at Local 4 who’s the happiest guy in the building and there’s no doubt that they’ll talk about me. I truly cherish every day I open the door and walk into the building -- it’s like being paid for my hobby!  (yes, even with the tough hours -- one never gets used to that 2:25 a.m. alarm going off).

If you know a child with a dream, then you really need to show them this story. It’s about a kid in Rochester Hills who loved science, grew up and eventually got a job at NASA and, just recently, was named to the cherished position of Flight Director. 

It’s such an inspirational story -- every kid with a seemingly distant goal will be inspired to see this story about a kid who was just like them.

About the Author:

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.