Lifetime of Learning

By Lee Brooks

August 2015

As a young child, I looked to the stars each night and gazed at the blue and white clouds during the day, which reinforced my desire to go up in an airplane. Soon everyone was watching the astronauts go outside Earth's atmosphere and off to the moon. I knew I would never be an astronaut, but I could fly in an airplane. I wanted to be in the airplane industry as a young teenager and the best way to fly was to become an airline stewardess (old title). However, this did not materialize for me because I changed my career choice.

During the ensuing years I read many books about people, and airplanes. In particular, I read a great deal about Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and the Wright brothers, and about the importance of dirigibles by Henri Giffard.

In 1999, I became a contractor here at Boeing and soon a direct employee. My Boeing life has had ups and downs regarding employment, but I have survived and I am still here -- close to 17 years all total. I always want to keep learning, and I do. I am enrolled in a class, "Understanding Airplanes." The class is rich in culture, history and detailed information. The point in learning is to explore the possibilities of ourselves and the company that we work for; this is the fundamental premise of Boeing.

I am very proud to be a part of the Boeing family, and thankful that I continue to be here at Boeing. My thanks to Mr. Boeing and his family in providing a beautiful legacy!