Endeavoring to become a United States Astronaut is perhaps one of the most difficult undertakings a human being can pursue.
Join Clayton Anderson, also known as “Astro Clay®️,” as he takes you behind the curtain with uniquely entertaining –oftentimes humorous and sometimes deeply emotional—interviews illustrating exactly how he –The Ordinary SpacemanTM— came to be.
If you are the type of person who yearns to discover more about who and what influences someone to become an astronaut, or perhaps aspires to one day reach the stars, this is the podcast for you. Each episode includes incredible insight into the people inherently responsible for the upbringing of a small-town boy who, against all odds, achieved his boyhood dream to become a 15-year astronaut, living and working in outer space for 167 days.
It’s All About Family
Astro Clay’s beautiful wife Susan continues to share her personal perspective, insight, and prominent role in “The Making of an Ordinary Spaceman.” After concluding the family’s involvement in the Columbia tragedy, Susan shares her thoughts on Star City, Russia and how she prepared their family to cope with the years of overseas training, and Dad’s ultimate launch into space.
An Educator Extraordinaire
Guest Tina Stewart Schofield is a longtime friend and High School classmate of Astro Clay. As passionate about being an educator as Clay is FOR all educators, she shares her thoughts on small town life and its advantages from a teaching and learning perspective. Join us to find out how a true love for education leads to structure, responsibility, and accountability for all those involved.
A Real Renaissance Man
An episode you don’t want to miss, join Astro Clay for an incredibly fascinating look into the life and accomplishments of a man who emulates STEAM… Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The real renaissance man is Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller fame, who shares his incredible accomplishments and also provided the “bumper music” for our “The Making of an Ordinary Spaceman” podcast.
Boys to Men
Enjoy the collegial banter between childhood friends as Richard Hurlbut and Tom Wild join Clay share stories that run the gambit. From sour apples and comic books to favorite high school teachers and Hardy Boys books, they share the joys of growing up in small town Ashland, Nebraska.
Making Impacts in Small Town Communities
A former High School Biology Teacher and Coach in the Ashland-Greenwood School District, Chuck Niemeyer was –and continues to be-- a tremendously influential role model in the school and local community. Join in as he reminisces with Astro Clay about the importance of community and the shaping of individual value systems.
From Friends to Family Through Faith
Former would-be adversaries on Junior High Basketball floors in southeast Texas, Clay’s dear friend --and Coach-- David Ward joins the podcast to share thoughts on how athletics first brought them together, and then, through family, faith, and heroes, they became brothers.
Outstanding and fun! True stories from “behind the scenes!” A must watch/listen.
While I’m a bit prejudiced, this is a podcast from a real astronaut. An astronaut who pulls no punches, is honest, and WANTS you to know the inside story of how he came to be. I’m guessing it’s something you never expected to hear, and you’ll love it!