Next generation inspired by Jeff Bezos’ tales

Jeff Bezos and kids
eff Bezos gets his picture taken with students at the Museum of Flight. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

By Chelsey Ballarte and Alan Boyle

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos visited the Museum of Flight this weekend to answer questions from students, the kids did not hold back.

“That’s one of the great things about kids,” Bezos said on May 20. “There are always questions.”

Scores of elementary-school and middle-school students came from the Seattle area as well as from Deer Park, a city just north of Spokane on the other side of the state, to cram into the museum’s “Apollo” exhibit and meet America’s second-richest person (after Bill Gates).

The kids asked about Bezos’ successful expedition to recover sunken rocket engines from the Apollo moon missions, about his Blue Origin space venture, and about his own life story. One questioner picked up on a report that, as a toddler, Bezos dismantled his crib with a screwdriver because he wanted to sleep in a real bed.

“Have you always been that independent?” the boy asked.

“I’ve always been, uh, focused,” Bezos replied.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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