1995 – Huntington Beach, California
Nancy Conrad is a remarkable woman. As a writer she was involved in the 25th anniversary of the first lunar landing, the 50th anniversary of the Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron and the 100th birthday of the automobile and the cinema. Her ability to communicate the joy of such events makes her a notable writer and a much sought after keynote speaker. After graduating from college, Ms. Conrad studied interior design. She owned her own firm for fifteen years designing both commercial and residential projects. In 1987 she became the agent and manager for genre painter Ernie Barnes. From 1988 until 1992 Ms. Conrad wrote and produced marketing materials for Gallery Rodeo of Beverly Hills. In 1993 as senior writer for One Giant Leap for Mankind, Ms. Conrad interviewed and completed articles on eleven of the Apollo astronauts. The publication was an official NASA edition honoring the 24th anniversary of the Apollo missions. In 1993, Ms. Conrad became associate publisher for International BusinessWoman magazine, interviewing such notables as Betty Ford, Caroline Rose Hunt, Zandra Rhodes and Mary Kay Ash. In 1994, she was a senior writer for Century on Wheels, commemorating 100 years of the automobile. In 1995 she was a senior writer for 100 Years of the Cinema, produced by Sir Richard Attenborough and translated into five languages. Wife of the late astronaut Charles (Pete) Conrad and publisher and editor-in-chief of Pepper Pike Graphix, she and a talented team created educational comic books based on super heroes who are real. The group published “Moon Shot, the Flight of Apollo 12” and recently completed “The Magic of Flight” for the Naval Aviation Foundation’s IMAX film of the same title. The creation of these graphic books led to the development of the first and only astronaut licensing company, Universal Spaceworks. As head of the company, Nancy represents eighteen astronauts whose careers span the entire history of manned space flight.