Part II – Our Hunt for Red October

St. Louis, MO (July 26th, 2010): Lawmakers, legislative staff, attorneys-at-law, campaign managers, political directors, Missouri primary candidates, and fellow state & local lobbyists: we are almost through the dog days of summer. To me, it always seems that next Tuesday’s primary election is geared to be one of the hottest, and most humid, days to ever expect a political campaign volunteer ever to walk out their door.

Growing up on a family farm in Southeast Missouri, we never gave much thought to the wide seasonal swings within our local weather. Today, as a pilot, and as a former corporate government affairs manager traveling across more than 20 states, I have come to enjoy the Show-Me State’s four distinct seasons. August is cherished more for what it leads to (NCAA & NFL Football, cool fall nights, and the conclusion of fall general elections), than for what it means to me in the present. September is near, and Missouri’s meteorological masterpiece called the month of October will soon be as well.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “travel makes a man wiser but less happy.” That same challenge must apply to those who serve our country. Take a look at this video of the Typhoon class of nuclear submarines that the Russians have deployed until 2019 and think about the dedicated lifestyles that all seamen must endure. Months at sea, under the water, ice, and sunset waves. Rigorous training in tight quarters for a phone call that should never come. Years away from family and friends as landlubbers like us enjoy the freedoms of our weekends and nights.

It seems easy to believe that these jobs must be filled by Nordic orphans raised by seals off the coast of Latvia. The truth is that our United States Navy depends upon native Missourians like you and me to keep our seaways secure from Somalian pirates, foreign occupations, & nuclear holocaust.

That’s why Pelopidas, LLC is so proud to have helped the USS Missouri Submarine produce this video:


The purpose of this video was to celebrate our state’s connection to the active duty deployed on this ship. By raising awareness and funds for travel and family relief assistance to & from Missouri, perhaps we can make an emergency trip home possible. Pelopidas Productions also helped showcase the unique technologies governed by some of our own native sons. For any student that may think science, math, & engineering is boring or irrelevant, imagine how these soldiers depend on its structure and safety.

While many friends won’t be able to see the most advanced naval ship ever built this weekend, there are other ways that you can help with small donations.

At your office, encourage your colleagues to raise a mug to celebrate a new chapter of Missouri history (login as “mightymo” promo code). Dedicate a corporate gift to become a corporate sponsor this fall. Take a moment to educate a child about how science and technology can be used in dramatic ways to protect our freedoms.

In part three of this blog series, we will post up photos and news from our trip to Groton, CT where Missouri elected officials like Congressman Ike Skelton dedicate this vessel to America. As I think about small town Missourians diving off the Atlantic coast into the abyss, the humid days of August already seem a lot cooler.

Quotes from the 1990 Movie: “The Hunt for Red October,” where Sean Connery fantasizes about American freedom after a life at sea:

Capt. Vasili Borodin: I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck… maybe even a “recreational vehicle.” And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?
Captain Ramius: I suppose.
Capt. Vasili Borodin: No papers?
Captain Ramius: No papers, state to state.
Capt. Vasili Borodin: Well then, in winter I will live in… Arizona. Actually, I think I will need two wives.
Captain Ramius: Oh, at least.