Movers & Shakers: Miguel (Mike) Angel Hernandez Jr.

6-1XRNASAXGalaX017Name: Miguel (Mike) Angel Hernandez  Jr.

Occupation:  NASA engineer for close to 15 years. In 1982 started Hernandez Engineering, which my wife, Tery, and I ran until 2007 when the company was sold and merged with Bastion Technologies Inc., owned by my son Jorge Luis

Hometown:  Havana, Cuba. Came to the U.S. after two years of communism in Cuba, in December 1960

Current home: Taylor Lake Village

Family: Wife of 50+ years, Teresita; son, Dr. Miguel Angel III and wife, Joanna, and their sons, Christopher Michael (21), Matthew Allen (19), Alexandra Marie (17) and Nicholas  Scott (15); and son, Jorge Luis, and wife, Rosi,  and their daughter Andrea Victoria (9)

My favorite writer is: John le Carre

Someone I’d like to meet:  Benjamin Netanyahu

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose:  One of the U.S. astronauts on the Space Station

My favorite performers are:  The Platters, Pat Boone, Nat King Cole, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Celine Dion.

I like to spend my leisure time:  Skiing, scuba diving, gardening, riding horses and visiting interesting places

If I could travel any place, I’d go to:  Antarctica

My favorite meal is: White rice with black beans, pork loin, and fry ripe bananas

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be:  Aeronautical engineer

You’ll never catch me:  Not doing something

The thing that bugs me the most is: People driving slow and blocking the left side of the road

My favorite movie is: The ones from Indiana Jones

Few people know:  I was one of the engineers on console that received the call “Houston, we have a problem.”

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