Preparedness Notes for Friday — February 18, 2022

February 18th, 1898 was the birthday of Enzo Ferrari, the car manufacturer who originated the car that carries his family name.

Today is also the birthday of astronaut Theodore Cordy “Ted” Freeman (February 18, 1930 – October 31, 1964.) He was killed in a birdstrike flying accident, while flying a T-38 Talon jet trainer. He was the first casualty of NASA’s manned space program. Fittingly, Ted Freeman’s name is inscribed on a memorial plaque that was left on the moon, by Apollo astronauts.

This is also the birthday of Jack Palance (1919–2006), an actor known for his Tough Guy roles, such as the rebel leader Jesus Raza, in The Professionals.

Today, with permission, we present a guest article by Brandon Smith, the Editor of