Interview Two with Juan Pedro Rivera on December 8, 2018

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

00:00:00 Rivera was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and explains that since he was very young, he was attracted to airplanes and rockets.  Rivera explains that he built his toys and they were always related to science. 00:10:00 Rivera attended the University of Puerto Rico where he got a bachelor degree in Physics, a degree that would help him understand the concepts of rocket science and astronomy.  Rivera adds that his mother’s kitchen was his laboratory. 00:14:00 Rivera states that he was very lucky to be at the right place at the right time, and while attending Columbia University in New York City, one of his professors offered him an assistant teaching position. 00:22:30 Rivera mentions that in 1972, he was awarded a grant to continue his studies at the University of New Mexico, where he moved to work at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.  00:33:00 In the 1970s Rivera moved to Titusville, FL to work at the Kennedy Space Center. 00:41:00 Rivera remembers that his most rewarding years were when he worked from 1976 until 1984 while at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a scientist and engineer.  00:49:00 Rivera retired from the aerospace field and became a college professor.  He currently has a radio program for Orlando listeners.

December 8, 2018, Recording date
Juan Pedro Rivera
Mareitssa Griggs
52m 55.0s
Location of interview

Orlando, FL

Object Type
Moving Image
Related Keywords
Education, Community leaders, Higher education, Politics
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Manuel Toro, Juan Luis Brusi, Ed Sullivan, Benito Mussolini, Colegio San Antonio, United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Columbia University, University of New Mexico, University of Puerto Rico
Related Places
Orlando, FL (interview location), Río Piedras (is referenced), Italy (is referenced), Barrio Buen Consejo (is referenced)
Related Dates
1960, Date mentioned
1966, Date mentioned
1969, Date mentioned
1977, Date mentioned
1984, Date mentioned
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview Two with Juan Pedro Rivera on December 8, 2018: JPR.2018.12.08. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 09 Aug 2020.
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