Balloons and Beer for Bumper :: CR99 220912

Rocket Bumper V2 launch July 1950

Kirby looked at his peer frat members and lifted the mic. Most were drunk already.

“Alright, it’s countdown time. Please welcome – the Bumper 8 V2 rocket – the first launched at Cape Canaveral on July 24, 1950.”

The crowd cheered, glasses clinked, and beer spilled as a three-dimensional, opaque video appeared before them.

A projected countdown expired, and the simulation played to rowdy cheers.

“Next, commemorating Bumper’s 100th anniversary, the good folks at Huntsville’s Rocket brewery have a six-pack for whoever can pin a balloon on Bumper’s photo within the circle representing the null-gravity field of our 2050 quantum engine.”

Inspired by Charli Mill’s Carrot Ranch, #99WordStories
In 99 words (no more, no less) write a 99-word story about; “Balloons on a Bumper”

1) Photo Credit: NASA Archives

2) Short Summary of the Bumper project

3) And yes, there really is a Rocket Republic Brewing in Huntsville. Note to their management, it’s not too early to begin planning your 2050 gala to commemorate the launch of Bumper 8’s, 100th anniversary. In the meantime, I’ll try to find a way to swing by soon to sample your brews.

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11 thoughts on “Balloons and Beer for Bumper :: CR99 220912

    1. Hi Gloria –
      Yea – she had me on the run at first with this one — but for for the luck of one stray search which gave me that factoid from 1950. . .
      I had a part of the story that included a non-drunk character for Kirby to meet and get involved with – but man. Those 99 words are so tight and fill up fast.
      Thanks for giving it a read 🙂


  1. HI Gary, a great response to Charli’s prompt. I haven’t participated for a while now, but I do enjoy the 99-word story concept and I often write 99-syllable poems which was Colleen Chesebro’s add on to this concept.


    1. I do enjoy creating stories, but alas, I was born without the poetry gene and most poems make little sense to me.
      Several blogging friends ganged up on me to convince me to try the 99-word challenges.
      I was afraid that I would fail to cram anything of interest into those few words but this was my first year and, it took a few to get the technique down, but now I feel pretty good about most of mine.
      But 99 syllables – – – I’m in awe of you and would not know where to start.
      Thanks for reading my story and letting me know.

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