Mike Harling was searching for a way to expose his two sons to an inspirational message. He found it in Clayton Anderson. The Harling family has watched Clayton speak several times at local events, and on a few occasions, got autographs from the homegrown astronaut. In this piece, Mike's seven-year old son Thomas recalls an exciting night when they received an unexpected phone call from Houston.
'Homemade Astronaut: The Clay Anderson Story,' is an intimate and personal look at Anderson's journey from dreamy-eyed child to driven college student to determined NASA astronaut. During the hour-long NET Television production, Anderson talks about his youthful dreams and his Ashland (Neb.) and Hastings College teachers who inspired and encouraged him to pursue his passions.