Monday , 21 May 2018

Stuart J’s Lens: Col. Dan Bellue’s Flight Plan Leads to MCA

By Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff

The students at McKinney Christian Academy (MCA) have the privilege of being taught by some pretty amazing individuals. One in particular brings experience and lessons not found in a textbook or graduate school course. Actually, this individual could easily be a character in something they might see on the “big screen” one day.

In the mid 1960’s Col. Dan Bellue, USAF (Ret.), was sent by the Air Force to study Meteorology at Texas A&M University and then deployed to England. It was a time when anti-American sentiment was particularly high. Some years later, Bellue was recruited by NASA and based at the Johnson Space Center. His mission was to provide weather support for the Space Shuttle program.

Over 20 years later, and not long after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, Bellue began considering the next phase of his already history book life. “I had worked 104 missions and decided I would leave the stress behind”, he said.

Listen in as Bellue takes us through the journey that led him to his dream job at MCA. And stick around to the end to learn why Valentines Day has special meaning in the Bellue household. (Note: Our interview took place on Valentines Day which helps explain the rather red sweeter!)

Stuart J’s Lens provides the opportunity to get to know some of the more interesting people and personalities in and around McKinney. If you think you have a story to tell, or know someone that does, send me an email at and tell me all about it.

About the Author

Stuart J. Pearlman is a Marketing and Communications Consultant living in McKinney. His video column, Stuart J’s Lens can be seen weekly on Follow Stuart on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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