Maryland man overcomes Dyslexia to become NASA Engineer

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. - When you're faced with a challenge, you can find a way around or go straight through, like a bulldozer.

One Maryland man, Lawrence Schneider, looked his challenges in the face and overcame each one, including Dyslexia, to become a successful NASA engineer and write a novel now on Amazon.

Walking into the Schneider's cozy home in Cockeysville, Lawrence's wife Irene filled the bright space with warmth.

Listening, Irene and Lawrence had a lifetime of stories to tell, from the time Irene called her brother up to learn how to paint, "and I said I want a copy of that painting because I want to impress this guy," to the incredible job Lawrence had with a company that became NASA, "did the measurement where the rocket was that was flying through the air."

Only a few enthralling tales ended up in Lawrence's novel, "Say Yes on Saturday", a huge feat for a man almost held back in third grade.

" It didn't feel very good because I was teased a lot, that was the thing that really bothered me," Schneider said. During the end of World War II there wasn't a word for dyslexia, so the kids made up their own.

His mother had a word for it, NO, saying failure wasn't an option.

"I'm going to work with you every day after school for one hour and you're going to learn all these things," his mother said. Schneider's parents both worked his father for a baker and his mother in an office on a machine similar to a calculator back then.

The time took her away from work, and him away from playing with friends, but it instilled a sense of persistence he carries to this day.

"To get into college I was admitted on probation, you know I had to get a C average after the first year... I had no help at all going to college, my parents didn't have any money, so I worked halftime and went to school halftime," he said.

Originally he wanted to become an auto mechanic but saw all the boys wanted to do that, so he turned to aeronautical engineering. He wanted to be a draftsman, creating plane designs.

He went to Cleveland State, then transferred to Wichita State to graduate with a degree in aeronautical engineering. That landed him a job with the government agency that became NASA.

He worked on missiles right after Sputnik launched, "my testing was in wind tunnels at Edwards Air Force Base."

On the job he learned how to deal with Dyslexia, "I just had to compensate, I had to write down things and later on, of course, we had spell check and things like that, that helped me, and of course I had my wife when we got married."

Irene was a legal secretary back then, his perfect match in more ways than one, "I'm so proud of that man you can't believe it, I mean that was a struggle, persistence, for a person who has a hard time reading anything, absorbing it, for him to dedicate himself to cr- and he's a marvelous storyteller," she said.

"I hope that people just enjoy the story... They don't have to get any lessons, from it about how to live life or anything like that, I definitely don't want to preach to other people," he said, instead hoping his stories will live on longer than he is able to share them.

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