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The best dad ever built his son an X-wing Starfighter, and then a space museum around it


John Kleeman's son, Peter, was three years old and casually mentioned he wished he had a "Star Wars" spaceship to fly around in.

Well, Peter got exactly that on his fourth birthday. It was hand-crafted by his father. It's quite literally just plywood, some plastic, an old office chair, a flashlight, a rusty barn door latch, and a stove burner cover that resembles a blaster sight. But to a four-year-old future space junkie, it was out of this world. And it was the catalyst for a decades-long collection of star stuff.

That collection, housed in a giant hay barn in rural Connecticut, is unavailable to you, I'm afraid. There are zoning and safety and a hundred other bureaucratic concerns that make it so. However, the Kleemans were kind enough to allow us inside.

We're live from a barn in rural CT that happens to house some really cool space stuff
Take a peek inside this private space museum

Their celebration of the cultural significance of us humans going to space is really something to behold. They hope to one day make it available to the public. An I'm on their side.

But all those robots, ray-guns and rocketships pale in comparison to the most remarkable thing this reporter saw in that old hay barn.

A father found a connection to his young son, and has cultivated it throughout their lives. They told me nearly every item in that huge barn, and in what has to be a rather large off-site storage unit, was found one-by-one, over countless weekends and vacations and excursions, by a little dude and his dad. On a mission, together. Wow. That's quite an enterprise.

Here's some more science stuff. And some more space stuff. Go call your dad.

Please visit the Space Age Museum's site by clicking here.
And check out Peter's Space Age roadside photography here.

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