About Frederick Engimann

My stepdad, Fred Engimann.

Fred Engimann was born on July 10, 1968 in West Lafayette, Indiana. His dominantly Polish family raised him both in West Lafayette and Naperville. Engimann went to school at Maplebrook Elementary in Naperville. This is where he met his favorite teacher, Mrs. Eisle. He was then transferred to St. Rafelds Catholic School for grades 7 and 8. Engimann then attended Naperville Central HS for grades 9 through 12. He then went on to attend Northwestern College and Benedictine University.

In Engimann’s free time, he played basketball with his friends, rode his bike, jumped ramps, and chased girls. In 7th grade, he recieved the MVP award for the year on the boys basketball team. His favorite spot to hang out with his buddies was at the garage in his house. “Dude.” Engimann responded when I asked him what a popular phrase was when he was in 7th grade. He recalled that most of the guys wore blue jeans and a t-shirt. There was no real “fashion”.

Engimann lived a life of sports as a kid, constantly playing football with his buddies and playing basketball for the school teams. He then went on to play college football for Northwestern College for two years.

A frustration he had as a child was getting held back in the fourth grade due to him moving from a small town education system to a more advanced education system in Naperville.

“It was so frustrating and embarrassing. I wanted to be like the other kids.”

During his childhood, many influential media inventions were brought to the market, including VHS and CD’s.

When Neil Armstrong reached the moon in 1969, Engimann was one year old and living with his parents in the “Married Couples” section of Purdue University. He found it ironic that Armstrong also went to Purdue University. Engimann finds the results of Neil Armstrong reaching the moon “one of the greatest advancements in science, technology, and engineering.” He stated that Purdue University has put more men and women in space than any other university in the world.

Neil Armstrong on the moon in 1969.

Engimann believes that most technology that NASA developed has become mainstream, such as WD-40. It was developed to keep the fuel tanks from rusting in a very humid climate such as Florida.

On January 28, 1968 the Challenger shuttle erupted in flames just a mere 73 seconds after liftoff from the space station. Engimann was 19 years old when him and his buddy skipped school to stay home and have a “space shuttle party.” They watched the incident LIVE on television and they both were very shocked about the whole thing. They watched this event in Naperville at his buddy’s house. He remembers this event shutting down the space shuttle program for a little while while NASA recovered from the incident.

Barack Hussein Obama was our nation’s 44th president of the United States. Obama’s presidency lasted from 12pm EST on January 20, 2009 to 12pm EST January 20, 2017. Engimann thought that it was neat that the president represented his home state, Illinois. He found it a great step in anti-racism that he was the nation’s first African-American president. Engimann runs a diabetes company for his career. ObamaCare introduced “competitive bidding” with Medicare reimbursement. When Obama introduced this, the reimbursement rates were cut in HALF. He witnessed several diabetes test strip companies go out of business. Fortunately his company did not invest a lot of time and money in the reimbursement market, so it did not hurt his company at all.

Works Cited:

Engimann, Fred. Personal Interview. 12 Jan 2017.

Staff, History.com. “Challenger Disaster.” A&E Networks, 2010, http://history.com 25 Feb 2017

Staff, Aerospace. “A brief history of Space Exploration.” Into Orbit, The Aerospace Corp, http://aerospace.org. 23 Feb 2017

Content Administrator, NASA. “Remembering the Challenger Crew.” NASA, 28 Jan 2013. http://nasa.gov. 23 February 2017

Wikipedia. “Barack Obama.” Wikipedia, 2017. http://wikipedia.org. 23 February 2017

Loff, Sarah. “Apollo 11 Mission Overview” NASA, 17 Sep 2015. http://nasa.gov. 23 February 2017

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