Historical Hall of Fame:  Norman L. Baker (b. 1926) is a WWII and Korean War veteran, an aerospace industry pioneer, the founding publisher of "Defense Daily", and an active community historian and author specializing in the French and Indian War in Virginia and the neighboring colonies.
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Baker graduated from Indiana Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. At Boeing, in Seattle, Washington, he was a development engineer on the Bomarc missle program. In October, 1955, he formally proposed the development of a space shuttle manned spacecraft very similar to the present spacecraft. He was later credited with coining the name of the "Space Shuttle." After a 40-year professional life as a writer, journalist, editor-in-chief and publisher in the fields of defense, military affairs, science and space, Norman retired from this vocation in 1996.
 
As part of his life-long love for the nation’s history, Baker has been researching the American explorers and frontiersmen as well as the westward migration of our nation for five decades. A large portion of that study has been devoted to the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. He has compiled what is considered to be one of the most comprehensive studies identifying and locating the forts of the French and Indian War, extending from the shores of Lake Erie to North Carolina and their role in the defense of the frontiers.
 
Norman is the author of: Who’s Who in Space (1965); Soviet Space Logs (1967); Frontier Forts of Berkeley County (1999); French & Indian War in Frederick County, Virginia (2000);  Valley of the Crooked Run: The History of a Frontier Road (2002); Fort Loudoun: Washington's Fort in Virginia (2006); Braddock’s Road. The Final Thrust (2011).
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Baker is recipient of the Golden Owl award of the National Press Club, the Life Membership Award of the National Space Club as a founder and past President, the Stewart Bell Jr. Award for “Achievement in the Field of Historical Literature,” the Shenandoah University President’s Award for “Outstanding Service in Community History,” the Fort Loudoun Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Preservation of our French & Indian War Heritage,” and the Indiana Institute of Technology’s "Order of the Silver Slide Rule Award" for Outstanding Service to Industry and Commerce.”