I joined the TechnoKats a dozen years after that first competition. It is both a great honor and a great responsibility to be part of one of the original teams. We have much history supporting and surrounding us. The only problem is that it is sometimes hard for me to avoid feeling constrained by how we have done things in the past.
My sincere gratitude goes out to every one of these teams who had the drive and took the risk to start this amazing program. Without you there would be no FIRST. Just the thought of that scares me to death! What would I do with myself during the six weeks of build season?!
I haven’t personally met or known any of the original 28 teams, but nevertheless, I salute those 28 teams and their students of the year 1991 who have first started rolling the tiny snowball Dean Kamen, Woodie Flowers and others in FIRST set in front of them, to which this ball has slowly but gradually turned through the years into a massive snowball of awesomeness, that even today still continues to roll, and anyone who gets caught in it is inspired and is given the means to succeed in achieving a life-time goal and the means to prepare them to be the leaders of the future that will better the world of the future.
It seems that some snowflakes from the original snowball have escaped the rolling snowball, but there remain 7 snowflakes at the core of that snowball, that bind all the other snowflakes in the massive snowball.