Ray: John was a former customer of ours at the garage.
John: While a student at MIT (small technical school in Cambridge), I used to get help from Tom and Ray on my 1966 Sunbeam Alpine, on which all the bolts were stuck.
Ray: They were using a set of precision, million-dollar NASA instruments to remove one bolt.
John: On this space flight we had over 100 customized precision tools to fix the Hubble, and a few automotive tools.
Ray: I know it had to be Grunsfeld who gave the orders to whack the bejeebers out of it!
John: Our cardinal rule is "don't break the Hubble," so we were pretty hesitant to whack it.
Tom: He probably said, "Here! Whack it with this space hammer!"
John: We do carry a soft blow hammer, but didn't get that far, as elbow grease and more force worked.
Tom: I'm sure John learned that from us.
John: I did learn that from Tom and Ray, and it usually ended up poorly for the Sunbeam, so I didn't want to try it on the Telescope.
Ray: He kicked the Hubble's antenna, broke it in half, and sent it into outer space! It's the golden rule of repair: When you fix something, break something else.
John: That antenna had been the nemesis of crews since the beginning of the Hubble. I just took care of it once and for all. It turns out Hubble is doing better with the temp cover installed. Go figure.
Ray: You watch! They'll be calling John next month to fix the antenna.
John: Of course I did leave a certain wrench inside and only I know where it is, so if something needs fixing they'll have to send me back.