The Sun Herald, 5/5/8

The Coast will be well represented Wednesday at the annual conference of the Mississippi Economic Council in Jackson, with a Hancock County-based traveling exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of NASA and a keynote address by a Biloxi-born veteran astronaut.

Apollo astronaut Fred Haise will deliver a luncheon address at the meeting at the Jackson Marriott. The 74-year-old space explorer’s topic will be “Failure is not an option.”

The Economic Council serves as Mississippi’s statewide chamber of commerce. President Blake Wilson said this year’s conference is sold out, with 1,000 seats committed.