This historic video is based on an 8mm 1961 movie by John Schutz and has added still photos and commentary to provide additional information. Clips in the video show Vern operating Mabel while still in Denver, our move to Penrose, the original Penrose office, initial building construction and a prototype Astron Space Plane launch. This video shows the humble beginning of the company that rapidly grew and became the premier company serving the model rocket community. You can review more Estes history and learn about a book I am writing titled "Dear Mr. Estes" on my website. The book tells about the development and growth of the company by answering letters received some 50 years ago from America's young rocketeers. Go to website at... "vernestes.com"