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In 1994, he retired from NASA.] Editor's note: The following interview with Eugene F.Kranz was conducted on January 8, 1999, by Rebecca Wright, Carol Butler, and Sasha Tarrant of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project.
In Houston, he served as Gemini flight director from 1964 to 1968.Between 19, his other duties at MSC include: chief, Flight Control Division; flight director for the Apollo and Skylab programs; flight director for the first lunar landing (Apollo 11); and flight director for the return of the Apollo 13 crew.He also served as the flight operations director during the Skylab program from 1969 to 1974.At the end of Skylab in 1974, Kranz was promoted to deputy director of Flight Operations and then in 1983 to director of Mission Operations. Kranz, flight director, is shown at his console on May 30, 1965, in the Mission Operations Control Room in the Mission Control Center at Houston during a Gemini-Titan IV simulation to prepare for the four-day, 62-orbit flight.(NASA Photo S-65-22203.) ] From a very young age, Eugene F. Born in Toledo, Ohio, on August 17, 1933, Kranz formerly declared his interest in the subject by writing a high school thesis which explored the possibilities of flying a single-stage rocket to the Moon.
However, after graduating from Parks College of St.
Louis, Missouri, with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering, Kranz's interests became more down to earth as he shifted from space travel to aviation.
Responding to a "help wanted" ad from NASA in Aviation Week, Kranz soon found himself employed in 1960 with the newly formed Space Task Group at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virgina.
From 1960 to 1964, Kranz worked in the Flight Control Operations Branch developing and writing rules used by flight directors during manned space flight missions.
Throughout his distinguished NASA career, Kranz took on progressively larger and more capable roles within the general arena of spaceflight operations.
When the Manned Spacecraft Center opened in Houston (now the Johnson Space Center), Kranz moved to Texas and  became chief of the Flight Control Operations Branch.