Ninety years ago today, Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket from a farm owned by a cousin near Worcester, Mass. (He was born in Worcester and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.) Today that field is the Pakachoag Golf Course, and I bet the jokes about hitting a real rocket of a drive fly fast and furious.
Here’s a nice bit of history from Worcester: http://www.worcesterma.gov/city-clerk/history/general/robert-goddard
Here’s some history from NASA, which has a Goddard Institute for obvious reasons: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/about/history/dr_goddard.html