As a member of the Ship Lore and Model Building Society, sometimes affectionately known as the "SteamGeezers", I was very happy to get an invitation to the 80th birthday party that was was recently thrown for Conrad Milster, Chief Engineer at Brooklyn's Pratt University. The party was held at the Pratt steam plant, an amazing place with steam engines dating back to the late 1800's. I've been hearing about this place for ages, so I was very happy to accept, and it was a wonderful party and Conrad even started up one of the antique steam-powered generators for us - that was really something to see (and hear, I was trying to imagine the sound back when the generators would all be fired up and running).
The photo above is my favorite from the evening - in addition to his oversight of the beautifully restored steam plant, Conrad is famous for his love of cats, and a small pride resides at the plant. Collectively, they are of course known as the Pratt Cats - we all wore sequined cat masks to get into the proper spirit! I was delighted to catch one of the Pratt Cats overseeing the activities from above as Carolina from PortSide NewYork raised a toast to the Chief Engineer.
Here's a great little video about Conrad and the plant, with a link to more of my photos down below: