Launching in 3 … 2 … 1 … OK, so I needed a reboot

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A SpaceX rocket exploded on a launch pad in September of  2016. This photo was taken by the incomparable Red Huber. If there is an iconic space photo you can remember, he probably snapped it.

It has been an eventful few years in Florida.

The technology and space beats have exposed me to some pretty cool interviews, including Steve Wozniak, multiple astronauts, Brad Feld, the guy who knows a guy who once worked on the Ultima computer game series, Jim Davis of Garfield fame and the studio behind the Madden Football video game series.

I’ve done more stories about virtual reality and artificial intelligence than I can count.

I’ve written the sad stories, like 50 years after the Apollo disaster and 30 years after the Challenger explosion.

I’ve been stood up for an interview by Chad Ochocinco.

Sadly, I played a small role on the incredible team that brought home the stories of those who died in the Pulse shootings in my hometown of Orlando, Fla.

So “eventful” doesn’t quite cover it.

Still, there are so many more things to write about that I am ecstatic to take on Central Florida’s tech scene moving forward in this blog. A good number of big events were scheduled for 2017 (including flight of a reusable rocket and the arrival of the space giant Blue Origin on the coast).

So, as new stories and opportunities present themselves, I wanted to revive this blog.

I’ll occasionally post my stories. Every now and then, I will wax poetic about Central Florida. I might even share photo galleries of the theme parks or nightlife here.

I’ve started to write a book and will soon start some improvisational comedy classes, as well, so I will also log that journey here.

Keep an eye out for regular features and videos on my YouTube page, which I will link here, that focus on entrepreneurs and video games.

Don’t worry, though. Once I have a few posts under my belt, I’ll adjust the blog so the posts under different categories are easily discernible from one another.

Ultimately, I hope the blog becomes fun and interactive, one that can put a spotlight on this region and on how I’m doing what I can in this crazy career.

So let me know what you want to see or any questions you might have.

I lived in Chicago for so long, I never thought I’d move. But now here I am, after a stint in Iowa.

Hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading.

Marco Santana, Orlando Sentinel

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