GAG GIFT TO LAUNCH DIRECTOR.
"Cleanliness Gauge." Two 1½ inch metal disks mounted onto an 11 by 12 inch wood base with plaque that reads: "For Use in Determining Cleanliness Level for Space Age Equipment. Presented to George F. Page, October 26, 1984 from Development Engineering Directorate, Kennedy Space Center, Florida."
George Page [1925-2002] began work with NASA in 1963 as a Gemini spacecraft test conductor and soon was promoted to chief test conductor for Gemini and Apollo launch operations. He was launch director for the first three Space Shuttle missions then served as deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center until his retirement in 1984.
Upon Page's retirement from NASA, this gag gift was presented to him, having one disk with attached debris and a mini-plaque that states "DIRTY." The other disk with no debris states "CLEAN." For successful operation of vehicles launched into space, the KSC needed "clean room" environments to prevent contamination of components. As a spacecraft test conductor and later launch director, George Page was very concerned about any spacecraft contamination.