Seattle — When former Sen. John Glenn joined the crew of the Discovery in 1998 and took his second flight into space—at the age of 77—he did so with one goal in mind: to foster the research necessary to improve knowledge. Glenn claims two firsts: being the first American to orbit the earth, and again 36 years later as the oldest American to do the same. His political career is no less illustrious. As a four-term senator from Ohio, Glenn’s passion for the acquisition and sharing of knowledge has become well known.

Glenn addressed more than 2,000 insurance carrier attendees and technology solution providers at the 80th annual Insurance Accounting & Systems Assoc. (IASA) Educational Conference and Business Show in Seattle yesterday that the organization’s conference slogan—2008: A Learning Odyssey—“is what it’s all about.”

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