Coatesville Native to Travel into Space on Jeff Bezos’s Rocket

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Marty Allen.

Coatesville native Marty Allen, a turnaround CEO and angel investor, will travel alongside Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson and four others into space on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s rocket.

Liftoff is targeted for 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 23 from Launch Site One in West Texas.

Bezos founded Blue Origin with the vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. Allen’s trip to space will be the fourth human flight for Blue Origin’s New Shepard program and the 20th in its history.

Allen, a 1971 graduate of Coatesville High School, is the son of the late Milton Allen, a giant in the Coatesville community. The elder Allen ran Luria Brothers, once the largest scrap metal broker in the world with operating units serving all the major steel companies, including Lukens Steel.

Marty Allen, who currently lives in California, graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., in 1975. As CEO of Party America, he transformed the company from a broken retail chain into a large nationwide retailer, leading the company through a bankruptcy restructuring and the acquisition of several competitors. He is also the former CEO of California Closet Company, leading the company to record sales and profitability.

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