A couple of days ago, out of the blue, Eric Suomi got a call from NASA.
The space agency wanted permission to name its newest Earth-observing satellite after his dad.
"Of course I said yes," said Suomi, an electrical engineer at Electronic Theatre Controls in Middleton. "My father would have been thrilled and honored."
The late Verner Suomi, a UW-Madison professor, was known as "the father of weather satellites." So now the Suomi satellite orbits the Earth, predicting weather conditions, collecting climate change data and monitoring natural disasters.