Something rather beautiful happened in the comments on that post — a connection between Joel and Bjarne P. Tveskov, one of the LEGO designers who worked on Classic Space sets in the 1980s.
Bjarne designed many of the sets we all know and love from the 80s:
BB Gadgets: What did designing kits for LEGO entail back in ’80s?
Bjarne: My LEGO career started when I was 17 years old; I saw an ad in the Sunday newspaper…. when suddenly I was offered the job I had to ask my parents if it was OK if I quit high-school to become a Spaceship designer.
Read the rest of Joel’s excellent interview with Bjarne on BB Gadgets.