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|shawneroo||Just a note to let you know that yesterday (June 19, 2001) I received an 8x10 and SpaceShot card back from James McDivitt that were unsigned. On the folder in which they were enclosed was written "I've retired from autographing". |
The message was unsigned and uninitialed, but written in green felt tip pen and unquestionably in Mr. McDivitt's handwriting. Has anyone else experienced this change of signing habit yet?
|Matt T||Someone on eBay who is selling a McDivitt 8x10 has stated the same thing, including a scan of the refusal. And I was just picking my favourite Apollo 9 photo to send him only last night...|
|Robert Pearlman||Anyone have any insight into why he has ceased? Anyone receive an autograph recently that would seem to contradict this note?|
|Mike||I'm on vacation here in northern Michigan. I hoped to see the General while here but it looks as if he went out of town. I have one more day here and hope to hear from him before I have to leave. |
|Jacqueline||Maybe he got fed up with all the trips to the post office!|
|eurospace||From a fellow collector who works for NASA, I've received the following information: |
I just received word from James McDivitt that he no longer signs anything through the mail. In a letter returned to me he stated that he has just turned 72 years of age and no longer autographs anything sent to him (I presume he means that, at his age, he's tired of fulfilling such requests mailed to him). Equally from a collector in California, I hear that his mailing envelope was returned unopened with a scribble saying "Refused" and McD's initials on it.
So I guess we have to state that Brigade General McDivitt has retired from autographing.
|bruce||I received my Apollo 9 liftoff photo back from General McDivitt two days ago with the words "refused" in bold green sharpie pen across the front of the Priority Mail envelope. I know from previous autographs I've received from him (as recently as two months ago!) that this was McDivitt's handwriting. Also, the green sharpie has always been his pen of choice. |
I immediately sent him a "thank you" note for the autographs he'd signed for me over the past 30 years or so, I wished him well and I enclosed a cash token of appreciation for the time he'd taken for me in the past. McDivitt is a unique astronaut who was choosen for two landmark flights. He was also very involved on a lot of the inside management stuff at NASA and was highly respected by his peers for his thoroughness.
I will miss the occasional autograph from him here and there. However, he has more than done his bit for the space cause and the fans. If he wants to retire from autographing, I respectfully accept his decision. Now, if he'd just write a book and do a tour!
|msdvflorid||Does anybody know if James McDivitt still does private or public signings? Thanks.|
Editor's note: Threads merged
|mjanovec||He has done a couple of mail-in signings with Novaspace (aka Astronaut Central) in the recent past and was present at their Spacefest gathering in February 2009 (and at an earlier signing at Autographica in the UK). Documentation of all of these events can be found here on cS.|
I would guess that if another opportunity arises to obtain a signature from McDivitt, it will be announced here.
|JBoe||Does anyone have any recent experience with having James McDivitt signing items sent via mail? I'm just preparing myself for no autographing opportunities at the John Glenn lecture in Virginia in June.|
|lspooz||As noted elsewhere, Gen. McDivitt does not sign through the mail.|
Not long before I stumbled upon collectSPACE and all the helpful advice I sent him a request to consider signing something for my son.
I learned that I was lucky to have gotten ANY response: a checkmark in the 'no thanks' option on a self-addressed postcard. The only saving grace is that it was in his trademark green ink!
Best to try to catch him at the appropriate time in person...
|JBoe||Thanks for the update and advice. It sounds like it may be difficult to get an autograph, even to approach him. Maybe there will be an autograph session of a featured book after the lecture.|