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"I won't take full credit for designing the mission patch. Mike Foreman, one of our other crew members, he was on the STS-120 crew and then we had to do some shuffling a while back and he moved over to the 123 crew. When he came, he came with a favorite patch design that didn't make the cut for the 120 crew. So we modified that one; the SPDM we included that, the JLP. I put those items all together and turned that into our crew patch. It didn't quite make the cut for the 120 crew, but we like it as our patch.
"I think the thing I like about it the best is that the simplified logo that we ended up with on our shirts is really what we kind of, what we focused it on, being something we were happy with there, and then the rest of the patch kind of came together."
"My last task on that [STS-120] patch was to tell them to change Foreman to Wilson.
"I liked their patch but when I was the patch guy on 120, I got inputs from around the country. And so a guy sent this patch that we ended up with on 123, and I liked it and I put it out for the 120 guys and that's the one I voted on but the rest of the crew liked the one that they ended up with. So be it. I was excited about that patch, too. When I came to 123, Dom said, 'Bob is going to be the patch guy. I know Mike you've worked on patches but I don't want to make you do it again, so give it to Bob.' And I said, 'Bob, here's my portfolio with inputs from around the country' and he did the same thing, he laid them out on a table and this time we ended up with the one I liked best!
"That's kind of, I don't know, serendipitous I guess, to end up with the patch I really liked... don't put that anywhere Pam can read it, but I like our patch better."
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