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Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-12-2007 01:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Air & Space Smithsonian:
The Astronaut Jeweler by Rick Hauck

I had always admired Paul’s beautiful jewelry, which I’d seen worn by his wife, Mercy, and other mutual friends. But as a Lieutenant Commander with a wife and two children, I didn’t have the resources to be a buyer. That had changed by 1982, when I called him at his shop in the California Jewelry Mart in Los Angeles to ask if he could design a pendant for my wife based on the crew patch for STS-7, my first shuttle flight.


I mentioned Paul's work to several astronaut colleagues, including Dick Truly and Dan Brandenstein, commander and pilot of the STS-8 mission. Both of them commissioned Paul to create pieces of jewelry for their wives. So began something of a tradition for astronauts. As of the shuttle’s 117th flight last December, more than 1,500 items designed by Dimitriu have gone into space on more than 100 flights.

Read Hauck's The Astronaut Jeweler on Air & Space Smithsonian's website.


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posted 10-12-2007 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If this isn't the nicest story I've read on cS, it's certainly among the very best.

Great story, for the wives and the artist!


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posted 10-15-2007 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that when I saw Ellen Ochoa a couple of weeks ago, she was wearing a pendant with the STS-110 logo on her necklace...

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