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rjurek349
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posted 06-29-2015 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Given that it is the 50th anniversary of Joe Engle's first flight into space (USAF designated, of course), I wanted to share that the Jefferson Space Museum also has the beginnings of a "dollar" gallery, including this dollar bill that flew with Engle 50 years ago. Check it out!

cosmos-walter
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posted 07-01-2015 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Each of the three cosmonauts on board ISS during the last space shuttle mission STS-135 received a two dollar bill.

music_space
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posted 01-26-2016 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I stumbled on the article United States two-dollar bill on Wikipedia. I added a quotation from Richard Jurek's site Jefferson in Space. Y'all feel free to amend and supplement.

music_space
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posted 01-27-2016 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Wikipedia addition was revised by another contributor - Deleted, in fact.

You can appreciate the arguments at the bottom of this page.

rjurek349
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posted 01-30-2016 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw the arguments, but frankly — don't agree with them. The editor took it down because there weren't facts about why the bills were flown, and that the site was mostly pictures. Not really true.

The reason for why each bill is flown is explained on each entry — including provenance, why the bill was taken, on behalf of whom, etc. In the "about section" I discuss the tradition, from short snorter, to good luck, to personal memento because the bills are light weight and symbols of national pride.

Anyway, I just don't think the person who deleted it actually spent time reading any of the entries, or the "About" section. Their loss, I suppose. But I do appreciate you trying to get a reference to it on Wiki.

rjurek349
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posted 09-21-2016 06:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's been a while since I posted to this thread, but wanted folks to know that the "$2 Bill Documentary" — which features stories of the flown bills in the collection — has been making the film festival circuit. (Recently winning the Manhattan Film Festival Best Documentary award.)

I'm heading down to Columbus, Indiana on Oct. 29 for the screening of the film at the Columbus Film Festival. (If any cSers are in the area, please do swing by if you have a chance. The film is fantastic.)

Also, the DVD edition of the film has just released. And the filmmaker is offering a $2 off with the promo code 2foryou at checkout. If interested, visit their shop on their website.

Hope to see folks in Columbus!

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posted 09-21-2016 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rjurek349:
Also, the DVD edition of the film has just released.
Thanks for sharing this information, look forward to watching the film.

Any plans for a digital download of the film to be made available through the typical sources (iTunes, Amazon, etc.)?

rjurek349
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posted 09-21-2016 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the filmmaker will someday make that available. Right now he is focused on the film festival circuit and DVD market.

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posted 11-25-2016 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the chance to see the "The 2 Dollar Bill Documentary" and greatly enjoyed Rich's segment highlighting the unique connection between the currency and the astronauts.

The film overall is a good watch. Not only did I learn quite a lot about the history of the $2 bill, but about currency collecting in general, as well as the process by which currency is printed. The documentary closes with a particularly powerful story about a $2 bill found at Ground Zero in New York, which really underscores how a simple bill can carry a lot of meaning.

rjurek349
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posted 11-26-2016 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad you enjoyed the film, Robert. It truly was a labor of love for Filmmaker John Bennardo.

I recently had the pleasure of watching the film on the big screen at a film festival in Indiana and the 9/11 story was very powerful: not a dry eye in the house.

It was an honor to be asked to be a part of the film -- and glad the story of the space flown "deuces" played out so well in it. For those who might want more info on the film, or to order a copy, go to John's website.

rjurek349
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posted 12-11-2016 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who have asked about the streaming version of John Bennardo's award winning documentary on the two dollar bill, I am pleased to announce that it is now available for rental or purchase on Amazon.

If you do get a chance to rent or buy it, and you do enjoy it, please share the link with others and leave a positive review.

It's a sweet, soulful film, and while my space segment is about 5 minutes in the film, the other 85 minutes are a fascinating ride through the unique and historic nature of this quirky bit of US currency.

rjurek349
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posted 11-30-2017 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was honored to be featured as the #1 fact in this quirky clip about the top 5 unique facts about two dollar bills — leading off with them being flown in space. Check it out, and please share it if you like.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 11-30-2017 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rich, that is a great clip. I think the Two Owls Lard is the most bizarre though. Space is tame compared to that story.

rjurek349
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posted 11-30-2017 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL! Thanks, Larry. I've been called "quirky" before... but to rank #1 as "bizarre" has not been a life-long goal. That being said, John does a great job with these clips. And I really love his film. The $2 bill is a hard bill not to fall in love with, from a collector perspective.

DMScott
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posted 12-01-2017 06:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DMScott   Click Here to Email DMScott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rich, this is good but I think the documentary you are in is better. I love how you have built a terrific space collection in an extremely narrow niche.

rjurek349
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posted 12-01-2017 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, David! It’s been a fun adventure putting the pieces together and hunting down the flown bills.


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