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VirginiaJim
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posted 11-03-2012 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for VirginiaJim   Click Here to Email VirginiaJim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a family heirloom that I am planning to loan to the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas.

This item is a tarp that was attached to the Apollo 7 Command Module when it arrived at Cape Canaveral, FL from Downey, CA where it was built. The tarp had a short message, "Spacecraft 101, Because we care to send the very best" and the signatures of the people who designed and build it - a couple of hundred signatures or more.

Today I had a photographer from the Smithsonian photograph it. Tomorrow an appraiser looks it. In about a week, I fly down to Dallas to the Museum to discuss the loan and and if all works well deliver it to the Museum.

That takes care of the physical object, but the rest of the story is perhaps more important. History is about people.

I would like to to talk with anyone interested in forming or joining a virtual web team of history detectives to determine who the people who signed the tarp are or were and contact them or their survivors to let them know that this item will be displayed at the Museum. My initial approach is:

  1. Form a group of interested people
  2. Post the Picture and detail shots online
  3. Start crowd sourcing the info and share it with the Museum and online with anyone interested.
  4. Have someone volunteer to work with the Museum to be able to analyze some of the faded or very small signatures on-site.
  5. Locate and contact the signatories or their families and collect stories and encourage them to loan other Apollo 7 artifacts to the Museum to be displayed with the capsule.
Spacecraft 101 - Apollo 7 was the Block II bird that rose like a Phoenix from the fire of the Apollo 1 tragedy to carry the Apollo program back into space. It remains an unsurpassed marvel of engineering, science, and human dedication. I don't believe that the story of the engineering and support team has been properly told. We could change that.

A professional historian that I know has offered to reach out to NASA and the companies involved to see if they would be interested in helping. However, the success of a project like this would most like come from a host of passionate volunteers.

This is a chance to help capture some space history before it is lost forever.

Let me know if you are interested. Thoughts and recommendations welcome. Semper Fidelis — Jim

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posted 11-05-2012 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a photo of Jim's Apollo 7 tarp — detail shots can be found at this Dropbox.

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posted 11-05-2012 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA photo 68-H-532 shows the Apollo 7 SM-101 arriving at the Cape Canaveral Skid Strip on the Super Guppy with a banner that also reads Spacecraft 101 "We care enough to send the very best" on the container.

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posted 11-07-2012 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for VirginiaJim   Click Here to Email VirginiaJim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the DropBox link appeared broken, try this.

Also, here is a first cut on most of what is on the tarp. Anyone want to help find out who these folks are and who might still be around?

"Good Guys"
"Love Cindi"
Adams, Rod
Amy, R.O.
Armstrong, Tom
Atkins, Lorman E.
ATO Pilot Group
Baird, Ardy
Beeman, Don
Bingham, Lonnie
Black, Tom
Blackburn, J.E.
Blue Goose
Bob, Cadicks
Bob, Calliss
Boliek, J.M.
Boyles, Max
Brunner, C.G.
Buckley, A.J.
Burgess, V.
Burns, Don
Butt, Marshall: Good Luck
Casslo, Jim
Caughren, Chuck
Chinn, Dan
Clyde, R.: Received 5/17/68 1840
Cornell, C.W.
Cousins, Ray: Good Luck
Cox, C.L.R.
Crockett, John
Cromell, C.E.
D'Alessandro, Diane "yea September"
Davis, Bob
Davis, C.: Here is half of it
Decker, F.D.
Dick, Harvey
Diekman, W.R.
Dish, Harry
Diskman
Duley, Bill
Eake, W.
Eddins, Gerald O.
Engs, William
Erman, Dick
Ewing, Paul
Fillbaen, S.E.
Finnay, John. D.
Flowers, Tom
Frost, G.
Fugikanna, R.
Garnett, Judy
Garrett, F.L.
George
Gillman, J.W.
Goodman, Leroy
Graaf, Bill
Gregory, Bill
Griggs, Bob
Hack, H.
Hapin, B.K
Hardenbrook, D.E.
Harrison, Bill
Harwell, Po
Haw, Dale
Haynes, Larry
Healy, John P.
Hemming
Hewitt, Lucille
Hicks, K.C.
Hill, Ken
Holby, J.
Holmes, B.J.
Horton, R.J.
Jay
Johnson Miss
Johnson, Johnie
Johnson, Mike
Johnson, Ray
Johnson, Russ
Jones, Aarth
 Gentry, S.G.
Jones, E.W.
Julty, J.L.
K., Joe
Kapin, Penny
Karsinskins, J.
Kennear, R.
Kennedy, Charlie
Kennedy, Don: Me to Driver
Kingman, L.L.
Krupp, Leo
Largason, John
Lofring, E.
Loseman, Robert H.
Martin, Lloyd A.
May, Don L.
McLaughlin, Bob
Melk, L.A.
Miller, Leroy
Morandi, A.
Morgan, L.P.
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Poyner, Hank
Quilinne, Bob 'B.Q.'
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posted 11-14-2012 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for VirginiaJim   Click Here to Email VirginiaJim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update - Arrived in Dallas yesterday and today I left the tarp and a worn Apollo Seven poster that my dad had tucked in it for a 120 day loan while th museum figures out if they can find space to exhibit it. They really like it though it is bigger than they thought.

The Museum is looking for someone to spring for or make a display case for the tarp as that is not in the museum's 2013 budget. What they need is 12' by 4' by 1" deep plexiglass or armor glass covered case that will allow folks to look closely at the signatures and impromptu artwork.

You can see the spot the museum director is thinking of placing the tarp here on Robert Pearlman's post. The spot is the first picture of the location under the stairs near the command module (there is a Skylab exercise bike).

Any have any ideas?

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posted 11-14-2012 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for VirginiaJim   Click Here to Email VirginiaJim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LM-12:
NASA photo 68-H-532 shows the Apollo 7 SM-101 arriving at the Cape Canaveral Skid Strip on the Super Guppy with a banner
This appears to be the same tarp as it has written on it, "Received 5/17/68 - R. Clyde"

Thanks for the lead. Did you see the capsule when it was in Canada?

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