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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-22-2017 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Randy Bresnik on the International Space Station (via Twitter):
Our Earth is but an island in the cosmos. Expedition 53 crew is embracing the island lifestyle with our Space Station Hawaiians on Aloha Friday!

STS-26 commander Rick Hauck described the origin of his 1988 crew's Hawaiian shirts in a NASA oral history:

We were presented with these Hawaiian shirts by the people that did the overhaul and the preparations in the Orbital Processing Facility, the OPF, on Discovery, and the reason is that they — I don't know if it was once a week or once or month, I think it was once a week — they would wear colorful shirts in to work. They called them their loud shirts and they called themselves the "Loud and Proud" group. So we were made honorary members of the Loud and Proud group, and we said, "We're going to have to take these shirts up into space with us."


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posted 09-23-2017 05:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Loud" is right. Here in Hawaii, we can immediately pick out anyone wearing one of those as a tourist.

The ones locals wear are more muted and subtle. Speaking of which, I've been in conversations with one of the big aloha shirt designer-manufacturers here (Reyn Spooner) about doing a 50th Anniversary of Apollo themed aloha shirt.

It would be helpful for me to know how many people might be interested in such a shirt so I can tell them what kind of sales they might expect. Obviously the more interest, the more likely they are to do it.


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posted 09-23-2017 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I see Hawaiian shirts I think Wally Schirra! I'd definitely be interested in a commemorative shirt, it would be great to bring them out around the Apollo 7 50th anniversary this time next year.

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