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FFrench
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posted 11-12-2010 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Talking with Mike McCulley at the Cape during the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation event, I noticed he was wearing a "Meatworm" patch – the hybrid design between the NASA meatball and the worm. I've never seen this design as a patch before, and never in any official capacity, only in joking reference to Dan Goldin's worm-eradication efforts. McCulley had never noticed himself until that day, as Fred Gregory had pointed it out to him.

McCulley said he was given this jacket when at NASA with this patch on. Was this ever an officially-approved and worn NASA logo, or was this someone just having fun?

benguttery
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posted 11-12-2010 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benguttery   Click Here to Email benguttery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Souvenirs store on NASA Road 1 in Houston has these.

hoorenz
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posted 11-13-2010 02:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Back then, it was called 'wormball'.

Go4Launch
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posted 11-13-2010 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hoorenz is correct. I think these were first made several years before Goldin acted in 1993. It was not a NASA-produced item -- the maker pitched it in a catalog as a "fun" mock-up type thing at the time, but I don't know whether it was his/her original idea.

FFrench
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posted 11-15-2010 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone - "Wormball," got it.

So it sounds like, while McCulley was given this jacket officially while at NASA, the inclusion of this patch on it was probably someone having fun, not any indication it was ever officially adopted as a design?

Go4Launch
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posted 11-16-2010 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would be my view, Francis, yes.

FFrench
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posted 11-17-2010 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, John.

hoorenz
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posted 11-20-2010 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just dug up some old info. The Wormball was designed by Dan Gauthier as a compromise "to make everyone happy".

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