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Mike
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posted 09-28-2003 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike   Click Here to Email Mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with many of the most famous pilots of all time at the SETP Symposium on Fiday night at the Westin Bonaventure in L.A. I was able to spend some time with Gen. Bob Cardenas, Bob Gilliland, Robert Crippen and Scott Crossfield as well as have some short conversations and pictures signed by Capt. Schirra, Capt. Cernan and Capt. Lovell. All of those attending were very gracious with their time in answering questions and signing books and photos, especially my three favorite Navy pilots. A truly great bunch of guys.

Mike

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posted 09-28-2003 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron@aol.com   Click Here to Email albatron@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike:

Are you SURE Cernan and Lovell were signing?

Just teasing. It is amazing to be in the company of these gentlemen - it still is to me no matter how many times I am.

Thanks for sharing!

Al

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posted 09-28-2003 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a timeless weekend of listening to and sharing stories with some of the best story tellers of our time. It was a once in lifetime moment. The memories will last a lifetime, and perhaps be handed down to my children.

Some of those guys are really funny. I just can not describe the collective history of the people in that banquet hall Saturday night. It is beyond my limited vocabulary.

Thanks to the few list members who shared the weekend with me.

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Douglas Henry

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Jake
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posted 09-29-2003 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jake   Click Here to Email Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems like the word WOW is not enough to describe the atmosphere in the room that Saturday night...! David Hartman moderated the program and video history. The videos were paused countless times where David introduced the actual people present in the room from the portion of flight history just reviewed - unreal! Five X-15 pilots, numerous early X-plane pilots, Mercury-Gemini-Apollo astronauts, commercial aviation test pilots, helicopter company pioneers, it just kept going for an hour-and-a-half! What a special evening.

Thanks Doug and Mike for all your hospitality.... WOW.

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Jake Schultz - curator,
Newport Way Air Museum (OK, it's just my home)

FFrench
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posted 09-29-2003 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish I had known you guys were all there... I guess I wasn't looking at name tags enough!

Indeed, an historic and incredible gathering that may never be repeated. Many astronauts there who were not officially on the roster (many as part of their new careers), such as Rick Hauck, Jon McBride, Scott Altman and Julie Payette.

It was great to see also, though this is almost Ground Zero of Bart-Sibrel-land, that no-one was bugging these guys as they kicked back and relaxed with their old cohorts - Schirra and Carpenter could sit at the bar without people butting in on their chat every couple of seconds, Buzz could relax and chat with people, Yeager could wander around freely... very nice to see. It meant that when people did respectfully and appropriately ask for them to sign something, they were on the whole happy to do so. Quite a difference from some events I have been to.. good job, guys.

FF

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posted 09-29-2003 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jake   Click Here to Email Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Didn't know Julie Payette was there - would have loved to share a few minutes in conversation....... Shows how overwhelming the event was - SO MANY amazing contributors to aviation and space history in one room that you don't have NEARLY enough time to talk with many of them!

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Jake Schultz - curator,
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MScherzi
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posted 10-01-2003 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MScherzi   Click Here to Email MScherzi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a wonderful experience, and Commodore Quinn is modest in his post.

Mike was gracious and picked me up from where I was staying and was my chauffeur on the way up, and Doug Henry did the same for us on the way back. You'll have to ask Mike why.

While waiting for the poolside reception to start Mike introduced me to his friend, General Cardenas. We made arrangements to see him at the reception. I then bumped in to Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan. Jim gladly signed a NASA glossy of him on the Moon, and even personalized it. Capt. Lovell called over and said to Gene, "Let's go, the session is starting ", and off they went. I ran into Wally Schirra who was being interviewed in the lobby, when it was over he said he had to go change, and to catch him at the reception.

There were many other test pilots around, so I was able to get Joe Cotton and Fitz Fulton among others.

Chuck Yeager was in the lobby and signed two photos for me. I had a rather in depth conversation with his new wife.

At the reception Gen. Cardenas and Bob Gilliland came over to our table and the General asked Quinn to save them some seats with us. Quinn is a nice guy to know.

I was talking to Gilliland, the SR-71 test pilot, and he said he wanted to verify a story with Bob Crippen that he had heard on STS-1. Less than two minutes later I see Crippen walking by, and I called him over to the table. He spent at least ten minutes chatting with both Bobs and us, and signed a few items. Throughout the course of the night many other distinguished aviators stopped by to chat with our table mates, who were just wonderful.

Someone, I think it was Doug Henry, said that Mike Collins was there, and had signed something. I wandered (ran screaming!! ) over and he was nice and signed a NASA glossy WSS.

Doug also had spotted Wally Schirra and Jim Lovell, so Quinn and I went over and Wally signed copies of We Seven for us. His was the second on mine, and I think completed the copy Quinn had, but you have to check with Mike.

A while later who do you think sits down at the next table, but Capt and Mrs. Lovell. He was kind enough to sign a NASA moonrise glossy already signed by Frank Borman. Mrs. Lovell mentioned that I would never be able to get Bill Anders to sign the piece. I told her that I was just happy to add her husband's name to the photo. A few minutes later Gene Cernan sat with them. Since he had signed for us in the lobby we left them alone.

Doug Henry spent some times discussing the Wright Flyer replica with Scott Crossfield. I spent some time embarrassing myself with the ladies.

All in all, a wonderful event.

Matt Scherzi

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FFrench
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posted 10-01-2003 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

"I ran into Wally Schirra who was being interviewed in the lobby, when it was over he said he had to go change, and to catch him at the reception."

Sounds familiar... if it was an audiotaped interview, then that was me interviewing him.

FF

Aztecdoug
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posted 10-01-2003 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the best moment of the night was sitting at our table. It was a beautiful night, we were outdoors under the stars and Mars. The skyscrapers of downtown LA were reaching up to the stars all around us like trees in a forest.

Mike, Matt, the two Bobs and I are sitting just chatting about everything and nothing. I look over to the next table and the Lovells are doing the same with Gene Cernan about 5 feet away. About 20 feet to my right is Mike Collins sharing some time with some friends chatting. A variety of who's who in aviation walking by to the banquet line, or stopping by to say, "Hi," to the Bobs.

There were no crowds pushing to meet them and have things signed. Just everyone sharing the moment, relaxed, having a nice time under the stars. That image will stay in my memory forever.

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Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!

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