posted 06-28-2004 02:02 PM
I'll be submitting several items on this gathering. This is to attempt to break them into digestible pieces, and partially because I'm in sensory overload from the experience.
There were 11 in attendance from collectSPACE including myself. They were:
1)Mike Middleton from Kansas City, who made his first post just above here
2) Patrick Franklin of Kansas City, a long time poster
3/4)Russ Davoren and his wife from Oklahoma City. Russ is a long time "lurker" who we hope will start posting. He is an FAA instructor, and a long time collector with some nice pieces.
6) John Fongheiser of Danvillle, Ohio who traveled the greastest distance. John runs Historic Space Systems, and is EXTREMELY KNOWLEGEABLE.
7) Charles Klofas of Fort Worth, TX. A frequent contributor, and often a vistor at related functions all across the country. Another very knowlegeable person.
8/9) Todd and Debbie Franklin from Camenton, Missouri (Near Lake of the Ozarks).
10) Steve O'Leary of Kansas City. Steve has some outstanding photos he has taken including Apollo XII at Langley, VA. It made a very nice signed print from Captain Gordon.
11) Yours truly. I'm so high from this experience and the way Cosmosphere treated us, that I should be geting Astronaut Wings for being above 100KM.
I was extremely taken by the freindliness of the group, their interest, and enthusiasm, and knowlege. The guides from Cosmosphere seemed to feed on our enthusiasm, and thus the tour was even better.
When Jim Remar opened up the storage shelf, and pulled the protective cover from Deke Slayton's ASTP suit, there was a perciptable gasp from the group. Several times, I literally got goosebumps.
I'd encourage those who took digital pictures to get them into Robert ASAP so we can all enjoy.
Also, I'd sure like to sse your impressions posted. John, sure would like to see some more posts from you with technical details of what we saw, including yur story of the Agena, and its separated cone.
Now, the dissapoinment. I sure wish we could have had more than 11!!!!! Having said that there were probably 10-15 people cancel from say two weeks ago, to as late as Friday. And you know what, they were iron clad reasons, not excuses. My young friend Rodrigo who I have been hoping to meet had appendicitis. Rob Pearlman had conflicts at the last minute which was dissapointing.
But, Robert has indicated he might try later this summer. And sevewral attending said they'd like to to this again, and maybe even regularly like 2-4 times per year.
Robert, keep me posted. Many including Cosmosphere staff would really like to meet you. (BTW, go ahead and forward all the surprises. I'll get them forwarded. The Armstrong personalized Autograph you have for me will be greatly apreciated.)
So, I'd like to propose another gathering. Whats the group think. When? I think there will be a new exhibit hall on Early Space opening next year that will be a show stopper. Maybe special guests. That could be a possiblility, although we'd not get as much fine attnetion as we did this time. Cosmosphere out did their self in attention and hospitality.
Obviously I'll check with Cosmosphere and get their take on this.
More on Captain Gordon, and what we saw in susequent posts.
Miss Fw, True North; mission accomplished. Payload launch to your stations shortly
[This message has been edited by STEVE SMITH (edited June 28, 2004).]