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spgrissom
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posted 01-29-2007 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spgrissom   Click Here to Email spgrissom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not to sound weird but look at the last picture Tim took of the pad. You see the moon and 3 round circles. A little strange but a cool shot none the less.

dss65
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posted 01-29-2007 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Tim, for a moving report. I've been to Pad 34, and I'm very glad that it was part of my visit to KSC. It is indeed a hallowed place. We will never forget.

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Don

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posted 01-29-2007 11:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Machodoc   Click Here to Email Machodoc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim,

I can not tell you how much your posts meant to me. Just to say thank you is inadequate but is the best I can do right now.

SW

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posted 01-30-2007 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those of you who get NASA TV on the cable/satellite sysetms, the full ceremony at the memorial wall was broadcast last night. I'm sure it will be re-broadcast several times throughout the week. Unfortunately, NASA TV never gives a very good schedule of what they are going to air...so it might be a "gallery" presentation or "this week in NASA" or even something else. It was on at 9pm CST last night, so I would bet it would air a similar time tonight too.

Walt Cunningham gave the best speech of them all. While some gave canned speeches that only NASA management could write, Walt really articulated the loss and you could see the genuine emotion on his face. Ted Freeman's daughter and Lowell Grissom were both great too.

KSCartist
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posted 01-30-2007 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank YOU all for the kind words about my report of the days events. I was proud to be able to share it with you. Thank you to Robert for your help in posting the photos just right.

spgrissom- I did get the program of the ceremony. It was actually the best one of the day. My hats off to whoever designed it. If I didn't introduce myself it was because I felt humbled to be there and didn't want to draw attention to myself. It was your families ceremony. FYI I was the guy in the baseball style jacket with the memorial patches on it.

Thanks again everyone.

Tim

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posted 01-30-2007 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Holloway   Click Here to Email Joe Holloway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All,

My two daughters and I had the privilege of driving down to the Cape from Tennessee for the ceremony. Although my family and I have visited the Cape many times over the years, this particular visit was the most meaningful. The ceremony was everything I expected it to be...emotional, solemn, and extremely fitting. I hope to be able to attend again in the future.

Here are a few more images from that night:

spgrissom
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posted 01-31-2007 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spgrissom   Click Here to Email spgrissom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim:

I designed the program along with another teacher from my school corporation. I was also the one passing them out as did my wife.

If you look in Joe Hollaway's pictures the back of my head is in his first picture.

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posted 01-31-2007 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve-

Great job on the programs. I look forward to actually meeting you next year-if not before.

Tim

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posted 01-31-2007 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the full and very moving report.

* 1 star in the heavens for Apollo 1
* 1 star in the heavens for Challenger
* 1 star in the heavens for Columbia

(edited 1 February 2007... God, it is a sad, sad day.)

Gene Bella
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posted 01-31-2007 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Holloway   Click Here to Email Joe Holloway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In retrospect, a couple of restored Sabrejets or other Korean-era fast-movers would have made for an excellent flyover/missing man formation at this event.

Out of respect for the ceremony participants, we only shot a few flash photos. The non-flash ones resulted in some fuzzy images, unfortunately. Some stills and vidcaps are posted here.

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posted 02-01-2007 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim,

Thank you for placing the most beautiful flower at the base of the Space Mirror and for saying you did it with us in mind. I wish these words could somehow thank you enough! I wanted SO MUCH to be there for the ceremony, to honor our heroes and offer a rose, but no way was that possible. Later, along came your post and beautiful tribute here, and when I saw the photo of your hand placing the most beautiful rose at the base, I just bawled my head off. Incredible. Thank you for making the dreams of so many people come true, mine for one. Thanks for being there for us.

Anne

spgrissom
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posted 02-02-2007 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spgrissom   Click Here to Email spgrissom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joe:

I remember you from the ceremony. You were actually standing right behind me during the ceremony. I am in your picture where you are standing "stunned" of being at Pad 34. I am passing out the programs in that picture.

I am glad that you enjoyed the ceremony. We have asked for a fly-by and thought we might have gotten one this year, but it did not work out that way...too bad.

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Yes, spgrissom, I figured I had caught you in one or more of my pics of the ceremony.

Speaking of pics, here's a poignant one from the Holloway family "Instamatic archives." This is Pad 34, of course, from the NASA Tours bus, approximately six months after the tragedy.

Apollo 7 was a long time from being stacked there, too.

Joe

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posted 02-02-2007 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen Clemmons   Click Here to Email Stephen Clemmons     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My thanks to all those who made my trip back to Kennedy and Cape Canaveral for the 40th anniversary of the "Fire" so memorable.

Special people, Col Johnny Johnson, Kate Cooper, Apollo Memorial Foundation and Sonny Whitt, Vice Commander CCAFS, Tim Gagnon (KSCartist), Bob Castro and one of my old friends from Convair, Carlos Banks made the trip very worthwhile.

I got a special tour of the SWAk Museum from Sam Bettingfield. They have done wonders but the most interesting was the working interior replica of a Atlas blockhouse from the electrical control panels salvaged from Complex 36. Incidently, all that remains of Complex 36 is the towers which will be imploded this spring.

I was also able to have a good meeting with Jim Gleaves, who I had not seen in 37 years.

As well as attending the Rickety Rocketeers breakfast where old timers that made the space program come alive gathered to rehash the old days. Their motto. "We got it done."

It was a sad occasion at times and when I looked at the Astronaut Memorial, my thoughts were why didn't we do more to prevent these events from happening.

I spent almost a week down there and came away with renewed vision that we must do more to keep the memories of the Cape and KSC and the many programs alive for the generations to come.

The "Space Walk Of Fame" Foundation as well as the Apollo Memorial Foundation, headed up by Kate Cooper is trying to keep our memories alive, but has always suffered from a shortage of funds. Most of the workers are volunteers with a vison.

They want to keep the memories of our space program alive.

I went over to their storage locker where they have stored artifacts because they do not have room in their new quarters. It's a real treasure trove.

There are boxes and boxes of 35mm and 70mm negatives and after looking at some of them, I knew that they must be preserved. According to Sam Bettingfield, they need a building at with at least 20,000 sq.ft.

The new Apollo/Shuttle memorial is looking great, the reflecting pool is almost ready for water. They have done wonders with what funds they have received but need our help.

I was over on the Cape for two days and went for a tour that that was demoralizing because all the old sites where history was made are cleaned off or just piles of rubble.

Just walking around some of the pads and remembering what happened back then brought tears to my eyes to see what it had become.

If it's alright with Robert Pearlman, I will post more information later on how our great website members can help keep it going.

We must not forget our history.

Thanks again to those who made my trip so memorable.

spgrissom
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posted 02-02-2007 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spgrissom   Click Here to Email spgrissom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr. Clemmons:

It was a pleasure to have been able to meet you at SLC 34. I am realy thank-ful I was able to photograph you at night next to the pad. It was a neat shot. I'll be in contact in the near future.

Steve

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posted 02-02-2007 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to everyone who posted images.

When I did my NASA Then & Now tour in '03, the pad was closed because of a Delta being refuelled and I missed out on seeing it.

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posted 02-02-2007 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One positive way in which to honour the crew of Apollo 1 would be to support the Apollo 1 Memorial Foundation. The remarkable Kate Cooper (I've met and talked with her) has dedicated many years now to this cause out of a profound respect for the lives and achievements of Gus, Ed and Roger, and in wanting to preserve the launch pad and its surrounding facilities, but every bit of help she and other volunteers such as Johnny Johnson can muster is of immeasurable help. Just go to their website to read the history of this fine but struggling group and for further details on how you too can help.

Colin

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To spgrissom, your words: "Not to sound weird but look at the last picture Tim took of the pad. You see the moon and 3 round circles. A little strange but a cool shot none the less." are not weird at all. The evening of the 30th anniversary, in 1997, I stood under that ring, looked up and saw the moon and 3 stars. That seemed weird for a clear night and I searched around for more stars. There were only 3.

I want to thank all of you who have mentioned the Apollo 1 Memorial Foundation and who continue to be so supportive of our efforts. We will always remember and honor the crew of Apollo 1.

Katherine Cooper
Apollo One Memorial Foundation, Inc.

spgrissom
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posted 02-02-2007 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spgrissom   Click Here to Email spgrissom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kate:

The 3 objects look like planets, but I do not think that they are. it is an awesome shot, but really strange.


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