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astrobock
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posted 03-01-2007 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astrobock     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bill Anders is scheduled to be at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. on May 16 at 8 p.m. The topic: From Apollo to Warbirds: The Flying Life of William Anders. Lockheed Martin IMAX® Theater National Mall Building.

Free tickets - http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/lectures/ticketsform.cfm

capoetc
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posted 03-03-2007 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I reserved my tickets ... I wonder if he'll be signing?

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micropooz
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posted 03-04-2007 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I reserved my tix too. I haven't heard anything about whether he will sign, however, I'll be prepared. One of the beauties of collecting covers is that they fit easily into a jacket pocket, ready to get signed on a moment's notice...

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posted 05-07-2007 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for swedwards1960   Click Here to Email swedwards1960     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Suprised there hasn't been more discussion of this upcoming event or member attendees.

Based on knowledge of other appearances by Gen. Anders, his known signing habits of the past, and other events of this sort at NASM, how do people feel about the opportunity to have something signed?

stsmithva
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posted 05-07-2007 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be going with my fiance. A couple members of the DC-Area Autograph Collectors Club are also going, and we talked about meeting up to try to sit together or at least talk about it afterwards.

Would anyone be interested in joining us?

As for the possibility of him signing, I'm bringing a Moonshot photo and the piece of Kapton foil from Apollo 8 I described in the Hardware forum last month. Just... in... case.

Steven T. Smith

micropooz
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posted 05-07-2007 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve-

I was one of the DC folks who said they'd be there, but am now obligated to a biz trip out of town that week. Have fun guys!

Part of me hopes that he'd sign so everyone could get a sig, but the other part of me says I hope not, because I would be cussing my biz trip...

The Other Dennis

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posted 05-08-2007 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I face a similar problem of having work interfere with anticipated attendance. I have not checked if the tickets are all reserved. If someone wants to grab my reservations (3), let me know.

thump
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posted 05-08-2007 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by WAWalsh:
I face a similar problem of having work interfere with anticipated attendance. I have not checked if the tickets are all reserved. If someone wants to grab my reservations (3), let me know.


Yes, this event is listed as being in overflow seating...

tncmaxq
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posted 05-09-2007 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I reserved a space but might not be going. If there is a way to transfer my ticket (are there even real tickets involved?) to someone else I could do that.

If I go I would bring my press kit cover that is signed by 10 of the Moon walkers, plus his Apollo 8 crewmates. I would love to have Anders's signature on this document but I would not expect him to sign. I don't see any notice on the NASM website about a signing session. I am told by other collectors that he is not good about giving autographs.

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posted 05-16-2007 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Enjoyed lecture. Auditorium about 2/3 full. Saw many of my cS friends. No autographs. No photo ops. One of Lindbergh's grandsons was there as were grand nephews and nieces of A.M. Lindbergh. A special thank you to D.J. of Goddard.

Garry

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posted 05-17-2007 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobbyA   Click Here to Email BobbyA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really enjoyed the lecture too. He was very humerous and answered lots of questions. My question about how fame had affected his life led to a very funny response by General Anders. The slide show on the big screen ads a lot to the presentation. I wish Eileen Collins had had some visuals to go with her lecture last week.

collocation
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posted 05-17-2007 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for collocation   Click Here to Email collocation     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone elaborate on Anders concerns about going to Mars due to radiation situation

Glint
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posted 05-17-2007 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by collocation:
Can anyone elaborate on Anders concerns about going to Mars due to radiation situation

I assume he was talking about the risk of long term radiation exposure outside of the region affected by Earth's magnetosphere.

Found a couple of related links:

Solar Radiation Danger May Delay Manned Mission To Mars

and

Space Radiation Could Be A Mars Mission-Killer

It was an enjoyable lecture with lots of inside information. Gen. Anders has had a long and distinguished career in government, starting in the Nixon administration, and in private industry. (In his autobiography Countdown, Frank Boreman said that Nixon asked him to provide thumbnail sketches of NASA people. Nixon was looking for NASA types for posts in his administration. Boreman must have put in a good word for Anders.)

The talk included plenty of political jabs at such pols as Spiro Agnew. Gen. Anders also referred to his astronaut medical examination, including interviews, where he carefully parsed his words but still gave honest answers "unlike Bill Clinton did."

He referred to the firsts and new records set. From the first Saturn V and the fastest manned mission to date to his record setting sphincter control on the Apollo 8 lunar mission.

Gen. Anders also told how his high proficiency with the "flying bedstead" lunar landing trainer led him to invite his family out to watch him fly it, which he did. Neil Armstrong took off in the same contraption later the same day. Happened to be the day that a mechanical failure caused Armstrong to eject and the thing crashed. I assume if his family was still present it would have been a sobering experience.

General Anders drove home the point that the earth is small and fragile. He once gave Al Gore a copy of the famous Apollo 8 "earthrise" photo -- when the Vice President was still a Senator. Gen. Anders said that Gore later used the photo for the opening in his "An Inconvenient Truth" documentary. "And I think these days," said the General, "Al Gore's convinced that he took the picture himself."

I submitted a couple of pics for the sightings board; maybe one'll show up in a couple of days.

It was great to see the usual strong turnout of faithful Maryland-based CSers there at the lecture.

Curt

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DOX32
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posted 05-17-2007 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Enjoyed seeing everyone there.

My first chance to see Bill Anders, and he is an excellent public speaker.

Never miss an opportunity to see these guys and gals while you can.

Stafford Schirra and Cernan were really special last November 2006 at NASM. Enough said!

Also, John Glenn introduced Eileen Collins last week.

Woody

stsmithva
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posted 06-19-2007 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is of interest pretty much only to members in the DC area, but I think an important aspect of this event was how many empty seats there were. I e-mailed with a couple of members beforehand who had to get standby tickets after the regular tickets were all reserved, and weren't sure if they would try to make it. Well, if you ever find yourself in that situation, come on down- there were empty seats all around from no-shows, even in the first couple of rows.

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