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Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-07-2008 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The West Yorkshire Astronomical Society will host Buzz Aldrin on Sunday, March 30th. Details to be confirmed.

Regards,
Rick

Matt T
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posted 02-07-2008 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would be the same Sunday I'm waking up in Lithuania would it? Hmm...

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gliderpilotuk
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posted 02-08-2008 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At this I'd better book me a season ticket from London to Pontefract. San Diego? Bah!

Paul

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-08-2008 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Matt T:
That would be the same Sunday I'm waking up in Lithuania would it?
Bugger... there goes my lift.

Regards,
Rick

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-13-2008 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears Buzz will be signing at the event too. But unlike previous guest astronaut speakers he will be charging a fee, yet to be determined "but not cheap".

Regards,

Rick

Steve Procter
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posted 03-23-2008 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone going?

Steve

Apollo14LMP
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posted 03-23-2008 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo14LMP   Click Here to Email Apollo14LMP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have spare tickets for this event... I tried to get one but the event wasn't shown on WYAS site then appeared sold out! Help!

Yes, season ticket to Pontefract ...now much in demand.

Alan Bean presentation was superb!

Thanks...

Blackarrow
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posted 03-23-2008 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't believe that Buzz Aldrin is giving a talk a reasonably easy journey away and I won't even be trying to go! I'm already committed to Birmingham next month and I haven't reminded my wife about THAT yet! (There was a very brief mention about it several months ago and I suspect she has forgotten.) Asking for another pass-out is probably stretching my luck a bit too far! Those of you who can get there, enjoy!

spaceman
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posted 03-30-2008 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations to Ken Willoughby and the crew for another great space event at Pontefract, West Yorkshire. The evening was sold out very quickly. You really squeezed them in tonight Ken.

Thanks for a great event not too far from home... for us anyway. Sales on our souvenir stand were brisk we arrived later than planned (delayed by two motorway pileups on the M42). Hope no one was seriously injured.

Buzz had a standing ovation at the start. We were shown an Apollo/DVD short and then into his life story (a bit scripted for my tastes) but injected with humour. We were spoiled with 'off the cuff' Bean and Duke on the previous two occasions. However I had not seen Buzz do a stand up before and would gladly pay again for even greater insights into his life at NASA. His quickfire answers to quickfire questions at the end was of great interest. We would keep them chatting all night. He was signing, I think the usual Buzz fee. Some lucky individuals won his signature in the prize draw.

All in all a very pleasant end to A Sunday evening, the earlier start and finish ensured that we were home before the midnight hour.

Best Wishes to fellow CSer Steve Procter. He made himself known sporting a very nice photo of him and Buzz taken at an earlier event and signed in person tonight. Some nice Apollo items were also displayed in the trade area too.

Goodnight,
Nick
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Steve Procter
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posted 03-31-2008 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Nick,

Good to see you last night, you seemed to be doing a steady trade!

Agree very much with all you had to say about the evening.

The Apollo DVD, which although contained frequently seen stock footage of Apollo 11 and other missions, worked really well with the extracts from ‘The Planets’ as the soundtrack. It did set the scene, especially for those who had never been to this sort of thing before. But we ‘old hands’ enjoyed it too!

As you mentioned the talk was very ‘scripted’ in comparison to those we saw previously from Charlie Duke and Alan Bean, however as you also pointed out it was not without it’s humourous asides.

Buzz mentioned his work in orbital rendezvous was inspired by earlier work in techniques in intercepting enemy fighter jets “over South Korea, but occasionally over North Korea, which we weren’t supposed to”.

On Kennedy’s speech Buzz said he liked the idea of “landing a man on the moon” but liked “returning him safely to the earth” even better.

His talk was basically a potted history of his life, flying and astronaut career with slides on the big screen above the stage. He talked us through his missions and talked with some candour about his post NASA life.

Buzz moved on to what he is involved with now in trying to promote space ‘accessibility’ to ordinary people and concepts for flights to Mars.

He’s been pretty busy in recent years – skiing competitions, scuba diving, NASCAR driving, visiting the North Pole (and with a trip to the South Pole on the cards in the next couple of years), as well as descending in a submersible to the wreck of the Titanic!

There then followed a session where he fielded questions from the hall including one on what he thought about moon hoax theorists. Basically he seemed to say ignore them, don’t give them the notoriety - they will believe what they want to believe irrespective of the facts. He didn’t advocate the old right hook!!
The event was a complete sell out and enjoyed greatly by all who attended, many of whom were seeing a moonwalker for the first time.

There was a signing session afterwards with fees set at £100 books/photographs and £50 for signing the event ticket. I decided to get the photo of Buzz and myself taken at the Autographica dinner a couple of years ago signed. Despite the fee he certainly seemed to have a lot of takers.

Crowd was a bit short on the ‘usual suspects’ but Nick was there of course as was Phil Graham who made the trip up from the Midlands with his son.

Big thanks once again to Ken Willoughby for getting the whole thing to happen and must have moved heaven and earth to get this one off the ground. Look forward to Fred Haise in October, Gene Cernan next March and who knows thereafter…..?

Cheers

Steve

Steve Procter
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posted 04-02-2008 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just remembered another thing he said that made me smile - When talking about the naming of craters on the moon's far side he said 'It's the Far side of the Moon NOT The Dark Side of the Moon - that's Pink Floyd!'

Buzz - Shine on you crazy diamond!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-03-2008 04:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did anybody take pictures of Buzz in Pontefract last Sunday? I was not able to make it myself and was looking forward to seeing pictures taken by other members. But to date none have been posted.

I think they call that massochism!

Regards,

Rick

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