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Author Topic:   10/19-20: Harrison Schmitt in Pontefract (UK)
crash
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posted 03-11-2012 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rick, I cannot help you there regarding your tweets. You know that it's non-profit, I know it's non-profit, but it does need explaining, which you have clearly done (even though something may have gone wrong).

I cannot help but laugh at this tweet of the Prof's:

Can't believe I am getting tweets from people who don't believe we landed on the moon. You are irrational nobbers. Go away!
That's hysterical! But not good enough for me to sign up.

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posted 03-11-2012 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
Neither response has appeared on the site and I do not understand why.
Your reply does appear in response to @SWD_Man.

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posted 03-11-2012 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the link Robert. Without it, I am still unable to find my tweet; I have a lot to learn.

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posted 03-11-2012 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All being well "Spaceflight" magazine will be running an ad for the Harrison Schmitt event in the May edition, due out in April.

And Ken has already reported an immediate uplift in ticket enquiries on the back of Brian Cox's tweet.

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posted 03-12-2012 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently, after Professor Cox's tweet yesterday, the Carleton High School website had 6000 hits. So many in fact that the site temporarily crashed.

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posted 03-12-2012 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If some people find the ticket cost too high then that's obviously their opinion, however don't moan about it, just accept that's what it is or stay away. One thing should be remembered though, how much do you have to pay to see 22 blokes kicking a piece of leather (sorry pvc) around?

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posted 03-12-2012 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and to continue that train of thought Chris. How many times in a season will people pay £40, £50 or £60 pound a time to watch those 22 blokes, and over how many seasons?

The Harrison Schmitt event is a one time deal.

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posted 03-13-2012 02:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
22 blokes and a piece of leather? Not the best deal. 30 men (!) and a piece of odd shaped leather cheaper and a lot better value.

On edit - and they don't use body armour like those in the former colonies!!!!!

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posted 03-13-2012 05:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Surely you mean 26?

Whatever... £60 is good value but I'm sure for 850 tickets at £60 you could get Neil Armstrong, Rick! I'd even set up a Twitter account for that!

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posted 03-13-2012 05:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like a plan Brammers, but the last time I checked we would need to sell 2083 tickets at £60 a pop.

It may have been one small step for man, but it's one giant fee for Neil Armstrong!

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posted 03-13-2012 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Correction. Harrison Schmitt is giving 2 talks over two days. 850 plus tickets at £60 each just about covers his fee, flights and hotel.

Neil apparently charges $150,000 and would give only 1 talk for that. Since the newly built Carleton venue holds a maximum of 500 people, tickets for Armstrong would out of necessity be £300 apiece.

I would stretch to that but how many others would?

Short of some corporate input I fear the chances of Neil Armstrong coming to Pontefract are slim to zero.

That said, you are an accountant aren't you Brammers? You must know some cash rich city type looking to write off something or other.

They got us all in to the global financial mess. It is the least they could do.

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posted 03-13-2012 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacemania   Click Here to Email spacemania     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a great thought to get Neil Armstrong over here, would guarantee to sell out in hours I for one think its a great idea.

Please somebody start inquiring and try to get him over here, some of these Apollo guys including Harrison Schmitt must have contact with him personally and could persuade him over for $150,000 I believe.

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posted 03-13-2012 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, it might be a good idea to test the waters?

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posted 03-13-2012 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To quote Ken, "You get me 500 to pay £300 and I will get him!"

Those that went to see Neil Armstrong in Belfast about 10 years ago paid about £300 when you consider entrance tickets, flights, hotels and the likes so I can imagine there would be plenty prepared to pay the same again for an Armstrong event on the mainland.

I did not go to Belfast and have regretted not doing so ever since.

That said, Harrison Schmitt is #1 on the runway right now. Might I suggest we all insure that event proceeds as planned and Ken can then start looking to future events.

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posted 03-13-2012 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A further 8000 hits on the Carleton website in the last two days since the Brian Cox tweet.

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posted 03-13-2012 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Bryant   Click Here to Email David Bryant     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shame Prof. Cox didn't do a tweet about Walt Cunningham...

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posted 03-13-2012 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is. I had booked a weeks holiday from work.

It transpires a tweet from Professor Cox would have been irelavent as the Cunningham event was cancelled for reasons beyond Ken's control.

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posted 03-14-2012 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rick, it was Dublin, not Belfast

Armstrong was over for a public and broadcast interview by RTE, which was followed by a dinner and professional photo with Neil for those of us who paid extra. As there was less than 100 people at the dinner it ensured some face-time with Neil for all of us.

I don't think it would be a problem to sell 500 tickets at £300 if marketed well - though Pontefract might not be the venue to ensure this. Partnership with someone like the RAeS for a dual event might reduce the cost, but the problem would be the underwriting of the event.

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posted 03-14-2012 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DOH!

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posted 03-14-2012 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Still not got over the moment when Neil was leaving and as walking past me, he stopped, turned, held out his hand and thanked me for coming!

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posted 03-14-2012 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, my mistake. I should have said "it gave Neil plenty of face-time with Steve"

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posted 03-14-2012 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like Rick says, Harrison Schmitt is #1 on the runway so I also don't want this to become a Neil Armstrong thread.

However...we should perhaps start thinking about this sooner rather than later if its an event that is feasible? I think a venue anywhere convenient to most that can hold 1000 people would be preferable as this would obviously bring the cost down. With Prof. Cox on board perhaps? And other potential involvement I for one think its a definite possibility.

Perhaps we should start a dedicated thread once all the Harrison Schmitt details have been finalised?

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posted 03-14-2012 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1000!? Count me out.

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posted 03-15-2012 06:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was only a suggestion to be discussed at a later date perhaps?

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posted 03-16-2012 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
Those that went to see Neil Armstrong in Belfast about 10 years ago paid about £300.
If only!!! It was actually Dublin, but it was well worth the travel, hotel and ticket-fee not only to hear Neil Armstrong but to meet him and get a photo with him. If Ken could persuade him to come to Pontefract, 300 pounds [sorry, no pound symbol on Chilean keyboards!] would be great value. Go for it, Ken!!

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posted 03-17-2012 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong in Pontefract is an option Ken is considering. But it will depend on how well he is supported with his current project.

His primary focus at this time is Harrison Schmitt.

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posted 03-18-2012 03:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm assuming we will know in early June if the Harrison Schmitt event is definitely on?

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posted 03-18-2012 05:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unless Ken tells me different, yes. At the end of the day, the event will stand or fall on ticket sales.

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posted 03-18-2012 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I totally understand that Rick and hopfully I'm not being perceived as negative by anyone? My point is that a Go/No Go date should perhaps be made I feel as folks have to make plans such as accommodation and holiday etc?

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posted 03-18-2012 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm new on here so please go easy.

I would definitely pay the £300 mentioned on here to see Armstrong talk, in fact I'd pay double that. Do you think it's a possibility?

And just to say that I did email Ken Willoughby to ask if there were any spare tickets for Harrison Schmitt and I didn't get a reply?

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posted 03-19-2012 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please e-mail Ken again, I know things are a bit hectic at the moment.

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posted 03-19-2012 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have already passed the details of the enquiry on to Ken. But all the details are on the Carleton School website.

Tickets are still available so it may be easier and quicker all round to simply send Ken a cheque as per the web site instructions.

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posted 03-19-2012 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rick - in the absence of any other claimants, may I stake mine for the free ticket for spotting the 'deliberate mistake' in Brian Cox's tweet.

£60 for a ticket, so their not milking are they!

Should be 'they're' NOT 'their'.

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posted 03-19-2012 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For the record, Brian Cox did not tweet about the ticket price. That was a response from one of his followers.

The spelling error would suggest that particular follower is as ignorant of the facts as he is misguided.

I have put him right on that misconception.

All being well Brian will follow up with further tweets but he is I believe, currently in the middle of nowhere filming.

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Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
For the record, Brian Cox did not tweet about the ticket price. That was a response from one of his followers.
I stand corrected and offer unreserved apologies to Brian.

I'm not a 'tweeter' so do not understand all these modern means of communication. Whatever happened to the small boy and a cleft stick?

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posted 03-22-2012 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update on the Harrison Schmitt event.

Dinner with Dr. Schmitt on Saturday afternoon 12:00-14:00 at The New Wheatsheaf, Altofts Lane, Whitwood, Castleford. WF10 5QB. Tickets are £60 each (cheques payable to Ken Willoughby and dated June 1st.)

Professional photo with Dr. Schmitt 11:00-12:00 is £25. These will be signed after the meal.

A signed photo after all. Count me in!

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posted 03-22-2012 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See you there, Rick.

Do you know if Ken is happy with the £25 being paid on the day?

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posted 03-22-2012 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At previous events Paul the photographs have been purchased on the day so unless Ken tells me different I think it will be the same for Dr Schmitt.

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posted 03-22-2012 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Super, smashing, great!

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posted 03-22-2012 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken has confirmed guests pay for their photos on the afternoon of the lunch, preferably before they sit down to eat.


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