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HistorianMom
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posted 02-13-2012 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We got a "Save the Date" card from the Cosmosphere over the weekend — they are having a big event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the museum. Charlie Duke, Harrison Schmitt, Joe Engle, and Steven Hawley are lined up so far, with "more VIP guests" soon to be announced.

I'm excited because we had kind of planned to go down to Florida for the Apollo 16 celebration, but financial reality intervened. So we get to see General Duke at another event!

DC Giants
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posted 02-13-2012 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DC Giants   Click Here to Email DC Giants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, that is great! Do you have to be a member to attend?

HistorianMom
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posted 02-13-2012 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The way the last few events have been, they put tickets on sale to Premium Members first. Premium Membership starts at $150 per year per family. Then they let "regular members" buy. Those memberships are cheaper, I think they begin around $35 each. After that, stuff goes on sale to the general public.

They often have some sort of "Premium Member" add on; for instance when Al Worden and Francis French were there giving talks and doing their book signing this fall, there was a reception with a photo opportunity with Colonel Worden just for Premium Members. When they did the Apollo 13 celebrations, there was an opportunity for breakfast with Alan Bean (for an additional cost) and then a cocktail reception with the astronauts before the actual dinner.

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posted 02-13-2012 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DC Giants   Click Here to Email DC Giants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I let my membership lapse and I need to renew at the basic level. Hopefully this event will cater to everyone as it sounds like a fantastic opportunity!

HistorianMom
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posted 03-20-2012 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got this e-Mail about the April 28 event:
Formal invitations are in the mail to all Cosmosphere members. If you are not a member this is a great time to join, showing your support of the Cosmosphere and gaining priority access to an amazing celebration.

You are Invited To Celebrate the 50th Anniversary Of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Saturday, April 28, 2012

Join in the Celebration of Space Exploration and Cosmosphere History and Pay Tribute to Patty Carey

With special guests:

  • Astronaut Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17
  • Astronaut Charles Duke, Apollo 16
  • Kansas Shuttle Astronauts Joe Engle and Steven Hawley
  • Brooks, Chris and Mike Carey and their Families
  • Master of Ceremonies Ken Baker, Radio Kansas
Program
  • 6:30-7:45 p.m.
    Celebration Presentations and Tribute to Patty Carey in the Lobby
    Cosmosphere Member: Complimentary
    Non-Member: $75 per person

  • 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
    Reception, VIP Meet & Greet and Photo Opportunity in the Rotunda
    Cash Bar with Hors d'Oeuvres
    Cosmosphere Member: $150 per person
    Non-Member: $200 per person

  • 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
    Silent Auction in Support of the Cosmosphere's LiftOff Campaign

    Items include a Gentleman's SP 96 Moon Watch and a Lady's 95 CO Metal Omega Watch; a specially designed necklace by Richard Westphal of Westphal Jewelers, signed models and more.
RSVP by calling Patty Ferguson Shank at 620.665.9310 or email pattif@cosmo.org

Seating is Limited. Premium Members are guaranteed seats for reservations received prior to March 30. The Reception Ticket price includes basic photos with Guest Astronauts; additional packages may be arranged with Charles Wheeler Photography

Business Attire

Pre Order Personalized Autographed Books:

  • Return to the Moon by Harrison Schmitt $60
  • Moonwalker by Charlie and Dotty Duke $60
To order, call 1-800-397-0330x350
E-Mail: phyllisc@cosmo.org

Pick up on or after April 28; shipping can be arranged at time of order.

HistorianMom
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posted 03-20-2012 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also: I have received several inquiries about getting items autographed at this event. The official Cosmosphere response is, "Sorry, no autographs," with the exception of the books that you can pre-order and have shipped to you.

PowerCat
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posted 04-30-2012 04:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PowerCat   Click Here to Email PowerCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The event was just wonderful. It was fun getting to see our Kansas astronauts, Joe Engle and Steve Hawley. Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt were great. It was a wonderful tribute by the Carey family and the staff of the Cosmosphere. Patty would have been proud.

HistorianMom
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posted 05-02-2012 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree, it was a great event. All four astronauts present gave a brief tribute to the Cos and each spoke about artifacts at the museum that they had either personally donated or that meant a lot to them.

As far as I am concerned, General Joe stole the show with his stories about the silver X-15 space suits. He told us just how cool and sexy they made the pilots feel, but that they were not very practical because the sunlight glare off the suits made it almost impossible to get accurate instrument readings.

One of the secretaries went down to the fabric store and make them all black aprons, or "bibs" as he called them. Not quite so sexy, he tells the Cosmo staff, but "Mine's still around the house somewhere — if I can find it, it's yours."

Then he says that in testing the X-15, sometimes it got so hot that the windows cracked, making it difficult to see. "No problem, if the left window cracked, you circled in landing clockwise, and if it was the right window, you came in the other way."

He said he was waiting for both window to crack, because then he'd have to come in with the hatch open, and he had a long white silk scarf stowed away to wear for the landing just in case that ever came to pass. But unfortunately, he said, "it did not."

There were formal photo ops included in the price of the reception, but everyone graciously posed for informal shots as well. Schmitt had a large crowd around him all night because he was on a tear about the only way to get back into deep space would involve shutting down NASA and starting over with a new, Deep Space Exploration Agency.

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