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rgarner
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posted 02-03-2013 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Steve Procter:
Certainly some element of queue management is preferable but some of this thread might give the impression that the signing session is some unsavoury free for all when nothing is further from the truth.
Honestly, I do get that impression. I have seen a few comments on these posts of late and there seems to be some attitudes are strained, not sure why, don't want to know why. But it's nice to know these events are not as disorderly as they are made out to be.

Maybe in future I'll attend.

David Bryant
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posted 02-04-2013 02:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Bryant   Click Here to Email David Bryant     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only event I've attended in Pontefract was the Dick Gordon weekend: I have to say, the whole thing from start to finish was exemplary, with no over-long queues or bad feelings whatsoever....

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-04-2013 04:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is safe to say the issues... that on rare occasions surround the post lecture signings are minor and have been blown out of proportion.

It is probably a consequence of Ken's desire to make the event as smooth and enjoyable as possible for everybody concerned at the same time affording people as much access to Al as is practical.

rgarner, I would not leave it too long to attend one of Ken's Pontefract ventures. Regrettably such opportunities will be fewer going forward so take the opportunity while you still can. You won't regret it.

OWL
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posted 02-07-2013 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could all members of collectSPACE who have been deliberating about getting their tickets please send the cheques off.

Why not invite a friend along to meet a man that has made history.

We are only a month away from both events and it would be great to equal the record attendance at the Charlie Duke event. Let us all get behind Ken and make the visit a huge success.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-10-2013 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken mailed out the first raft of Worden tickets yesterday.

Steve Procter
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posted 02-10-2013 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Look forward to receiving mine in due course. Good news is I don't plan to do any painting next month...

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-10-2013 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, your reputation as a painter clearly precedes you.

Steve Procter
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posted 02-12-2013 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ticket arrived today. Do I have the pleasure of the company of any cS'ers in row 'D'?

robert_l
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posted 02-12-2013 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ticket arrived today in the "big Apollo" Row A!

topmiler
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posted 02-12-2013 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for topmiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Row 'C'

Kite
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posted 02-12-2013 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our four tickets arrived today as well, also row C. Looking forward to seeing many of you cS members there. Should be another great night in Pontefract.

Steve Procter
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posted 02-12-2013 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outside of these events 'another great night in Pontefract' isn't something often heard around these parts...

spaceman
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posted 02-12-2013 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Limited edition Apollo 15 Mission patch available on the night. Available matted with portrait/mission image. Lots of 10x8's, AB emblem patches, Winco pins and medallions, Apollo t-shirts and mugs too.

moorouge
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posted 02-13-2013 01:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine too - with the nobs rather than the plebs.

As one approaches senior years, the mind throws up odd questions - such as, 'At events like this, how much variation is there between a signature given at the beginning of the line to one given at the end?'

james watt
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posted 02-13-2013 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for james watt   Click Here to Email james watt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My tickets arrived today. Looking forward to meeting Al again. I have met him 4 times and heard him speak but have to say he is one of the most approachable of the Apollo astronauts and is such a nice guy!

robert_l
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posted 02-13-2013 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have ordered a copy of Al's book so I can get him to sign it at Pontefract.

Looking forward to meeting Al again.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-14-2013 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ticket sales increasing the closer the event as expected. Still room for more at the dinner and auction.

Go on, treat yourself!

johnpslater
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posted 02-20-2013 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnpslater   Click Here to Email johnpslater     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by moorouge:
At events like this, how much variation is there between a signature given at the beginning of the line to one given at the end?
I think you will find that astronauts take care with their signatures unlike so called superstars like footballers etc!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-27-2013 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 gentle reminder to a couple of folk, who may or may not be members of this forum, who were sending cheques to Ken for the dinner.

Ken needs to confirm minimum numbers with the hotel for the meal.

james watt
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posted 02-28-2013 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for james watt   Click Here to Email james watt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only a few weeks to go to seeing Alfred Worden in Pontefract, can't wait! The CMPs are the unsung heroes of the Apollo missions.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-01-2013 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two weeks and counting...

OWL
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posted 03-09-2013 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is now getting quite close. There are a few tickets left for the dinner and Al will be giving a short lecture to the dinner guests so it is important you contact Ken now. The numbers will need to be finalised Early next week. For those of you who have not purchased tickets for the Saturday lecture there will be a limited number for sale on the door.

Lets get behind Ken and make this a success.

ApolloAlex
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posted 03-09-2013 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am now looking forward to receiving my tickets having left it a tad late, but nevertheless looking forward to next weekend.

Buel
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posted 03-10-2013 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just found this video of Al Worden promoting his book, thought it might provide an insight in to what we can expect next week.

robert_l
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posted 03-11-2013 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He was pure magic in Glasgow. His description of his flight to the moon, his spacewalk, we had a two hour question and answer session to listen. Al Worden was fascinating. Looking forward to meeting him again at Pontefract.

crash
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posted 03-13-2013 04:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the day of Al Worden's visit draws closer and closer it is still not too late to get those last-minute tickets. Contact Ken ASAP if you have just remembered this important date.

Personally, I look forward to jumping in the car and heading North on Friday to meet you all again. Be seeing you.

Steve Procter
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posted 03-14-2013 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It should be a great evening with Al Worden and I'm looking forward to it enormously. The copy of his book I ordered from Amazon turned up yesterday and for a photo to sign I've opted for an image of the Apollo 15 CM in lunar orbit taken from the LEM.

Looking forward to seeing 'the usual suspects' on Saturday.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-14-2013 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll see you there no doubt Steve.

crash
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posted 03-14-2013 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, don't worry, as long as you all write down what you're saying I'll be fine. Just like subtitles on a foreign language movie.

I look forward to meeting you tomorrow, and I think Al is going to be seeing a lot of a certain photo.

OWL
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posted 03-15-2013 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am really looking forward to the dinner tonight.

Please be aware tickets can be purchased on the door for tomorrow nights lecture. There will be two stalls at both events with photos and other goodies for sale.

Buel
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posted 03-16-2013 03:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So how was the meal? Did Mr Worden give a brief talk?

Buel
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posted 03-17-2013 03:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, wasn't Mr. Worden superb? What a great talk.

I'm surprised Dale Winton got the emcee job again this time. Also, really good to see that the new, promised, queuing system for the autographs was implemented... oh wait.

Tykeanaut: Great to meet you again!

robert_l
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posted 03-17-2013 06:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Buel:
So how was the meal? Did Mr Worden give a brief talk?
Very good. Al remembered me from Glasgow! And when he gave the talk he walked over to me and stood behind me as he gave the talk!

We all had an excellent time. Brought him down some "Rocket Fuel" from Scotland. I managed to get the canvas of the painting of his EVA to collect the canisters from the SM in the auction.

His talk on Saturday night was excellent. He started off with thanking his friends from Glasgow for coming down! He is pure magic as is Ken for arranging these events.

Kite
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posted 03-17-2013 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks once again to Ken and his team for another great presentation. I knew it would be having seen Al Worden twice before and he has a natural and forthright way with an audience. Despite his advanced age hopefully he will keep fit and well enough to come over and see us again.

Good to see some familier faces from cS again. Ken says there will be another talk in October so can't wait to see who it will be.

ApolloAlex
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posted 03-17-2013 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great fun, loved every moment of it, this was my first and shall be attending more. It was well attended and people were very patient while waiting for there autograph, in fact I found that people were happy to chat amongst themselves and have a little bit of banter.

I look forward to the next one and Col. Worden is a class act, witty, entertaining and just a nice guy and he likes the Hawker Hunter!

Thanks to Ken and his team, this was my first and not my last, I'm glad I took the plunge.

moorouge
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posted 03-17-2013 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some great scrummaging from the Welsh produced an unexpected result. No - not talking about the rugby at Cardiff but the rush to get an early autograph.

Still, great talk and pleased to find when Al was asked that he was...!

spaceman
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posted 03-17-2013 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations to Ken and his "support staff" for making it happen again, including everyone from the staff at the Wentbridge (superb meal) to the staff at the school, an excellent facility.

Of course it couldn't happen at all without the Astronaut celebrity, thank you Al Worden for a memorable weekend. Al was accessible at all times. He is a natural speaker with so many anecdotes to choose from... he didn't seem to tire either, Al is certainly made of the 'Right Stuff'.

Thanks to everyone that attended and made this occasion into the all out event that they have become, a family friendly and informal atmosphere throughout.

I haven't read Al's book yet (shame on me) and sold out of the copies that we took along; we could have sold them many times over.

Apologies for the delays to anyone that tried to pay us via credit card on Saturday night. It was the first time we had used the mobile card reader and relying on a mobile signal in a modern building proved too much for the technology. More than once it was commented that we landed a man on the moon in 1969 etc....etc.

Everyone we spoke with over the weekend was more than happy with the way everything went; it was great to talk with so many people with a passion for space and astronomy.

Is that now seven years that these special events have now been running, long may they continue.

james watt
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posted 03-18-2013 06:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for james watt   Click Here to Email james watt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What an absolutely fantastic event in Pontefract with Col. Worden! These events just get better and better and I can't wait for the next one.

moorouge
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posted 03-18-2013 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An apology to Rick Mulheirn.

Despite some earnest attempts I failed to drum up either support or interest in organising a photo session with free entrance to his fringe lecture on "The joys and pleasures of driving the M62".

Nevertheless, it was a real thrill to renew aquaintance with this star of BBC tv as it was to point Chris (Tykeanaut) and his management committee in the direction of the Principality.

Steve Procter
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posted 03-18-2013 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suspect that would have been a very short lecture Eddie.

Despite the change of plan for the autograph session it didn't end up like the lifeboat deck on The Titanic did it.


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