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Rick Mulheirn
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posted 09-28-2013 04:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As anticipated, tickets for the Alan Bean lecture are selling at a pace right now.

The dinner has sold out already and with two weeks to go the lecture is likely to be a sell out too.

Get them while you still can.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-03-2013 05:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am quite sure, Nick and Bryar Deakin will have a good supply of quality images of Alan Bean at their trade table both at the dinner and the lecture for those looking for inspiration.

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posted 10-03-2013 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only one week to go till Captain Bean lands at Space Lectures. I have spoken to Ken and there is now a very limited number of tickets left for the lecture on Saturday. Anyone who is sitting on the fence must act now or expect disappointment.

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posted 10-04-2013 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulus humungus   Click Here to Email paulus humungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a spare ticket for the Saturday lecture if anybody would like one at a discounted price. Please e mail me. Thank you.

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posted 10-06-2013 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could someone remind me the deal about the signatures, is it a possible three?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-06-2013 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dinner entitles ticket holders to a free signature. If you choose to have your photo taken by the professionals before the dinner that too will be signed at no extra charge. A lecture ticket entitles ticket holders to one free signature.

So dinner, the professional photo on the Friday AND the lecture will facilitate three signatures.

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posted 10-06-2013 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Rick, T-Minus 5 days and counting.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-07-2013 03:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No probs. See you there.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-07-2013 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There has been a last minute dinner cancellation for Alan Bean on Friday. Any takers? Contact Ken asap. First come first served.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-09-2013 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dinner is sold out .....once again.

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posted 10-12-2013 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rob hayes   Click Here to Email rob hayes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To Ken, Alan Bean and everyone who was involved in organising this event I would like to say a big thank you and I look forward to the next one!!

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posted 10-12-2013 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for james watt   Click Here to Email james watt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish I could find words to describe how I feel right now! What an absolutely fantastic event the Alan Bean talk in Pontefract was!

All I can say is that if anyone has never been to the Pontefract 'shows' they do NOT know what they are missing!

Pontefract (in my opinion) is the best astronaut event on the planet! For £70 I and my two grandchilden (who were free because they are under 10) had a photo with Capt. Bean and three autographs signed! My grandchildren may not appreciate this at the moment but will one day realise how lucky they were to have met an Apollo astronaut who stood on the moon!

Ken-should be knighted for what he does for kids (and for UNICEF, especially when he does not make a profit!) and making it possible that people like me can give my/our children/grandchildren this opportunity to meet these unique people who will be remembered throughout history! — Jim (still floating down to earth!)

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posted 10-12-2013 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm happy to hear that it went so splendidly. Congratulations to the organizers for a job well done.

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posted 10-13-2013 05:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Once again Ken did a fantastic job, even though the canapes/champagne reception had to be cancelled.

Other welcome highlights were the late arrival of the expectant grandfather (we all hope the newest family addition has been safely delivered); the knowledge that 'our Rick' has gone into the removal business - tables a speciality; the fact that moonwalkers are exempt from silencing mobile phones; that Robbie showed true Scottish decorum by sitting with his knees together in the front row; and finally, that the British have still not mastered the difference between a line and a queue.

Nevertheless - a wonderful experience.

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posted 10-13-2013 05:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken, outstanding job thank you for working your magic once again and the venues were perfect, but can I add the other man how probably worked harder than most?

Considering his age and after approximately 1,000 signatures and an amazing talk... thank you Alan Bean.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-13-2013 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
More later but for the time being Ken has asked me to thank everybody who attended both the dinner and the lecture and made the event the success it was. And he would like to thank his "gang of helpers" for all their work and support. It is very much appreciated.

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Another FANTASTIC night courtesy of Ken Willoughby. I always love these lectures and to see Alan Bean again was wonderful. I also got my "Apollo: An Eyewitness Account" signed by Capt. Bean. I was saddened to see this on eBay this morning after Al Bean was selling them for only £20.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-13-2013 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken could have pitched the Al Bean signed prints at a considerably higher price but deliberately kept them affordable to make them more accessible.

A real bargain and not surprisingly I saw a LOT of people carrying them last evening. It is only a shame some have chosen to take advantage.

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I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's presentation - what a lovely person Captain Bean is!

He signed my 'Life Magazine' for me - which I am really really pleased about. It's turned a historical curio into something I will treasure.

I thought the autograph signing was much better this time too - I felt sorry for people at the back having to wait their turn, but it was much more civilised and orderly.

Well done to everyone involved.

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posted 10-13-2013 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to Ken, Rick and the rest of the hard working team who put this together. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this, the lecture was amazing and at one stage I had a lump in my throat, everything was well organised from start to finish. And I even got to meet Helen Keen who was delighted to hear me quote her catchphrase from her radio show and a sign a pic of her for me.

Outstanding from start to finish, Thanks again.

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posted 10-13-2013 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad it was another great event, sorry I couldn't make it but we didn't get back from the west coast of Canada until Friday.

Alex, have replied to your email and thanks again.

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posted 10-13-2013 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's October and I'm in West Yorkshire once again; that must mean another astronaut encounter and BIS Fellow Ken Willoughby did not disappoint.

On this occasion I was at the Wakefield Girls High School to meet Apollo/Skylab astronaut and renowned artist Captain Alan Bean.

Upon his arrival Captain Bean was met by the head teacher and a genuine and spontaneous cheer from the ranks of pupils massed in the entrance hall. After the usual formalities in the staff room Alan proceeded to the assembly hall where he presented an illustrated talk on his life and experiences. He focused very much on family, the importance of team work and that "we humans live in the Garden of Eden."

Just at that moment... as if to emphasize the point two butterflies found their way in to the hall and fluttered around Alan, the stage and then the audience; a profound and salient moment not lost on Alan or the audience.

As I was to later discover the audience found the themes of the talk inspirational; a cliché all too often bandied around these days but particularly refreshing given the age of an audience perhaps jaded by "popular culture" and sceptical of "old fashioned" values.

Dinner at the The Wentbridge House Hotel later that same evening was a sell-out. 130 guests mingled in the bar or posed with Alan for professional photos before making their way to the dining room. Captain Bean was introduced by Science enthusiast and comedienne Helen Keen and following a standing ovation gave a short talk before inviting guests to enjoy the meal. A raffle, a signing and an auction rounded off an excellent evening.

Saturday brought Captain Bean to Carleton Community High School for the early evening public lecture. The professional photographers were on hand once more and judging by the size of the queue and the mountain of photos I laid out on tables for collection there can't have been many who did NOT have their picture taken with Captain Bean.

To everybody's delight the illustrated lecture overran by around 25 minutes and the topics covered naturally were pretty much the same as those presented to the school children the previous day. But having witnessed both there was an added poignancy to the public talk. Alan Bean can be a funny guy... and he was the same at Carleton but he also touched on his relationship with Pete Conrad and how it changed him as a person and a team member in such a way that spontaneous applause broke out at one point.

Like the dinner, the lecture theatre was a sell-out. Naturally, everybody wanted an autograph and Captain Bean was more than happy to oblige. The numbers were such that the audience needed to queue in an orderly fashion one row at a time; "marshalls" were deployed to insure that remained the case for the duration of the evening while Andrew McDermott (aka OWL) facilitated the signing in his usual calm and charming fashion, advising on pen choice and steering items to Captain Bean to sign.

We reassured everybody they would get their signature and that Captains Bean's methodical signature meant the last would be just as good as the first. And so it proved

Yes, it meant those at the back of the theatre had to wait but they did so while seated and I... as one of the "marshalls" found the audience — without exception good natured, understanding and patient. Everybody I spoke with was delighted with the lecture and hungry for more in the future. The signing took around 90 minutes; less than for previous events despite more people in attendance.

I remember in particular a doctor I spoke with while he waited his turn at the very back of the theatre. He told me his daughter and several of her friends had been at the school lecture the previous day in Wakefield. In his words, when they came home that evening "they were buzzing and talking about Captain Bean's lecture". They HAD been inspired by the event which in turn inspired him to buy one of the remaining tickets. He was delighted that he had.

Every time I go to one of Ken Willoughby's events I think it better than the last. This was no exception only on this occasion there was plenty of evidence to suggest many others had come to the same conclusion.

Ken is working on the next, hopefully for the spring though plans are at a VERY early stage. I do not know who Ken has in mind but I will be sure to post here just as soon as I do.

Meeting astronauts is great fun but the event is all the more enjoyable for the company I share these experiences with. It was great to meet so many friends and cS members over the two days; too many to mention by name in all honesty. But I seemed to gravitate to Andy Green and Paul Barrier (aka CRASH), which suggests they were less sick of the site of me than others and I must thank Ken Willoughby in particular for affording me the opportunity to cover the event... despite his poor taste in football teams!

Roll on 2014.

(Ken has asked me to thank his "gang" of merry men and women for all their help and support. His events are a team effort and without their support, and that of those who attend the events, they would not happen. Thank you!)

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posted 10-13-2013 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulus humungus   Click Here to Email paulus humungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations to Ken and his team. This was a great event in every way. It went really smoothly and even though I was one of those on row L at the back of the theatre, the wait seemed to go really quickly in the comfort of our theatre seats and surrounding friendly people to chat to. This is definitely the way forward.

Alan was amazing. Even after a big photo shoot, an hour and a half on his feet talking and then 90 minutes signing what seemed a really daunting task ahead of him, he never flinched. He was cool and relaxed and as noted by Rick above, his last signature of the evening was as good as his first one and he chatted to everybody.

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posted 10-14-2013 04:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please be advised that David Jones, the retired teacher from Carleton and compere for the Alan Bean event on Saturday is now a Grandad!

Naturally, the baby girl was named after the event; "Intrepid, Beano". Has a certain ring don't you think?

Only kidding! Isabelle... and from all accounts both Mum and Isabelle are doing fine.

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I have attended other space events but this was my first time in Pontefract so I didn't know quite what to expect. On entering the school and seeing the queue for the photo op my first thought was that there was no way this was going to work, and after the lecture, being seated in row K, I was once again sure that no way was I going to get an autograph. Well, I was wrong both times.

My compliments for a very smooth operation!

It was great to hear Alan Bean talk about his experience and I really liked the way he used a number of his paintings in his narrative. The real deal is a bit above my budget but to have him talk and explain about his artwork is almost as good!

All in all a great experience and well worth the extra expense of flying over from Holland!

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posted 10-15-2013 03:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Incidentally, Ken is aware of the chancer currently selling a signed Alan Bean print that it is claimed was bought in Pontefract over the weekend. We know who this individual is and Ken would like to stress he is nothing to do with him or Space Lectures.

Ken has also asked me to point out that he has a small quantity (about half a dozen or so) of identical signed prints remaining.

I don't know what Ken is asking for them but safe to say... a fraction of the price that the eBay joker is asking and I suspect, less than Alan Bean's base fee at any forthcoming autograph event.

He would prefer local sales/collection but will mail as necessary. Please mail Ken directly for further details.

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posted 10-16-2013 06:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that Rick. Ken has reserved one for me to collect next time I see him.

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posted 10-16-2013 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris, you won't be disappointed. A real bargain too.

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posted 10-16-2013 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The remaining Alan Bean signed prints have all been sold. Thank you.

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Thanks again to Ken and everyone for an excellent two days. Stranded in France due to train driver not turning up, but managed to get to the dinner by the skin of my teeth!

I thought it was brilliant how Alan talked about his trip to the Moon using his artwork. I must really be an Apollo geek because I knew that Neil did not wear his Speedmaster on the moon!

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posted 10-19-2013 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although I couldn't make the event this time I did want Helen Keen's autograph. Many thanks to Nick and Bryar at Spaceboosters for supplying the photo in my absence and especially to "ApolloAlex" for getting it signed and sent to me, arriving today all thoughtfully packaged.

It's acts of friendship and kindness such as this that make collectSPACE something very special.

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Thank you Chris it was my pleasure.

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posted 10-23-2013 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Laura Price   Click Here to Email Laura Price     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all! Just put up the pictures I got of Captain Bean on the day and am still so excited to have met him. Truly inspirational man, modest and kind hearted which you don't usually get in your regular folk, never mind someone of his presence.

I was just too giddy on the day, plucked up the courage to ask him to sign my arm thinking he'd just say no. But to my utter delight was happy to oblige. I told him I was getting it tattooed (which I did) and now I have a constant memory of that day, especially when people ask about it and I tell them all about him (hahahaa) anyways, I cant wait for the next time.

Thank you for making it possible to meet such legends.

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quote:
Originally posted by Laura Price:
I told him I was getting it tattooed (which I did)....
Without photos it never happened.

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posted 10-24-2013 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Laura Price   Click Here to Email Laura Price     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How do I post the pics?

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You can go and visit ImageShack, register and then upload pics. Then just copy an appropriate link and paste into a reply to this thread. The pic should appear with your post.

I was standing there watching as Al was signing your arm and he definitely seemed to be taking a great deal of pleasure out of his job. I don't think he had heard a request like yours before.

Glad you enjoyed what was a great evening.

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posted 10-26-2013 05:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hope you can figure it out? I'm looking forward to seeing this!

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posted 10-28-2013 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll bet that made your eyes water?!

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Purely out of curiosity, could we see what's attached to the arm? (Honestly, I just want to see if we've met, or if I recognize you...)


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