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Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-19-2014 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ladies and gentlemen, Ken Willoughby and Space Lectures are pleased to announce their next event.

A little earlier than originally planned; October 24th and 25th of this year will see Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot and Shuttle Enterprise Commander Fred Haise in Pontefract.

Hot on the heels of one time Apollo 13 crewmate T.K. Mattingly, the good news is tickets have been keenly priced at £40 for the lecture and £60 for the dinner; £90 for a combo ticket.

To put that in to perspective: the dinner, the lecture and two signatures... for a little more than his base Spacefest signature fee.

The locations and timings remain the same; Wentbridge House Hotel for the meal on Friday evening and Carleton Community High School for the public lecture the next day.

Once again each ticket will entitle its holder to one free signature (two with a combo ticket) and photo shoots are available at both venues for a mere £20 per photo regardless of how many people are in the picture. Photos will include a card mount. There will be a selection of quality merchandise available at both venues.

Seats for the public lecture are numbered and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The sooner payment is sent to Ken, the nearer the front you will be seated.

I think everybody that attended the Mattingly event in April and Alan Bean and Al Worden the previous year would agree that Space Lectures' events are quite unique and every effort is made ensure that each is slicker, more enjoyable and more successful than the last. So it will remain.

It is becoming passé to say these guys won't be with us much longer; to make the most of every opportunity to meet them that comes your way. Need I say more?

sobof62
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posted 05-20-2014 02:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sobof62   Click Here to Email sobof62     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic news, bank transfer sent! Thanks again Ken.

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posted 05-20-2014 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for topmiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb, I'll be there.

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posted 05-20-2014 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nigel Mc   Click Here to Email Nigel Mc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent! I'll be there.

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posted 05-20-2014 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does this mean Fred Haise's appearance is confirmed and definitive? Reason I'm asking is, can I go ahead and book a flight already?

gliderpilotuk
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posted 05-20-2014 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Booked two combos. Always a pleasure meeting Freddo... and Rick, of course!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-20-2014 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
60 lecture tickets and 21 dinner... in the first day. Wow!

Good to have you with us again Brammers.

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posted 05-21-2014 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nigel Mc   Click Here to Email Nigel Mc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yikes, Better send my cheque fast!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-21-2014 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That might be an idea Nigel. Two days in and already 120 lecture tickets and 39 for the dinner; and I thought Mattingly was popular!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-23-2014 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the keener price, coupled with the amiable nature of Fred Haise is proving an irresistable attraction. A third of the lecture tickets and more than half for the dinner have now sold.

paulus humungus
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posted 05-23-2014 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulus humungus   Click Here to Email paulus humungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just send my ticket request off.

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posted 05-23-2014 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news. We really are getting quite spoilt in this country now. Long may it last. Thank you Ken and his team, again.

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posted 05-23-2014 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Holidays now booked looking forward to coming back down to Pontefract.

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posted 05-24-2014 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWL   Click Here to Email OWL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The ticket sales are going incredibly well and Ken has a smile on his face.

Just to echo Rick's views, Fred is a very gracious man who enjoys relaying his fantastic story to the public.He is very generous with his time both in the photo shoots and signings.

I am sure both events will be enjoyed by all.

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posted 05-24-2014 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rowland   Click Here to Email Rowland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can I ask what happens at the meal please? Is there also a lecture/talk? If yes, is it different from the public lecture?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-24-2014 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Each astronaut guest is different. They don't give a lecture in the same sense that they do at the school the following day, but each usually speaks for 5 minutes or 10 minutes about a particular flight or their career.... or in the case of Al Worden, his love of England after being stationed here in the 60s.

Both Al Bean and Al Worden spoke before the dinner; TK spoke afterwards

Numbers are such that the atmosphere is much more relaxed and there will be opportunities to chat with Fred during the photo shoot and again after the dinner.

The signing too should be less frantic with the opportunities that will afford.

But it is not just about the autographs or the auction. The dinner is a great social gathering where like minded friends meet and enjoy each others company; Freddo is just the icing on the cake.

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posted 05-26-2014 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tickets should be ready for posting out in a fortnight.

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posted 05-27-2014 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't get into Travelodge, fully booked! So we are going to Premier Inn. Must be a big event on in Pontefract that weekend!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-27-2014 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our first overseas space fans have purchased tickets. Holland and Ireland will be represented.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-27-2014 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, if you have booked your hotel, but not yet sent payment for your tickets can I suggest you do so asap? At the current rate of sale you may have a terrific room... but no tickets for the event.

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posted 05-28-2014 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a week in to the Fred Haise event and two thirds of the dinner tickets are sold and half for the lecture.

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posted 05-30-2014 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
90 of the 130 dinner tickets now sold with a handful of others on hold for friends and cS members travelling from Europe who are sorting travel arrangements.

At the current rate of sale the dinner will be sold out in a week... possibly sooner.

And remember, the sooner people book their tickets for the lecture the nearer the front they will be seated; seats are allocated in the order in which Ken receives an order.

Ticket orders received from today will be in the rear half of the theatre; from Monday probably the last 6 or 7 rows.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-31-2014 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ladies and gentlemen, there are still tickets remaining for the lecture and the dinner but such has been the demand, I am able to confirm that after just 12 days the Fred Haise event is a definite GO!

So start sorting through your photos and washing your socks (Brammers) and we will see you in Pontefract in October

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posted 06-01-2014 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will be sending a cheque on Tuesday morning as I am on holiday. Unfortunately Ken does not take PayPal, if he did I could pay now!

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posted 06-02-2014 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
So start sorting through your photos and washing your socks (Brammers) and we will see you in Pontefract in October
Just for you I'll bring a fresh white pair so that I fit in with the scousers, Rick.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 06-02-2014 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just 16 tickets remaining for dinner with Fred Haise. Ken has set aside dinner tickets for a few regulars who have yet to send payment but he will hold on to those only until the comming weekend and then he will let them go.

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posted 06-03-2014 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cheque now in the post first class. Ken should get it tomorrow.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 06-03-2014 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice one Robert. It will be good to see you again. And just as well that you have sent that cheque. Ken has just told me he expects the dinner to be sold out by Friday!!! Around 10 tickets remain and there are cheques in the post for a few of those already.

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posted 06-04-2014 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I understand from Ken that some folk have asked him to hold on to dinner tickets so they can pay him on the night.

Such has been the demand for the dinner, he does not want to risk holding onto tickets under those circumstances and risk a no-show or last minute cancellation.

To any cS member under the impression that they can pay Ken on the night of the dinner please be advised Ken will hold your dinner ticket only until Sunday June 8th... after which time they will be sold on a first come first served basis.

The tickets for Fred are cheaper than TK because his fee is smaller, but to make the event pay for itself all of the tickets must sell. Any shortfall could potentially leave Ken personally out of pocket and less inclined to organise future events.

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posted 06-05-2014 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken has the tickets for the Fred Haise event and will mail them out over the coming days.

Aileen, if you plan on attending send Ken payment asap. Only 8 dinner tickets now remain and ALL will be sold by Sunday; NONE will be held for payment on the night.

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posted 06-06-2014 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best selling author, journalist and broadcaster Andrew Smith will be attending both the Fred Haise dinner and the lecture. I've met Andrew previously and he is a good guy to hang out with. There are no formal plans for any kind of signing by Andrew but should people have copies of his book Moondust I am sure he would not object if asked.

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posted 06-07-2014 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorted... I'll be there... Thanks Rick for your help and to Coxy for letting me know about the event!

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Apologies for the slight delay in this key update but I have been otherwise engaged the last couple of days; more on that later.

But as predicted last week, dinner tickets for the Fred Haise event SOLD OUT on Sunday.

Lecture tickets only now remain and they too are selling particularly well.

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Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
Best selling author, journalist and broadcaster Andrew Smith will be attending both the Fred Haise dinner and the lecture.
Well, getting to meet Andrew Smith just made this even better! His book, "Moondust", is the reason that I started reading every space biography/autobiography that I could get my hands on. Still lots to go though.

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Tickets for the dinner and lecture arrived today. Exciting stuff. Well done to the team for making another awesome event happen.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 06-11-2014 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In case anybody missed it, take a peak at my post regarding Gene Cernan at the Sheffield film festival last weekend.

There are going to be some very nice, ney exclusive and different items up for auction following the Fred Haise dinner.

Please be advised that the signed Cernan movie poster is so nice and so rare that in all liklihood there will for the first time, be a reserved on that piece.

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Are we going to see auction lots posted on their website prior to the event?

Would it be better to let us see the goodies...

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 06-11-2014 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's not a bad idea. I will look in to the possibility.

Rick Mulheirn
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Thank you for the suggestion Andrew regarding posting images of the auction items. Most will be framed nearer the event so I hope to post a few tempter photos then. We could stick a few pictures up now but when framed they look great and we would like to unveil them with all the "Wow factor" they deserve.

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posted 06-13-2014 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Four months out. All dinner tickets sold and 350 lecture tickets; better than for any astronaut to date.


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