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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-01-2014 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
National Air and Space Museum release
National Air and Space Society Lecture

Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen Flight Jacket Night
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Friday, October 17, 2014; 8:00 p.m.
National Air and Space Society Members Only

James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr. had extensive experience as a naval aviator and test pilot when he was selected for the space program in 1962. He went on to become the first person to fly in space four times. He was pilot on the Gemini VII flight, and commander of the Gemini XII mission in 1965. Captain Lovell served as Command Module Pilot and Navigator for the six-day journey on Apollo 8, the first mission to enter lunar orbit. His fourth and final flight was as commander on the Apollo 13 mission in 1970.

After leaving NASA in 1973, Lovell served as President and CEO of the Bay-Houston Towing Company. Subsequently, he joined Fisk Telephone Systems as company president and retired from Centel Corporation as Executive Vice President. Today, Lovell is President of Lovell Communications. He attended the University of Wisconsin, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, the University of Southern California - Aviation Safety School, and Harvard Business School's Advance Management Program. His honors and awards include: the Harmon, Collier, and Goddard Aerospace Trophies; the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the French Legion of Honor; and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Capt. Lovell is an Emeritus Board member of the National Air and Space Museum.

The lecture is for members of the Museum's National Air and Space Society and their guests. There is no charge to attend, but advance reservations are required. Tickets will be available beginning August 1. Visit here to reserve yours. Seating is limited. There will also be a buffet reception before the lecture with Captain Lovell for Society members at the Mercury Friendship 7 level and higher. For more information, call 202.633.2603 or email.

Flight jacket optional. The Museum's doors on Jefferson Drive will be closed for the evening. Please use the Independence Avenue entrance.

stsmithva
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posted 07-03-2014 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure that I've written something similar to this within the last couple of years, but this event is another example of why, if you live within a few hours' drive of DC and air and space is your main interest as measured by enjoyment/time/money spent, I really recommend joining the Air and Space Society at the Mercury 7 level. It costs $250, but that money goes directly to the Air and Space Museum, and every year you get surprise invitations to several events that make it so worth it.

By "surprise" invitations, I mean you know about the annual Flight Jacket Night dinner, during which you can chat a bit with the person who will be speaking to a packed IMAX theater later that evening. But I've been amazed by how many other events they have each year. A few months ago there was an exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex (notebook) on the Flight of Birds, so of course they invited us Mercury 7 members to an evening preview, complete with tables full of fine Italian desserts. How many chances are you going to get to eat with a friend or loved one, or make new friends with shared interests, at a table five feet from the X-15's engines?

stsmithva
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posted 08-08-2014 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Free tickets for members of the National Air and Space Society, which one can join for just $35 (or more - see the above post) for Lovell's lecture became available a few days ago at this website.

woodg2
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posted 08-12-2014 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woodg2   Click Here to Email woodg2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have access to an extra ticket? I just ordered my 4 but would like to take my wife and 3 oldest kids with me (my 2 year old probably does not need a ticket and I will likely try to find a sitter to avoid disturbing others). We just moved to DC and I would really like to share this with all of my family who are old enough to appreciate it. Thanks! — Greg

Lou Chinal
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posted 08-23-2014 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve is a wonderful host. If you ever get a chance to go to one of the lecture by all means do so. I will not be able to go to Lovell's talk this year.

woodg2
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posted 09-06-2014 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woodg2   Click Here to Email woodg2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One last request to see if anyone will have extra tickets for this event. I need 1 for sure and 2 if I end up taking my youngest with us. We are a family of 6 but I can only get 4 tickets. If nobody has spares I may end up buying a second membership.

JBoe
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posted 10-13-2014 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't know if any of the Maryland, Virginia, DC, or "regulars" are planning to attend this Friday (17 October 2014), maybe we could get a group photo? I would wear my old Navy flight jacket, but I seriously don't think it still fits!

woodg2
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posted 10-13-2014 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for woodg2   Click Here to Email woodg2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just moved to the area a few months ago, so this is my first one of these. I am not a "regular" but I am definitely looking forward to it!

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posted 10-13-2014 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunardreamer   Click Here to Email lunardreamer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sitting here in Michigan eating lunch, I'm jealous of you cSer's that live close by and are able to go. I'd hop in my car, but life's responsibilities won't allow it.

I'm so grateful the lecture will be archived for viewing on the Internet.

Best wishes for a memorable evening for all who attend!

tncmaxq
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posted 10-18-2014 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent event! Lovell's talk along with the Q&A were great. Glad I made the trip.

JBoe
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posted 10-18-2014 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was a little bit disappointed that I wasn't in the theater since I didn't confirm my ticket, but we saw Lovell up close when he visited the planetarium before the theater! It made it worth sitting there.

The lecture was great; it was by far the best! It was such a positive message that both old and young can relate to and to inspire the younger generation, especially for my daughter.

The signing was very smooth, I think because it's not the first and they have it down. We waited to get the Apollo commemorative poster, thanks to Kelly and Bob for tracking that down! My son really had a big smile when I gave him a poster!

I saw a few cS'ers and too bad I missed you Tom. Maybe we'll get a chance to connect next time!

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posted 10-18-2014 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful lecture. I attended the reception before the talk. They had special subdued lighting in the hall with colored spotlights highlighting the various rockets on display, including the German A-4. Had dinner sitting near a flown Soyuz.

Captain Lovell is a great story teller. Although the stories had been heard before, he told them with new details focusing on different aspects of the old stories. Just a truly magnificent evening.

spaceheaded
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posted 10-18-2014 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceheaded     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A great evening, indeed. I almost decided not to make the trip, not wanting to deal with Friday evening traffic or the Metro. And I've seen/met Lovell before and heard all the stories. But I'm so glad I went. As Glint said, same stories but told in a different way with added detail. An extended Q&A period, then he had the stamina to sign all those books....must have been hundreds!

Glint
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posted 10-19-2014 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spaceheaded:
A great evening, indeed.

One of the things I liked best about the lecture was there was no talk about making the Apollo 13 movie. I've attended previous lectures by Lovell, Haise, Mattingly and Kranz where too much precious time was spent, in my opinion, talking about the making of the Hollywood movie. Time that could have been spent talking about the actual Apollo 13 mission.

Other than the Q&A the only time the movie really came up was in the introduction by NASM museum director General Jack Daley, when he basically said, "...standing in for Tom Hanks this evening is Jim Lovell."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-19-2014 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who could not be there, here is the video of Lovell's talk:

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