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Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-06-2019 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken Willoughby and Space Lectures are delighted to announce the next speaker coming to Pontefract, England: Apollo 13 capcom, Skylab 3 pilot and STS-3 commander — Jack Lousma.

Selected in 1966 as part of NASA's fifth group of astronauts, Lousma spent in excess of 67 days in space, including two spacewalks lasting 11 hours in total.

Details of the event are as follows:
  • Friday, 4 October 2019:
    Evening Dinner and Auction £100
    The Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract
    Photo shoot: 18.00-18.45 (£30 payable on the day)
    Dinner 19.00-21.00
    Auction and autograph session

  • Saturday, 5 October 2019:
    Lecture £45
    Carleton Community High School "The Infinity Theatre"
    Doors open at 14.00
    Photo shoot: 14.45-15.45 (£30 payable on the day)
    Lecture 16.00-17.00
    Q&A session, approximately 15 to 20 minutes
    Autograph session

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-07-2019 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The announcement of Jack Lousma as our next guest speaker in October was greeted by a round of applause and a cheer from the lecture audience. I'm guessing Jack is a popular guy.

Now would be a good time for budding designers out there to conjure up a backdrop design for October.

I will personally guarantee a bespoke signed photo from Jack Lousma, courtesy of Space Lectures to the winning designer. If it transpires that the winning design is submitted by one of Space Lectures' own team, a "runner up" design as chosen by Ken will win the prize.

Jack's CV includes some stunning images so there is plenty of material to choose from.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-08-2019 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just had an update from Ken regarding the response to the Jack Lousma announcement.
Never had as many people pay so quick!
Tickets have yet to be printed but Ken is taking orders now and tickets will follow soon after. Details can be found above and should be on the Space Lectures website shortly. Please be sure to include an additional £1 to cover postage.

Early indications suggest Jack Lousma is going to a big draw. As my old Mum used to say when we were kids: "First up best dressed". Tickets will be allocated with payment: Ken can't bank a promise.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-12-2019 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will start the ball rolling with a photo backdrop mock up for Jack Lousma in October. Anybody else want to join the party?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-23-2019 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've heard on the grapevine that there are one or two members working on backdrop designs for the Lousma event in October. All comers are invited to submit their designs and please remember, if the winning design is submitted by one of the Space Lectures team, a runner up will be chosen by Ken Willoughby to receive their own personally signed portrait courtesy of Jack and Space Lectures.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-25-2019 02:20 PM     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 Ken Willoughby will begin mailing out Lousma tickets this week. Unless of course payments have NOT included an extra £1 for postage and packing. In which case they can be collected on the door on the day... and ID will be required.

crash
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posted 05-07-2019 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was recently fortunate enough to visit Space Center Houston again (Level 9) and made a point of spending some time in the Skylab exhibit. What an amazing opportunity those men had after the confines of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. They really got the ball rolling with regards to man having a permanent home in space.

I cannot wait until Jack Lousma's visit in October to hear from the horse's mouth about their time on board. How do I drop into polite conversation that I've seen him in the shower?

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posted 05-07-2019 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for desey9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ha! I'm sure you'll find a way to squeeze it into the conversation, in a seamless and totally non-awkward fashion!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-12-2019 03:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A gentle reminder from Ken Willoughby about tickets for the Lousma event in October. Amongst the payments for tickets are a number of requests which have not as yet been followed up with payment.

Ken can't bank a promise!

Tickets will only be allocated with payment: Ken now has the tickets so orders will be processed and tickets shipped quickly.

Don't forget the additional £1 for postage and packing. With something like 400 people expected at the lecture and 100 for the dinner... that adds up to a lot of postage.

Mike Lambert
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posted 05-12-2019 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Lambert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First attempt on a backdrop:

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-12-2019 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Mike. Nice!

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posted 06-05-2019 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, that is nice. Would moving the patches to the right allow Jack to be moved slightly left so that people don't obscure the image too much? That way he would be photo-bombing over someone's shoulder.

I see that Jack has been very busy in the US attending the various Apollo events that have been held so far. It puts into perspective how involved he was with the missions and his importance in the Apollo program. I can't wait to meet him and would recommend to anyone thinking about attending to jump in and grab some tickets. This is going to be a good one.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 06-06-2019 03:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or the patches could be shifted to the lower left corner. Moving or cropping Jack slightly to the left would not only facilitate crash's "photobomb," but would afford a greater expanse of white ground to the top right (allowing for Jack and his guests) in order to take a bold black signature.

Over the years assisting at the signing table I've found metallic pens both impressive and temperamental. They seem to "go to seed" much quicker than the black.

Anybody else with a backdrop design to throw in to the hat?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 06-07-2019 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope you don't mind Mike but I've taken the liberty of having your idea mocked up with Jack photo bombing the shot.

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posted 06-10-2019 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Lambert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks good to me, Rick.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 06-10-2019 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the modified image makes the cut Mike you would win the signed Lousma photo.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 07-01-2019 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good to hear Jack Lousma being interviewed on Talk Radio last evening... or should that be early this morning. He even got a plug in for Space Lectures in October despite being pressured for time by the host... though for the record the event is being held in Pontefract West Yorkshire and not Pontefract-Manchester!

For anybody who missed it I think it is on catch up somewhere. The show started at 10.00pm local GMT and finsihed at 1.00am on Monday morning. Jack's interview occupied that least 15 minutes or so of the show.

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posted 08-04-2019 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How is the backdrop competition Rick?

An event not to be missed. Jack has such of wealth of knowledge, expertise and of course spaceflight experience to convey to us all.

We'll be there with our usual tables of pin badges, mission patches, photos, astro food, matted and framed items, t-shirts and caps. Plus some nice flown shuttle presentations.

Tickets available now!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 08-05-2019 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would characterise the response to the backdrop call Nick as one of "quality over quantity." The event is now only two months away and we would welcome more backdrop designs for consideration.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the British Interplanetary Society for their continued support. The September edition of Spaceflight magazine carries our advert for the Lousma event and all being well so too will the October edition.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 08-26-2019 05:37 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 tickets for the Jack Lousma dinner and auction have nearly sold out. And with the event a matter of weeks away there is usually a last minute run on the lecture tickets so don't leave it too late. And remember, prices include one autograph per ticket.

I am not aware of any restrictions on what Jack will and won't sign. There will be vendors selling items on the day but please feel free to bring anything particularly special or bespoke and we will do our best to accommodate.

One last thing, a decision will be made in the next week or two as to which backdrop will be used for the photo shoot for the duration of the weekend. Anybody working on a design had better submit it quickly.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 08-26-2019 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An update from Ken this evening. After a hiccup at the Padalka event earlier in the year there WILL be caterers at the venue for the Saturday Jack Lousma lecture serving the usual snacks and drinks.

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posted 08-27-2019 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And someone to make sure the sound system works properly.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 08-27-2019 02:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of course Eddie. The sound for the Padalka event was fine. The issue we had was that Gennady felt more comfortable controlling the presentation "manually" from his laptop keyboard, which did not lend itself to the usual remote option from front of stage.

That said, with all the house lights down and Gennady's voice "booming from above" it made in my opinion for a more impressive presentation.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 09-01-2019 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken has been able to secure a special guest speaker for Space Lecture's April event. The name will be announced in the theatre immediately after Jack Lousma's lecture.

Dates and other details will be available shortly there after.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 09-04-2019 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can confirm that everything is now in place and Jack Lousma is #1 on the runway. Not long now.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 09-05-2019 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken Willoughby has opted to use the Skylab space station back drop for the Lousma event next month. I'm flattered and for the record, had no say in the selection.

But I have no intention of keeping the bespoke Lousma signed photo for myself so Mike Lambert, assuming you are attending the event please make yourself known to me (I will be assisting at the signing table). It may not be your design but I hope you will like your very own and unique signed piece as a memento of the event.

If you are not attending please drop me a line and I will personally see to it that the piece is mailed to you.

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