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Rob Joyner

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From: GA, USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 02-21-2004 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you had the opportunity to walk into a nice restaurant and have a very leisurely dinner, say, three hours, which included a thorough Q & A session with any living astronaut, who would you want on the other side of the table? Before you answer...
There are NO autographs, NO photos, NO nothing! Zilch! All you 'get' is a free dinner and a cordial, polite handshake!
I'll answer later. This being my question, I don't want to promote one over another.
Forget about the autographs and collecting and think of which astronaut you would just like to sit down and talk with!


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From: Leesburg, VA USA
Registered: Apr 2003

posted 02-21-2004 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamato99   Click Here to Email jamato99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great question, Rob! That really is a toughie. Without a doubt, the astronaut I'd most like to sit down and talk with would be Gus Grissom. But as for living astronauts, I don't know if I could pick just one. I'd either choose John Glenn for his perspective and full-circle knowledge of the space program or any of the moon walkers for obvious reasons.

Rob Sumowski

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From: Macon, Georgia
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posted 02-22-2004 12:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Sumowski   Click Here to Email Rob Sumowski     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Frank Borman or Bill Anders.



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From: Houston, TX
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posted 02-22-2004 01:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is an EXCELLENT question and one that I really had to think about. I suppose my answer would be Alan Bean. Yes he is one of the most accessible astronauts, but he is also one of the most personable. We both grew up in Fort Worth and then moved to Houston, share an interest in art (art *history* on my part - I don't have much artistic talent) and could talk about lots of different things probably, not just about his astronaut days, which I have a feeling all those guys are secretly kinda sick of talking about anyway. Haha.

Just to make sure no one overlooks their obvious choice, here is a handy link containing names of practically all the astronauts:

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posted 02-22-2004 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for   Click Here to Email     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to have dinner with Alan Shepard but like jamato99 said about Grissom, that can't happen. It would be great talking to the first American in space and one who also walked on the moon. That would be like a 10 hour dinner.

The most obvious person would be Mr. Armstrong. What a life this man has lead. It must seem like a dream to him. My first question would be "are you happy (with your life) that you were the first or would you just be as happy if you were the third or sixth man to walk on the moon?"

Great question Rob! Dave

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John K. Rochester

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posted 02-22-2004 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Story Musgrave.....the man can speak with confidence on ANY subject. Second choice, Winston Scott..

Ed Krutulis

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posted 02-22-2004 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ed Krutulis   Click Here to Email Ed Krutulis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I would choose Wally Schirra. All his "gotcha" stories would be a great night of laughter !!!



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From: Terre Haute IN
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posted 02-22-2004 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ditto for Wally Schirra or maybe Neil Armstrong.

Bill Lower
Terre Haute, IN

Robert Pearlman

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posted 02-22-2004 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For me, it would have to be a pair: the twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly. The Kelly brothers grew up in my hometown and graduated from the same high school where I attended (when they were seniors I was in first grade across the street at the elementary school). I think hearing of their experiences combined with the familiarity of their upbringing would be inspiring and enjoyable.

I did have a chance to have a short conversation with Mark when he attended a Congressional reception for the ISS Expedition 6 crew, but have yet to meet Scott.

For similar reasons, I did greatly enjoy a conversation with Buzz Aldrin who grew up in the town neighboring mine in New Jersey, during which we discovered that as a child he frequented some of the same restaurants and hang-outs I did. I guess its the chance to find some type of connection beyond admirer/hero that I find so enticing...


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From: BURTON ON TRENT /England
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posted 02-22-2004 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great Post Rob.
I can understand the no autograph policy but it would be tempting to get the old camera out.
Late astronauts I would choose either Slayton, he must have had some great storys to tell about crew selections and the great times at Nasa in the 60's early 70's.
Conrad would be my other late astronaut chioce,the guy in my opinion is one of the best and he must have had some GREAT storys to tell.
Living would be Bean and Glenn for the same reasons thats already been posted above and also Engle,I would ask him about the X-15 and missing out on Apollo 17.
I would still take my camera just in case.
All the best


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posted 02-22-2004 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess I'm lucky, I've already had dinner with my top pick, Charlie Duke. It was at the Sims/Hankow autograph gathering in DC last year. I signed up early, requested to be seated at Charlie Dukes table, and was very pleased when I got my wish. I can't imagine anyone being more pleasant and personable than Charlie was that night. I heard many stories of his moon voyage, of his memories of being capcom during the landing of Apollo 11, and so much more!



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posted 02-22-2004 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tough tough tough tough question. So many right answers. I think I'll pick Jim Lovell--Apollo 8 AND Apollo 13--not to mention Geminis 7 and 12. I'd like to ask him about a lot of things, but also to comment on the man that gave him the nickname "Shakey".



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From: Duluth,Ga.
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posted 02-22-2004 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul   Click Here to Email Paul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd like to talk to Neil Armstrong, mostly about his test pilot and X-15 experiences! If he was still around, I'd like to talk to Deke Slayton, he reminded me a lot of my dad!



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posted 02-23-2004 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An incredibly difficult question and there are a number of arguments for several people. My choice -- John Young. First Gemini mission, first to solo around the Moon, ninth man on the Moon, first shuttle mission, first spacelab mission, longest in the program, etc. From the astronauts perspective, John Young serves as the embodiment of the history of almost the entire program. Real fear is that three hours would not do it.


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From: Carrollton, GA USA
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posted 02-23-2004 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1. John Young
2. Wally Schirra
3. Harrison Schmitt


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From: New Windsor, Maryland USA
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posted 02-23-2004 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A little off topic but I did have dinner once with Samuel Durrance (STS-35 and STS-67). He was between flights at the time and working at JHU. I had arranged a public lecture in the town I was living in.

He told a very funny story about why drinking soda in space is a bad idea. Their flight was equipped with soda cans similar to the ones in Robert Perlman's collection.


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From: Sydney, Australia
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posted 02-23-2004 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to see that many votes go the way of Wally Schirra. Last January, while I was in the States, I had the incredible privilege of being invited to a private restaurant dinner in San Diego with Wally and Jo Schirra by Dee O'Hara. Not only was it wonderful conversing with Wally in full flight, but he and Dee hadn't seen each other for several years, so all of us had a great conversation about the old days at the Cape. No autographs, no notes taken, no photos, just a handshake at the end and a sincere promise to help out any time I needed information for future writing projects. What a great guy, but totally impossible to keep up to with those puns! Years ago, Wally and Frank Borman had toured Australia after their Gemini rendezvous flights, and as they passed me by in a shopping mall I just managed to shake Frank's hand, so it was nice to be able to "complete the set" after all these years.

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