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Joel Katzowitz
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posted 10-27-2017 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After reading about the upcoming 2018 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony, I starting thinking about the inaugural induction ceremony in 1990. The inductees were the Mercury Seven astronauts. I was wondering if any of the current members of this forum were in attendance. I was there and I know Ken Havekotte was also there. Anyone else?

I briefly searched online for photos of the event but came up dry. I took a fair amount of images which are, apparently, rare.

Wehaveliftoff
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posted 10-30-2017 02:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I came up empty as well, sorry.

4allmankind
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posted 10-30-2017 05:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I’ve looked in the past as well but only found the 1997 induction for the Gemini and Apollo classes.

Spaceflyer
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posted 10-30-2017 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceflyer   Click Here to Email Spaceflyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1997 was only Apollo and Gemini was in March 1993.

4allmankind
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posted 10-30-2017 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Right! The photos I found were of the Apollo guys in attendance at the 1997 induction.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 10-31-2017 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's hard to believe that no other cS members attended the inaugural induction in 1990. It was "only" 27 years ago.

capoetc
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posted 10-31-2017 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But, how much has changed in 27 years! Back then, it is not likely that most people outside the Brevard County area even knew the event was occurring. Instant news at your fingertips was way off in the future at that point.

The only reason I even knew that collecting space memorabilia was a thing was when I saw an ad from Adam Harwood (thank goodness I had the good sense to buy my Apollo 11 insurance cover back then) and, through him, I got hooked up with Donnis Willis and bought a few items. I saw an ad for Regency Superior Auctions and participated in their Spring 1993 auction, and from then on I was on board.

Before then, I have no idea how I would have known about events like the Hall of Fame induction other than through a lucky coincidence.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 10-31-2017 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 1990 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHOF) induction ceremony for the original Mercury astronauts was well publicized, at that time, as there were invited guests and visitors nationwide that attended.

During that first induction in March 1990, though, there were only a hand full of promotional companies and sponsors involved, unlike what there is today!

The AHOF started out as a joint project of the non-profit Mercury Seven Foundation and U.S. Stamp Camp Foundation of the 37,000 square foot facility in Titusville,
FL.

But for the later Gemini (1993), Apollo (1997), and Shuttle astronaut inductions, naturally, there was more interest and resources available providing increased promotional advertising and corporate sponsorships.

For those cSers not aware, our own Joel Katzowitz, working with Design South, Inc. of Atlanta, GA, was responsible for the design concept and fabrication of all exhibits for the AHOF, as well as coordinating placement and installation of astronaut-loaned memorabilia.

capoetc
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posted 10-31-2017 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken, I am sure you are right regarding publicizing the 1990 Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction. The point is, such publicizing back then pales in comparison to that which can be done now.

I am quite certain that many people who would have been interested had no idea the event was going on.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 11-01-2017 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Mercury induction ceremony was a relatively small affair but I couldn't even guess at the number of people in attendance. There were astronauts from other groups, family, friends as well as press at the event. I had a blast.

The Gemini induction ceremony was certainly larger. I'm sure Ken has more information regarding these early inductions.

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