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Posts: 861
From: Virginia
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 12-09-2004 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was thinking that it sure would be nice if one extra day could be added to the upcoming gathering of astronauts (and other heroes) of the golden age of space exploration.

Wouldn’t it be great if a day were set aside where all these historic figures could gather together at a long table in front of a room filled with eager guests? Each astronaut could take his turn one by one telling us of his experiences, of tales we had never heard, of jibes at each other, of words of memory and of honor for those who are no longer with us. Just a relaxed time of sharing. And a few questions from the audience.

I know that I would treasure such an event. I believe the main reason we all attend these shows is to meet these men. If we are lucky we get to hear a sentence or two as we ask for an autograph or perhaps overhear a conversation in the hall. The highlight of these events has always been to me the dinner where if we’re lucky, we sit with an astronaut who will share some stories with us between bites of his dinner.

It would seem to me that the astronauts would enjoy this as well. Wouldn’t they? Perhaps some astronauts who don’t want to sign would consider coming for just such a day?

I know I’d pay extra for a Platinum Ticket to get into an event like this. I believe show attendance would also increase as I know some are not planning on attending this year’s show, as they’ve got all the autographs they need.

Maybe, oh please consider this, after this special talk, all the astronauts could gather for a group photo in which each guest could hurriedly join in one at a time, and that these photos could be processed and signed by all the astronauts for a single price. They would all know that these photos would never be sold on ebay.

I’m sure a video could be made of such a gathering as well, and that there would be a demand for these tapes far beyond just the folks in attendance.

So, how about it?


[This message has been edited by mensax (edited December 09, 2004).]

John K. Rochester

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From: Rochester, NY, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 12-09-2004 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love the premise...however the group picture one by one would be tough.


Posts: 711
From: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Registered: Aug 2004

posted 12-09-2004 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the idea, but individually it would be difficult to enjoy because of time constraints.

However, I would love to see and would happily pay for a platinum package to hear an astronaut speak to a group of space fanatics, take questions, tell stories, relate their favorite events and other behind the scenes events. Give each astronaut who wants to attend, 1 hour to speak and answer questions. If the astronauts would prefer, the questions could be submitted on cards the days before the event to be edited before their speech, to cut down on wasted time.

Who wouldn't want to attend an event like that?



Posts: 1208
From: Upcountry, Maui, Hawaii
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 12-09-2004 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had mentioned a group photo with all of the astros to Steve prior to the Burbank show.

Taken just before the dinner event, when everyone is all dressed up nice, a multi-level platform, with all of the dinner guests quickly arranged followed by the astros themselves standing front and center on the floor.

A black fiber-optic curtain as a backdrop (star field) and you are good to go!

A pro photographer can shoot a dozen images of the whole group in less than a minute, then we can all walk over to the dinner hall....anticipating the photographic panoramic end result.

What a picture that would be.

Unfortunately, it's not that easy!

Logistically, getting everyone, and I mean everyone together for that moment can be quite overwhelming. I know.

Steve had more than enough things to focus on before, during and after the event.

However....something to consider for sure as his events continue to expand.

They can only get better.


Matt T

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From: Chester, Cheshire, UK
Registered: May 2001

posted 12-09-2004 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We are fortunate in the UK to already enjoy one hour talks from astronauts at the Autographica show. I personally value these talks far higher than the autographs. I've been fortunate enough to hear Charlie Duke, Ed Mitchell, Al Worden and Paul Weitz speak about their first-hand experiences, in an informal setting to small groups numbering between 20 and 30 people. Tickets have cost £10 typically.




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From: London, UK
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 12-09-2004 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree Matt. The talks at Autographica are an integral part of the event. Being in a small room with 30 people listening to Tereshkova and Bykovsky relate their early experiences in space was priceless. Valentina was then gracious enough to tell us to follow her outside for photos.
There might be number issues with the NY show, but IMHO hearing an astronaut give a talk turns the balance of the event from a predominantly commercial enterprise with little chance for interaction, into something more memorable.

Paul Bramley

Rex Hall

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From: London, England
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 12-09-2004 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex Hall   Click Here to Email Rex Hall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good Evening
One of the features of Autographica has been the talks during the show. I have chaired many of those by cosmonauts and they have been excellent giving first hand accounts of their missions. Who can forget being sung to by Popovich or seeing the interaction between Tereshkova and Bykovsky. Listerning to Shatalov,Nikolayev Musabayev and Polyakov talk about their flights. many of them were recorded.

The original post is a nice idea but alone or in pairs. You must also remember that many people who attend such shows are not interested in the talks and want to get people to sign and having everyone in one room is neither efficent for them or the organisers or not reflecting that some do not get on with each other.

It is a real memeory for many poeple and adds to the knowledge of the real trials many went through to fly in space.


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