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onesmallstep
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posted 02-01-2013 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Col. Ross gave an entertaining presentation at the Intrepid museum last night. After a brief overview of his life, education and career as an astronaut, he narrated a video of his last spaceflight, STS-110. He provided amusing anecdotes, including one with fellow crewmember and then-rookie spaceflyer Rex Walheim. When both men were meeting others, Walheim would invariably say there were six shuttle flights between them!

Among his vivid recollections were his first launch, and his feeling that after ending a spacewalk he could have stayed out much longer. A representative of the company that produced the companion app for mobile devices then showed some of its extensive features, including the full book text, timeline, interactive quiz, and many video clips. A question and answer period followed.

Two surprise guests were in attendance: businessman Greg Olsen, who flew into space aboard a Soyuz capsule he loaned on display in the Intrepid's hangar deck; and New York native astronaut Col. 'Bo' Bobko. As the museum's president pointed out, a real 'trifecta' of spacemen were on hand.

A book signing followed, with a visit thru the newly opened Shuttle Enterprise artifact exhibit to round out an enjoyable evening.

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posted 02-03-2013 04:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I phoned the number posted by Col. Ross in his above post and ordered two copies of his book. The man who took my order couldn't be nicer! He combined the shipping (so $5 for both books) and asked how I wanted them inscribed. I got one personalized and mission numbers on both.

I got an answering machine and left a message but he called me right back. The number is 765-494-8251.

A big thank you to Col. Ross!

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I agree with the post above. I called earlier this week and ordered a copy and the gentleman on the other end of the phone was very cordial.

I mentioned a chance meeting I had with my kids and Col Ross at the Cape about 5 or 6 years ago when watching an Atlas V launch. The kids were a little starstruck and quiet at the time but VERY excited later. I've been trying to read this book on my ipad app, but now I can't get it away from my kids since they've figured out who wrote it! The man who took my order encouraged me to drop a note telling Col Ross about that on his web link. Just might have to do that later today.

I was caught off guard when he asked how I wanted it inscribed - wasn't expecting a personalization. I gave him my name only. In hindsight I wish I had also asked for the mission numbers like the previous poster. Oh well, live and learn! Still excited to add a signed copy to my library (and eventually read the book if my kids ever put it down!).

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posted 02-04-2013 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RockyMnWay   Click Here to Email RockyMnWay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would you rather have your book inscribed to you (full name or just your first name) or simply signed?

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posted 02-05-2013 01:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will be seeing COL Ross on March 2nd when he comes to Seattle. I already have the book on order and will have read it before meeting the man.
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Originally posted by RockyMnWay:
Would you rather have your book inscribed to you (full name or just your first name) or simply signed?
I can only speak for myself, but I like things personalized. Other than Mike Mullane's book and John Glenn's photo (each mailed both ways, and also signed to me), everything I have that is signed by an astronaut was something I got in person from them...

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posted 02-06-2013 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just talked to Charles and I have to say he has to be one of the most pleasant people I have ever talked to. Needless to say I ordered the book with only a day before he arrives to sign. He asked what I would like have written in the book. Inscribed with missions. Wonderful! I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Thanks Jerry. You're one of my all-time favorite astronauts. If I could just find a way to meet him.

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posted 02-06-2013 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got to meet Astronaut Ross in Crown Point Indiana tonight. I had about an hour wait, but he was a class act. He signed his book, took a minute to chat and also stood for a picture. I was honored to meet him.

Tony Guidry
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It was a real honor and a pleasure meeting Astronaut Jerry Ross at Space Center Houston yesterday. Col. Ross spent more than an hour autographing copies of his book and other items such as T-shirts for his fans, while graciously posing for pictures with anyone who requested one. He was most patient with and very accomodating to everyone present. Regretfully, I could not spend as much time as I would have liked, speaking to him, due to others waiting in line behind me, but I did mention to him that I was a member of cS and he replied, that due to his recent busy schedule, he had not had much of a chance to post anything in recent days. He did encourage me, however, to post a review of his book, not only on cS but also on the Barnes & Noble and Amazon websites, when I finish reading it.

Since my wife and I were in Houston for the weekend, attending a couple of trade shows at the Reliant Center, Jerry's appearance at Space Center Houston worked out perfectly with our schedule. While resting in our hotel room last night, I was able to spend some time browsing through the various chapters of the book, and, based upon what I've read, so far, I must agree that it is very readable and most informative. After returning home today, I'm looking forward to reading it, cover to cover, in the coming days.

As others have commented, I found Col. Ross to be a very approachable and patient individual who appears to really appreciate his fans and supporters of the space program to which he dedicated most of his career. He is, quite simply, just an all-around nice guy.

As a side note, I did spot our cS nice guy, Rob Pearlman, in the crowd, as I was standing in line waiting for Jerry's autograph. Rob snapped a few pictures of Jerry signing books, but was out of there before I was able to get through the line.

Sorry I didn't get to meet you, Rob; maybe next time!

RockyMnWay
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posted 02-11-2013 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RockyMnWay   Click Here to Email RockyMnWay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received my signed copy in the mail from the signing at Purdue. Thank you Col. Ross for your time and generosity. Looking forward to reading your book.

Daugherty54
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posted 02-11-2013 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anyone knows of a bookstore signing where they will do mail orders please post on here. I'd love to get a signed copy for my library. Unfortunately Arkansas is a bit off the beaten path.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-11-2013 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Museum in Flight in Seattle is hosting a book signing on March 2. I'd suggest contacting their gift shop and inquiring about pre-ordering a signed copy.

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Wow! Fast service. I ordered an autograpehd copy of the book last week from Purdue University Press and received it today (sent by Priority Mail instead of the usual printed matter rate). It was nicely signed by Jerry Ross with his missions underneath and the personalization "Hi David." Looking forward to reading it.

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posted 02-11-2013 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is this website great or what? I ordered my signed copy last week; should have been signed Thursday and now on its way. Dave, hope to see you in November!

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posted 02-12-2013 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received my copy as well with "Hi David, Jerry Ross, 61B, 27, 37, 55, 74, 88, 110" written as I had requested. Started reading yesterday and I can't seem to put it down. I really admire Jerry Ross as a person, astronaut and a fellow Christian. Great read so far!

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Mine arrived from Purdue with today's mail, inscribed with missions as I requested. Wow! that's a lot of writing. Thank you Mr. Ross for making your signed copies available for those of us who live so far away from the signing venues.

Dennis Beatty
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posted 02-12-2013 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis Beatty   Click Here to Email Dennis Beatty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish to send my thanks to Mr. Ross and the folks at Purdue as well. The autographed copies arrived today...before the charge even hit my bank account. That is definitely a first!! Thank you very much!!

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posted 02-13-2013 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The Museum in Flight in Seattle is hosting a book signing on March 2.
They are not doing any mail order signing according to a response I received. I would really like an autographed copy so anyone near a signing, I would pay for your time?

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posted 02-14-2013 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check with the National Air and Space Museum. They had a few extra signed when Col. Ross was signing. Do not know if any left but give them a call.

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I had very positive feedback from Paula Timbal at the NASM.

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I went to the book signing at Valpairaso, Indiana and was glad to meet up with some other collectSPACE members there. We all had a great time standing in line for Jerry Ross and it was neat when he took a photo of all of us standing in line on his camera phone. He is truly a class act and he autographed the book anyway you like and even autographed a photo for me. I can't wait to start reading his book.

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For those seeking signed copies, Johnson Space Center's exchange store, ShopNASA.com, is now taking pre-orders:
ShopNASA.com is happy to offer you an autographed copy of Jerry Ross' new book, "Spacewalker, My Journey In space and Faith as NASA's Frequent Flyer." Colonel Jerry Ross, a former astronaut who retired from NASA in 2012, is a veteran of seven US space shuttle missions and holds an individual record for the most spaceflights flown. Don't miss your chance to own this piece of American history.

Orders will be accepted until March 15, 2013. Estimated delivery is mid to late April.

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posted 03-02-2013 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went to his talk/signing in Seattle today at the Museum of Flight. He started signing well before the presentation, which surprised me and I had to go back and grab my copy real fast. I lucked up and caught him just as he set up so I think I might have been first to get a signature.

He was very nice and answered my questions about the foam strike on STS-27 and what he knew about Gibson's opinion of their chances (he saw Hoot didn't tell the crew anything about what he was thinking, which I got the impression he was thankful for). He was nice enough to also sign a couple of 8X10s I had of him on spacewalks and told me exactly when each was taken.

He was surprised when I told him I'd already read the book (read it in record time after getting it last week), I got the impression he doesn't get the chance to talk much with people about specifics on his book as most buy them when meeting him.

Before his talk, I was two rows behind him and talked with him a bit along with the people seated ahead of me. I told him how Al Worden had sat in the same seat he was in and Al had also been mistaken for a museum employee by a member of the audience when he was there, same as Jerry just had. Jerry made some comments about Al's book, I think he was impressed with it (I guess most astronauts read each other's books, this isn't the first time I've heard an astronaut talking about another's book).

One thing he told the couple ahead of me was he wished more people would write reviews on Amazon.

A couple of people I think tried to bait him (remember, this is Seattle, where 'bucking the man' is a spectator sport), one asking where all the promised medical advances from the space program were. Jerry shut the guy down my naming several (I wanted to clap when he did that) and another lady asked how much a shuttle launch cost and he said there was no way to measure it in regard to the overall budget or just taking consumables into account.

Lots of good advice for the kids, too, on meeting goals. I hope a few will pay heed.

The topic of STS-51L and 107 came up of course. It was tough to hear Jerry's voice crack just a bit when talking about 107 especially. It takes a lot of courage to talk about something like that, considering how close he especially was with the crew.

His presentation was anything but dry. It was quick, fast-paced and had a lot of great video of his missions, none of which I'd ever seen before. He's a very polished public speaker, like most astronauts must be. It was very entertaining.

If you're reading this, thank you again, COL Ross. You're a real class act.

And yes, I gave you a great review on Amazon. Your book more than earned it.

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I also attended Jerry's signing at the Boeing Museum of Flight today. Jerry was very available to talk with you and sign his book as you requested. I also observed him signing other items as well.

During his presentation he was very informal and offered good insight into his flights, mainly his last one STS-110, and some personal antidotes. A nice time with a very personable astronaut.

Thanks Jerry.

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And yes, I gave you a great review on Amazon. Your book more than earned it.
Thanks for the great review! I had a very nice time in Seattle and at the museum. You're right — I would love everyone that enjoys the book to do reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is great that you are enjoying the book and I would love to get other people's attention so they can enjoy it as well. Thanks!

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Originally posted by tedc:
Thanks Jerry.
You are welcome! Thanks.

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I'd like to express my thanks to Col Ross for making autographed copies of Spacewalker available through the JSC gift shop. I unfortunately won't have the opportunity to attend a signing, so this is the ideal way for me to get an autographed copy.

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Thank you to Colonel Ross for the appearance in Seattle. My mom was able to get a copy signed for me. — Charles

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I loved the book; read it all the way to Hawaii! I'll get to writing a review soon but Jerry made one statement that really put riding rockets into perspective for me.

Jerry was describing his first launch, and he related this about accelerating at three g's; "This is the equivalent of a car being able to accelerate from zero to almost seventy miles per hour in one second, every second." I can relate to that.

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Jerry Ross will, of course, be signing his book at SPACEFEST V, May 24-26.

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Just returned from a very interesting evening with 7 time shuttle astronaut Jerry Ross.

Ross talked to 16 photos from his recently released book as well as a video of his STS-110 mission.

He answered many questions from the audience and shared with us a bit of "sad" news. He just found out earler in the day from his daughter Amy that she was not included in the latest astronaut selection cut.

After the presentation Ross signed his book as well as other items that were presented to him.

I could see why NASA selected this astronaut for so many missions...

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Met Jerry at KSCVC last Sunday. His lecture was very entertaining and we hung around for every family member to get a book signed! The two teens were particularly thrilled to meet Jerry. On the other hand I've never seen KSCVC so quiet - one third full buses; even fewer on the add-on tours.

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Is he having any more book signings or have I missed them?

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As of today, the only remaining book signing listed on his website's calendar is an event next month at the Friendswood Public Library in Texas.

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Are we able to call the Friendswood Library and buy a signed book? Thanks for your help!

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The Sightings calendar has now been updated with Jerry Ross' upcoming book signings.

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Does Jerry Ross have any signings scheduled in Colorado?

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On September 22, Ross will be at the Crown Point Courthouse in Indiana celebrating the courthouse's 135th birthday as well as signing copies of his book.

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posted 09-24-2013 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This Saturday, at the Purdue University Libraries tent, as part of homecoming.

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Jerry Ross will give a lecture and book signing on Saturday (Oct. 5) beginning at 3:00 pm at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois.

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Jerry Ross is now scheduling signings for his new children's book, "Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars."

For those unable to make one of the events, the Johnson Space Center's exchange store, ShopNASA.com, is now taking pre-orders for signed copies to be shipped in November.


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