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contra
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posted 09-11-2013 05:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I´m looking for someone who is going to the show and would be kind enough to help me obtain 2 or 3 autographs. Help would be much appreciated. Please send me an email.

Skyguy48
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posted 09-11-2013 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've gotta say Kranz would be an amazing add-on. However if ASF could Capture Mr. MCC Chris Kraft I'd drop everything and head over to the Cape in a heartbeat.

My son bought me Kraft's "My Life in Mission Control" biography and it came from the US via Amazon, it was a second hand book a little rough round the edge, however my face lit up like a Christmas tree when I opened up the book to see an inscription inside it read "To Frank, best wishes, Chris Kraft". Thank you Frank whoever you are!!

Buel
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posted 09-12-2013 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Skyguy48:
I've gotta say Kranz would be an amazing add-on. However if ASF could Capture Mr. MCC Chris Kraft I'd drop everything and head over to the Cape in a heartbeat.
Totally agree with that!! If the staff at ASF could get Kraft I would swim the Atlantic instead of fly it!!

I recently listened to the audiobook version of Kranz' 'Failure Is Not An Option' (which is the best I have ever heard/read) and recently bought it in book form as well as Kraft's 'Flight'. I am about to start 'Flight' so am quite excited. So, what do you say, ASF...

alanh_7
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posted 09-12-2013 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris Kraft and Gene Kranz would be great additions but I doubt that will happen. I have heard Gene Kranz does not sign any more because of problems with his hands and I don't know if Chris Kraft ever did shows. I think a lecture from them would a huge draw but I don't expect it will happen.

I thought an interesting addition would have been Chris Hadfield. I know his calendar is pretty full these days and with a new book coming out he is likely under contract but he would have been a nice addition and a good forum for him and a big draw for the ASF. And with his musical talents I could cut costs on entertainment.

Smokeynick
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posted 09-12-2013 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Smokeynick   Click Here to Email Smokeynick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Alan said, Kraft and Kranz are probably not happening, but on a happier note, I've had recent success via mail from them both. So we may never have a chance to shake their hands in person but an autograph is still possible the old fashioned way, i.e. through the mail, with a friendly, reasonable request.

Buel
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posted 09-17-2013 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I attended last year's show and there seems to be many more lectures this year. Can anyone confirm this please?

Buel
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posted 09-19-2013 03:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update: I have asked a very helpful member of the ASF team about the possibility of asking Kraft and she said that they have been asking a few people but wasn't sure if he was on the list and, if he wasn't, she would see about getting him on the list.

Keep your fingers crossed, people...

topmiler
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posted 09-19-2013 04:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for topmiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent, my fingers are well and truly crossed.

What a fantastic addition Chris Kraft would be, I've a ton of stuff for him. And I'm not the only one for sure.

Buel
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posted 09-19-2013 04:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately (and I might be wrong here), I get the impression that the ASF people don't really understand how well received ANY of the MCC/Trench staff would be.

Can you imagine the extra numbers they would get if they were able to get the likes of Kraft, Gene Kranz, Jack Garman, or even Steve Bales or John Aaron?

I know they keep an eye on this topic so can I suggest all of you on here who would love to see some flight directors and controllers please leave a message on here and let's see what we can do.

topmiler
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posted 09-19-2013 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for topmiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're right, the MCC guys still have a huge following and have so much interesting stuff to entertain us with.

Last year we had Mr. Lunney, Griffin and Bostick. It was brilliant.

If we could get some more to attend this year I will be very happy.

olddennis
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I am a senior citizen with an ankle handicap. Could someone who has been to this autograph show at the KSC tell me if there are chairs in the autograph area to sit down and rest? I don't think I will be able to stand for long periods of time.

Also, I have a small suitcase with wheels and a telescoping handle that I would like to bring my autograph material. Will this be a problem going through the space center security lines?

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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I believe chairs have typically been widely scattered in the DeBus center where the show is normally held. The ASF staff can surely help you find seating if the need arises; they're very good.

As to the security, I've hauled all kinds of objects in without any more than a minor delay while they check things over.

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posted 09-20-2013 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last year I tried bringing all my autograph material into KSC in my small carry-on and they told me no backpacks, cases, etc. were allowed. I had to put everything in a big store bag that I fortunately had brought.

benfairfax
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posted 09-20-2013 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benfairfax   Click Here to Email benfairfax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had no problems last year with my backpack. Every day was no problem. I know you are not allowed to have them on the tours though.

benfairfax
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posted 09-20-2013 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benfairfax   Click Here to Email benfairfax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would anyone be able to get two autographs for me? I'm unable to make it this year. I will pay and could throw in a litho or two?

By the way, I live in the Bahamas, have a bank of America account to transfer to. Thanks in advance.

cycleroadie
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posted 09-21-2013 06:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I carried a backpack in both days, loaded with pics, camera, etc. No issues. Carried them in when attending launches also, no problems. They inspect them at security, not sure why you had a problem.

alanh_7
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posted 09-21-2013 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally broke down a bought my Platinum ticket today. I have not been since 2010 show so looking forward to it.

Skyguy48
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posted 09-23-2013 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is weird there is STILL platinum plus tickets for sale. Hope there is not a drop in interest in the AAMS, or is it maybe the price? Usually when these big tickets go on sale they're gone in hours. But of course if the price is reduced by too much then there will be too many people at the VIP receptions, therefore that quality time with the Apollo guys would be drastically reduced, I think. Am I making sense?

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posted 09-23-2013 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I loved the show last year and am looking forward to this year but I was astonished by how few people were there last year. I had no more of a wait than one person for everyone but Cernan (3). This was at 10:30 right after the show opened. Most of the guys had no one in line and were sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Even Aldrin and Cernan had no one at certain points.

Maybe I'm used to sports shows but when you walk into a room holding six moonwalkers, nine Apollo guys and all living Skylab guys, I would expect more than 50 people there in attendance at any given time.

It made for a wonderful experience getting pics with everyone and chatting with them. It may just be that interest has dropped and the rising costs are also keeping people away. That being said, if you want more than 10 seconds with an astronaut then ASF is the place to go.

Buel
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posted 09-25-2013 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm actually thinking about not going due to the poor response of the ASF team and the increasing unlikeliness of any of MCC being there.

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You absolutely have a right to be upset at their lack of communication. There is no doubt the AAMS website for this year's show, and updates on this site have been slower to come for this edition.

On the guest front however, I'm not sure they ever promised MCC personnel to be in the room. I'd presume they have invited many more people than those that have agreed to appear. The ASF shouldn't be held responsible for declined invites.

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posted 09-25-2013 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm confident that the ASF folks are working hard to get as many astronauts and others as possible associated with the space program to attend. I'm sure age, health, and other personal reasons come into play when these men and women are making the decision on whether to attend.

The ASF is also going through a transition with Linn leaving and Charlie stepping down, and trying to get Dan up to speed.

Let's give ASF a break. Even if there are no additions to the November show, it will still be a great one!

alanh_7
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posted 09-25-2013 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I took two years off and really missed it. This will be my first show since 2010 having gone to the first three. If you cannot get excited about the chance to talk with Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan, Al Worden, Dave Scott, Mike Mullane and others I am not sure what will do it? Do I wish there were others? For sure... the more the merrier. But it should be a great show and I am really looking forward to getting back.

Buel
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posted 09-26-2013 12:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Guys, I see your point/s, I really do. And I was unaware that two people had left the ASF (Wasn't Linn the top person?). It's just that one of the members told me via email that they regularly watch this thread and that she was going to get someone to post on here... that was almost three weeks ago, I think.

Also, regarding not getting excited about the guests, I am, it's just that I'm really keen to meet any MCC staff that I can you see, and last year they provided quite a few. (Having Glynn Lunney there was truly amazing!)

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While it is great when ASF staff members post here, this is not their website. If you want to make sure they see your question, you need to contact them directly, either via their website, Twitter account or Facebook page.

And keep in mind, it is Asronaut Scholarship Foundation and Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show, so it should not be too much a surprise if and when the guest list is focused on astronauts...

(Linn resigned as ASF executive director in May. Nicole Russ is now serving as interim executive director.)

alanh_7
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posted 09-28-2013 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jack King and Hugh Harris have been added to the show.

Buel
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posted 09-29-2013 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jack King was brilliant last year and really made my girlfriend and I laugh!!

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posted 10-02-2013 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding during this process. I apologize for our lack of participation in this thread thus far.

We have undergone several staff changes over the past few months in addition to moving our offices to our new home on-site at Kennedy Space Center. Monday was our first day in the new space, but we still have plenty of unpacking to do.

With regards to the show, unfortunately, we are not in control of who can and who cannot attend. If it were up to us, we would have our show bursting at the seams with space heroes, but that just isn't in our power. Some astronauts and support personnel simply cannot be involved due to scheduling conflicts or other personal reasons. Requests are, of course, welcomed but we cannot guarantee the attendance of any suggested guests. Please respect their decision either way and know that we are working to our fullest capability to provide the best show possible for 2013.

As we continue through this transitioning process, I ask for your continued understanding. If you have urgent questions or concerns, please first contact us via email at asf@astronautscholarship.org or by telephone on our new main number at 321-449-4876. We will be happy to assist you ASAP.

As always, thank you so much for your support and we look forward to a phenomenal show next month!

Buel
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What a fantastic reply!!

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Thanks for all your work to make this happen. Its a dream come true to be able to meet these men and women in person. Keep up the good work!

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Does anyone know whether Platinum and Platinum Plus ticket holders will receive a Commander's Club pass or the new Tier 2 Atlantis Pass and, slightly off topic, if there's any difference between the two?

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It appears that Mike Mullane dropped out. Darn, I really wanted to meet him on this trip.

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Apparently Mike McCulley as well. Disappointing, but such is life.

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posted 10-15-2013 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I plan to get Dave Scott sign a geologic map of Hadley Rille and hope to get him to add a comment about the genesis rock (anorthosite) and possibly the date it was found (EVA 2). Everything I have is in GET, so I made my own timeline. It looks like EVA was on August 1. Does anyone agree?

In addition, I plan to get Al Worden to sign it too and to add the dates he did orbital observations. I assume that he began his work on July 30 after the LM undocked, and continued until they left lunar orbit, which I interpret to be August 5. Does this look correct?

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Unfortunately, Alan Bean and Dave Scott have canceled their appearances for this year's show.

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posted 10-17-2013 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's too bad. I have Chris Calle original I wanted Dave Scott to sign. I hope it was not for health reasons.

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That stinks about Bean and Scott.

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posted 10-18-2013 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It certainly is disappointing but ensure that you do everything possible to make your trip a success.

If the show itself is understated, take the time to get on a KSC tour or do something off site that you normally might not do like the Space Walk of Fame.

There are ways to make your own fun if the show itself offers you less than previous years.

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Well said. I'm looking forward to seeing the astronauts again, and folks like Dee and Jack King, for sure. But, the wonderful parts of the trip for me include re-connecting with fellow collectors and enthusiasts, spending time on the tours, not rushing through the Hall of Fame Museum, going to the Walk of Fame....and, generally, just relaxing with like minded folks and talking all things space for those few days. Still looking forward to the event!

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Exactly - make your own fun might be the name of this game, Richard. Perhaps cS members could arrange for some kind of a trading session, show and tell or some similar reason to group up?


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