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Skyguy48
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posted 05-22-2014 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I've discovered this forum about a year ago and I'm an avid reader since then.
Welcome to collectSPACE... Three years ago I flew over to KSCVC specially to shake Charlie Duke's hand and have his book signed. It was a three day round trip to Scotland all for a 30 second meeting with a moonwalker. Couple of weeks later I met collectSPACE and found from here I could have two to three days with a bunch of moonwalkers all in the one place (AAMS). If you need some space your in the right place...

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posted 06-03-2014 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just saw that Jim Lovell and Bruce McCandless have been added for this year's show! Thanks ASF for making my year! Now if you could just get that Schmitt guy...

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 06-03-2014 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And seeing Hoot in the lineup makes me hopeful for Rhea to be there as well.

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posted 06-04-2014 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wanted to let you all know that we've added a couple more astronauts since yesterday, including Alan Bean and Al Worden!

We also wanted to let you know that Lovell is currently planning for a Saturday-only autograph session. We hope this will help you make your plans in advance. Thanks!

JasonB
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posted 06-04-2014 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great additions! I will be at Lovell's table bright and early Saturday happily hastening my future bankruptcy.

May I make two more suggestions? Glynn Lunney and Gerry Griffin. You could get Sy Liebergot, too. Make it great for Apollo 13 collectors.

Anyway great job adding Lovell and keep 'em coming!

ASF1984
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posted 06-04-2014 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JasonB - We value all of your suggestions! We currently have an email out to all the astronauts, program workers, and other folks and the RSVPs are just beginning to come back. The three you mentioned are definitely on that email list. We'll keep updating the guest list as the RSVPs come in!

mode1charlie
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posted 06-04-2014 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw that Gerry Carr and Ed Gibson are also now listed as attending (as well as Bean and Lousma). That's great - hoping Kerwin, Weitz, and Garriott might also come. The more Skylab guys you can get, the better!

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posted 06-04-2014 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm crossing my fingers for Glynn Lunney and Chris Ferguson.

Greggy_D
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posted 06-05-2014 07:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be fantastic to see Jay Greene there also.

4allmankind
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I'll second (or third, at this point) Chris Ferguson. His presence at the show would be fantastic.

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posted 06-07-2014 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May I make my usual request of Gene Kranz? Why not at least try for 'Mr SCE to AUX', John Aaron? Maybe Bob Carlton too? The brilliant Gerry Griffin? So many MCCers...

OLDIE
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posted 06-08-2014 04:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Aaron and Gene Kranz would be great, as would a few more recent Shuttle crew (e.g. post 1995!).

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posted 06-08-2014 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sure hope Box is returning!

alanh_7
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posted 06-08-2014 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am still not sure if I am going this year but I agree with Mel, Box Johnson was a fun guest last year.

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posted 06-09-2014 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just saw that they added Glynn Lunney and Sy Liebergot along with Rhea Seddon and Mike Mullane among others. Great job by the ASF!

ASF1984
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posted 06-13-2014 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We're happy to announce that Gene Cernan will be joining us this year! Like Lovell, he will also be Saturday only - just a heads up for you all so you can plan accordingly.

We've added a few more astronauts and special guests in the meantime, too! Replies are still coming in, so make sure to keep checking our special guests list as we make our updates immediately after receiving an RSVP!

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posted 06-19-2014 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood from 2001: A Space Odyssey would make great guests. I know Spacefest had them a few years back.

I just saw Tom Jones was dropped from the list. That's a shame as I found him to be extremely engaging with everyone last year.

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posted 06-25-2014 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just saw that Mike McCulley has been added. I have to give ASF credit. It's almost like they're simply asking me who to have at the show.

GenXApollo
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posted 07-26-2014 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GenXApollo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the current guest list the final list or there will be possible more announcements to come?

Robert L. Crippen and Dr. Aldrin would be on my wishlist.

lspooz
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posted 07-26-2014 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's final the day it starts! There are sometimes late additions (and unfortunately, sometimes last minute cancellations — as I recall, last November's cancellations included Buzz and a few others, but even that didn't keep my first-ever trip from being outstanding).

Skyguy48
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posted 07-26-2014 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spot on, it's final the day the show starts. My last ASF show was also the Apollo 17 anniversary and it was a star studded attendance. Our special photo op was to be with Cernan and Schmitt but unfortunately Schmitt had to pull out, but boy did ASF make up for it. In the line up we had McDivitt, Scott, Duke, Mitchell, Gordon, Aldrin, Stafford, Cernan, Bean and Fred Haise. I very much doubt we will ever get all those guys in the same place again at the same time. And of course that photo has the main wall at home. Roll on November, am all ticketed up.

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posted 07-26-2014 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Skyguy48:
...boy did ASF make up for it. In the line up we had McDivitt, Scott, Duke, Mitchell, Gordon, Aldrin, Stafford, Cernan, Bean and Fred Haise.

Absolutely. That photo of myself with them is one of my prized possessions.

UNCJibble
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posted 07-30-2014 06:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for UNCJibble   Click Here to Email UNCJibble     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So for someone who has never been, would anyone mind giving an overview of this event? Are you able to meet all of the astronauts, or only the ones you buy autographs from?

I'd love to take my kids to meet some of the older ones while we still have the opportunity. I don't want to seem cheap, and I know its all for charity, but at some of the prices for autographs I've seen at other places we could probably only afford one or two autographs.

What else happens at this event? I guess I'm asking is this worth going to if you don't have a giant sack of cash to bring along?

JasonIUP
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posted 07-30-2014 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Others will go into detail about the particulars of the event, but it's not all for charity. My understanding, after talking to more than one signer or their agent, is that the signers give a percent of their sales to the promoter. In this case, that commission goes to ASF, but the bulk of the signing fee goes to the signer.

In short, you can likely meet all of them and exchange a few words without buying an autograph. Some are more talkative than others, but they're all generally nice.

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posted 07-30-2014 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've went the last 2 years and got photos with everyone whether I was buying autographs or not. Everyone there is friendly-especially to kids. If a guest has a long line like Stafford did last year you may not be able to get a photo if you're not buying an autograph. Also don't try to meet everyone in one day. You might be able to but every astronaut talks so much you probably won't be able to.

It's beyond worth going. You will regret it if you don't. Two astronauts I've met there have passed away in less than 2 years. They won't be around forever so you should take the opportunity when it comes.

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posted 08-01-2014 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Skyguy48:
Our special photo op was to be with Cernan and Schmitt but unfortunately Schmitt had to pull out, but boy did ASF make up for it.
I agree about the 2012 lineup. My jaw dropped the first night when I saw these American heroes in the Raddison Bar.

It was at top of my list for conversation of a lifetime while sharing a spirit with Cernan. Please see my post.

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posted 08-02-2014 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by UNCJibble:
I guess I'm asking is this worth going to if you don't have a giant sack of cash to bring along?
My rookie visit was last year on a tight budget, and I echo the idea "It's beyond worth going. You will regret it if you don't."

In a nutshell, bring the kids (have them hit the library/eBooks to learn about one to two astronauts, maybe get a photo and turn it into a book report/biography essay project), attend the free astronaut lectures (two to three a day, with photo op sometimes after), explore family-friendly KSC if they want, and make sure to bring a book or photo for a possible signature.

I'd even consider a hardcover you could drag around for years at your (or your children's) future visits to KSC, the National Air and Space Museum in DC, etc. (I'd recommend something like "Mission Control, This is Apollo," "Man on the Moon," or "Footprints in the Dust" for the Apollo astronauts depending on age - for the shuttle astronauts, perhaps "Orbit," "Wheels Stop," "Bold They Rise," or author Brozney's (spelling?) "Space Shuttle" - kind of becomes like a high-school yearbook only better...

Hope to see you there.

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posted 08-05-2014 06:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has there been any word on whether anyone like Mike Mullane will be selling copies of their books at the show to sign? Last year Tom Jones was selling and signing his books for the cover price.

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posted 08-05-2014 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by lspooz:
...make sure to bring a book or photo for a possible signature.

I'd even consider a hardcover you could drag around for years at your (or your children's) future visits to KSC, the National Air and Space Museum in DC, etc.


One book I dragged around before I got another copy of "Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years" was Sally Ride's "To Space and Back." Nice and easy read, easy to carry, and I had it signed by a few other shuttle astronauts other than Ride.

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posted 08-05-2014 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by JasonB:
Has there been any word on whether anyone like Mike Mullane will be selling copies of their books at the show to sign?
Even if they aren't, I'm sure those books are available in the gift shop, and then you can just walk over to the Debus Center and have them signed.

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At past shows, the visitor complex's space shop has set up a stand just outside the show (in the Debus Center's lobby) with the astronauts' books (and other items) for sale.

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posted 08-09-2014 06:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks but I'm hoping for the astronaut to be selling the book and have the Tom Jones discount (cover price) as I can't pay $50-$60 for a shuttle astronaut signed book with all the expenses I'll have. I know the Apollo guys don't but I'll hope for Mike Mullane and maybe get lucky.

Also I just saw that Tom Stafford was added to the autograph show!

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posted 08-09-2014 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last year, Tom Jones was selling all of his books at his desk signed. If I recall, he gave a slight discount from the cover cost.

I was at the KSC three weeks ago and they did have signed copies of Tom Jones' book "Sky Walking" and Mike Mullane's book "Riding Rockets" on sale at the gift shop.

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posted 08-09-2014 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks I'll look there in November. I got Jones book last year off him there so hopefully maybe Mullane will be doing the same.

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If your concern is the price of the book and autograph together, you can pick up a hardcover first edition copy of "Riding Rockets" for as little $3 (with free shipping) from used book dealers, practically negating the cost of the book.

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posted 08-09-2014 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oddly enough, I've taken to buying only new copies of Mullane's books on Amazon — the cheap 'like-new' used hardbacks are all-too-often already signed and inscribed, exactly what I don't want for bringing to meet him (of the last four Mullane books I bought, two copies of his children's hardback and one Red Sky, were all pre-inscribed).

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posted 08-09-2014 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a heads up. Mike Mullane will sign via mail. His website has pretty decent instructions about how to send items to him with instructions on apply the correct return postage.

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posted 08-10-2014 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. Considering my planned purchases at ASF have spiraled out of control I may do that. I like the interaction you get in person when you buy an autograph so it'll probably just be a in the moment decision.

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posted 08-13-2014 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just saw that Sy Liebergot has been dropped from the guest list. Was looking forward to meeting him.

lspooz
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posted 08-13-2014 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dang —  I also just went to the ASF site to find out who is still coming and made the mistake of clicking on 'Astronaut Participants' rather than "Events: Astronaut/Guest Participants" — for a few jaw dropping seconds I thought Anders, Collins and Glenn et.al. had been added... then I woke up.


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