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Robert Pearlman

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From: Houston, TX
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posted 11-05-2017 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though I was only able to fly in for the day, I had a great time on Saturday at the autograph show. It was great to catch up with a number of collectSPACE members, put a few new faces to usernames and of course, see and talk with many of the astronauts and special guests in attendance.

Always a good day when you can add a few new autographs to an ongoing project and pick up a space-flown artifact. (Plus, heard a few tips for what might make for good articles to come.)

The show has had a great run at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. I look forward to seeing where it will land next...

Larry McGlynn

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posted 11-05-2017 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the show was very enjoyable and relaxing this year. While a "bit" short on Apollo guys, it did have a great crew of shuttle people. Good parties, great lectures and lots of interaction with astronauts.

I don't know where the show will land next year, but I will be there.


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From: Crawfordville, FL
Registered: Oct 2014

posted 11-05-2017 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rlobinske     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a fun time at the Autograph Show Saturday, as well as Al Worden's Apollo presentation and the Women in Space presentation by Nicole Stott, Kathryn Thornton and Rhea Seddon.

It was fun having Rusty Schweikart critique my LM-3 model and Vance Brand was most kind in his comments. Unexpectedly found an STS-7 litho signed by all by Norm Thagaard.


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From: Smithfield, Me, USA
Registered: Mar 2005

posted 11-06-2017 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree that the ASF folks did a superb job of planning and running this show. The tour to SpaceX, the talks, and especially the many discussions with astronauts were all exceptional.

And yes, I'll be there next year.

I'm sorry I missed talking to Robert; I saw him but couldn't chase him down.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 11-06-2017 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sorry we missed each other, Mel. Had I seen you, I would have definitely come over.


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From: Stuart, Florida
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posted 11-06-2017 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As one with a little experience in these things, I hope the ASF weighs the pros and cons considerably before making a move. It can be very, very cost inefficient.

I had to miss it this year due to an illness and was sorry I did.

New Member

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From: Jacksonville, FL
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posted 11-06-2017 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sparky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another great show by ASF! It's sad to see the dwindling number of Apollo astronauts who can attend, but completely understandable given their advanced ages. In any event, it was great to see Worden, Schweickart and Stafford holding court, and they looked to be plenty busy. (As did Ken Havekotte, whose booth was usually surrounded by a feeding-frenzy of collectors.)

I enjoyed getting signatures from and conversations with the three first-time ASF show astronauts, all of whom seemed to be enjoying themselves and who were fun and easy to talk with. Nicole Stott in particular struck me as a very genuine and interesting person. Jim Wetherbee and Scott Altman shared some great anecdotes, too.

Thanks ASF, sponsors, exhibitors, and guests!


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From: Shepperton, United Kingdom
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posted 11-12-2017 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would just like to take a moment to publicly thank Larry Puzio for graciously taking the time to have my two custom Apollo panoramas signed!

In case anyone is interested, here is the result of Larry's time and effort:


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From: Greensboro, NC USA
Registered: Aug 2012

posted 11-12-2017 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a little late, but a brief summary of an AMAZING trip to the ASF Rendezvous - I brought my 13 year old son along since he's becoming quite the science nerd, and he had a great time there because of the generosity of prolific author Jonathan Ward (see Jonathan's website).

We flew in late morning Thursday for a rapid drive to KSC to catch the infrequent Launch Director Tour by Mike Leinbach: Fantastic tour, we were in with about 30 others including international visitors from Italy and New Zealand, who had some great questions on the way. Mike was a gracious and humble guide with some great stories, particularly during the Atlantis exhibit and the poignant "Forever Remembered"" display. It was moving to hear about the recovered artifacts by the man who'd been in charge, and uplifting to realize the focus placed on learning from our mistakes by the artifact loan program for engineering analysis of debris that survived hypersonic disintegration. Mike enjoyed meeting my son Mike again too.

We enjoyed the talk by astronaut Ed Gibson about America's past and future space plans (although missed the beginning) and after the talk he answered many questions including a few from my son (until I reminded him Ed HAD mentioned it was time to got to the bar!). We also met several of the talented ASF scholars (Rorie who is studying neutron star emissions, and Namrah, image processor for the OSIRIS-REx mission).

Friday morning Mike discussed space flight, risk management and many topics at breakfast with Bob Sieck and Jim Wetherbee — we later bought Jim's book. At Lunch with an Astronaut Jerry Ross talked about STS-27 (but only some unclassified video of crew sports hijinks, still no admission as to whether he'd actually done an EVA).

Later we saw Break-Out session presentations:

  • Women in Space: Kathryn Thornton, Dee O’Hara, Nicole Stott, as well as talented ASF scholars Fiona Turett and Katie Burlingame - the 45 minute video is at the ASF Facebook site)

  • Bringing Columbia Home (Jonathan Ward and Mike Leinbach, video at ASF Facebook), with an active and excited audience including Namrah, Rorie, Hugh Harris, Rusty Schweickart, Curt Brown, Kevin Chilton. It was an engaging and informative presentation.
We had an informal dinner at the bar (bought a Land Shark for Mike Leinbach). Mike socialized at the Fireside Chat with Jonathan, Jerry Ross, Jim Wetherbee, Rusty Schweickart, Tom Jones, and the ASF students and again learned a lot.

The big Saturday show was fun, where I got to see the legendary Tom Stafford (very busy with one collector who got 25 autographs! My son got a brief first-person account of the near-fatal Apollo 10 abort guidance system adventure), then Rusty Schweickart (who also graciously signed some items free to benefit the American Space Museum).

We finally met artist Tim Gagnon. We also met Scott Altman for the first time (with his helper Namrah Habib who signed some OSIRIS-REx posters with "Women in physics rule!" for some teachers).

Loved meeting Professor Kathy Thornton (who told space stories and detailed her current career as a physics teacher at UVa). The gregarious Tom Jones shared some science and history stories. After lunch we enjoyed an STS Women Panel Astronaut Encounter with Rhea Seddon, Kathy Thornton, and Nicole Stott.

Also at the show were daughter and granddaughter of the legendary Pad Leader Gunter Wendt. And great to see photographer Karl Ronstrom back at ASF!

During the show, Rusty also grabbed my son out of the crowd to excitedly share some news with him about new results of the recently completed international effort to track Asteroid 2012 TC4 (I’m raising another Space Nerd).

We wrapped things up with a delicious dinner at the (noisy but fun) Zarella’s Italian Grill with a crowd of Space Hipsters. Once again, I bought the wrong raffle tickets even though I got them directly from Mrs. Cooper.

We wrapped up the trip with a Sunday tour "Fly with An Astronaut" with John Herrington - an energetic and entertaining speaker, who led us through the Atlantis exhibit then a bus tour including the legendary Beach House (under renovation), shuttle landing strip, the viewing platform and a finish at the Saturn V center, WooHoo!

Now to await the time and place of the 2018 show...


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From: Scotland
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posted 12-21-2017 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad to hear everyone had a super time at 2017 ASF event, and KSC's last time hosting. I very reluctantly stayed away this year as a one man protest of banning the Brits and other Euro guys from the special VIP tours that goes along with the top ticket. My protest was directed squarely at the people who implemented the ban and NOT ASF, who are just as disappointed as I was that we could not be included.

However, Space Rendezvous 2018 I will be first in line for my ticket. Really quite sad though to see Space Rendezvous move away from KSC, it really is my "spiritual home" and I loved being there for the events over the years. For what its worth, I'd love to see it moved to JSC, it's still in a space environment and I really feel it would help out with the attendance of the Apollo guys and directors, controllers, etc. as a whole lots of those guys live in and around Houston. Here's hoping!!

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