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Henry Heatherbank
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posted 09-21-2005 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
James van Hoften - "Ox"
George D Nelson - "Pinky"

dss65
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posted 09-21-2005 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cernan referred to John Young as "Cool John" in his description of the crew preparing for the launch of Apollo X. (In the same sentence, he called Stafford "Mumbles", a nickname noted earlier in this thread.)

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posted 09-22-2005 05:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I seem to recall a press interview where it was commented that one of Young and Crippen were supposed to have commented that if STS1 was delayed too much longer they'd have to change their names to "used" and "cripple"... I'll try and see if I can find the reference

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posted 09-22-2005 05:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Old" (as opposed to Young) and "Cripple".

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posted 09-22-2005 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Happy Proud Thrilled   Click Here to Email Happy Proud Thrilled     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just read that Stu Roosa's nickname was Smokey. Is there a story behind that?

Also have to mention "Big Al" Shepard, and "Little Al" Worden.

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 09-22-2005 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Roosa spent a part of his early 20s as a smoke-jumper, assisting forestry authorities with bush fires, hence the nickname I would suspect.

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posted 10-14-2005 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MoonMan Jeff   Click Here to Email MoonMan Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did Neil Armstrong have any nickname? Besides "first man on the moon" that is!

And of course Charles Conrad's nickname was "Pete" on a semi-official basis.

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posted 10-14-2005 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am now reading Gen. Stafford's book "We Have Capture" and refers to John Young as "Jose."

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Forgive me, but I would like to resurrect this thread for perhaps a little fun. In my own modest autograph collection there is only one nickname,"Hoot" Gibson.

Years ago I requested that Guenter Wendt sign as "Pad Fuhrer," but he, ever the gentleman, politely demurred, saying, "How about 'Pad Leader' instead?"

My question to you is twofold:

  1. Have any of you succeeded in obtaining nickname or call sign autographs?
  2. Which would be personally most desirable to you?

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posted 12-17-2012 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Obviously "Ox" van Hoften, since most of his autographs are signed in that manner.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 12-17-2012 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
George Nelson does sign autographs "Pinky Nelson." I do have a photo of him and I which is formally signed "George D. Nelson."

And not a nickname but Katherine McArthur signs as "K. Megan McArthur," since she uses her middle name. (And obviously, do does Richard "Mike" Mullane.)

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posted 12-18-2012 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pete Conrad always signed as "Charles", although no one ever called him that.

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posted 12-18-2012 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ilbasso:
Pete Conrad always signed as "Charles", although no one ever called him that.

He often signed "Pete" for close friends and co-workers.

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posted 12-22-2012 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetsnake   Click Here to Email streetsnake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rita Rapp was nicknamed "The Vampire" by the astronauts because of all the blood she took from them.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-11-2013 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, anybody know why George Nelson is nicknamed Pinky?

Delta7
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posted 03-11-2013 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Others not mentioned yet that I've seen:
  • Moose Thornton
  • "Superman" aka Mike Coats
  • Trooper Runco
  • Bluto Wolf
  • Pepe Thuot
  • Billy Bob Clervoy
  • Taco Cockrell
  • Roman Polansky
  • Scorch Hobaugh
  • Chunky Hurley
  • Paco Lockhart
  • Robo Wilson
  • Wheels Wheelock
  • Zambo Zamka
  • "The Husker" Clay Anderson
  • Bim Boe
  • Bueno Good
  • Komrade Bresnik
  • Mash Dutton
  • Bru Archambault
  • Spanky Fincke
  • Vegas Kelly
  • Beamer Curbeam
  • Bloomer Bloomfield
  • Fergie Ferguson
  • Billy O Oefelein
  • Dex Poindexter
  • Swanny Swanson

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-11-2013 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
OK, anybody know why George Nelson is nicknamed Pinky?
From a 2009 interview with "The Western Front":
I've had it since the day I was born because of my 'evil' father; I had red hair and a pink birthmark.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-11-2013 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Delta7:
Trooper Runco
Runco was a former NJ State Trooper.

Delta7
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posted 03-12-2013 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Add:
  • Bo Bobko
  • Taz Chamitoff
  • Hock Ham
  • "Mighty Joe" Allen
  • "Mom" Eileen Collins
  • "L. A." aka Mike Lopez Alegria.
  • Butch Wilmore
  • "T.V." Terry Virts
  • Mas Massimino.
  • Chili Chilton
  • Bakes (Mike) Baker
  • Sam Gemar

garymilgrom
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posted 03-12-2013 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gunter was also known as Pad Leader (below).

GuentherWendt sml

Richard Mullane is another astronaut who is known by his middle name (Mike).

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posted 03-12-2013 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for brianjbradley   Click Here to Email brianjbradley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • Tracy Caldwell - TC
  • Jack Fischer - 2Fish
  • Rick Sturckow - CJ
  • Steve Lindsey - Pinto
  • Kathy Thornton - KT
  • James Wetherbee - Wexbee
Call signs that might be mission/crew specific only:
  • Steve Hawley - Cheetah (STS-41D)
  • Mike Mullane - Tarzan (STS-41D)
  • Judy Resnik - Jane (STS-41D)
  • Blaine Hammond - Liquid Blaine-O (STS-64)
  • Wendy Lawrence - Too Short (STS-86)
  • Scott Parazynski - Too Tall (STS-86)
  • Pam Melroy - Pambo (STS-120)
  • George Zamka - Zambo (STS-120)
  • Scott Parazynski - Longbo (STS-120)
  • Stephanie Wilson - Robo (STS-120)
  • Doug Wheelock - Flambo (STS-120)
  • Paolo Nespoli - Rocky (STS-120)
  • Dan Tani - Bo-ichi (STS-120)
  • Garrett Reisman - Big G (STS-132)
  • Mike Good - Bueno (STS-132)
  • Piers Sellers - Epi (STS-132)
  • Steve Bowen - Steve-O (STS-132)
    + the Dog crews
Sad but still nice to note:
  • Judy Resnik - JR
  • Rick Husband - Ribs (This might have been USAF only)
  • Dave Walker - Red Flash
  • Janice Voss - JV
  • Kalpana Chawla - KC

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posted 03-12-2013 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
...as well as the patches of the Dog Crews
Jerry Ross on the STS-88 "STEALTH" DOG CREW-III was called, "Hooch," a name he told me he wasn't too keen on and was thankful it didn't stick. I got the impression they gave him the name before he realized that Hooch dies at the end of the movie he was named after him. NOT a good omen!

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posted 03-12-2013 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On a humorous aside, I recall a couple of gross mispronunciations/misspellings of Astronaut names by the media on early shuttle flights.
  • ABC's Frank Reynolds referring to Karol Bobko as "Astronaut Krol Borko". (He also referred to the shuttle's "Solid Rooket Bosters" on air so apparently was having an "off" day).

  • A TV caption referring to Columbia's Capcom as "Astronaut Don Bragenstein".
There were a couple of others that escape me right now.

Jay Chladek
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posted 03-12-2013 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pam Melroy of course is known as "Pambo" but she also has gone by "Tank Girl" since it is her favorite movie.

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posted 03-13-2013 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps a one-off nickname, but "The Decal Kid" for Jim Lovell based on an A13 backup crew presentation.


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posted 03-13-2013 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick   Click Here to Email Rick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't forget "Uncle Milty" ... Milt Heflin!


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