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STEVE SMITH
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posted 04-29-2005 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for STEVE SMITH   Click Here to Email STEVE SMITH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I can't get to my computer this weekend, I'd like to post this today. Scott Carpenter celebrates his 80th birthday this Sunday, May 1, 2005.

If you see him at the Astronaut Hall of Fame this weekend, wish him a Happy Birthday from you and me.

One of the thrills of my lifetime was my wife and I having dinner last fall with Scott last fall at Pasadena.

A nicer smarter guy you'll ever meet. Very physically and mentally active. One of the cream of the cream although he'd never admit it-just one of the guys.

Thank you Scott for the sacrifices and duty to our country and the world as a Naval Aviator (notice I got that right), an astronaut, and an extraordinary citizen, son, Father, and Husband.

KC Stoever
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posted 04-29-2005 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KC Stoever   Click Here to Email KC Stoever     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What an awesome tribute, Steve. And, yep, happy birthday, Dad!

mdmyer
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posted 04-29-2005 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday!!

icarkie
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posted 04-29-2005 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Cmd. Carpenter.

One of the most pleasant astronauts I've had the honour in meeting. Have a great weekend.

november25
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posted 04-29-2005 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for november25   Click Here to Email november25     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May I add my congrats to Scott Carpenter on this his 80th Birthday. Such a nice, kind, smartly dressed guy - we had met on several occasions throughout the weekend at the Coventry Autographica last year. Seem to meet along the corridors of the hotel ,must have remembered me - "Good morning again," or "Good afternoon," Scott said.

His personality, kindly signing autographs, for those fans that waited in line, was outstanding. Thank you friend. The book - For Spacious Skies - is delightful. Great reading.

Scott
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posted 04-29-2005 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday, Astronaut Carpenter!

ColinBurgess
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posted 04-29-2005 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure Scott is approaching his 80th birthday with mixed emotions, and something of a wry smile. Nobody I know likes passing those ten-year hurdles in life, but after all he's only a kid when compared to John Glenn (84) and Wally Schirra (82). If Al Shepard was still around he'd probably say something like "C'mon, Scott; light those 80 candles!"

Hope it's a wonderful and memorable day for Scott and all the family.

TrueNorth
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posted 04-29-2005 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TrueNorth   Click Here to Email TrueNorth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What an 80 years! Happy birthday to the "great man".

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-29-2005 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tonight, during the Astronaut Hall of Fame induction former Kingston Trio John Stewart and his wife Buffy Ford led the audience in singing happy birthday to Scott. Earlier, Lockheed lit a birthday candle for him - in the form of the last Titan rocket to launch from the Cape!

pokey
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posted 04-29-2005 11:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We should all look so good and still be as sharp as a knife at 80! Congrats!

carmelo
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posted 04-30-2005 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday Scott,and thank you.

machbusterman
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posted 04-30-2005 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Such a warm and friendly GENTLEMAN, I feel absolutely honoured to have met him.

Many happy returns Scott... you're definately one with "The Right Stuff"!!

WAWalsh
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posted 04-30-2005 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, best wishes to Cmdr Carpenter and his family for his birthday. A fine gentleman.

Rough calculation gives him 46,746,898,685 miles traveled in orbit around the Sun, plus his three orbits around the Earth.

John K. Rochester
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posted 04-30-2005 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott Carpenter!! 80?? Not a chance!! He looks as though he could wriggle into that silver Mercury suit and fly STS-114 along with those youngsters.. and show them a thing or two about how to fly a "full up" mission. Then I'll bet he could bring that shuttle in and put it down smoother than Baby Kris' powdered and diapered butt (sorry KC, couldn't resist that) Happy Birthday to the Man, the Legend, possibly the most beloved of the early pioneers... Malcolm Scott Carpenter.

Hawkman
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posted 04-30-2005 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkman   Click Here to Email Hawkman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Tonight, during the Astronaut Hall of Fame induction former Kingston Trio John Stewart and his wife Buffy Ford led the audience in singing happy birthday to Scott.
Wow! John Stewart AND Scott Carpenter in the same room. Two legends. Very cool.

Rob Joyner
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posted 05-01-2005 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Scott!
Happy Birthday to Youuuuu!

Happy 80th! And many more!

ejectr
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posted 05-01-2005 06:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for everything you have done for us and our country.

May you enjoy and experience all the good things life has to offer, still.

Happy birthday Mr. Scott Carpenter. You have been and remain my hero.

mensax
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posted 05-01-2005 06:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A couple of years ago I asked my parents, who were both in their eighties, to name any of the astronauts they remembered from the 60's. My mother quickly said "John Glenn" (no surprise there), but my Dad quickly chimed in "Scott Carpenter"... followed by a long period of silence.

I'll always remember that moment. Scott Carpenter had made such an impression on my Dad that he was remembered more than the first person to walk on the Moon.

Happy Birthday, Scott Carpenter.

Duke Of URL
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posted 05-01-2005 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday, Astronaut Dude.

Mike Isbell
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posted 05-02-2005 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday Cmdr. Carpenter and may you celebrate many more!

Rob Joyner
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posted 05-03-2005 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just remembered! After everyone sang Happy Birthday at the Astronaut Hall of Fame gala dinner, birthday boy Scott Carpenter remained on stage and joined in singing with Stewart, Ford and others a nice rendition of the Monkees' classic 'Day Dream Believer', written by Stewart!

quantumleap
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posted 05-09-2005 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for quantumleap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the sincere pleasure of meeting Scott Carpenter at this years AHoF Induction ceremony. What a really nice guy, who seemed geuinely interested in meeting all the people there. He even autographed a copy of his book for me.

We discussed his egress out the top of his Mercury capsule on landing. He explained the steps involved, about removing part of the instrument panel, detaching a bulkhead and then pushing out the parachute container, before squeezing out. With all modesty he commented, "with practise you could get it done in a minute and a half!"

ejectr
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posted 05-09-2005 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The guy is an absolute gem.

KSCartist
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posted 05-01-2006 05:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the Florida Today our first astronaut/aquanaut is 81 today.

Kris - please give your Dad our best wishes.

John K. Rochester
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posted 05-01-2006 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was reading "For Spacious Skies" again this weekend. It is seriously becoming my favorite astronaut biography!! I believe KC obtained such a fluid, terrific writing style from her grandmother Toye.. her letters were incredibly well written.

Happy Birthday to "Buddy"....

ejectr
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posted 05-01-2006 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday to my adolescent and adult hero.....

cddfspace
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posted 05-01-2006 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cddfspace   Click Here to Email cddfspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday to one of the Mercury 7! Thank you for your service to our country!!!

SCE to AUX
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posted 05-01-2006 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SCE to AUX     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A big Happy Birthday to the Dynamic Pioneer! Isn't Scott Carpenter Day coming up in Denver/Boulder soon?

KC Stoever
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posted 05-01-2006 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KC Stoever   Click Here to Email KC Stoever     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a big smile I have, just opening up cS to the birthday wishes to the DP (aka Buddy). I'm calling him right now to read him all your posts. My bet? He'll have a serious case of what the Noxons called the "rather-be-mads." Rather be mad, that is, that he's 81--instead of the young whipper-snapper of yore and lore.

SCE to AUX
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posted 05-01-2006 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SCE to AUX     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by John K. Rochester:
I believe KC obtained such a fluid, terrific writing style from her grandmother Toye.. her letters were incredibly well written.
Some extraordinary women in the DP's life. FSS chronicles this very well!

chappy
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posted 05-01-2006 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday to Scott Carpenter, who is 81 years old today.

He still inspires as all during early 60's and wish Scott a good day on his 81st birthday with his families around him today.

Rob Joyner
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posted 05-01-2006 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Scott! I had the great honor of telling you that in person at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on your 79th! I wish you many, many more!

KSCartist
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posted 05-01-2006 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Kris, he's finally old enough to fly on the shuttle. Or would he rather go up on a Soyuz? Let's have a fundraiser to give the DP a proper gift.

Scott
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posted 05-01-2006 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday, Scott Carpenter!

carmelo
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posted 05-01-2006 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday Scott!You are great!

Duke Of URL
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posted 05-01-2006 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Duke Of URL wants the Dynamic Pioneer to pioneer many more birthdays dynamically.

dss65
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posted 05-01-2006 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's wishing a very happy birthday to a true hero and a true gentleman.

bruce
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posted 05-02-2006 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll never be that young when I'm your age. Happy birthday!

spaceman1953
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posted 05-03-2006 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Mom might well make it to 81, but I know I NEVER will!

Happy Birthday!

Cmdr. Carpenter was here at the Penn-Harris-Madison school corporation planetarium several/many years ago. He sat here and signed and signed and signed and took time to talk to everyone and shake hands and it is one of my best memories of all remember him seated in that room... taking time to talk to you!

God Bless you to have a VERY long (as long as it is healthy!) life!

SpaceCat
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posted 05-31-2006 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last year I got to wish Scott a Happy Birthday in person, but work obligations kept me from attending the Hall of fame gala this year.

(Newcomer here - had always been aware of collectSPACE but thought it was just a 'swap shop' for memorabilia and such -- just recently discovered this nice board, with so many folks of note! Of course, I know SCE To AUX as another oceanographic electronics guy who's (ahem) somewhat younger than I!)

KC, hope you see this...

I worked with your Dad on the Man In The Sea training program in Key Largo about 10 years ago (so I happen to have a couple great snapshots of him with his 70th birthday cake.... seems like just yesterday.) Too bad that Program never quite caught on and made it into the black, or we'd all still be doing it, I'm sure. Sure was great to hang out with folks like Scott and "Uncle" Bob Barth! We didn't make any money, but we sure had fun!

Few years later I was the on-board electrics guy for NASA's Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station - another program with great merit but limited success. You know, that thing was designed to be towed around to schools as part of NASA's Outreach educational programs but just as we got it together all funding was cut!

...And, in one of those 'small world' things- I guess you have a guy there in Denver (don't know his name) who does some yard & maintenance work for you- who did the same for Martha Lee Leslie around the corner on Corona St. until her passing a couple years ago. Martha Lee was a wonderful lady- my best friend and 'adopted big sis' for over 30 years- sure miss her!

So - give my best to the Dynamic Pioneer (is that a new nickname? I don't recall it ever being used in Key Largo) and tell him I've gotten lots of mileage out of his stories - like the Shelby Mustang and the six snakebite kits... and the shark repellor that worked equally well whether the switch was in the ON or OFF position!

He'll remember me as the guy who set up the comm link for him to talk from Jules Undersea to STS-69 celebrating 30 years since his first call from inner to outer space!


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