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Robert Pearlman

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posted 12-06-2006 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From The Forest Park Review:
Paul Fisher is best known for inventing the space pen - that handy device writes upside down and made him a millionaire - but the entrepreneur also ran for president of the United States, twice.

Fisher died several weeks ago at the age of 93 in his adopted hometown of Boulder City, Nev., but for more than 20 years this innovative man housed his Fisher Space Pen Co. in the former Roos building here in Forest Park. From 1953 to 1976 Fisher manufactured a host of writing instruments here in the village that changed the industry, one of which is literally out of this world.

Continue reading Out of this world pen built in Roosevelt factory

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fisher at several space related events and gatherings held in the mid-1990s. After our first introduction, there were two things I could always expect from Paul: a warm greeting every subsequent time we would meet and a new Fisher Space Pen in hand. Paul would have pens coming out of every pocket, and he was always interested in showing you his latest innovation to its design.

My first Fisher Space Pen was a "bullet" model purchased at Space Camp at age 11. That pen lasted me for at least 5 years always in my pocket (sometimes even while the pants were in the wash) and it never failed. In the years since, I've owned many different space pens from the replica A7L that mimicked the type carried by the astronauts to a flown example carried aboard Skylab.

His invention did more than enable writing in space; he gave a boy growing up in New Jersey his first "astronaut gear" and for that I will always be grateful.


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posted 12-06-2006 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted to echo Robert's comments here. I met Paul a couple of times at space-related events in San Diego - ASTP and Apollo-9 related - and each time he'd be handing out pens with special designs on matching the occasion, with accompanying themed card and bag. Didn't seem to be any other reason than he was a kind and generous guy...


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posted 12-06-2006 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rest in Peace, Mr. Fisher...

The space pen was my first piece of astro gear as well. As of now I have 3 A7L's, and 2 CH4's with different color ink cartridges (Red and green for X-mas cards). He created an invention that changed writing in space that had an effect on my life and certainly many in the space community.


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posted 12-07-2006 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zee_aladdin   Click Here to Email zee_aladdin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He was a Great Guy. He will surely be Missed.


- Zee

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