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Sy Liebergot
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posted 06-14-2007 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sadly, we've lost another of us Apollo era ops guys: Phil Shaffer passed away this morning at 3am. He died of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease...

This disease is a brain-eater. Mad cow disease, or the human variant of it, Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, is a prion disease.

Phil was a FDO and Flight Director.

Sy Liebergot
"Apollo EECOM: Journey of A Lifetime" www.apolloeecom.com

A moment of silence is signified by an entry with no words and only a period.

Naraht
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posted 06-14-2007 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm very sorry to hear this news.

RIP.

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posted 06-14-2007 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Holloway   Click Here to Email Joe Holloway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr. Liebergot,

Once again, please accept my condolences on the loss of one of your friends and co-workers. He is most certainly in a better place now.

For those of us who grew up watching and listening to the manned launch broadcasts, we may remember the following quote by your commentator in MCC:

"Standing by for go/no go for passage over Europe from Flight Director Phil Shaffer...given a go for passage over Europe."

THAT's how I remember his name.

Sincerely,
Joe Holloway
Knoxville, Tennessee

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Naraht
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posted 06-14-2007 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who are interested in reading more about Phil Shaffer:

NASA Biographical Data Sheet

Oral Histories

He was also profiled in a very interesting article titled "The Men Who Control Our Missions to the Moon," which was in the Saturday Evening Post, December 28, 1968/January 11, 1969.

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kr4mula
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posted 06-14-2007 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am truly sorry to hear of Phil's passing. My sincere condolences to his family and his bigger NASA family. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times at JSC events and had the distinct pleasure of sitting in on his JSC oral history interview (cited above). I remember him vividly for his wry sense of humor, especially once the recorder was turned off. A sample from the interview:

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I said, in the vernacular, "What the hell is a flight dynamics officer?"
He says, "I don't know, but they're hiring them."
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Indeed.

Sy - I was really surprised to hear what you said he died of. This is personally close to me because doctors strongly suspect one of my wife's aunts has the same thing.
My wife (who is a physician herself) mentioned that the symptoms often persist for years (I didn't see any around that interview), it's exceedingly rare in the US, and is only positively diagnosed via autopsy.

Kevin

Sy Liebergot
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posted 06-14-2007 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kevin, et al, thank you all for the kind words.

This is what Gene Kranz sent this morning:

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Hi Gang,
Sad news. Bob Reggelbrugge just called and said that Phil Shaffer passed away this morning at 3am. He died of Jacobs-Crutchfield disease.... Bob said that he was OK a month ago when they went out to dinner, then had a sudden onset in the last 30 days. No data on servicers etc., but the family said that they might have a get together of friends later.
Cheers

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posted 06-14-2007 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry to hear about the loss. This is why we need people like Sy to tell the stories of these people. Listening to Sy Saturday evening you could feel his passion for the history of our early space efforts.

Mike Myer

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Phil was a huge help to us while we were working on Homesteading Space, and gave us incredible insight to what was going on in Mission Control during the Skylab missions. I had only limited interaction with him personally, but he made a huge contribution to the book.

Sad news, indeed.

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