Posts: 1056 From: Tucson, AZ USA Registered: Jan 2009
posted 02-27-2010 03:10 PM
Bob McCall passed away last night, February 26, 2010. He died of a heart attack in Scottsdale Memorial-Osborn. Bob celebrated his 90th birthday on December 23. Services are pending.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in McCall's honor to the Challenger Space Center of Arizona, 21170 North 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382
...it was through the stamps and patches that he created did McCall ultimately see his artwork merge with their subject matter and enter space. The Apollo 15 astronauts flew his "Decade of Achievement" two-stamp pane to the Moon, and the last men to walk on the lunar surface did so while wearing an Apollo 17 mission patch designed by McCall.
"It is something I continue to covet," shared McCall in a 2006 interview with collectSPACE.com. "It was wonderful to really see this emblem that I designed on the Moon, in real time from Mission Control."
Credit: NASA TV
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Steve Procter Member
Posts: 971 From: Leeds, Yorkshire, UK Registered: Oct 2000
posted 02-27-2010 03:22 PM
Very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. A sad day indeed.
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Posts: 1567 From: Sydney, Australia Registered: Sep 2003
posted 02-27-2010 09:01 PM
It was a privilege to have met this great man. My sincere condolences to his family.
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Ken Havekotte Member
Posts: 1823 From: Merritt Island, Florida, Brevard Registered: Mar 2001
posted 02-27-2010 09:46 PM
One of the best space-art talents that I have ever seen. My deepest condolences to all the McCall family members.
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Posts: 972 From: Lincolnshire IL USA Registered: Aug 2000
posted 02-27-2010 10:41 PM
It was a great honor to meet him at SpaceFest where he was most gracious.
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Posts: 164 From: Citrus Heights, CA - USA Registered: Jan 2006
posted 02-27-2010 11:22 PM
I had the pleasure to meet and briefly chat with Mr. McCall in about the late '80s at a Planetary Society Planetfest in Pasadena, CA when I used to live in Southern CA. One of the activities of the Planetfest was a space art exhibit and Mr. McCall was there, however, I don't remember in what capacity - whether exhibiting something or judging the art. In any event, it was a meeting I'll always remember.
Posts: 1056 From: Tucson, AZ USA Registered: Jan 2009
posted 02-27-2010 11:52 PM
That was the Voyager2-Neptune encounter in 1989. Novaspace and our artists provided the space art. Bob was there with our Russian counterparts, who just wanted to drink vodka and couldn't have cared less that live pictures were being shown of Neptune and Triton. That is, except for Andrei Sokolov, McCall's counterpart who watched AND drank.
By the way, Spacefest was patterned after Planetfest with the addition of astronauts and speakers.
Andrei was staying with Bob and Louise at their home (on Moonlight Way) in Phoenix. They were collaborating on a piece which would become a USPO stamp. Sadly, both men are gone now.
I have great memories of days at Bob's studio, bringing him prints to sign, and him showing me old posters, books, slides and stamp blocks. He was always kind to everyone, especially artists. Always had something large on his easel, 4x5' or so. When he painted, he painted all night long, finishing at daybreak.
Posts: 443 From: Monticello, KY USA Registered: Mar 2007
posted 02-28-2010 12:00 AM
His artwork was the first thing space-related I remember from my childhood. My condolences to his family.
Jay Chladek Member
Posts: 2211 From: Bellevue, NE, USA Registered: Aug 2007
posted 02-28-2010 02:07 AM
The best thing I liked about McCall's artwork is you could literally stare at it for hours and notice something new and different. The intricate detailing he would put in there made me wonder just how Bob could do what he did. Whether it be religious themed, 2001 based, Star Trek based, or real space, Bob's artwork is always a feast for the eyes. At least that will live on and the people it inspired.
Posts: 2564 From: Netherlands Registered: Nov 2001
posted 02-28-2010 03:24 AM
Bob McCall's artwork was one of the main reasons I wanted to make space-art myself. Thank you, Mr. McCall, for all the inspiration you provided...
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Posts: 27328 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted 02-28-2010 05:17 AM
I first met Robert McCall in 2001 at the National Space Society's International Space Development Conference, which that year was held in Albuquerque. Given the year, the Saturday evening banquet was themed to the movie, with McCall, Keir Dullea, Dan Richter and Fred Ordway as honored guests.
The brief meeting was one I had long looked forward to; while in college in Maryland, I would visit the National Air and Space Museum frequently, often times to just sit and people watch. My favorite location was just under McCall's "Space Mural: A Cosmic View."
In fact, a panoramic postcard that reproduced the mural in miniature was almost always with me, as it was my bookmark of choice for whatever I was reading at the time.
In 2006, I was thrilled to be able to spend a short time on the phone with McCall, interviewing him about designing the STS-1 patch. I knew then that I wanted to talk to him again when the last shuttle patch was released -- in part to get his view on the entire shuttle program, but also hoping that the last patch, like the first, would be by his hand. Alas, that's not to be...
In 1995, when I was working for the National Space Society, McCall gifted each of us staff members with a signed print. Titled Within Our Reach, the art, like many of McCall's pieces, had a strong western influence with cacti providing the foreground for launching rockets in the distance. At the time, living where I was outside of DC, it felt somewhat out of place on my wall.
Today living in Texas, it fits more naturally into the surrounding aesthetic (not that Houston has many cacti), but even were it not, the print will always remain one of my favorite pieces for representing the brief connection I had with Robert McCall.
Posts: 2488 From: Titusville, FL USA Registered: Feb 2005
posted 02-28-2010 05:19 AM
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. McCall twice. The first time was at the press site for the launch of STS-7. Attending my first shuttle launch, I was awestruck at all that I was seeing around me. I was walking from the bleachers to the area around the countdown clock and happened across this gentleman sitting in a lawn chair with a piece of water color paper on his lap. He was making studies of a painting of the occasion.
I introduced myself and told him of my interest in the space program and artwork. I mentioned that I had sought and received some advice from him the previous year about how to go about designing crew patches and how he approached creating a painting.
He had been kind enough to respond to me by writing a note at the bottom of my original letter to him. He even sketched a space scene on the front of the envelope. I still have his advice framed and hanging in my home office. I will never forget his kindness and generosity to me.
Last year I contacted him again to thank him for that advice and to share with him some of my modest success. I asked that if I was ever approached for advice could I use his words to me. In a phone conversation with his daughter he responded yes. Here are his words:
To Achieve Success:
Evaluate your talents honestly
Set your goals realistically
Work tirelessly at your art and love every minute of the work.
Study the great art of the past
Come back from inevitable failures and diappointments with courage
Following his advice I know I will never be a "Robert McCall" but I have loved every minute of it.
Thank you Mr. McCall for sharing the beauty of space with us. God Bless you and your family.