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Has any astronaut ever had a more down-to-Earth personality than PJ? Doubtful.

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I remember listening wide-eyed as Paul Weitz described leaning out of his Apollo spacecraft while trying to pull Skylab's trapped solar sail open with (essentially) a boat-hook. As he tugged, Skylab's automatic thrusters fought back, requiring Joe Kerwin to grip his ankles to prevent him being dragged out of Apollo. Talk about the "right stuff"!

This is very sad news.

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Ad astra.

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Rest In Peace PJ.

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Very sad news.

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Very sad; may he rest in peace...

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Talking with him at the 2008 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation weekend was one of my favorite parts of that event. He was happy to answer a few questions, and seemed like an all-around fine gentleman.

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I am devastated to hear of the loss of 'PJ'.

I have many happy memories of him over the years. He was a constant source of information and fact checking during my research into the Skylab book, Jerry Carr's biography, and the Lost Apollo titles, and he was kind enough to write the Foreword to the Space Rescue title as well.

I had an email from him recently and only mailed a copy of the NASA Group 5 and 7 book to him a few weeks ago.

During May 2003 I arranged for PJ to attend an Autographica show in Coventry, UK. Picking him up at the airport and acting as his driver for almost a week. He also spoke at few schools in the Midlands and lectured at the BIS Headquarters in London. On his 'day off' he had a really enjoyable visit to the RAF museum in Hendon.

The generosity of the man stretched to offering to share his twin room near the BIS to save me more traveling time. We enjoyed a few precious hours chatting about his career and experiences in the Navy and NASA whilst driving around the country and in between his engagements.

This is such a shame to loose such a fine man. He was a proud naval aviator, accomplished astronaut, and manager, and a gentleman through and through and it was always a pleasure to be in his company.

I feel honoured to have known him so well and to have spent time in his company. He will be sorely missed

My thoughts and prayers go to his wife and family at this sad time.

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