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Author Topic:   Apollo astronaut-artist Alan Bean (1932-2018)
Panther494
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I first met Al Bean in 1989 at the Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon, Connecticut. He was presenting about his paintings and sharing stories of each one. As a wannabe artist this was a glorious way to spend an afternoon. You can barely see it in the photo but I gifted him with a portrait I drew.

Lynn and I moved to Titusville in 1991 so I could become involved and closer to the space program. I attended every event at the old Astronaut Hall of Fame and chatted with Al every chance I got. He was always kind a gracious with his time (maybe because I never asked about going to the bathroom in space), I asked about his art.

In 2009 I gifted Al with my Apollo Program Commemorative and in 2014 I showed him the final art of the Apollo 12 “Spirit” patch that Jorge Cartes R, Ed Hengeveld and I designed.

I had so been looking forward to seeing Alan Bean again this year at Spacefest. I was going to share the Skylab Set that he consulted on.

He was a childhood hero who grew in my admiration and respect because he generously shared his time and advice to a guy not qualified to clean his brushes. I’ll miss him and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

I hope he, Pete and Dick are having a blast on the Ocean of Storms together.

Fair winds and following seas, Captain.

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R.I.P., Alan Bean. You are already missed.

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Sad to learn of his loss. He was a really nice bloke. RIP Captain!

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A great and modest man. Always a joy to talk with him.

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On a chilly morning in December of 1969, a thirteen year old boy stood next to his father in the raining ticker tape from the skyscrapers of Fort Worth, Texas to see Al Bean, Dick Gordon, and Pete Conrad in person. They were the first astronauts I had ever seen.

I am saddened that I never got to meet this gentle and unassuming artist as many of you have, but my memories of the "Alan Bean Parade" will never fade. Another of our heroes gone — and our community diminished.

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Such sad news. Alan Bean was the first astronaut that I had the honor of meeting.

Fifty years ago, this summer, as a fifteen year old high school student on my first visit to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston (now Johnson Space Center), I was walking around the outdoor exhibits adjacent to the original Visitor Center (Building 2) and I came upon this gentleman who was patiently explaining and answering questions about some of the exhibits to a small group of visitors that had gathered around him. I strategically maneuvered myself until I was standing right next to him and attentively listened to his entire impressive presentation.

I noticed his name on his NASA identification badge, but initially thought that he might be a NASA engineer, since I was only familiar with the astronaut names of the first two groups.

Before leaving the Space Center, I made the obligatory visit to the gift shop and purchased a few souvenirs and a picture book about the astronauts and their families.

Back at the hotel, later that evening, while browsing through the book, I was totally star-struck when I came across his name and picture and realized, on that day, I had met my first astronaut!

God speed, Capt. Bean.

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One of the most sincere, generous, and genuine people I've ever known. Such a dear man. The world would be a better place if there were more people like Alan, but he was a true original, one of a kind, and simply irreplaceable. The world will not be the same without him. I will miss you Captain Bean.

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My youth is slipping away... and my heroes.

RIP Capt. Bean

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Another great one taken. Godspeed Captain.

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A very sad news.

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A colourful astronaut, a gifted artist, a wonderful human being altogether. It is so sad that he is no longer with us.

I am fortunate to have met him on a number of occasions but my first encounter with him was over the mail, when I ordered a signed copy of one of his books. He had misspelled my last name and as an apology he added a quick drawing of the CSM. So for the price of a signed book I have an original Bean painting. Obviously a cherished memento to one of my favourite astronauts.

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A true hero and artist... RIP Alan.

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Lovely man. One of the first moonwalkers I met.

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My youth is slipping away... and my heroes.
Yes, well put.

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So very sad. But I read that Alan Bean was in good health until the last few weeks of his life. That's a blessing.

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A hero of mine all my life.

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