Topic: Apollo astronaut-artist Alan Bean (1932-2018)
Posts: 192 From: Nauheim, Germany Registered: Jan 2003
posted 05-27-2018 05:40 AM
I was shocked and speechless when I got the news yesterday of the death of Alan Bean. With Alan Bean, whom I met for the first time in 1997, I had a very friendly relationship for 20 years. In this time I have met not only astronauts and artist Alan Bean, but also the man Alan Bean. Especially in the last 10 years I executed with him multiple projects. Interviews for magazines and newspapers as well as television interviews. Especially our cooperation in the painting "Bringing Home The Earth's Biggest Moonrock" will remain unforgettable for me. In my countless visits to his studio in Houston, over a period of almost three years, we have developed the content as well as the story of the painting.
A highlight for me was his visit in my exhibition "Apollo and Beyond" at the Technik Museum Speyer, Germany in April 2010. He was very excited that I dedicated a private section "Alan Bean: Astronaut and Artist" to him. In the preparation of my exhibition, which took about 3,5 years I had informed and always updated him about my plans. He then attended the exhibition and he said: "The exhibition is three times better than I ever expected". Such a compliment is not to beat.
As a human being he has made himself many thoughts about my private and professional life. He gave me very often, from experiences in his life, again and again instructions what to do and what not. I've appreciated it very much and we had always lot of fun about it. He was a mentor for me as a human being and sometimes like a father and I will keep these years in special memory and never forget.
It is very sad for me that Alan has left us forever. RIP Alan and have fun with Pete and Dick.
Posts: 1922 From: Fairfax, VA, USA Registered: Feb 2007
posted 05-27-2018 05:59 AM
That last photo, with the astronaut hat, artist's apron, and beaming smile, is wonderful but brought tears to my eyes.
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posted 05-27-2018 10:35 AM
A few years ago at Autographica I was fortunate to attend both of Alan's lectures. One of his best pieces of advice about following your dreams was:
If there's a song in your heart you better sing it now, because after you're gone no one else will!
Alan's lectures were so good I got a copy of David Harland's "Exploring The Moon" signed by Alan with some more of his inspirational words from the talks:
Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes — Walt Whitman
Alan signed off with the same valediction he used in his talks, and it seems very appropriate now:
Light to thy path, Wind to thy sails, Dreams to thy heart.
Posts: 191 From: Salado, Texas, USA Registered: Jan 2011
posted 05-27-2018 10:56 AM
It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Alan Bean. He was a warm and personable gentleman in every respect.
If I am correct on my history it is Al and his relationship with the late Kim Poor that led to the establishment of SpaceFest, an annual event that allowed thousands of us to meet and speak to so many of our astronaut heroes.
I had the opportunity to spend a day with Commander Bean in his house and studio many years ago. I traveled with Nick Proach to Houston so Nick could show Al the progress Nick was making on a model he had been commissioned by Al to build. It was a 1:6th scale model of the Surveyor spacecraft that Al intended to use as a "massing model" for his painting. Al had a large 10 x 10 foot square platform with what looked like a plaster replica of the moon's surface. Al used 1:6th scale models of suited astronauts and a single point light source to get the shadows correct. He had his easel set up a few feet away. The surveyor was being built for this purpose.
Nick had hand carried his model on the airplane for Al to see. After we arrived they both tended to business as I had a look around Al's giant studio. The home had vaulted ceilings and one wall, maybe 20 or more feet high, displayed many of Al's original paintings. There were several blank spots where pictures were removed. Al explained that the day before the head of a large company whose name all would recognize had visited and bought several of the originals.
After a time it was decided that we would all go to lunch together. Al took us to his favorite Italian restaurant. He was a frequent guest of the restaurant and they called him by name when we entered. Before we sat down Nick excused himself to visit the men's room. My conversation with Al had been extremely limited up to that point as I was essentially just a non participating fan. But suddenly left with Al and myself I had to come up with something fast. And I know how worn out all the standard questions for a moonwalker must be. So quickly I mentioned I had attended the same school he had years ago in a small town in Texas when Al was a kid and his father worked for the Corps. of Engineers. His dad helped construct a dam and ensuing lake in central Texas. Al beamed at that and we had a most casual, easy going, and pleasant conversation.
The rest of the day is a blur. But how fortunate I will forever feel to have sat across from Al Bean. He paid for our lunch by the way. I went on to see Al a few more times at book signings in Tucson and Spacefest.
Al Bean was always such a personable and humble man and a pleasure to know. He had a great talent through his painting to convey to all of us his experiences and passion. We are all better off to have known him. He will be greatly missed.
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posted 05-27-2018 11:11 AM
Daniel on the Moon Member
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posted 05-27-2018 11:58 AM
This is the latest sad day in a cruel decade.
The world without Al Bean is a much poorer place.
Ian Limbrey Member
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posted 05-27-2018 01:03 PM
As a tribute to Alan Bean I have uploaded my recording of his lecture in Pontefract, UK, in 2013, in the famous series of Space Lectures held there twice a year.
Jerry Brouillette Member
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Jurg Bolli Member
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posted 05-27-2018 02:43 PM
I am extremely sad to hear this, he was very kind when I met him in Tucson at the book signing.
I'm saddened by the death of a great man, Alan Bean. He was the 4th man to walk on the moon. He was also the first and only artist to walk on the moon. I was honored to meet him. He was kind, funny, generous and heroic.
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Hart Sastrowardoyo Member
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posted 05-27-2018 10:24 PM
Back in 1999 Bean had made an appearance at Farpoint, a science-fiction convention. He was signing photos, and my brother was very kind enough to get one for me, knowing of my interests in astronauts.
I still have that photo. In 2010 Bean appeared at the University of Delaware in Newark, and after his presentation, did a meet and greet and signing. I didn't want anyone to miss out on their chance to talk to him, so my encounter with him was brief but I wish during that time I had the presence of mind to thank him for coming to that convention and for signing a photo for me.
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posted 05-28-2018 01:25 AM
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Rick Mulheirn Member
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posted 05-28-2018 06:53 AM
I was fortunate to accompany Alan Bean as part of the Space Lectures team on his 2013 visit to the UK.
As part of his visit Alan spoke to two groups of school children at Wakefield Girls High School: 1200 pupils in total.
Gathered in the school assembly, black out curtains were closed three quarters of the length of the hall from the stage to the rear... to make it easier to view Alan's presentation, but for the merest chink in the curtains closest the stage that allowed a slither of light to pierce the gloom - running diagonally across the front of the stage like a sword.
As the talk progressed Alan focused on the beauty and colour of the earth compared with the grand but bland colours of the moon. "When people die they hope to go to heaven: the garden of Eden. But we are already here: we are living in the garden of Eden!"
At that moment, a butterfly appeared from who knows where and fluttered in to the sword of light just a few feet directly in front of Alan. And there is stayed for a few moments, fluttering around Alan before heading off out of sight. A ripple of "awe" ran around the room. The timing was remarkable and it could not have been staged better.
I am not religious but I could not help but feel some kind of divine intervention was at play that bordered on emotional.
Then Alan gestured to his new flying buddy and said "You don't get beauty like that in space!"
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posted 05-28-2018 03:16 PM
Just back from a Memorial Day Weekend camping trip, I am shocked to learn of yet another loss to all of us. My fondest memory of the short conversation I had with this wonderful man was his disarming, self-deprecating humor.
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