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heng44
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posted 04-28-2012 01:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

In August 1991, General Motors Holden (GMH) in Australia released a new car model called the Holden Apollo. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was flown in to be part of the car's launch.

Ed Hengeveld

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 04-28-2012 02:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
... and I can tell you, I remember these TV ads and they were truly cringeworthy!

Mike Dixon
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posted 04-28-2012 02:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So was the car...

Max Q
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posted 04-28-2012 02:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember the TV comedy show "Australia You're Standing In It" running a series of gags about it and the tenuous link between the name of the car and the use of Buzz. Some of them where actually quite funny.

Philip
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posted 04-28-2012 03:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb Henry... "cringeworthy."

Otherwise a rarely seen ad, maybe Ed could start a series of such ad campaign photos?

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-28-2012 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonder if Buzz would sign a photo of that? "Oh, wait... you can fit five people in this car... that would mean a completion fee."

MCroft04
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posted 04-28-2012 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, where did the suit come from? Pretty good looking mock-up?

Max Q
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posted 04-28-2012 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
...that would mean a completion fee.
Sorry but it may be obvious but I have to ask what do you mean by this?

Spaceguy5
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posted 04-28-2012 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buzz likes charging (a lot) extra for people who want to make multi-signed items.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-28-2012 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It doesn't matter whether you have (say) Collins and Armstrong on an Apollo 11 photo. Even if Aldrin is the first one to sign, you could get Collins and Armstrong on it and thus you would be charged a completion fee for it, rather than a base fee.

Fezman92
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posted 04-28-2012 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the one with Leonard Nimoy with the Buick Riviera 63 a bit more.

carmelo
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posted 04-28-2012 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The spacesuit is a mockup?

randy
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posted 04-28-2012 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm glad I never saw it!

moorouge
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posted 04-29-2012 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by carmelo:
The spacesuit is a mockup?
It was most likely a 'display suit' as described here:
The display models consist of two layers – an outer covering the same as that used in the actual suits and an inner rubberised layer. These mock-ups have the outward appearance of a real suit and are made for sale. They cost between £300 and £600. Examples are to be seen at Madame Tussaud’s worn on the effigies of the '11' crew. The full suit has fifteen or more layers, together with a pressure garment worn underneath. These are individually tailored for the astronauts.
The prices quoted are for 1972 when I wrote an article about someone claiming to have one of Aldrin's training suits for sale in the UK.

MCroft04
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posted 04-29-2012 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Eddie!

golddog
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posted 04-30-2012 03:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for golddog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo was a GM re-badged Toyota Camry. In the ads, Aldrin talked about how he felt when he first "felt the power of Apollo" - implying I guess the car was powerful.

The ads didn't last long in Australia as most people did not have any idea who he was and as indicated above provided much material for comedians.

Having owned the Toyota version for a number of years, it was far from powerful, but in its defense it was certainly a reliable car, very hard to kill!

Max Q
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posted 04-30-2012 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by golddog:
The ads didn't last long in Australia as most people did not have any idea who he was

I think that people knew who he was but given the national Tall Poppy Syndrome it just ended looking ridiculous.

garymilgrom
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posted 04-30-2012 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Spaceguy5:
Buzz likes charging (a lot) extra for people who want to make multi-signed items.

Yes he does, and I love paying these astronaut fees. Others are welcome to their own opinions. But once these men have departed this Earth, how much will you need to fork out for a completion?

Thank goodness we live in a society that gives us the choice.

Apollo Redux
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posted 04-30-2012 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...now you see why Armstrong was chosen to be the first out of the LEM.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-30-2012 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why, because Armstrong sold Chryslers instead of General Motors Holden?

Apollo Redux
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posted 04-30-2012 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hahaha...good catch

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