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From: MA, USA
Registered: Sep 2002

posted 06-15-2009 01:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the help and support of the Sports Museum, NASA and some astronauts, I was able to help create a exhibit at the Sports Museum in Boston that ran from February to June which showcased items flown in space that have to do with Boston sport teams or schools.

Items that were lent to us included:

  • Red Sox Pennant flown aboard the ISS by Sunita Williams (lent by Boston Red Sox organization).

  • Bruins ball cap and foam hockey puck, Harvard University baseball cap and sticker lent and flown by Stephanie Wilson.

  • Big Papi Red Sox tee shirt, Patriots ball cap lent and flown by Sunita Williams.

  • Pair of Red Sox socks, lent and flown by Mike Lopez Alegria.

  • Photo of Bob Thirsk wearing a Bruins jersey flying through shuttle pretending he is Bobby Orr scoring the winning goal.

  • Wellesley College ball cap lent by Wellesley College president and flown by Pam Melroy.

  • MIT ball cap lent and flown by Dan Tani.
We added some other items in the case that are space related and some 16x20 photos of New England astronauts around the case. The exhibit was very well received considering the location. The museum is housed in the TD BankNorth Garden and thus somewhat inconvenient to view. The museum staff were excellent though. Lots of great Boston sports memorabilia.

I think the most fun was not seeing the items displayed but the hunt for them. There is a picture taken of astronauts Tani, Wilson and Melroy all wearing the ball caps and we had all three displayed. It was fun locating the Red Sox pennant that you see in many of the ISS Exp 14/15 photos (Red Sox had the pennant in a storeroom). Mike LA wearing those red socks also appears. Bob Thirsk, who is up on station now, is a huge Bruins/hockey fan who once took Bobby Orr's (best hockey player ever) Stanley Cup ring and a Bruins Jersey aboard his STS 78 mission. Picture the 1970 photo of Bobby scoring the Stanley Cup goal (flying through the air) and then picture Bob flying through the shuttle. We were even able to get a few items from Sunita Williams who is a die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan and ran the Boston marathon from space and on the ground. Overall, they were all very generous in their support of the exhibit. Even NASA was easy to work with.

It was a pleasure to put this together and overall the most fun was collecting the items, finding the stories behind them. I would like to thank the Boston Sports Museum, the astronauts and NASA for all their help.


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posted 06-15-2009 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent work Bryan.

You must have a passion for space, too.


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