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Posts: 169
From: Kent, UK
Registered: May 2001

posted 05-31-2001 04:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jm6662   Click Here to Email jm6662     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my photos back from my holiday in Florida, where I was lucky enough to see the launch of STS-100 and meet Story Musgrave.

If anyone has had the fortune to have met him I am sure they would agree he is very approachable and an extremely nice guy. When we met him there were not many people at the "Meet an Astronaut" session at KSCVC, only about 10 of us, and we spent at least 10 minutes in his company discussing his family history and his time as an astronaut. He claimed he was 100% English as both his parents came from the Bath area.


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From: England
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 05-31-2001 04:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zoomeruk   Click Here to Email zoomeruk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I fly out to Florida in two weeks and I too hope to meet him at the Astronaut Encounter.

Did he sign anything for you?


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From: Cortlandt Manor, NY
Registered: May 2000

posted 05-31-2001 05:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the opportunity to listen to Story Musgrave and then speak with him briefly several months ago at KSC during an Astronaut Encounter. I do not know if it was specific to that day or just me, but he respectfully declined to sign that afternoon.

Part of the problem might have been the other employee, who ran a strong interference after each program. I mentioned it to another employee as we were talking and she stated that that was unusual and that Dr. Musgrave is usually very friendly and forthcoming.


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From: Kent, UK
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posted 05-31-2001 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jm6662   Click Here to Email jm6662     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by zoomeruk:
Did he sign anything for you?
No I didn't ask him to sign anything for me at the time. But as mentioned before he was extremely pleasant and didn't come across as forced or just humouring us.

Perhaps it was because there were only a few of us, and I'm sorry to say, several of those kept talking during his presentation and seemed totally oblivious to this mans achievements.

If you are going to KSC DO NOT miss the Astronaut Encounter, and get in early for lunch with an astronaut. Let us know how you get on.

David 82

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From: Baltimore, MD
Registered: Jul 2000

posted 05-31-2001 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David 82   Click Here to Email David 82     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just for the record, Story does not sign through the mail. I do live about 15 minutes from KSC and I am also an annual pass holder.

Also, for those with questions regarding his in-person signing habits at KSC. Dr. Musgrave has always been a very generous signer after each encounter session. It is on a very rare occasion that he does not take several minutes out for photos and autographs. I hope that this helps.


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From: Staten Island, New York
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 05-11-2011 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rail3cards   Click Here to Email rail3cards     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had an opportunity to enjoy a presentation by Astronaut Story Musgrave this morning on Staten Island, NY. It was a business meeting and his lecture focused on building a strong team, addressing difficult business challenges, and being your best everyday. His lecture linked his experiences as a child growing up in Kentucky and his experience working at NASA. His slide presentation of space was just terrific.

Afterwards, he was very gracious and signed items for a few of us that waited around to speak with him. Dr. Musgrave was very approachable and easy to speak with. A class act!

It was very enjoyable to hear him speak.


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From: Sandpoint, ID, USA
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posted 05-11-2011 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good for you!


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From: Gardner, KS, USA
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posted 05-11-2011 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed. Story Musgrave is a very great speaker and is very approachable. One of the best!


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From: Cork, Ireland
Registered: Mar 2012

posted 06-16-2012 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if Story Musgrave signs through the mail?

Help greatly appreciated as I am about to send to him. Said I might as well give it a go!

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From: Brussels, Belgium
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posted 06-17-2012 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Story Musgrave only signs very sporadically through the mail. You really need a good story or have a special link to him.


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From: Greensboro, NC USA
Registered: Feb 2006

posted 06-17-2012 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I seem to remember reading in another thread on here a couple of years ago that Story threw out an envelope (with a multi-signed piece) from someone whose name he didn't recognize, even though the sender had previously confirmed Story's willingness to sign. Don't send him anything valuable!!


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posted 05-19-2013 02:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Long considered to be an excellent signer through the mail, I recently had my items returned unsigned.

I had also enclosed some T-38 items as I know he has a great fondness for the bird - that he returned as well.

Anyone else had the same experience or have an idea why?

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Rob Joyner

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Registered: Jan 2004

posted 05-19-2013 02:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've always thought Musgrave was extremely difficult to get through the mail. Having heard that, I emailed him years ago about getting something signed for two of my nephews. He replied that he didn't do "cold signings" through the mail.

That said, he is very generous when at KSC. From personal experience, I can say that he'll pose for photos and spend quality time to talk with his fans, signing anything and everything.


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Registered: Dec 2010

posted 05-19-2013 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jemmy   Click Here to Email jemmy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I contacted Mr. Musgrave via email back in 2010 requesting could I send him a photo to have signed by him. He replied saying "Send it with a prominent reminder that I okayed it on e-mail" (this his exact words). I sent it registered to the address he had given and included cash for return postage (this was due to living outside of the US). Also included was a note kindly thanking him for my request and also referring to his email that he gave me the OK to send the photo.

Due to the item been tracked I know it was received at the address given but I have never seen my photo or cash since. I have since emailed Mr. Musgrave a couple of times and included a copy of the tracking of the item and his email OK-ing my request but I have never heard anything back, not even I am sorry it must of got misplaced or I am really busy.

I would never send any autograph request to an individual without getting permission first and I thought emailing him first was the most polite thing to do. It a shame that even after agreeing to sign a photo for me and sending it to him, I heard absolutely nothing. Okay, I would accept it if I sent it without any pre-contact or even a reply to say "Never received it" but this was not the case.

I know these men are very busy and have more things important on there agendas than signing photos, maybe the photo arrived on a bad day.

That said "don't give up on a request" but for me I will not be requesting an autograph from Story Musgrave again.


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From: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Registered: May 2004

posted 06-20-2013 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did something similar... Emailed and asked permission to send a Skylab 1 back up crew photo already signed by Rusty Schweickart and Bruce McCandless. The item never came back... Upon enquiring I got the following response:

"If you did not highlight them as from KSC, they went into the trash". That was in 2009.

Space Shuttle Endeavour
posted 08-11-2013 08:29 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I might try to ask Story Musgrave for a signature. What do you mean by marking it "KSC?" Does he want it on the package?

Robert Pearlman

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posted 08-12-2013 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Story Musgrave does not desire to receive autograph requests through the mail. I suggest honoring his desire.

Space Shuttle Endeavour
posted 08-12-2013 12:59 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. I guess I won't send out a photo.


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From: Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 08-12-2013 04:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hinkler   Click Here to Email hinkler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Books Store here in Oz has a couple of books for sale that are signed by Story Musgrave.

Boggs SpaceBooks also have books signed by Story Musgrave.


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From: Lincolnshire IL USA
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 10-20-2013 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I attended a terrific talk by Story Musgrave at a medical education meeting yesterday near Chicago.

He stayed afterwards for over an hour giving autographs and taking pictures with attendees. The organizers had a table and also provided copies of Dr. Musgrave's NASA spacesuit portrait.

I never had much luck getting autographs through the mail from him in the past, but I brought my STS-61 and STS-80 launch covers which had the entire crew except Story.

Not only was he willing to sign them, he gave his full signature instead of just the "Story" he usually signs.

I also printed a download of the classic STS-61 picture showing Musgrave repairing Hubble, which he signed "To David, Fly high, Story." After that he posed for a picture with me.

Besides being a dynamic speaker, Musgrave was very friendly and engaging with the long line of people who waited to meet him after his talk. It was a pleasure for me to meet him for the first time.

My positive experience jibes with others who have met him in person.

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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From: Toms River, NJ
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posted 11-05-2014 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The perfect gentleman, signing unasked with his last name, today (5 Nov. 2014).


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posted 11-05-2014 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Story Musgrave is a fascinating person to chat with in person. He is amazing. If I recall correctly, at Astronaut Encounter gift shop second floor, he graciously signed my "Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years" book.


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From: Durham, NC, USA
Registered: Jun 2011

posted 11-05-2014 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Story was great last week at SpaceVision on the UNC campus as well. I actually got to eat dinner with him before his talk, and that was just complete luck on my part. After his talk, he signed a number of photos from his missions for me (actually for my 5-year-old son), as well as his biography. Loved his talk, and really enjoyed meeting him.


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Registered: Mar 2009

posted 07-19-2015 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for noroxine   Click Here to Email noroxine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking for help for signing two items by Story Musgrave.

I have try to contact him but he say it only sign in person, so I'm looking for help to make sign my items. Please contact me with my private email. Thanks at advance.


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From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 07-19-2015 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Took me 20 years until I met Musgrave in person, and he completed the photos and covers of his flights I was still missing. So arm yourself with patience - or travel.


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posted 10-20-2015 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for noroxine   Click Here to Email noroxine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Story is announced to Cape Canaveral for the space marathon dinner at end of November (28). Is there any people here that go there and can make help to make sign document?

Thanks at advance for your help and reply.


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From: MA, USA
Registered: Sep 2002

posted 01-21-2016 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If interested, I will be seeing Story in April if you want to work something out, I can help get things signed.

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