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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-18-2007 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation release
Calling All Space Fans! After four successful years of producing the Astronaut Autograph Club (AAC), the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is turning to its supporters for 2008 AAC edition ideas!

Submit your ideas in the 2008 AAC online essay contest for a chance to help shape the new club and win great prizes! The contest begins today and closes midnight on August 10, 2007. Contest entries will be reviewed by a committee and one or more ideas will be selected as winners.

The Astronaut Autograph Club provides members a signed astronaut photograph and personalized letter for each month of the year. All proceeds go directly to fund scholarships for exceptional college students pursuing degrees in science or engineering.

Visit the ASF website to access the contest form and details or to order your AAC membership today. Good luck!

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posted 07-21-2007 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suggest having Gemini crews such as Borman and Lovell (Gemini 07) sign autographed photos of their respective missions.

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posted 07-22-2007 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent my idea in. As I read the other ideas, it seemed to me that they were asking some impossible things. There seems to be a common request to have Neil Armstrong involved and I don't think that would ever happen. There are also ideas for multi-signed photos each month and some themes that have no possibility of having photos signed at all. I think we should focus on what is possible and not on what we really would like to have without spending a great deal of money.

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Some of the suggestions are a little out there. I think current astronauts can not participate in fundraising so that would negate them.

Some of the ideas are good. I look forward to seeing who wins.

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posted 08-24-2007 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And the winner is...

"After much consideration, the Foundation chose William McKay's submission of inspiring future generations. He suggested that the astronaut's accompanying letter detail their personal story as to why they chose to become an astronaut. The 2008 AAC will feature twelve hero astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs."

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posted 08-25-2007 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Bill! Great idea. I look forward to the 2008 edition.

Cliff

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I hope everyone takes advantage of the club this year. I am not biased just because my son Will won the contest but they put out some great photos and do a great service service with the scholarships. i have met a few of the scholarship winners and they are bright, nice young men and women.

I am looking forward to this years letters and photos.

Bryan

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posted 12-02-2007 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's website:
2008 Astronaut Autograph Club

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is proud to debut its 2008 Astronaut Autograph Club (AAC) featuring U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductees sharing their personal stories as to what inspired them to travel out of this world!

Join today and you will unearth the behind-the-scenes stories from some of America's greatest heroes told in their personal letter accompanying the autographed photo you will receive on a monthly basis (12 in all)!

As a member you will receive two admission tickets to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex ($80 value), certificate of membership, archival photo box with protective sleeves, twelve 8" x 10" authentic astronaut autographed photos and personalized astronaut letters.

2008 Participating Astronauts*

  • Dan Brandenstein
  • Scott Carpenter
  • Robert Crippen
  • Charlie Duke
  • Robert "Hoot" Gibson
  • Richard Gordon
  • Fred Haise
  • Jeffrey Hoffman
  • Jack Lousma
  • Edgar Mitchell
  • Paul Weitz
  • Al Worden
* Astronauts are subject to change without notice. Photo images will be different from previous clubs.

machbusterman
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posted 12-22-2007 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been a member of the AAC since 2005 and can honestly say its a joy to have a pristine new signed photograph (and personalized letter) arrive each and every month.

The January 2008 installment arrived today and is a great photograph of "Hoot" Gibson sitting at the controls of the orbiter.

I would recommend joining the AAC to ANYONE.

Merry Christmas, Derek

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posted 12-22-2007 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree. Nice photo and the model of the shuttle signed by Crippen was a nice touch as well.

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I joined last week and got my first pic today in the mail. It's for a great cause too.

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posted 12-23-2007 03:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pdpel3   Click Here to Email pdpel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Derek, you received yours pretty quick.

Paul

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posted 12-23-2007 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Paul. I'm hoping in the next few days the John Glenn signed October 2007 installment will arrive. There was a delay because there were some photos not signed by Senator Glenn.

Because I'm paying for the subscription monthly I get my Shuttle model at after the last payment has been made. I can't wait to display the model on my desk!!

Best regards, Derek

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Just received mine, along with the KSC tickets. Hope that I will get to use them next year.

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My wife managed to hide the signed orbiter model from me until Christmas morning. Fortunately, I didn't read any posts until Christmas day. It goes well with the Crippen signed full stack shuttle model that I bought from AAC at the autograph show at the Cape in June.

Cliff

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Just got my October 07 Glenn signed and personalized photo as well. I have been a subscriber since 2004.

You can not beat it! Good cause as well.

Woody

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Hi all, I just wanted to thank all of you for bringing this good cause to my attention. I just signed up last week, and received my first selection today. I can't wait to get next months. Unfortunately, I most likely won't be able to use the KSC tickets, but I may just take off during the next few weeks to shake off the sting of that playoff loss yesterday.

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My February envelope arrived today - Charlie Duke on the lunar surface beside the rover, and inscribed 'Apollo 16 LMP'. I liked the text in the covering letter as well.

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I couldn't agree more. The wording in the letter was really from the heart I thought and makes a wonderful accompaniment to the photograph.

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Just received my Duke shot a great picture to add to a fine collection from the ASF

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posted 03-31-2008 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdaymont   Click Here to Email mdaymont     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AAC sends out another great autographed photo this month: I just received a beautiful pic of Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14) walking on the Moon. Great shot! I'm so glad I got into the AAC. Recommended for everyone.

Best regards,
Mark in Utah

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posted 04-03-2008 02:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for liebeek   Click Here to Email liebeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the information. I have now joined the 2008 membership and looking forward to the items.

Ruud

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Forgot to post this last week, but the recent autographed photo mailed out is a nice shot of Fred Haise in a spacesuit obviously training for the upcoming Apollo 13 flight. Glad to see he supports the AAC!

Mark in Utah

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Just received my photo of Freddo, agreat shot to add to my growing collection

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This is definitely a good year for autographs from AAC! Recently received the latest offering, a great photo of Al Worden suiting up before his mission.

Best regards,

Mark in Utah

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I received mine too and I am delighted I made the decision to join this club!!!!!!!!! Do you all use the box to store them?

Ruud

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Being a bit new to space collecting I've only just found out about the Astronaut Autograph Club. Is this something you can join mid way through the way and get the items from early in the year backdated or is it better to wait till next year?

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Originally posted by Paul23:
Being a bit new to space collecting I've only just found out about the Astronaut Autograph Club. Is this something you can join mid way through the way and get the items from early in the year backdated or is it better to wait till next year?

If you join now for 2008, you will get all of the ones already released, and then the ones for the remainder of the year will come once a month.

Also, you can buy every year's club offerings except for the first year, which is sold out.

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Hi Paul, I joined recently and received all the photos I missed at once.

Ruud

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Thanks for letting me know!

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I've been a member of AAC from the start and I do use the collection boxes they provide. I have a certain area in the house I can display these photos, but they can't all fit! So I "rotate" the display every 6 months or so, and visitors to my home always like to look there and see "what's new." I can use themes based on missions, programs, or whatever. I'd like to hear how other members display their collections.

Best regards,
Mark in Utah

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Just received the great shot of Al Worden, another great shot and addtion to the collection, i have been a member now for 3 years and all i can say that they offer value for money and are great addtions to any collection for the space nuts.
Paul

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Just a quick question this, I joined a couple weeks ago and last week Dee called confirming payment, I know I will get all the ones up till now and then one a month, does anyone know if they will send it now or wait till the next installment? I feel like a kid at christmas waiting! To be able to get that many Apollo Astronauts in 1 year to me is amazing and after all if they can support so can I!
Thanks in advance
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Hi Lou,

I did a catch up mid way through a year and yes they sent the box with all the previous months when the current installment was due. Hang on it is worth the wait! I am on my 5th year and the staff at the ASF have been nothing short of fantastic... If funds permit, I would strongly recommend the previous years too... they go up in price each year that passes! Enjoy!!!

Martin

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Yesterday I received the latest autograph, that of Bob Crippen. He's posed at the controls of Columbia. The letter is signed personally by him, not a photocopy. Great stuff!

Best regards,

Mark in Utah

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Congrats! I emailed to check on the status of my membership because its been a month and I havent received anything, well I was emailed back saying they lost their program manager so they are behind, Linn also told me today that mine is up to date and will mail tomorrow! I cant wait!

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This must be Bob Crippen Month. Ahead of schedule, the AAC has sent the model shuttle which is signed on the base by Bob Crippen. It looks great, and immediately went into my glass display case.

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posted 07-11-2008 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdaymont   Click Here to Email mdaymont     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking closer at the shuttle model, I found it is the shuttle Atlantis. Funny, that. Don't believe that Crippen flew the Atlantis. (sigh) Oh well.

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posted 07-28-2008 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdaymont   Click Here to Email mdaymont     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just opened the latest delivery from AAC. There's a nice letter and photograph signed by Jeffrey Hoffman. The photo shows him floating in the shuttle on the Hubble rescue mission. Interesting how he has crafted his autograph to resemble the signature of an earthquake on a seismograph!

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This month's astronaut selection from the ASF featured Dr. Hoffman, a veteran of five shuttle flights that included the first Hubble repair-servicing mission. While the glossy was indeed hand-signed by Hoffman, most (but not all) of the astronaut letters that are included with each photo are not. Concerning Hoffman's signature, it hasn't changed at all during the last 30 years or so.


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