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stsmithva
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posted 06-28-2012 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No autographs were signed during the following episode, but I thought this would be the best place to post about an interesting in-person encounter.

Last night astronaut and NASA administrator Charles Bolden gave the annual John H. Glenn Lecture at the National Air and Space Museum. I had two tickets for the overflow area. This would be the first time I've been out there for a lecture, but I was fine with that because the second ticket was for my three-year-old son. I realized he might not last the entire talk, but I really wanted him to see John Glenn because without my pushing too hard he is turning into quite the Junior Space Geek, and I knew that seeing the first American to orbit the Earth would make a big impression on him. It would be easy to make a quiet early exit from the overflow area.

When we got to the museum, I was told that because of so many no-shows we'd been upgraded to the theater. In fact they weren't going to be having an overflow area at all. After being assured that we wouldn't be taking tickets away from someone who would definitely make it through the whole talk, at about 6:45 I started strolling around with Benjamin in the virtually empty museum — it had closed at 5:30 to anyone without lecture tickets. We checked out Friendship 7, the Gemini IV capsule, and Columbia. He loved seeing how jet engines work in one gallery.

I picked up some brochures for us to look at in the theater, then made one last stop over near the lunar module. That's when I somehow recognized the back of John Glenn's head from about 200 feet away — he was with a few other people looking at some display cases of Apollo hardware, I believe.

Benjamin and I headed over next to Skylab, and when Glenn walked over Benjamin was able to give him a polite hello and I asked if I could take a picture of them together. Glenn took a break from telling Benjamin that he liked his rocket t-shirt to say, "Sure, but let's get him up here for a better picture" and then John Glenn, who will be turning 91 years old in three weeks, picked up my son like he was a puppy and sat him on a pedestal-like post that happened to be part of a display. (Right next to a model of a Mercury capsule with the red escape tower still attached, actually.)

So to sum up... wow. Just wow. We saw at his Lindbergh lecture last month how mentally sharp he still is, and now it turns out he's still in good enough shape to not think twice about picking up a kid if he thought it would make the lad and his father happy. And what a tremendously kind man.

Fezman92
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posted 06-28-2012 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is so nice. I was going to the lecture but something came up. Good to see that he is such a kind and active guy at his age.

dss65
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posted 06-28-2012 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it and the photo.

navyflyer1127
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posted 06-28-2012 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for navyflyer1127   Click Here to Email navyflyer1127     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a great story!

Jay Chladek
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posted 06-29-2012 02:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that is a VERY cool story. When your son is older, he can tell people about how John Glenn helped to "launch" him off the Earth. At three years old, he should be old enough to remember it for the rest of his life. And if the details are sketchy, you've got the photo to remind him.

ea757grrl
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posted 06-29-2012 06:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So many stories I hear about encounters with John Glenn make me believe he is one of those rare people who turns out to be exactly the kind of person you hope he is. What a cool story.

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posted 06-29-2012 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for sharing this great John Glenn meeting. John Glenn is an American treasure.

RockyMnWay
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posted 07-03-2012 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RockyMnWay   Click Here to Email RockyMnWay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! What a great story! Made me smile. John Glenn is a true gentleman.

I am still waiting for my signed item I sent back in early February, but have no concerns about receiving it. I heard it could take a while especially since this is the 50th anniversary year of his first orbital flight.

In fact, if I do not ever receive it (a signed Mercury 7 group photo signed by Schirra, Cooper and Carpenter) I won't be too upset. It is worth the chance for me and I will be honored if/when I receive it. Not many sign for free let alone have the time.

Dave Clow
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posted 07-04-2012 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great story. Always a pleasure hearing one like this.

RockyMnWay
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posted 07-27-2012 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RockyMnWay   Click Here to Email RockyMnWay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received my Mercury Seven photo signed by Senator Glenn. Only took 5 months. Quite speedy considering all the activities surrounding the 50th anniversary of his maiden flight to space. Senator Glenn is a class act and a true gentleman. I know he doesn't have to sign anything but am grateful for the generosity and kindness he continues to exemplify. Thank you Senator Glenn!

cycleroadie
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posted 07-27-2012 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received back his STS-95 litho signed. Took about 3 months, worth the wait.

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posted 08-08-2012 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received my copy of his memoirs back inscribed, not personalized and signed very nicely on the title half page. This request took just over two months.

stsmithva
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posted 10-29-2012 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just thought I'd mention that as of last week Benjamin has a framed 8x10 of the photo above inscribed to him in silver pen by Glenn.

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posted 12-11-2012 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had Glenn sign a launch print, his memoirs, a 1st edition/1st printing of "We Seven" (which I hope to have Scott Carpenter sign as well) and a nice book for my son called "Back to Orbit," published by an Ohio newspaper to commemorate Glenn's entire career but especially his return to space on board STS-95.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 12-11-2012 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is what Glenn signed for me, in-person, at Udvar-Hazy in April and what he signed for me, by mail.

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posted 12-12-2012 04:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo 8   Click Here to Email Apollo 8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to say "thank You" again to Senator Col. Glenn! My aunt had written a letter to him and asked him to sign a glossy business suit portrait photo for me, she will give to me on my 50th birthday in February. The photo returned a few days ago, beautifully signed!

So I am looking real forward to my birthday, because the autographed photo will always remind me of two people, who are great idols to me: Senator Glenn, who is a true hero and gentleman and my aunt, who is the best person, I met in my life!

dragon001
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posted 01-09-2013 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon001     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received two pictures back from Senator Glenn's office. He was gracious and signed two photos I mailed, one even personalized.

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posted 07-23-2013 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astrobock   Click Here to Email astrobock     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is not a remarkable story but one I wanted to share.

Today, a colleague of mine brought in a FDC signed by John Glenn. He mentioned how he followed up on something I said to him a few months ago about Glenn still generously donating his time reaching out to the public to provide autographs.

He told me how he went back into his childhood memories box to find a Mercury stamp FDC cover he bought when he was 9 years old (in 1962 I think). He sent the item to Glenn and received it back signed after 5 weeks.

He looked like a kid in a candy store showing me. I thank you Mr. Glenn, because that look on his face made my day! Belated Happy 92nd Birthday!

disglobes
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posted 07-30-2013 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for disglobes   Click Here to Email disglobes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my two airplane prints signed by John Glenn last Friday.

Rob Sumowski
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posted 10-22-2013 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Sumowski   Click Here to Email Rob Sumowski     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had a terrific experience with John Glenn via mail yesterday. I think he is slowing down, as the request had been mailed in April and arrived in October. There was a note apologizing for the delay.

He signed a few vintage press photos for my sons and me. This guy is the same hero he was 50 years ago. Even at 92 years old, he always makes time to sign for us. Won't charge a cent.

With the passing of Scott Carpenter last week, this package was a little extra special.

kr4mula
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posted 04-23-2014 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a meeting with Senator Glenn yesterday for a couple of hours.

He suggested a photo and signed his default shuttle portrait (re-printed by Ohio State on photo paper) for me without my asking.

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posted 05-02-2014 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My day just got made! I just received a package from Senator Glenn with my signed item that I sent to him at the beginning of December. I feel very fortunate that I was able to get something signed by him. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to thank him in person later this year!

BobF
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posted 05-03-2014 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobF   Click Here to Email BobF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My son and I also are very fortunate to have received two items signed and personalized from John Glenn. We had sent the items to him in October. Hopefully we might have the opportunity to meet and thank him at the upcoming NASM John Glenn Lecture.

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posted 05-19-2014 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I opened my mailbox today, and there was the envelope with my autographed photo signed by John Glenn! What a thrilling way to start my Monday!

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posted 05-19-2014 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My signed item came back over the weekend as well.

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posted 05-24-2014 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received back today two signed photos of John Glenn's Mercury-Atlas launch, one signed to me, the other to my brother. While I was thrilled to receive the signed photo personalized to me, I'm ecstatic to give my brother his signed photo for his birthday in July. He's going to love it! I don't know how I will be able to wait two months without telling him, though. Many thanks to Senator Glenn for his continued willingness to sign for free. Opening that envelope today made me feel like a kid again.

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posted 05-30-2014 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine this week. Thanks to Senator Glenn and those who made it happen!

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posted 05-31-2014 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my signed photos from Senator Glenn today! He personalized one for me and one for my daughter and I really appreciate his willingness to sign them for us!

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posted 06-11-2014 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to WBNS-TV (Ohio), Glenn is recuperating at his home in Columbus after surgery last month.
The 92-year-old underwent a heart valve replacement at the Cleveland Clinic in May.

Hank Wilson, spokesman for the OSU John Glenn School for Public Affairs, says Glenn is doing well and looks forward to celebrating his birthday on July 18.

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posted 06-19-2014 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been meaning to post a photo of my recently acquired signed photo from Senator Glenn. Here it is:

MCroft04
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posted 07-11-2014 06:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received a signed photo about 2 months ago that was mailed to him Dec 2013.

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This morning I received a signed photo of Senator Glenn during his flight in Friendship 7. It's safe to say I am a very happy collector today.

I am very thankful that John Glenn is still willing to reach out to people in this way, and I'm amazed that he does so for free.

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posted 01-21-2015 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for opns93     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Senator Glenn consistently caters to the requests from fans. I also recently received an autographed photo from his office in Ohio.

india-mike
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posted 01-21-2015 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for india-mike   Click Here to Email india-mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems that John Glenn is in a good condition. I also got a reply from him/his office on January 14th. I sent a letter with an autograph request on August 14th, 2014.

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posted 01-21-2015 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Always the gentleman, he signed two NASA glossies for me that I received a week ago.

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posted 03-31-2015 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AlanC   Click Here to Email AlanC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my photo signed by Senator Glenn today after around 9 months wait; as they say in Glaswegian parlance:

"Ya Dancer!!"

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posted 03-31-2015 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Senator and Mrs. Glenn are really neat people.

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posted 04-16-2015 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was informed by another collector today that Senator Glenn has now had to cease from signing (due to his very limited office hours) and that any remaining unsigned material will be sent back to collectors.

It seemed apparent that this day would eventually come, especially with the recent news of Glenn's health problems. At this point, any letters sent to Glenn should only be letters of graditude and admiration. We owe him a lot of thanks for being so friendly to collectors over the years.

opns93
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posted 04-16-2015 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opns93     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed, he is a great man and loyal to his admirers, deserving respect and admiration.

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posted 04-17-2015 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Glenn is a gracious signer and a genuine gentleman. He has signed several things for me over the years. I was always upfront, declaring this was my second or third item but he signed without fail. Thanks to him I have an autographed model of his Mercury Capsule, as well as photos of him entering the capsule before launch.

I hold him in the highest regard!


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