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stsmithva
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posted 12-10-2012 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LateApex:
Do we have a feel for how many is realistic? What are some ideas for neat items for him to sign? Are vintage NASA photos available? (What would be "best" model be, within reason, price wise? Other cool ideas?
Two or three things should be fine.

You would definitely want to get new prints of old photos made on archival paper, such as at mpix.com. A couple of years ago I collected the highest-resolution files of dozens of such photos — if you tell me what you're looking for I'll send you a few.

If you're willing to pay more, you could get a 16x20 print made of the launch photo I have that I cleaned up a little, or of the montage at the end of this post.

He signed, in gold pen, the base of a Code 3 model for me. And then there's always his memoir. Let me know about the photos.

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posted 12-10-2012 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I understand he will sign two items. As a matter of fact, I just received a package back from him today where he signed two books for me, Letter to John Glenn and John H. Glenn Astronaut.

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posted 12-11-2012 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have used Spaceimages.com for some of my large scale photos and he has some very good Glenn Friendship 7 photos as well as some of his shuttle missions photos. A Glenn display almost cries out to have one great pic from each.

The material is archival and the quality is excellent. Every time I have one displayed in my office I get a lot of favorable comments.

jiffyq58
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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 have for the last couple of years just downloaded high res photos from various sites on the internet, and then had prints made at Wolf Camera/Ritz Pics. You should see some of these space photos done up as metallic prints. They are pretty spectacular, especially the black and white ones from the moon landings. But I've had a nice blowup of the Friendship 7 launch done that way, too.

I've had Glenn sign that 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. There are many good choices out there. It's hard to go wrong.

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
This is what Glenn signed for me, in-person, at Udvar-Hazy in April.

And this is what Glenn 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 BS 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!

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posted 01-09-2013 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon001   Click Here to Email 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.

Very nice Christmas present (arrived 12/26/12)!

astrobock
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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 07-24-2013 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for disglobes   Click Here to Email disglobes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have a success from John Glenn using his home address lately?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-24-2013 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To my knowledge, Sen. Glenn still requests that all autograph requests be sent via his office at Ohio State University, and he appears to still be responding through that means.

I think given how generous he has been with his autograph, we should respect his wishes as to where mail be sent...

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.

spkjb
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posted 07-31-2013 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had two items signed by Senator Glenn.

Kathleen Dancey at OSU handles the logistics for the Senator. She is very helpful.

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posted 07-31-2013 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you have to enclose a SASE or mailing envelope for returns?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-31-2013 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes; as a general rule when writing any retired astronaut, a self-addressed stamped enveloped or other appropriate packaging and postage should be included.

Ronpur
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posted 08-25-2013 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, today I mailed a photo to John Glenn for an autograph. I can't wait to get it back.

I enclosed a Priority Postage label and my address label so they can reuse the same Priority Mailer I sent it in.

This is the first time I have tried this, and I think I am a little more excited then I should be!!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-25-2013 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a gentle thought: Perhaps the best way was to have the Priority Mail mailer with the postage label addressed to you already stuck on the mailer, and then wrap it (using the back of gift wrap works great) addressed to Sen. Glenn.

I've done this a number of times, and all they have to do is rip off the wrap, autograph the item, and place it back in the Priority Mail envelope or whatever package I sent.

Reason being, it's not easy to open a Priority Mail envelope for reuse. If it's Tyvek, the sealable flap usually holds quite well. If it's a cardboard mailer or box, the first instinct is to open it up at the pullcord. Now how do you seal it? You can with mailing tape, but there's a chance it'll open up where it's been opened.

Ronpur
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posted 08-25-2013 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent idea!

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 last week, this package was a little extra special.

mode1charlie
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posted 01-13-2014 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent an item to Kathy Dancey at Sen. Glenn's office in mid-September 2013 (pre-requested via email, with paint pen and SASE included), and haven't yet heard anything back. I'm in no way complaining (I understand he is busy and has more important priorities than signing something) and don't want to come across as pushy, but I want to make sure my item wasn't misplaced.

So I'm wondering what the consensus is from cS'ers on what's the appropriate period of time to have passed to justify sending a simple email to Darcy to confirm that it hasn't gotten lost in the shuffle.

Recommendations?

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posted 01-14-2014 02:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From my own experience it took three and a half months, so you're about there now. Don't forget to deduct Christmas though, I'd leave it until at least the end of this month.

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posted 01-14-2014 06:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mode1charlie:
...and haven't yet heard anything back. Recommendations?
See the post above yours, that one took 6 months. I'd be patient.

Ronpur
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posted 01-14-2014 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine went in in August, and nothing back yet. He is busy. I think I got lucky with Hadfield when I got his back in a month.

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posted 01-14-2014 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to all for the input - much appreciated. I'll hang tight.

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posted 02-25-2014 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone had anything returned from Glenn's office recently? I sent a request with photos last week and it came back this week in my SASE unsigned with no explanation. My last request was a book a year ago — wondering if Glenn is not signing any more...

mode1charlie
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posted 02-25-2014 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know, but good question. I included a postage-paid UPS return envelope, which has been trackable since I sent mine to his office in mid-September 2013. I checked it as recently as a couple of days ago, and it always said "A label has been created, but it has not shipped." However, as of today the UPS tracking website says "UPS could not locate the shipment details for your request."

Perhaps it's time to send a polite inquiry to Kathy Dancey?

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I emailed Ms. Dancey's office last week and asked if Senator Glenn was still signing autographs and never received a reply. I figured I would have at least have received a form letter with instructions or a short "not at this time". Just radio silence.

I wonder if he's stopped signing. I was planning to send a couple of pictures out next week. Wonder if I should anyway. Sadly, he's not getting any younger...

mode1charlie
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posted 03-04-2014 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I emailed Ms. Dancey, and got back this reply:
Unfortunately, no items have been signed by Senator Glenn since last June. As you can imagine, we now have hundreds of items awaiting the Senator's signature. I am not certain when there will be another signing session, but even if things are signed in the next week it will take weeks to package everything and send them on. It is my opinion that this will become the norm for the future, that signings will only occur once or twice a year.
She also confirmed that the item I sent in is still there and not misplaced. So there you have it. Items are safe and sound, signing will happen when it happens and we should all be grateful that Sen. Glenn is so generous with his time to consider even doing it at all.

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posted 04-01-2014 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also heard back from Ms. Dancey yesterday via email. The only thing I have to add to the above post is that he only signs one item per person. So hopefully, we receive our items back sometime this summer.

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Thanks for the update. I sent two of the same photo to him last December, hoping to have one signed to me and one to my brother for his birthday. I hope that he ends up signing the one for my brother, but whichever gets signed, I will be grateful.

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I'm in the same boat. I sent 2 pictures as well. One for my daughter and one for me.
I'll be grateful for anything he might be willing to sign. Guess we'll wait and see...

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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.

I spoke with Kathy about autograph requests and she told me that he still gets quite a few but isn't able to sign as often anymore at least in part due to frequent travel. While he seemed to me to be in very good health, he is 92 and may not have the stamina for long sessions anymore.

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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!

So this should be good news for the rest of you out there waiting for items from him. I could only assume that he signed all that was waiting for him but only Senator Glenn and his staff know that!

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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 05-06-2014 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is good news. I hope mine shows up soon!

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Nothing from Senator Glenn yet. I just sent a packet to him in March. I guess I will be waiting a while...

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It's OK, mine went it last August and I am still waiting. They said it could take weeks to package and send out items, so it could be anytime in the next few weeks! I am so excited every time I open my mail box just knowing one of these times it will be there!

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I am waiting no more! 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. Thanks to Kathy Dancey at Sen. Glenn's office for her help.

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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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Where I live in Scotland there is not much call for Space Legends. Yes, I know I live in a very strange country, in saying that where can I find a great John Glenn photo?


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