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From: Waterford, MI. USA
Registered: Jul 2007

posted 04-26-2015 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just attended an event this past Friday at Ohio State University where there was a ribbon cutting for the renamed John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Senator Glenn was there with his wife Annie. He was one of the speakers and Annie cut the ribbon. He appears in good health but frail. He had assistance walking to and from the podium. After the event he was escorted right to a vehicle.

I saw that he kindly signed a helmet for one person and the body of a rocket for another but that was it and away he was driven off. He advised the two gentleman with the items that he couldn't guarantee the quality of the signatures.

I do concur that with his eyesight in poor condition and his frail health that he probably won't be signing much more and I believe that might have been his last public appearance.


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From: Terre Haute, IN 47805
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posted 04-26-2015 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dooku1996   Click Here to Email Dooku1996     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just met Senator Glenn at the Ribbon Cutting event Friday. As mentioned in the post before mine he signed a helmet for someone.

I was able to get a photo taken with him before he was rushed away in his car. I will treasure that photo always. I do not own a Glenn autograph, and I desire to have my copy of his book signed. Will he still sign it if I send it to Page Hall? Thanks!

Robert Pearlman

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posted 04-26-2015 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted, Senator Glenn is no longer signing through the mail. Here is the message being returned by his office:
It has become necessary for Senator Glenn to discontinue his practice of signing photos and other memorabilia sent to him. It's not possible now to accommodate the significant number of requests due to his very limited office schedule. We are in the process of returning unsigned any items recently sent.


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From: Scotland
Registered: Jun 2011

posted 04-27-2015 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by AlanC:
I received my photo signed by Senator Glenn...
I think we were probably the last group to receive a John Glenn signature. I got my Mercury photo back in February.


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From: UK
Registered: Aug 2013

posted 04-28-2015 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will always treasure the autograph I received from him only a few months ago. But now I realise how fortunate I was to also be in, what is looking like, the last group to have items signed.


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Registered: Nov 2014

posted 04-28-2015 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AlanC   Click Here to Email AlanC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've just bought a copy of Senator Glenn's memoirs; really looking forward to reading it. He just seems to have made every day of his life count for something.


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posted 12-11-2016 01:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My favorite autograph of John Glenn's was a cardboard shoulder-length cutout of him from his autobiography. When I left him he was discussing flying with another pilot who just wanted to talk, gave him a magazine, which I hope he got signed for himself, but left the two of them alone to discuss...

Perhaps others would like to share their favorite autograph from John Glenn.

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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posted 12-11-2016 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's the photo from the "John Glenn American Hero" press kit, already posted here. To my surprise, someone else has that photo signed (and he thought my photo was his!)

It's my favorite because I seem to see the same Glenn photos signed. It's different and has both Mercury and the Shuttle.


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From: Bennington, Vermont, USA
Registered: Feb 2011

posted 12-11-2016 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have a framed display that has his orange flight suit photo, both mission patches, pictures of both the Mercury and shuttle launches and a Discovery pin. I removed the flight suit photo and sent it to his Ohio State office, where he nicely signed and personalized it to my wife and I. The display was put back together and has been hanging on our wall ever since.

If I remember correctly, we purchased this item from one of the TV shopping networks after his last flight. Perhaps not really collectible, but it is very special to us since he was kind enough to sign it.

Neil DC

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From: Middletown, NJ, USA
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posted 12-11-2016 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil DC   Click Here to Email Neil DC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Back in 2003, I went down to Washington DC for an event where John and Annie Glenn were supposed to appear. It was a memorial for another statesman who had recently passed.

They did indeed show up and after the event finished they graciously stayed to talk with people and sign autographs. There were only two or three of us collecting autographs. I think I had several books related to him and a few pics. He kindly signed everything for us all and posed for photos.

Annie Glenn was a class act too. I managed to spend a little time talking to her. I asked her about all the historic people they had met over the years. She said that John and her would reminisce and have a laugh and say how lucky they had been.

True American heroes and role models for all. I felt privileged to have been there.


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posted 12-12-2016 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never got to meet John Glenn, but he did autograph a couple of items I sent to him. A true American Hero!!


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From: Columbus, Ohio USA
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posted 12-13-2016 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DSeuss5490   Click Here to Email DSeuss5490     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John and Annie Glenn were a very visible part of the Columbus, Ohio community. It was not uncommon to see them out and about at the grocery store, ice cream shop or their favorite restaurant, Bob Evans. They never attempted "incognito" and were always very accommodating to their admirers when approached for photos or even autographs.

Mike Dixon

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From: Kew, Victoria, Australia
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posted 12-13-2016 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How typical of them. I hope Annie is as well as she can be. That kind (and find) of love and devotion ... lost for words.


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From: Andover, MN
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posted 12-14-2016 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm so very heartbroken for Annie. While John Glenn was my first astronaut autograph, it's not about me. He was so much bigger than any of us could have been. I'm so torn with his passing. Obviously, it had to happen someday, but it's still a terrible loss.


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From: Lompoc CA
Registered: Feb 2010

posted 05-24-2017 03:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for woodg2   Click Here to Email woodg2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Almost four years ago I sent an STS-95 crew litho to John Glenn's office at OSU hoping to get it signed. It never came back and I have since moved three times (active duty military).

Today I was sitting at my desk and got a call out of the blue from a complete stranger. Apparently he moved into that house after I left and the litho was delivered to him rather than being forwarded. He has now moved twice since then and just came across the envelope in a box of his belongings.

He tracked me down to ask my current address. He told me had opened it, found the litho and wanted to make sure it got to its rightful owner. Believe it or not, I will be getting a Glenn through-the-mail litho in the mail later this week!


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posted 05-24-2017 03:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So happy to hear of your late discovery.

Daniel Lazecky

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posted 05-24-2017 03:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Lazecky   Click Here to Email Daniel Lazecky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also congratulate you very much. This is a story that catches the heart as well. That's what I love on this hobby!

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posted 05-24-2017 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for USNTPS Historian   Click Here to Email USNTPS Historian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just recently I was fortunate enough to get my own John Glenn signature written in 1995. I had a crate of signed lithographs delivered to my office. John Glenn had signed all of them (sorry all are accounted for) but there was an extra John Glenn signature in the crate. The lithographs were wrapped in brown craft paper and when I opened the crate his signature was on the top of the stack on the brown craft paper. Quite a nice surprise.

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