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nojnj
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posted 03-16-2008 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nojnj   Click Here to Email nojnj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I attended the presentation of NASA's Ambassador of Exploration Award for John Glenn back in Feb of '06. After the presentation they had a photo op with the astronauts. If memory serves, in attendance were Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Steve Robinson, Kathy Sullivan and Marc Brown. I ordered professional prints from Ohio State for myself, son and daughter. Well, 2-3 weeks ago I finally got around to sending them in for his signature. I got them back a couple days ago, all inscribed to my children and myself. What a truly great guy and national treasure!

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posted 05-05-2008 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikeh   Click Here to Email mikeh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent off four photos about three weeks ago and just got them back. Pretty quick!

Glenn only signed two of the four. I put a sticky on each of the two saying "To xxx..." for my kids. He signed those with a wide black marker. The kids were thrilled!

The other two had no sticky, but I had asked via a letter to sign them to me. He didn't sign those.

Maybe he has a limit or maybe the letter was misplaced and he doesn't sign uninscribed anymore. He did not return my letter or send any other correspondence. I will try the other two again next time with stickies.

I included everything in a prepaid/ addressed priority envelope requiring a signature for him to send everything back.

Pretty impressive the he still signs for free.

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posted 05-06-2008 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mikeh:
The other two had no sticky, but I had asked via a letter to sign them to me. He didn't sign those.
Yeah, if you're sending multiple photos, it's best to put a sticky note on each to say who they are for. Perhaps your letter got separated from the photos and he thought these were just extras you wanted him to sign.

(Note: He tends to only sign one photo per person, though I know others have reported sometimes getting two items, like a photo and a cover. So if you send two photos for yourself, don't be surprised if only one comes back signed.)

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I have sent Senator Glenn, a couple of items from the UK, and they have been returned within a few weeks. The man is a legend amongst space fans and his handwriting is most neat and tidy, he also signs for free he added me a personal hand written letter which was great only a couple of lines but it was great.

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Originally posted by pdpel3:
I have sent Senator Glenn, a couple of items from the UK, and they have been returned within a few weeks.
I wonder, given the generosity of his signings, if he might be persuaded to come to an autograph show?

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posted 05-06-2008 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by lm5eagle:
I wonder , given the generosity of his signings, if he might be persuaded to come to an autograph show?

Glenn is apparently one of those astronauts who refuses to charge for his signature. I think part of it is that he simply doesn't feel it's right to charge for his autograph.

I suppose it is possible he would attend a show to sign for free and/or sign for charity. But I have to believe he has been approached numerous times before to attend autograph shows...and so far has apparently refused all invitations to date.

Granted, I would love to see him attend a space/autograph show just in order to shake his hand.

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posted 05-06-2008 10:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your information, mjanovec.

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posted 05-07-2008 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like the ASF show in November would be a great opportunity ...he has a history of signing for them to raise money for scholarships, and he is a founding member.

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posted 05-09-2008 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark Zimmer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never tried pushing Sen. Glenn beyond two items at a time, with a year or so in between. When I send two, I am always careful to ask that one be inscribed to me and one to one of my nephews. I don't want to test his patience. I've never had him refuse.

I have also had him add an uninscribed signature to an items that was already multi-signed and uninscribed (We Seven and the Spacecraft Films Mercury DVD cover) without my asking that he leave it uninscribed. Quite considerate of him, I must say.

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posted 05-15-2008 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ray Katz   Click Here to Email Ray Katz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent John Glenn a photo of him in Friendship 7, and he signed it and sent it back. (I provided a postage paid return envelope.) I hope he read the nice letter I included.

I'd been meaning to contact him since I was about 7...

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In the late 1980's I was in my early teens and over here in Australia there was very little written about the space program and of course we did not have the net. One night the film "The Right Stuff" was shown on TV. I know now that it is a very bad representation of fact, but at the time it kindled my interest in space flight, and started me collecting books on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. After watching the film I remembered that I had read somewhere that John Glenn was a Senator in the States, so I wrote to him "care of the US Senate, Washington", and asked if I could have his autograph. To my utter amazement and joy about 3 months later I got an inscribed autographed photo in the mail. I treasured and continue to treasure it and to this day it holds pride of place in my study. To me that has always been the mark of the type of man that Glenn is, that he would take the time to reply to a young kid on the other side of the world despite all his responsibilities.

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posted 06-25-2008 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for generallou   Click Here to Email generallou     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent Senator Glenn a copy of his book to sign it took about a month and came back today inscribed by him! Thank You Sir it has been an honor! He is a great American!

Ryan Walters
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posted 06-27-2008 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Walters   Click Here to Email Ryan Walters     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So Glenn signs only two autographs at a time it would seem. Would he sign one photo and his book for me? Thanks!

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posted 06-27-2008 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just me, but I would only ask for one. You might also ask him to sign one for your child -- he personalizes them.

Typically, if it is a OSS litho, he'll just personalize the first name (ie, "To Jon"). If it is something else (silver spacesuit photo, base for a Mercury spacecraft model, etc) he personalizes the full name (ie, "To Jon Doe").

I hope that helps...

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posted 06-28-2008 06:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul23   Click Here to Email Paul23     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just to add my experience. I sent a picture of him riding in the back of an open top limo with JFK at the begninning of May and received a personalised (just the first name) signed picture back today.

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posted 08-18-2008 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for liebeek   Click Here to Email liebeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received a photo today, personalised and signed. I just wrote a letter and within a month I have it here in Holland.

I will frame it and give it a prominent place in my study. This one is worth more to me than a photo I buy. Have others got the same feeling?

If you ever read this thread sir Glenn, I cannot thank you enough.

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posted 08-18-2008 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by liebeek:
I will frame it and give it a prominent place in my study.
Congratulations on your success -- John Glenn truly is a class act.

Editor's note: reply continued under new thread.

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posted 08-15-2009 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While I have some covers that John Glenn signed years ago, in going through my collection I realized I did not have any autographed photos of the first American to orbit the Earth. Since Sen. Glenn just turned 88 (his birthday is July 18, 1921), I decided not to delay.

I had a black and white photograph showing Glenn in his silver Mercury spacesuit with space artist Cece Bibby next to his Friendship 7 MA-6 spacecraft (Cece painted the Friendship 7 design on the capsule).

Cece had signed the photo in silver for me at a UACC meeting a few years ago.

About 3 months ago I sent the photo (with a stamped return Priority Mail envelope)to Sen. Glenn at his Ohio State address-- the John Glenn Institute for Public Service, which he and his wife Annie founded.

I was pleased to get back the photo today, autographed and inscribed to me in silver sharpie. It's a treasured addition to my collection.

Sen. Glenn has literally signed thousands of autographs through the years, and has never charged for his signature. Space enthusiasts owe him a debt of gratitude for the time he has devoted to our requests. He is a gentleman and a patriot.

(What a great couple of weeks -- I have received autographed copies of books by Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean and Paul Calle; I found out I will be receiving a signed "Carrying the Fire" by Mike Collins; and now this inscribed photo from John Glenn).

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Even though Sen. Glenn is an "easy" and free signature, there's nothing that matches the thrill of getting a signed photo from him in the mail. I share your excitement with your recent photo success from him. For me, the feeling was almost like he had also included flags and fireworks in the package - I felt like I had connected with an old-style, genuine American hero.

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I sent off a picture of the seven to him a few months back with the intention of having him sign it then getting Scott Carpenter to add to it at Autographica.

I had started to think it had gone astray in the post either to or from him or that it would arrive after Autographica, but this morning I had one of those great old fashioned experiences when I happened to look out of my window and could see the postman walking up my front path holding an envelope with what looked very much like my handwriting on the front. It was like being 5 years olds and seeing Santa turn up on Christmas morning!!

Sure enough it was the signed picture back from John Glenn, looks fantastic and for about 10 minutes I was walking round the house with a dumb grin on my face like a little kid!

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Originally posted by Paul23:
...and for about 10 minutes I was walking round the house with a dumb grin on my face like a little kid!
Trust me, I know the feeling!

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posted 07-09-2010 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any experience in sending prints to John Glenn to have him signed? I have a fairly valuable print of his F-86 "Mig Mad Marine" That I would like him to sign, but I am not sure I should risk sending it for fear of losing it.

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I sent Mr. Glenn a 21" by 18" original oil on masonite painting by David K. Stone which Mr. Glenn graciously signed and returned in about three weeks.

Be sure to write "Return Postage Guaranteed" on the package and be sure to include more than enough return postage.

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Thanks for your reply David. I will take your advice and roll the print in a tube and send the more than enough to cover the postage.

Your painting is beautifully done by the way. Is there a limited print of that painting?

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I wrote to him about three months ago asking for his autograph (and I invited him to STS-134 with me if I get tickets) yesterday I got a reply. A signed photo with a 'to (name) best regards' on it. The 'to xxx best regards' part was typed on.

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I’ve recently worked on getting some John Glenn signatures on books in my collection. In 2009 I asked him to sign a copy of his memoirs and also a copy of “Into That Silent Sea.”

I sent each separately and only sent the second when the first was returned. Each took about a month and came back signed and un-personalized.

For my last “wanted” Glenn in 2010 I sent a first printing of Bill Pogue’s third edition of “How do you go to the Bathroom in Space.” It was already signed by Col. Pogue and Sidney Harris (the cartoonist for the book). It took about 4 months but I did get it back signed with out an inscription and it happily lives back in my book case.

I already had Senator Glenn sign my Alan Bean “Apollo” book years ago. He was nice enough to include a personalized and signed NASA portrait with that book.

He has always been very nice and I believe I have more than I need so I can let the good Astronaut/Senator enjoy the remainder of his retirement without additional requests from me.

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Originally posted by jvertrees:
I’ve recently worked on getting some John Glenn signatures on books in my collection. In 2009 I asked him to sign a copy of his memoirs and also a copy of “Into That Silent Sea.”

First time I have heard of a copy signed by him - nice to hear - if it was a title page, I'd love to see a photo of that - thanks!

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Francis, Dee O'Hara showed you my copy when I asked her to sign it for me at the 2010 ASF show. My copy is signed by Francis French, Colin Burgess, Wally Funk, Dee O'Hare, Scott Carpenter and John Glenn. I think that is it. Wish I could have gotten Paul Haney as well. The Signatures are all on the Half Title page so "Into That Silent Sea" is boldly printed on the page with the signatures.

I'll take a photo of the signature page tonight and see if I can get it loaded, I don't always have luck with that on cS.

It is an impressive book. I like the series a lot. I have, Silent Sea, Shadow of the Moon, Homesteading Space and Footprints. All highly recommended.

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In which case, my apologies, I must have forgotten about that in what was a very busy couple of days!

Indeed, Paul Haney only signed a couple of books, that I know of... we lost him far too soon.

Great to hear you have Glenn on yours - thanks!

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Attached is the half title page I've used for collecting signatures. "Into That Silent Sea" is a very good book. The topic also lends itself well to collecting multiple signatures on a single item.

The signatures from top to bottom are:

Dee O'Hara, Astronaut Nurse
Wally Funk, The Two Wally's
Colin Burgess
Francis French
Scott Carpenter
John Glenn

Francis, I and I'm sure many others are eager to get our hands on signed copies of "Falling to Earth". Keep us updated.

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Whow, I could not believe it! - I received my John Glenn autograph here in Germany a few days ago. Wonderful!

I had sent Senator Glenn a picture, showing him in his orange space suit from STS-95 and got it signed and personalized to me back after a few weeks. I never thought it would be possible to get the autograph of one of our greatest space pioneers that easy. John Glenn is great and it is so fine to have him still with us!

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posted 04-23-2011 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nigel Mc   Click Here to Email Nigel Mc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got an autograph back from Sen. Glenn. Absolutely fantastic.

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I just received this poster back on Tuesday. Mr. Glenn must have been distracted when he added the date... May 30, 2011.

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I was lucky enough also to receive a signed photo from John Glenn a few years ago. My personalisation was rubber-stamped however, with a black felt-tip autograph. Is this usual?

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Sent Senator Glenn a copy of his book and an 8x10 OSS back in early May 2011. Very pleased to have received both back today signed and personalized to me. Senator Glenn is a class act. Considering his age and schedule I am surprised he continues to sign as freely as he does. I did include a $25 donation to Ohio State as a Thank You to Senator Glenn in my initial letter to him.

Tank You Senator Glenn!

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I recently received two autographs from Senator Glenn - one on one of the Code 3 re-isssued Friendship 7 model's base and one in his first edition autobiography.

I had previously got autographs on a color shot of him loading into Friendship 7 on launch day and a black and white of him beside the capsule. Priceless mementos for a kid who grew up in the 60's when all that was actually happening.

I am deeply grateful for his autographs and plan on passing it on to my daughter - who met Aldrin. Lovell, Haise, Duke and Cernan this summer!

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Have taken the plunge with Senator Glenn also. Have sent his book, a covering letter, SAE jiffy bag and dollars to cover return postage. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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Sen. Glenn's office told me that he had knee replacement surgery this summer and had not been into the office at all in July and August. I'm hoping he has a speedy recovery - and that I get my item back from his office in time for ASF in November!

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Has anyone heard of John Glenn has been able to go back to his office yet after the surgery? I sent a couple of items to him back on July 1. I guess the items to be signed really piled up while he was recuperating. Or maybe he is still recuperating?

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I received an email from Kathy at John Glenn School of Public Affairs today and she said they would accept my item for signing but it could take a couple of months for it to return.


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