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ejectr
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posted 06-17-2009 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by pxs120:
Has anyone tried getting Buzz to sign other items like a photo at one of his book signings?
Negative... he will not do it. I went to a book signing and asked him to sign my pilot log book and he was very apologetic that he couldn't do it at a book signing, but he would not and could not sign it.

He signed his book and then graciously agreed to a picture with him which I cherish as much as the autograph I was hoping to get but didn't in my log book.

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The National Air and Space Museum's website for their event is very clear:
To ensure that the astronauts are able to meet all customers, they will only sign the books being sold at the event. We reserve the right to limit the number of books signed per person. No personalization, no memorabilia, no posed photos will be allowed.

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Astro Auction has an interesting item. It's a dutch auction for photos signed only "Buzz." I wonder if these are more or less desirable due to unusual nature of the signature.

Also, if you were to bring one of these to a show would Buzz charge you only half the signing fee to add his last name? Or would a 'completion fee' be applied? (These questions are slightly tongue-in-cheek, but they did pop up when I saw this auction).

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I drove up to Austin TX (about 65 miles) today to attend Buzz Aldrin's discussion and book signing at the annual Texas Book Festival, held inside, and on the grounds and immediate vicinity of the State Capital Building.

Buzz came out at 12:45 and talked a bit about Apollo 11 and his life both before and after. Nothing really noteworthy or new, but an enjoyable 45 minutes. He seemed to be in good spirits.

At 1:30, he began signing his book "Magnificent Desolation". This is where my only problem occurred (not at all Buzz's fault). In all the handouts, flyers, and their website, it was announced that all book signings would be held in the "Book Signings Tent". This tent was approximately 8 city blocks from the Paramount Theatre, where Buzz discussed the book. This was apparently standard among all book signers (the Austin Book Festival is a huge event, with dozens of authors, and thousands of attendees). Also, another author went onstage at the Paramount Theatre at 1:30 to discuss her book.

So... I left the theatre as soon as Buzz left the stage, and walked the 8 blocks to the signings tent. Upon getting there, I noticed that Buzz was not listed on the book signing schedule! What's going on here!!

I tracked down a worker, and she informed me that Buzz's (and another author's) signings were being done at the Paramount Theatre, presumably due to the expected crowd size. This is where I raised the point that there was no announcement made of this fact... nothing to indicate that Buzz's signing was any different from any of the other dozens of attending authors. The lady apologized and expressed surprise that there was no announcement made of the signing venue.

So, I proceeded to trek the 8 blocks back to the theatre and got in line. Ultimately, there were only about 15 people behind me (out of perhaps 500 or so). A few others had also made the trek back-and-forth between the theatre and tent. Anyway, the line was moving relatively quickly, and at 2:40, I finally got to Buzz's table.

He was in a very good mood... laughing, smiling, and making small friendly comments to all attendees... especially the kids.

He was only signing Magnificent Desolation; no other books or memorabilia. I saw a few people with photos, Life Magazines and such, and I had also brought my copy of "Voices from the Moon" by Andrew Chaikin, just in case.

All-in-all, it was a good couple of hours. And I even got some extra exercise!

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I went to "An Evening With Buzz," a book signing in Atlanta this past fall.

To start, I knew nothing about Buzz' attitude toward autographs and such... But I have a special baseball bat that I get "Hall of Fame" types to sign.

On it, I have baseball players Eddie Mathews, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine. I later added President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter. Still later, I added singer Willie Nelson, who actually signed during his concert (I was on the front row in Columbus, GA.)

We decided that we'd try to get Buzz on the bat. We got to the bookstore early and while looking for a parking spot I saw a black SUV pull up. Buzz hops out of the back along with a lady (turns out to be his wife — and she was/seemed to be the real obstacle to getting him) I shook his hand and told him I was a teacher of 21 years, yada, yada and "Dr. Aldrin, will you please sing my bat"? He looked at me funny and then his wife said "NO, WE don't do memorabilia." As he walked off (they were entering the rear of the book store, so there was zero crowd) he said, "I don't sign baseballs either..."

We didn't give up. I snuck the bat into the show by sticking it down my jeans. I bought seven books and as he signed them I asked about the bat again. He said "I don't play baseball" and I replied "neither did Willie Nelson or President Carter" (it was funny to me!)

Meanwhile, I had been talking to his driver — the husband of the store owner and he said he would see what he could do about getting it signed. As we waited in the parking lot the gentleman (nice guy!) came out and held up FIVE fingers — meaning he'd sign it for $500.00. I said "no" and that was that.

I will say that I was disappointed just because I really work to get HoF'ers on the bat and I knew that was my last crack at Buzz... but all in all it was a thrill to meet the guy and we left with a great story!

AND I had one of the autographs framed and matted with the ticket to the signing and the famous 8'x10" visor shot. It is very cool.

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It's not a surprise to most space collectors that Buzz said "no" to your request. Generally, Buzz will only sign memorabilia at a dedicated memorabilia signing (like Spacefest or the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation autograph show) or a mail-in signing, and only for a fee (that generally ranges from $350-600 or more). Besides money reasons, he likely refuses to sign memorabilia at book signings because everyone else in the audience will also expect their memorabilia to be signed for free. Plus, since the book tour is paid for by the publisher, it is expected that Buzz will sign as many books as possible in the limited amount of time he has, in order to make as many sales of the book as possible for the publisher.

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posted 03-18-2011 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd be interested to hear other members experiences at signing events attended by Buzz Aldrin. In particular, does he have an issue signing Edwin E. Aldrin as opposed to Buzz?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

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Yes. He legally changed his name to Buzz. We've learned not to even ask.

"Buzz, would you sign this as Edwin Aldrin, second man on the moon"? Duck!

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Hasn't he changed his name legally to Buzz? If so, I'd be most surprised if he were ever to sign his 'old' name!

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Thanks for the feedback guys. Much appreciated. It is a shame he will no longer sign Edwin E. particularly as that is how he "signed" the plaque left on the moon... Such a signature would be historically more relevant.

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I was thinking of attending Autographica later this year until I read these post about the prices Buzz charges for his signature. Why does he seem fit to charge more for a completion?

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posted 04-06-2012 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buzz Aldrin charges what he does because he can command those fees. His appearances are still met with a line of collectors desiring his autograph.

And even if he didn't, like all astronauts, he is free to set his own signing policies.

If you desire his autograph but cannot afford his direct price, you can usually find secondhand examples selling for less, depending on the type of item. If it's only the signature that matters to you, then that may be the best solution.

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posted 04-06-2012 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buzz is not the only astronaut that charges extra for a completion.

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posted 04-06-2012 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buzz's fees are not really all that unreasonable. John Young charges more, for example. Considering the signature is of the second man ever to set foot on the moon on the first landing and it's probably a fair price.

Now, Buzz may be the only astronaut that charges a completion for a blank photo, but it's a free market — if you want it, pay it, if you don't just walk away. So far not many elect to walk.

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My suggestion is to take Robert's advice. I have been unable to justify paying the high prices for autographs but am just pleased to go to these events and meet these legends who without exception have been willing to shake hands, have a conversation and answer any questions I have asked even though I have informed them that I wont be purchasing a signature. Out of respect I try not to be too intrusive.

Buzz Aldrin gave a talk at the Royal Festival Hall in London a few years ago and I bought his book which had his signature on a bookplate inside which I was more than pleased with.

Although it is nice to have an autograph to me it is not the most important thing. I am just happy to have met them and feel honoured to have done so thanks to the people who make this possible.

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Here is my take on signing fees, extra words and completions. Jackie and I will sell anyone on the forum our individual signature on a 8x10 glossy of our living room display for $10 and if we both sign it will be an additional $10 for a crew completion. Would you do it? I would say not. Why, because it holds no value for you.

What you need to decide is; what is the value of that signed item worth to you? At the last ASF signing we had planned on two Buzz signatures, one on our LM model (and that spot is still open on the LM itself, as Buzz did not make the signing) the other on the "Wonder of it All" poster.

Before we went we counted up our Buzz signed items, we have 16 of them. So was it worth paying the ($400x2)+$100 (3D item) +$50 (mission number) = $950 to add another Buzz signature to our collection. Yes, and for us it was, the LM model discussion is already on this site and the poster had a sentimental value that for us was and is priceless.

We were willing to pay that amount for those items to be signed; it was not just the signature. The last signature we picked up of Buzz was $35 in one of his fictional books. But I could not take that inexpensive signature and place it on our desired items. But what I did do is I turned it into a display for a friend at work for a total of $100 of framing and pictures.

I know it is frustrating to pay a lot of money for something you would really like to have, especially when just four years ago it was less than half the current price. I have no pity for the people that take a dozen of 8x10 WSS shot to have signed for resale; it makes no sense to do that with all of the availability of Buzz's signature out there. To me they are at the event for all the wrong reasons, for them they are okay with it.

For me it is interesting that it was okay to pay John Young $595 for his signature as "he never signs" but for a guy who signs all the time, $400 is "ridiculous," when they are both equal in historic value (let us not debate that statement and just take it in context). We pay for what we hold as valuable. Decide the value for you and determine your actions based on that decision.

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Funny (or not) Buzz story: At the MIT+150 event were about half a dozen astronauts, including Aldrin. Granted, he was in a wheelchair and that may have something to do with it, but before and after the event, people for the most part shied away from asking Aldrin for an autograph.

Just to play devil's advocate, I will throw out there probably the hardest thing for some people to accept is an astronaut charging a fee, when on occasion they will sign without a fee (and it's not just Aldrin.) I won't repeat my argument that there's really no such thing as a "free" autograph. But I will surmise that there would be less debate if a person was more consistent, e.g. "I'm sorry but I don't sign in-person. However, if you send me your items at this address, I'll be more than happy to for this amount for my time."

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Originally posted by Daugherty54:
Considering the signature is of the second man ever to set foot on the moon on the first landing and it's probably a fair price.
Fair price? That'll be why the market value for Buzz's signature on an uninscribed Kodak glossy is circa $189 then. His signature is far from rare... and in my opinion is grossly overpriced!

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If you think it is overpriced, then don't pay it.

There are plenty of people who would pay his current fee (and perhaps even more) to have the opportunity to (a) meet him and (b) have something they desire signed be autographed. To each their own.

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Don't worry... I won't pay it. I've done my fair share of paying for in-person autographs from Buzz and I'll be honest, I baulked once the base fee went above $250.

The "average" collector has now been priced out of the market and just because he can command such a fee doesn't make it right and fair. Considering his fame was only made possible by the US taxpayer I think its actually pretty distasteful to charge what he does.

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Say what you will about Aldrin's pricing, but at least he's giving people the option to get their stuff signed. To me that's far preferable to someone who doesn't sign at all.

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Originally posted by machbusterman:
Considering his fame was only made possible by the US taxpayer I think its actually pretty distasteful to charge what he does.
Aldrin signed for free for about four decades, less we forget.

And Aldrin, nor any of his fellow astronauts, sought out their initial fame. Nor was their fame part of their job responsibility for the government. Taxpayers received in spades what they paid for: successful missions.

Just because the astronauts were civil servants does not mean they are indentured servants for life.

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Buzz signed for free at a 2001 space conference in Albuquerque. He was especially patient with children. Signed my item that had a really nice Armstrong signature for free without a blink.

Paid $600 in 2008 for Aldrin to sign an Apollo model and add Apollo XI LMP Columbia Eagle. It was a bargain. He cheerfully posed for photos with previously signed items like a flown A11 flight plan page.

I may not get another item signed at the current prices but I am grateful for the opportunity to choose.

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When I met Buzz at an ASF event he was very open and accomodating, talking about his personal life as well as Apollo and the specifics of orbital rendezvous.

At an outdoor event (airshow) where autographs were not permitted he maintained his friendly demeanor, calling other astronauts together for a group portrait and posing several times as we in attendance futzed with our cameras. Overall a very positive experience.

ASF Portrait

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A good friend of mine wants to come to Autographica and ask Buzz Aldrin to sign his arm so he can get it tattooed. He is willing to pay the 3D price that Buzz will undoubtedly ask (unless he raises it three times whilst we are there...joke!) ...but do you think Buzz would actually do this?

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All I know about tattoos (which isn't much) I've learned from watching ink-themed reality shows, but shouldn't a body artist be able to translate the signature from a piece of paper onto your friend's arm, rather than needing Aldrin to sign the arm itself?

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I have looked at several pictures of Buzz Aldrin but the picture (signed by all three) I have of the 'Prime Crew of Fifth Manned Apollo Mission' has his signature signed as 'Edwin E Aldrin Jr'. When did he stop signing and only sign 'Buzz'?

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Aldrin legally changed his first name to "Buzz" in the early 1980s, though he had gone by that name since childhood. He signed both as Edwin and Buzz during his astronaut career.

By the time Aldrin took part in his first autograph show in 2004, he had already ceased signing "Edwin."

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I was wondering if there would be a way to send Buzz a letter. I will not be asking for an autograph, just asking him to write me back.

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I would suggest either using the Assante address (as that is the address Aldrin has provided for his fan mail, autograph or otherwise), or e-mailing him through his website.

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What are the chances of him responding? I am 13 years old. From what I have heard about Buzz, he isn't as... accomodating as others.

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I don't think it's a question of being accommodating. In the 15 years I've known him, Dr. Aldrin has always gone out of his way to inspire young enthusiasts, giving his time and, when appropriate, his autograph as well.

Unfortunately, there have been a good number of unprofessional autograph dealers who have used people your age (and younger) to request and obtain free autographs. Their deceitful actions have hurt the hobby, and introduced doubt about the earnest nature behind youthful enthusiasm.

That aside, I think you need to ask yourself why it is you are writing. If you want to share your admiration for Dr. Aldrin, then send your letter and consider any reply to be an unexpected bonus. If however, you really desire an autograph, then I'd suggest perhaps looking for a newspaper route, snow shoveling job or some other means (agreeable to your parents) for setting the autograph as your goal and saving up the money you raise.

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I want to write him because I want to go to Mars, and with him being the second man to walk on the Moon, it would be a great honor to write one of my heroes. I never ask for autographs. I don't even usually ask for anything back. I just talk about my personal reasons why I love space exploration, why he is my hero, and with Dr. Aldrin being so interested in spacecraft design, I will probably send him a copy of mine. I hope he understands this is from a kid. Maybe not asking for an autograph will help with that.

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I am glad we went today to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island today! Buzz was absolutely amazing!

Buzz answered my question on politics and space in the lecture hall and then we proceeded to meet him at the book signing afterwards and he exceeded any expectation I had.

He took the time to talk to us, SHAKE my son's hand vigorously and SMILE for the camera!

My son was so happy and I was elated that we were able to have such a nice encounter.

The bottom line - He is a hero and a brilliant man.

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Buzz is a fascinating individual-- brilliant, in some ways eccentric (see what's on his wrists besides a watch), charming at times, and at times tone deaf to other people depending on the occasion.

We are fortunate to have the chance to interact with such an historic figure because he is willing to be out among the public.

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I'm just noticing that Astronaut Central is selling Buzz Aldrin for $640, and on eBay their fetching somewhat less, but some don't have a good audit trail.

Question is, aren't these prices a little high considering how many autographs he has out there, and is still signing?

I liquidated my collection, but my wife would like an Aldrin autograph on the NASA official photograph. I sold one a while back on a NASA lithograph (oh oh, my bad).

Also, I would think his older autographs would be worth more than the current ones, but it doesn't look that way.

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I got Buzz to write the Apollo 11 plaque "Here men from the planet earth..." on my panorama photo for $850. I had him sign one two years before that with just his name and mission information. It always seemed so empty when I looked at it on my wall that I had to get another one with the plaque added. While I wasn't happy about the fee, I'm more than thrilled with the final product. To me, that's all that really matters.

As for my meeting with Buzz, I have only good things to say about him. I've been to two of his shows and he's signed stuff for me at both shows. He was very nice both to me and my daughter. I've never met him in public. If I did, I'd definitely have enough respect to give him the space he needed. When celebrities are in public, that's still their private time. People who want things from them (conversation, handshake, autograph, photo, etc.) are only setting themselves up for a major disappointment.

In 1981, I ran into Alan Shepard at a fast food restaurant in Houston. I looked at him and he at me. He could tell by the way I was staring at him that I recognized him. Without either of us saying a word, he smiled at me and gave me a wink. That was more than I deserved. I'll treasure that moment forever.

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Originally posted by schnappsicle:
In 1981, I ran into Alan Shepard at a fast food restaurant in Houston. I looked at him and he at me. He could tell by the way I was staring at him that I recognized him. Without either of us saying a word, he smiled at me and gave me a wink. That was more than I deserved. I'll treasure that moment forever.

Thank you for the best laugh-out-loud moment I've had all day. Epic cool story!

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That last post inspired me to write up my recent Buzz encounter:

Last May, I was heading to an interview at Northern Arizona University. My flight arrived into Phoenix late, and as a result, I just missed my connection to Flagstaff — the plane hadn't left yet, but the gate was closed and they wouldn't let anyone else on board.


As I was standing at the check-in desk trying to talk my way onto the plane, this old guy comes up behind me and starts raising hell with the gate clerk, demanding to speak to the pilot, cursing, etc. I turn around to see who's making such a commotion, and see this guy who looks an awful lot like Buzz. After shouting at the guy for a minute or two, he pauses. I look at him and ask, "Are you Buzz Aldrin?" He looks over at me and say, "Yeah I'm Buzz Aldrin, now get that damn pilot on the phone...!"

Anyway, long story short, Buzz and I ended up renting a car together and I spent the next two hours driving him up to Flagstaff (where he was attending the IAA Planetary Defense Conference). On the drive up talked about lots of things: Mars missions, SpaceX, politics, and diving. I didn't have the nerve to ask him anything about Apollo XI or his experience on the moon mission, but he wasn't shy about giving his opinion on the current space program! A few times during the drive, I glanced out my driver's side window at the almost-full moon above the horizon. Then I'd glance over at the man who sitting next to me — amazed that I had ended up here, driving one of the very first moonwalkers through the Arizona night. An amazing evening indeed.

Once we got to Flagstaff and dealt with the rental car, he gave me his business card and some contact information. As he handed it to me, I saw that it was a very cool Apollo XI card with the mission emblem and a little astronaut logo. I couldn't resist asking him to sign it for me (which he did). At the time I didn't know he was such a reluctant public signer — probably never would have asked otherwise.

(Best moment: When we were waiting at the rental car place, he took out his iPhone to call his niece to pick us up in Flagstaff. He looked for the phone number in his contact book for a few seconds, then, having difficulty reading the small letters, he handed the phone to me: "What does that say...?" I looked at the phone number. "It says Neil Armstrong." Buzz paused a moment, looked at me, then said: "Don't think he's gonna be picking up any time soon..." Priceless!)

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Wow!!! Now THAT'S a cool story!!!


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