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Skyguy48
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posted 10-09-2013 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What an amazing encounter... Now the check-in desk deserves a kiss rather than a punch. See how it all turns out?

Ronpur
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posted 10-09-2013 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
THIS would make a great movie! Planes, Rockets and Automobiles!

SpaceyInMN
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posted 04-26-2014 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr. Aldrin signed a copy of "Mission to Mars" for me today at the Go Boldly Expo in St. Paul. While it was still a thrill to see a member of Apollo 11 in person and have him sign something, I can't get past the feeling that Buzz simply didn't give a rip about the people who had come to see him at this event.

Please don't get me wrong. I do realize that the book signing line was very long, and I certainly didn't expect a photo with him or to carry on a conversation, but he repeatly ignored the people in line who were thanking him for signing their book, for his service to his country, etc. Not a smile, nod of the head, or anything to acknowledge their sincere thanks.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-26-2014 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sorry to hear your experience with Buzz today wasn't ideal.

I doubt he meant any disrespect. He's participated in a lot of these types of events over the years and sometimes he's personable with everyone who approaches, and other times he's focused on signing only.

Buzz is today as dedicated to advancing humanity into space as he has ever been (perhaps even more so). His passion for the topic comes through clearly, even over the phone. I suspect that for a long time now, he's considered signing as a means to that end, and would enjoy it more if people took more interest in what is written in the book than what he writes on it.

But that said, I think he genuinely understands the reasons why crowds turn out for his appearances and is appreciative for it, even if he may not always exhibit it.

On edit: By the way, you mention "not a smile," but see this tweet.

SpaceyInMN
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posted 04-26-2014 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm happy to see that smile. I was near the front of the line for the book signing, and I can honestly say that he wasn't even making eye contact with people at that time. I will agree with you, though, on his passion for space exploration. He gave a couple presentations during the day and was very enthusiastic and passionate while giving them.

I also can completely understand that signing hundreds of items at events like this over the course of 50 or so years would get very old and tedious. I'm glad he still does these events. I will be reading his book, although I have a few to get through before I start in on it.

moonnut
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posted 04-26-2014 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonnut   Click Here to Email moonnut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jason, glad to see ya got out there. I was out there the whole day and thoroughly enjoyed the presentations. And yes Robert, Mr. Aldrin's passion is unrelenting and a thrill too see.

I too did get a book signed and had the same experience as Spacey. I was in the middle of thanking him for his contributions and he turned away mid-sentence. I was disappointed, but understanding at the same time. Hearing him speak was the thrill that I went for anyway.

DChudwin
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posted 04-29-2014 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is Buzz Aldrin's fee schedule for SpaceFest 6:
  • Base fee $600
  • Large photos (Posters, Prints, 11"x14" or larger) $700
  • 3 Dimensional Items & Beta Cloth (Globes, Models) $700
  • Baseballs $1500
  • Beta cloth items (not flown) $750
  • Apollo 11 Crew Completion (w/Armstrong alone or with both Armstrong and Collins) $1500
  • Apollo 11 Crew Partial Completion (w/ Michael Collins) $1000
  • Books (not authored by Buzz Aldrin) $600
  • Books authored by Buzz Aldrin $300
  • Personalization free (with autograph purchase)
  • Mission or Date Inscription $50 each
  • Additional Inscriptions (up to 10 words total) $25/word

David C
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posted 04-29-2014 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yikes, glad I'm done collecting Buzz stuff.

Now I know that Buzz can charge whatever he likes but usually a seller has to be able to justify differences to the customer to persuade them to buy. I can't see how signing a "large item" like a 16x20 print possibly justifies a higher fee. If anything it would be easier to sign. And beta cloth seems to appear twice on that list at different prices.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-29-2014 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is perhaps incorrect to assume that Aldrin (or any of the astronauts signing at Spacefest) are trying to persuade anyone to buy their autographs — or that any persuasion is even necessary.

moonnut
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posted 04-29-2014 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonnut   Click Here to Email moonnut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I highly respect what Mr. Aldrin has done for mankind and continues to do. He truly is a beacon for space exploration. I guess i just have a bad taste with the outrageous prices.

How can there be justification for signing his books FREE at several signings, yet charging $300 at Spacefest?

Mr. Aldrin put on a great presentation in St. Paul, that is until he made a plug for a video game that bears his name. I was kinda like, "where did that come from?"

mode1charlie
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posted 04-30-2014 01:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too have only positive comments about Dr. Aldrin's continuing contributions to space, and he certainly can charge whatever he likes, but that's well out of my price range - and I'm no cheapskate.

JasonB
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posted 04-30-2014 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope that Aldrin attends the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's autograph show in November. If he does I'll enthusiastically pay $900 to get my item signed the way I want.

cycleroadie
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posted 04-30-2014 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have nothing but respect for the man, but Buzz is now officially out of control with his prices. He has always been high, but in my opinion this is ridiculous. I have one book signed by him and that looks like it will be all I ever have. $1,000 to sign something that Collins has also signed is the straw that broke the camel's back to me. Best wishes Buzz, but you won't be seeing any of my hard earned dollars.

jtheoret
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posted 04-30-2014 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While Aldrin's signing fee is unfortunately too steep for me (especially given he doesn't seem to interact much these days), the increases in his prices over the years has been consistent with other Apollo era astronauts.

Bean is three or four times higher than in 2006-2007 (2006 was $50 now $200), so are Cernan ($100 now $300) and Mitchell (was $40 or $50, now $150). Aldrin was $150 or $175 in 06 and 07, now he is $600, so he is about four times higher as well. Probably the best prices over that period are for Scott, who only went from $150 to $250.

I have been fortunate to have Buzz sign several books for free in person as well as several free signed photos (one through the mail in the 80s and several in person) over the years, and been lucky enough to have several good conversations with him.

The real difference for me is not the price, but the attention to whom he is signing for. Not everyone can be as friendly as Bean, but I can see people being disappointed if they pay those kinds of prices and they are not even acknowledged or Buzz is looking at his phone the whole time.

I've been lucky in and grateful for my encounters with him in the past, but unfortunately I stopped trying to have any the last few years.

David C
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posted 04-30-2014 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jtheoret:
Not everyone can be as friendly as Bean, but I can see people being disappointed if they pay those kinds of prices and they are not even acknowledged or Buzz is looking at his phone the whole time.

Seen that and it's just plain rude. I wouldn't expect that behavior from someone charging me a few bucks at a checkout never mind what Buzz is being paid.

On the persuasion side Robert I meant persuading customers to hand over the extra $100 for a "large item" and not just going for the base fee.

JasonIUP
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posted 04-30-2014 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, I need him on a few things. I don't look forward to the interaction, and can't wait to be done with him and his fees. I just want everything done...

DChudwin
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posted 04-30-2014 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would rather have him signing, even at these stiff fees, than not signing at all, like Bill Anders.

I was fortunate to get his signature on my "must" pieces a few years ago when his fee was $100. No one is forcing anyone to pay his price, but at least there is the opportunity if it is essential.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-30-2014 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by David C:
I meant persuading customers to hand over the extra $100 for a "large item" and not just going for the base fee.
Again, you're assuming there's a desire for anyone to do that. Just because a fee exists doesn't mean there's a desire for anyone to pay it.

I don't speak for Aldrin, but I get the impression that he signs autographs because he is being asked to sign autographs. If no one asked, he might just as soon not.

The thing is, people continue to ask, regardless the fees or the expectations for how he should react to such requests.

Chariot412
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posted 04-30-2014 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it."
— Publilius Syrus, Roman Writer (~100 BC)

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posted 04-30-2014 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not going to criticize Buzz for being aloof. He's lived a highly unusual life and it would probably be a good thing to hop a mile in his moon boots.

It is unfortunate that the price for his signature is roughly half my mortgage.

JasonB
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posted 05-16-2014 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have experience sending something to the c/o Assante address listed on here? Just wondering as I'd like to have a backup in case he's not at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's show this year.

I'm not mailing that amount of money to an untested address though so wanted to see if anyone had a success with it. I've got an email into his website so maybe they can answer.


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