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schnappsicle
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posted 10-07-2013 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.

ea757grrl
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posted 10-07-2013 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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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!

neo1022
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posted 10-07-2013 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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!)

jamato99
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posted 10-09-2013 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jamato99   Click Here to Email jamato99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow!!! Now THAT'S a cool story!!!

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!


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