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Flying Dutchman
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posted 01-09-2009 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Flying Dutchman   Click Here to Email Flying Dutchman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was reading a little bit on the Internet, but am I right: does Dave Scott generously sign for NovaSpace at the Autographica shows? How is he in person? I believe I've read that he is not fond on autograph seekers. Is he willing to pose with you for photographs? Does he sign photos you bring?

machbusterman
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posted 01-09-2009 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The three times I've met him at shows (Autographica, Spacefest and the ASF show) he has been most accomodating and very friendly too.

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posted 01-09-2009 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have met Dave Scott on several occasions and he has always been quite accommodating posing for photos. He actually struck me as beinig quite friendly.

As for if he generously signs though, I think it is safe to say he will generously sign just about anything with some exceptions, or price differentials like baseballs or the Moonwalker print come to mind, as long as you're generous to the tune of roughly $150 or so per sig with him at these events.

astro-nut
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posted 01-09-2009 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the ASF show last November, Dave Scott was very polite and friendly. He signed all the photos just the way I wanted them signed and was very coridal about it. At the dinner the next night, I had the privilage of setting next to him and his wife and they are first class people all the way. He answered all the questions that the table guest had and he also was interested in what we did for a living as well. Being a former military man, myself, Dave and I had alot of good military talk. Dave Scott is a first class act all the way and whoever meets him will be pleased just as I was. Thank you.

Paul23
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posted 01-13-2009 03:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul23   Click Here to Email Paul23     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have to admit to being surprised by him. Before the Autographica show the organisers had said he wasn't doing a talk or a photo shoot and aside from personalisations and missions wasn't very keen on adding anything else to photographs. They also were nervous about asking him to do much more in case he just decided to not attend the show at all.

I kind of assumed this would mean he would be fairly stand-offish but in the end he came over as being quite pleasent on both occasions I have met him, happily posed for pictures and added inscriptions on pictures, though on the first occasion when he was busy he got a little bit frustrated with one guy who had a lot of items and wanted lengthy inscriptions on all of them. I think he still did them though.

I had a picture with him the second time I met him and he stood up for it rather than me having to lean over the table which always looks better. Overall I'd say he is pretty good to meet.

cddfspace
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posted 01-13-2009 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cddfspace   Click Here to Email cddfspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I met Colonel Scott at the autograph show in New Jersey. He had left his signing table early that day, but I ran into him at the dinner later that night. After speaking to him for about 10 minutes (he was very engaging), Dick Gordon came up and joined in the conversation. I had my 7 year old son with me at the time and they were both great to us. At the end of our conversation, Gordon was heading to his table, I asked for a picture of Scott with my son. He called Gordon back and said you can't take a good picture with out your backup. After this, he then asked if I wanted to jump into the photo and asked someone in attendance (neither of us knew) to take a picture of me, Gordon and Scott. A great time (and some great photos as well!).

BarryLowe
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posted 02-18-2010 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BarryLowe   Click Here to Email BarryLowe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking for inscription suggestions for David Scott for the upcoming Astronaut Central signing. Something besides the usual "Best Wishes".

Do any of you who have met him at previous signings have any ideas?

nasamad
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posted 02-18-2010 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If its a lunar shot, maybe he would be kind enough to write "Oh boy, what a view!" which were his words when he did the stand up EVA from the LEM.

ea757grrl
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posted 02-18-2010 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or maybe "Man must explore." A lovely quote, and a lovely sentiment.

AstroAutos
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posted 02-18-2010 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too would go with that quote.

However, when I met him at Autographica in September he politely refused my request for him to inscribe that (and instead wrote just the personalization and 'Apollo 15 CDR').

I was quite surprised since I was paying £95 for the signature,but hey what can you do. (And it doesn't bode well that he'd turn down a 16 year old like myself!)

An absolute gentleman to meet in person though, you'll thoroughly enjoy meeting him Barry!

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posted 02-18-2010 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave wants to save his famous quotes for his "nest egg." I surmise he'll sign (or has signed) a pile of photos with "A Fire to be Lighted" and "Man Must Explore" inscriptions to pass on to his daughter, Tracy.

mjanovec
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posted 02-19-2010 04:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He signed a "man must explore" inscription for me at one of the Aurora signings a few years ago... but he seems hesitant to sign any of his famous quotes anymore.

There was even a "no quotations" rule at the last Novaspace signing. And based on Kim's last posting, it sounds like that might be enforced again.

ilbasso
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posted 02-19-2010 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He added "Flights of the Falcon" to an Apollo 15 descent/ascent chart that I asked him to sign at Spacefest last year, but that wasn't a quote of his, just something I asked him to add. He was quite gracious in person - and he loves looking at the stuff we bring for him to sign.

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posted 02-19-2010 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I'm biased a bit but I'd have him sign "Guess what we just found... I think we found what we came for". The first large fragment of anorthosite, a key to unraveling the geology of the moon.

BarryLowe
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posted 02-22-2010 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BarryLowe   Click Here to Email BarryLowe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the great suggestions everyone. I guess I'll have to wait to see what the rules are before I'll know if I can use one of them.

SkyMan1958
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posted 06-14-2011 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got a Dave Scott signature at the recent Spacefest III convention. I was so taken by the picture that it was on (one of Moonpans big images) that I didn't really closely examine the signature until today. I was surprised to note that it was signed "Dave Scot".

I had also gotten a signature from Scott at the ASF November 2010 convention and I went back and checked that and it too was signed "Scot". I looked back at other signatures of his that I've bought over the years and they are all signed "Scott".

Does anyone know when Scott started signing items "Scot", or is it a hit or miss sort of thing? Thank you!

Editor's note: Threads merged.

SpaceAholic
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posted 06-14-2011 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The two items I had signed at Spacefest included both "T"s.

Tykeanaut
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posted 06-14-2011 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a similar signature in my copy of "Two Sides of the moon". The 'missing' T is there, but perhaps not crossed? I too sometimes do this with my own signature, sometimes indicating both ee's or trailing-off on the second one.

ilbasso
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posted 06-14-2011 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My latest one from Spacefest III looks almost like "Scots".

SpaceSteve
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posted 06-14-2011 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceSteve   Click Here to Email SpaceSteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The one I bought from Novaspace looks like "Dave Sott".

It's all just basic standard deviation in one's signature.

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posted 06-15-2011 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First off I'd like to mention that talking to/with Scott, both at Spacefest and the ASF 11/10 show, was enjoyable and informative and that he was quite pleasant. Anyhow, here are 3 examples of his signature. The first one is his Spacefest III signature, where it appears to me to be signed "Scot". I'm guessing the final line (that eventually becomes the cross to the T) in it's movement in a NW direction is supposed to be the 2nd T:

The second is his ASF 11/10 signature:

The third is an earlier signature of his that I own:

Rob Joyner
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posted 06-15-2011 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's all just variations of the way he crosses his Ts. The placement, angle and speed are things to consider. I have some that look like 'Scot', 'Scotz' and 'Scoit'.

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posted 06-15-2011 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Scotts all have 2 "t's". Try signing your name a hundred times and then compare them. If you got the autograph in person, consider it a gift!

scrpien
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posted 06-03-2012 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for scrpien   Click Here to Email scrpien     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any examples of Scott's printed name? Thanks.

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posted 06-05-2012 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Back in 1972, I mailed Dave Scott a standard 3x5 photo to his house and received my first astronaut autograph a few weeks later. Over the next year, I mailed him several more small photos and he signed them all. He has always been nothing but nice to me.

My favorite Dave Scott quote from the lunar surface was spoken a few minutes before he dropped the hammer and the feather. While aligning the antenna at 167:46:05MET Scott said: "Oh, Earth! Where are you?" I'm seriously thinking of asking him to put that on a photo the next time I see him.

I met him for the first time a year ago at Spacefest 3. I wanted him to sign a Gemini 8 "first docking in space" photo and he gladly obliged. He even added a few extra words. The only thing I didn't like is that he signed it tilting off the right side of the page. Believe it or not, I'm particular about things like that. This year, I took him the same exact picture and asked him to put the same thing on it only I showed him where to sign. When I handed him the photo, he said "I'm not a novelist." I wasn't asking him to write a novel, I was asking for 10 words. I wanted the wording to reflect the historical value of the photo. Instead of arguing with him, I merely told him how good he'd been to me in the past. While I was talking, he signed the photo just as I requested.

When he finished with that photo, I presented him with a Station 2 panorama from Apollo 15 that I had to piece together myself. I learned my lesson from the first photo and asked for very little on the panorama. He generously complied with my wishes on the second one without saying a word.

In spite of the experience, I'm not ready to drop him off my list yet. He actually taught me a valuable lesson. After I got Scott's autograph, I approached Cernan and asked him if he would sign an Apollo 10 photo with his quote following descent stage separation, and he said he would. After I brought him the photo, he asked if I was sure I wanted him to write that, and I told him I was very sure. He also complied.

Basically, I think the best thing to do if you want something besides just name and mission information, is to ask first. That way, if he hesitates or looks uncomfortable, you can always ask him what he likes, and between the two of you, you can come up with something that'll make both of you happy. I did that with Richard Gordon. It took us an hour to come up with the perfect line, but we finally did it.

You also have to remember that these guys are getting old. Its not easy for some of them to sit there all day write a lot. Everyone except Alan Bean likes to keep the inscriptions as short as possible. People like Aldrin discouraged me from asking for inscriptions with his huge signing fees.

So far, all the astronauts are more than willing to pose with me for a picture, even the ones I didn't get an autograph from. However, I think that might be changing. The trend nowadays is to charge for taking photos. It makes sense considering it takes up more of their time, but I've always felt that the price I pay for the autograph includes the entire experience, autograph, handshake, and photo, along with a question or two. Until then, I'll enjoy the free ride.

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