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set
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posted 03-23-2009 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for set   Click Here to Email set     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am planning to attend an upcoming event honoring Adm. Mattingly. Any experiences or advice regarding his willingness to sign and/or pose for a photo? I only have one item to ask him to sign.

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posted 03-24-2009 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I met him a few years ago at an Astronaut Scholarship Foundation gala and he seemed to really enjoy it. He grinned from ear to ear all night.

Before and after the dinner Mattingly shook hands, signed autographs and posed for photos too.

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posted 03-24-2009 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpd201     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too met Mattingly at the ASF a few years ago and he was happy to pose for a few pictures with me and my kids and signed a few things for us. Very nice man.

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posted 03-26-2009 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for set   Click Here to Email set     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wanted to follow up on my message. Today, my wife and I drove down to Auburn University to see the NASA Ambassador of Space Exploration Award Presented to Adm. Mattingly. The award consisted of a lucite encased moon rock from the A16 mission that was "allocated" to Adm. Mattingly to give to the educational institution or museum of his choice. He chose the Aerospace Engineering School at his alma mater, Auburn.

The ceremony was very nice - the dean spoke, as did Christopher Scolese, the acting NASA Administrator, and then Adm. Mattingly. Then there was a lecture on the past and future of space exploration given by Scolese and Mattingly, followed by a "meet and greet".

It was a very well done ceremony, and the lecture was interesting as well. I had never before met Adm. Mattingly, and I came away very impressed. He was charming, talkative, funny, basically everything you could ask for. He talked with my wife and me for 10 minutes at the meet and greet, and was great about photos and signing items. He completed for me my Apollo 16 mission emblem crew-signed beta cloth (thanks to Kim Poor for advice on the proper writing instrument).

A fantastic day and a great experience.

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posted 03-26-2009 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It sounds like it was a great experience. Congratulations!

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posted 01-09-2010 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sixturners   Click Here to Email sixturners     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody out there have advice on how I can complete the attached photo? I've been working on this a long time and I only need Cpt. Mattingly's signature to complete.

Any help would be appreciated.

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posted 01-10-2010 05:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ha, I have the same dilemma, except I need Engle as well!

steelhead fly fishing
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posted 07-07-2011 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steelhead fly fishing   Click Here to Email steelhead fly fishing     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any update or suggestions on getting Adm. Mattingly's autograph on a a multi-signed item? I would love to meet him in person as well as get his autograph. It seems he has been tougher to locate recently.

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posted 07-11-2011 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to get Ken Mattingly to sign two outstanding Apollo 16 space covers for my collection. Is anybody of you able to help me?

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posted 07-20-2011 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steelhead fly fishing   Click Here to Email steelhead fly fishing     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems from the lack of replies on this topic that Adm. Mattingly is moving to the Schmitt and Anders category of being harder autographs to obtain as time goes on.

It seems there are plenty of items signed in the past but anything from this point forward will be a challenge. Any updates, advice, or words of wisdom are appreciated.

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posted 07-20-2011 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All I can say is that you have to catch him in person, and that in person he signs freely and gladly. He was hanging around the National Air and Space Museum galleries and signing autographs the day of the Apollo 13 anniversary discussion in which he took part later that evening. I'm kicking myself that I missed him that day!

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posted 03-02-2012 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steelhead fly fishing   Click Here to Email steelhead fly fishing     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ilbasso:
All I can say is that you have to catch him in person, and that in person he signs freely and gladly.
The advice from this post really paid off.

Today, I added Adm. Mattingly to my over-sized 20x24 Apollo 8 multi0-signed earthrise. I now have 14 Apollo astronauts that went to the moon.

He was very gracious and accommodating after a presentation he gave. I didn't attend the event but was in town on business. I was lucky enough to wait and see him post speech.

He had been on my list for awhile. This is also my best bargain as he added his mission. It's true, if you can catch him in person he signs freely.

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posted 03-03-2012 02:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's really a shame he doesn't see the upside of doing a through-the-mail signing (for charity, say) for those who have no way of meeting him in person.

His current system of signing in person only is generous but open to severe abuse by those that can trail around after him getting signatures on items to then sell-on for significant sums (not talking about any of the above people in this respect obviously).

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posted 03-04-2012 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know where he might have a schedule posted? I know we have the sightings posts here but ...any other help would be appreciated.

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posted 03-04-2012 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When public appearances are known, they appear on Mattingly's Sightings page.

The event Jeff (steelhead fly fishing) attended was listed on Sightings.

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posted 06-29-2012 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not more deserving of Ken Mattingly's autograph than any other collector, but I have to ask if anyone by any chance has an "in" with him that would help me get an autograph request to him. Mailing it to him would be nice, but I'd be willing to travel pretty far to an event where he'll be appearing (since he's usually kind enough to sign in person) or just to meet him if he's traveling near Virginia.

You see, I have a postal cover with a shuttle cachet signed by quite a few astronauts.

If Mattingly were to sign it (along with Hank Hartsfield, who signs pretty regularly), this item would have the complete crews of the ALT flights and STS-1 through STS-4. Then, if just four more signed it, it would have the commanders of every mission all the way through STS-20 and it would be the centerpiece of my shuttle astronauts collection. (But I won't try to achieve that until it has Mattingly.)

I know that when he does sign in person, he does so for free, but I would be willing to make a contribution to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation in his name if he were to sign this for me. I have another item I would also like him to sign, but this cover is the more important one.

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone can e-mail me with useful information.

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posted 12-12-2012 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken Mattingly will be appearing at the Udvar-Hazy on Feb. 1, 2013, and so I'd really like to get two items signed, if anyone here will be attending his 8pm speech [see Sightings].

I already pestered one cS'er who will be going but already has their share of items. If you can help out, please let me know. Thanks in advance!

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posted 12-12-2012 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jemmy   Click Here to Email jemmy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don’t want to get a steam train rolling here but I too would greatly appreciate if somebody could help me out on getting a photo signed by Mattingly during his visit to the Udvar-Hazy on Feb. 1. If anybody would be be able to help on my request, I would gladly add towards the admission or the dinner opportunity.

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posted 12-14-2012 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am thinking of going to the Udvar-Hazy lecture and I'm trying to find some good pics to download to try to get Mattingly to sign. I'm looking for a good high res photo of him during his trans-Earth EVA, but for some reason the Project Apollo Image Gallery doesn't have any. Anyone know where to find these? Also, are there any good pics of the CM/SM taken on Apollo 16? The ones on the Apollo Image Gallery aren't that good. Are there any as good (or nearly so) as the ones taken during station keeping on Apollo 17?

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posted 12-15-2012 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benfairfax   Click Here to Email benfairfax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try get a WSS litho, they are worth $$$

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posted 12-15-2012 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know there are hundreds of us that would like an autograph but I'm going to put my request in for what its worth. If anyone could help me I will pay well for the effort. Contact me off list if you are interested. Thanks!!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-15-2012 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps I am missing where it is mentioned, but before everyone asks for autographs, is there confirmation Mattingly will be signing? The event page on the museum's website does not mention autographs...

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posted 12-15-2012 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It doesn't say but he seems to be happy to sign in person, so we can hope...

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posted 12-16-2012 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Keep in mind that if you are planning on attending, that this is an Air and Space Society event, so you have to be a member to attend. Also, keep in mind re: autographs, John Glenn is always a willing signer, also, but at his yearly event at NASM they don't have him openly sign, but he does sign a few if you are in the right place, as they are trying to push him to the parking garage (and last year he did not sign on the way to the parking garage).

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posted 12-17-2012 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not to dash anyone's hopes but myself and a few other collectors attended a presentation by TK in Detroit this past spring. After he spoke he was kind enough to pose for photos with us but passed on signing any items that we had brought. One of my friends did catch him in the hotel lobby the previous evening and he did sign one item for him. So it appears that he might not be signing in public if he is approached my more than one or two people.

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posted 02-02-2013 07:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got to the reception late last night.

I found Mattingly, and saw him signing something. The guy who he signed for talked to him for about five minutes while myself and someone else waited for him to finish. I had a photo out, and one of the staff told me (something along the lines of) there has been a request for no autographs tonight. She said the one he just signed was a special request. A minute or two later, he finished up with first guy, and the second guy got a picture with him. Then I did, although he was starting to walk away. I asked him to sign my photo, which he didn't even look at. He said he had to go, and kept walking to the IMAX theatre. So, yes, he planned on leaving, but this was at 7:30; the presentation started at 8. It seems that they didn't want people to see him sign more so than it was his personal policy to not do it.

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posted 02-02-2014 03:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have two special Apollo 16 covers signed by John Young and Charlie Duke. For completion I would allow up to as much as $500 each. Does anybody of you have an idea how to collect Ken Mattingly's signature?

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posted 02-02-2014 03:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For that amount of money I would grab a lecture ticket for the Ken Mattingly lecture in Pontefract, book a cheap flight ticket to London/Manchester (though I appreciate that Salzburg is not as well connected as Vienna) and get at least one signed in person.

Yes, it will probably cost more but you will have at least heard and met the man personally.

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posted 02-02-2014 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul, thank you very much for this proposal. I was not aware of this Ken Mattingly lecture. Unfortunately lecture and dinner combi tickets which would allow two signatures are already sold out.

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Buy two lecture tickets and that entitles you to two autographs. I am sure you could find somebody to fill the second seat and in return for a free lecture get your second item signed. Just an idea.

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posted 02-03-2014 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I already booked my flight to Manchester as well as ticket for Ken Mattingly's lecture. See you in Pontefract!

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posted 02-21-2014 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lev M   Click Here to Email Lev M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If somebody wants my Apollo 16 / Ken Mattingly collage for signing, please let me know. More Apollo collages can be found here.

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posted 04-13-2014 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I enjoyed Ken Mattingl's speech at Pontefract very much. With the aid of a now-friend Ken Mattingly signed both my special Apollo 16 covers. Without cS I had not heard about this great event. Thank you for your support!

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posted 04-22-2014 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is one of my two covers:

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