Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Autographs
  Signing history and experience: Gene Cernan (Page 1)

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search


This topic is 2 pages long:   1  2 
next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Signing history and experience: Gene Cernan
bthumble
Member

Posts: 159
From: Houston, Texas USA
Registered: Nov 2007

posted 07-17-2009 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bthumble   Click Here to Email bthumble     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a copy of Gene Cernan's book and would like to get it autographed. I see the address posted at this site for his book only. Does he charge just to autograph the book? Also, should I include a return envelope/box with postage, or include money for return postage?

mjanovec
Member

Posts: 3635
From: Midwest, USA
Registered: Jul 2005

posted 07-17-2009 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Presumably, Cernan now charges to sign his book...as that has been the case for his last few signings. See the posted fees at Novaspace for his upcoming signing. He may make the occasional exception, but one should assume that he is now charging.

Regardless, whenever sending any books to their authors for signing, you should ALWAYS include both return packaging (that is easy to use and easy to re-seal) and return postage. Postage for shipping books is not cheap and one should never assume that the astronaut/author is willing to pick up the tab for shipping.

jiffyq58
Member

Posts: 170
From: Durham, NC, USA
Registered: Jun 2011

posted 07-09-2011 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the cS page that lists astronauts who still sign through the mail, Gene Cernan is listed as being willing to sign one copy of his book for anyone who sends it to him. No fee is mentioned. Does he actually do this for free, given that he charges for signing anything else? Does anyone have any experience with doing this?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

Spacefest
Member

Posts: 1123
From: Tucson, AZ USA
Registered: Jan 2009

posted 07-09-2011 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same price. $175+SASE

JasonB
Member

Posts: 795
From:
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 07-09-2011 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does Cernan sign items you mail to him for a fee besides his book?

jiffyq58
Member

Posts: 170
From: Durham, NC, USA
Registered: Jun 2011

posted 07-10-2011 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The reason I asked is because this page on cS tells who still signs through the mail, and gives fees for those who do (and tells that John Glenn still signs for free). But when it lists Gene, it only says that he will sign one copy of his book for you, but doesn't list a fee. I figured that he does require a fee, but just wanted to clarify.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 30220
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 07-10-2011 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The information on that page as it pertains to Capt. Cernan was provided to us by his assistant, albeit quite some time ago. We haven't heard any reports to the contrary until Kim's reply to this thread. I've written Cernan's office to clarify and to apologize if outdated information has been put forth inadvertently.

dogcrew5369
Member

Posts: 612
From: Statesville, NC
Registered: Mar 2009

posted 07-10-2011 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent him a copy of his book several years ago and got it back in fairly short order for no fee. Was inscribed nicely to me with a short sentence concerning his Apollo 17 mission. Of course this was several years ago and could have changed.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 30220
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 07-19-2011 10:43 AM     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 Robert Pearlman:
I've written Cernan's office to clarify...
I have heard back from Cernan's assistant and the information we have remains correct.
Captain Cernan will sign anyone's book at no charge providing they send us a way to return the book to them. The P.O. address is correct.
All other autograph requests should continue to be directed through Novaspace Galleries (Astronaut Central).

JasonB
Member

Posts: 795
From:
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 07-19-2011 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well that's good to know about his book. I had no idea that Novaspace handles autograph requests for Cernan though. If this is the case maybe Novaspace could give me the particulars when it comes to cost and shipping and such? Thanks.

MrSpace86
Member

Posts: 1427
From: Gardner, KS, USA
Registered: Feb 2003

posted 07-19-2011 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Novaspace holds signings for Gene Cernan every now and then. I participated in a Cernan signing for Novaspace a few years ago and it was amazing. I recommend being a part of their signings!

As for the book, I sent my copy of "The Last Man on the Moon" about a decade ago and Cernan put a very nice inscription in my book. Of course, send a very nice letter and an SASE and you should be ok.

Tykeanaut
Member

Posts: 1851
From: Worcestershire, England, UK.
Registered: Apr 2008

posted 07-19-2011 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's good news! Sorry to be dumb but how could I send my book from the UK and ensure return postage is included? Is there such a thing as US pre-pay or something I wonder?

Rick Mulheirn
Member

Posts: 2729
From: England
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 07-19-2011 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For what it's worth Chris, if I send something to the states that requires mailing back I usually get the package weighed and the postage cost confirmed, then go to my local travel agent and get double that amount in US dollars for inclusion in the package.

crash
Member

Posts: 227
From: West Sussex, England
Registered: Jan 2011

posted 07-19-2011 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did you know that, just like the Royal Mail, you can pre-pay and print out postage labels for the US Postal Service?

Take your book, weigh it with all packaging, get a price, print and stick. I always add a little bit of weight just in case my scale is out or any other error on my part.

Hope this is of some help.

Tykeanaut
Member

Posts: 1851
From: Worcestershire, England, UK.
Registered: Apr 2008

posted 07-20-2011 05:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that Rick and Paul.

JasonB
Member

Posts: 795
From:
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 07-20-2011 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was hoping to be able to mail something in with payment and get it signed without waiting for the next private signing (which could be never). I don't think they've done one with him in at least two years. It would be nice to be able to simply send something in to get signed whenever I have the money like Bean and others do.

Tykeanaut
Member

Posts: 1851
From: Worcestershire, England, UK.
Registered: Apr 2008

posted 07-20-2011 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well he very kindly signs his book for free apparently. I'm sure if you contacted his office to send another item in with payment they may be able to accommodate your request?

On edit: Sorry, just to clarify I am referring to both a signing fee and postage in this instance.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 30220
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 07-20-2011 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cernan's assistant was clear; the P.O. Box is to be used for book requests only. All other autographs requests should be directed to Novaspace Galleries.

capoetc
Member

Posts: 1780
From: Newnan GA (USA)
Registered: Aug 2005

posted 07-21-2011 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JasonB:
I was hoping to be able to mail something in with payment and get it signed without waiting for the next private signing (which could be never)...
Cernan is scheduled to be at the ASF show in November. If you want something signed, I or someone else attending the show can hook you up no problem.

JasonB
Member

Posts: 795
From:
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 07-21-2011 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I appreciate the offer and I may take you up on that if your still willing to do it then and I have the money. I just wish a lot more astronauts would be willing to take through the mail payments and requests. It would make things a lot easier for me and probably for them in extra money without a lot of travel. But I do appreciate the offer. Thanks

jiffyq58
Member

Posts: 170
From: Durham, NC, USA
Registered: Jun 2011

posted 08-05-2011 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent Gene a copy of his book 9 days ago, and it was returned in today's mail, inscribed and signed to my son exactly as I requested. That is some fast turnaround! Thanks, Gene!

Paul23
Member

Posts: 816
From: South East, UK
Registered: Apr 2008

posted 08-05-2011 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul23   Click Here to Email Paul23     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Am I reading this correctly, will he sign copies of his book for free through the mail or is there a cost involved?

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 30220
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 08-05-2011 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is no cost though you must include appropriate packaging, self-addressed and postmarked, for its return. I believe it is intended as a one per person (per lifetime) offer.

Spacefest
Member

Posts: 1123
From: Tucson, AZ USA
Registered: Jan 2009

posted 08-05-2011 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rob is correct. Gene will sign one copy of his book TTM for free. However, at autograph shows it is treated as 'just' another autograph at regular price. Most astronaut-authors will sign for free only if their book still in print.

PeterO
Member

Posts: 245
From: Rochester, NH
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 08-20-2011 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent my copy, which was returned in less than two weeks with a nice inscription. He must have signed it just before he went to Afghanistan with Armstrong and Lovell.

Tykeanaut
Member

Posts: 1851
From: Worcestershire, England, UK.
Registered: Apr 2008

posted 09-07-2011 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I've gone for it and sent Gene Cernan my copy of his book, a letter, self-addressed jiffy bag and some dollars to cover return postage. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

jiffyq58
Member

Posts: 170
From: Durham, NC, USA
Registered: Jun 2011

posted 09-07-2011 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You should have no trouble. I got my copy back in 9 days, and a friend here got hers back in 9 days also. Given that your book will have to travel across the Atlantic twice, you might want to double that amount of time, or maybe give it slightly more than that. But I would be surprised if it takes more than three weeks.

Tykeanaut
Member

Posts: 1851
From: Worcestershire, England, UK.
Registered: Apr 2008

posted 10-14-2011 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh joy! It was like a childhood Christmas all over again this morning when my signed and personalized book returned from Gene Cernan. Wonderful, thanks very much for the heads-up on here about book signings.

Beau08
Member

Posts: 157
From: Peoria, AZ United States
Registered: Aug 2011

posted 11-13-2011 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Beau08   Click Here to Email Beau08     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It says on this site that you can send Gene Cernan's book to him to sign. Does he charge for this? And if "no" then is it going to be a bookplate?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

Tykeanaut
Member

Posts: 1851
From: Worcestershire, England, UK.
Registered: Apr 2008

posted 11-13-2011 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted above, I recently received my signed book back from Gene Cernan. He does not charge for his book, however I did enclose $20 in cash to cover postage, an addressed jiffy packet and covering letter. The book was flat signed and very nicely inscribed.

COR482932
Member

Posts: 113
From: Cork, Ireland
Registered: Mar 2012

posted 03-25-2012 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know a lot of people who have autographs from Gene Cernan. A lot of sites say that he only signs his book. Can anyone tell me if this is true and if so, what address can I send to?

Help greatly appreciated!!

Editor's note: Threads merged.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 30220
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 03-25-2012 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Through the mail, he only signs his book. The address can be found here.

Otherwise, he is only available through commercial custom signings and autograph show appearances (for a fee).

ilbasso
Member

Posts: 1501
From: Greensboro, NC USA
Registered: Feb 2006

posted 03-25-2012 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cernan will be at Spacefest IV in a couple of months. See the Spacefest IV thread on under Autograph Shows and Signings to see how you might send something to have signed there.

cycleroadie
Member

Posts: 317
From: Apalachin, NY USA
Registered: May 2011

posted 04-02-2012 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got back my copy of The Last Man on the Moon from Captain Cernan, nicely inscribed and signed. Just included another envelope, all addressed with postage on it for him to return it to me in.

Mr. Apollo 17
Member

Posts: 55
From: Ashland, OH USA
Registered: Feb 2012

posted 04-28-2012 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr. Apollo 17   Click Here to Email Mr. Apollo 17     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my book back nicely personilized and signed after about 12 days. Captain Cernan has always been my favorite astronaut and I felt very proud and honored to hold something that he held and signed.

mikelynaugh
Member

Posts: 25
From: Akron, OH, USA
Registered: Mar 2012

posted 05-29-2012 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikelynaugh   Click Here to Email mikelynaugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted to share my recent, very happy, experience with having a copy of Gene Cernan's memoirs signed. I have never sent away asking for autographs before, however I found the information on this site and thought I would try to get some of my memorabilia signed by some of my childhood heroes.

On Thursday, May 17th I sent a letter to Captain Cernan, along with a copy of his memoirs and a self addressed envelope.

I was very surprised this past Thursday (May 24th), just one week later when my copy of the memoirs were returned to me with the following inscription:

Wow! Thank you so much Captain Cernan, I never expected an inscription so nice, and I was shocked by the speed in which he returned it to me. What a first experience!

Fezman92
Member

Posts: 1030
From: New Jersey, USA
Registered: Mar 2010

posted 05-30-2012 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I was in Houston a few years ago I picked up his book and he already signed it. Would he add an inscription if I sent it out to him?

ilbasso
Member

Posts: 1501
From: Greensboro, NC USA
Registered: Feb 2006

posted 05-30-2012 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He will, but he will likely charge you for the inscription. Last time I saw him at an autograph show, he made a point - repeatedly - to the person ahead of me in line that he was getting tired of people trying to get him to add inscriptions for free to previously-signed items. He said he's glad to inscribe, but he will charge for it.

garymilgrom
Member

Posts: 1777
From: Atlanta, GA, USA
Registered: Feb 2007

posted 05-30-2012 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Captain Cernan is one of the friendliest people I've ever met.

I spotted him in a hotel lobby and asked if he would pose for a photo with me. He graciously stopped what he was doing and did so.

When I commented on how polite he was after he must have received many similar requests, he said "well you paid for the trip didn't you"?

A classy guy.

Tykeanaut
Member

Posts: 1851
From: Worcestershire, England, UK.
Registered: Apr 2008

posted 03-29-2013 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I already have an Apollo 10 postal cover and autobiography signed by Gene Cernan.

I am now trying to decide whether to have the NASA booklet "On the Moon with Apollo 17" or his iconic flag and rover photo signed?

Any thoughts?


This topic is 2 pages long:   1  2 

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2014 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement