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From: Franklin, TN
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posted 04-26-2010 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtate30512   Click Here to Email jtate30512     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have any recent responses from Scott Carpenter?

I have a copy of "We Seven" signed by Schirra and Glenn that I'd like to add Carpenter to, but I'm reluctant to send without any confirmation.


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posted 08-13-2010 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bthumble   Click Here to Email bthumble     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Mr. Carpenter's website he no longer accepts autograph requests through the mail. What should I do if I would like to add his autograph to an existing photo with other astronaut autographs? I believe he is going to be at the November Astronaut Scholarship Foundation event, but I am unable to attend due to my work schedule.

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posted 08-14-2010 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As his website suggests, contact
If you have something special of your own that you may like me to sign, I would also suggest contacting Farthest Reaches. They will contact me and we will see if we can come to some mutual arrangement.


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posted 10-18-2011 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RockyMnWay   Click Here to Email RockyMnWay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a copy of "We Seven" signed by John Glenn that I would like to have signed by Scott Carpenter. I know he no longer accepts requests through the mail and I have lost contact with Farthest Reaches (I'm sure Steve has been extremely busy to say the least).

Any ideas or suggestions on how to get his signature (and maybe "Aurora 7") added to my book? Thanks in advance for your replies. I live in Denver and he lives in Vail. So close, yet so far...


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posted 10-18-2011 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He'll be signing at the ASF show in November. Do you know anyone who is going? It'll cost you $100 for his autograph, but I'm sure it will be worth it! Check the ASF thread here in the Autograph Shows & Signings section.


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posted 10-19-2011 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RockyMnWay   Click Here to Email RockyMnWay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you. I do not know anyone that is going. I am relatively new to cS. I'll check out the thread.


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posted 04-02-2012 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anybody had a recent success Scott Carpenter? I know a few people who have gotten him through the mail and for free, so just wondering if I should include a fee or not because I heard he charges.

Editor's note: Threads merged.

Dave Clow

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posted 04-02-2012 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might try contacting Steve Hankow at Farthest Reaches. If you can get to an in-person signing, though, it's something you won't forget. Carpenter is one of the most gracious gentlemen you could hope to meet.


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posted 04-02-2012 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Dave Clow:
...Carpenter is one of the most gracious gentlemen you could hope to meet.

I agree with Dave wholeheartedly.

From his web site: "I am no longer accepting autograph requests through the mail but invite you to catch me at one of my in person signing appearances."


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posted 04-02-2012 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Carpenter will also be at Spacefest


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posted 10-10-2013 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sadly, it looks like people are already trying to cash in on Carpenter's passing on eBay, including a former autograph show promoter.

For anyone who missed their chance to get Carpenter's signature while he was alive, my advice is to just cool your heels and wait. Don't buy from the ghouls who are looking to profit from another man's misfortune. Carpenter's signature won't likely rise much in value over time, as he signed A LOT of items.


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posted 10-11-2013 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I noticed that within a few minutes of the announcement, stuff started appearing on eBay and other items already there suddenly jumped in price. I think (hope) they will be disappointed in no sales.


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posted 10-11-2013 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just to further illustrate what a great man Commander Carpenter was, I have an odd picture of Scott and me at ASF last year holding a pair of cufflinks. Here's why:

I'm at a table with a couple of astronauts and Scott Carpenter at the reception last year. I decide to break the ice with a quick story about my dad and an exploding cigar. One looks amused, another laughs, but Carpenter cracks up!

Right then I know I've found a friend and I get an idea; I've got a cheap pair of NASA cufflinks I picked up that day and I hand 'em to Cmdr. Carpenter and say "Here I'm giving my cufflinks to you." He says "What for?" and I reply "So you can give 'em back to me and I can tell all my pilot buddies Scott Carpenter gave me these!"

He thinks it's a grand idea, but says they won't believe it without a picture and unfortunately my phone is dead. So, Scott says "bring 'em by tomorrow and we'll stage the whole thing!"

Well now there's the picture proof and that's how I got my fine NASA cufflinks from my very close personal friend (for one brief evening) Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter. He was the best.

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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posted 10-11-2013 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Waaaay back, more than 20 years ago (late '80s/early '90s), Carpenter was at a science-fiction convention. I don't remember the name or the place, but most likely it was a Creation con (they and Dreamwerks were the two name cons), most likely New York City, and if the latter, most likely the Hotel Penta, across from Penn Station (whatever the Hotel Pennsylvania was called then.)

I do know it was NOT I-Con at SUNY-Stony Brook. I do know that Carpenter did not have photos for signing, but if we wanted to, we could pay $20(!) to some company and would get an autographed photo. After what seemed a looonnng time, and much pestering from me - hey, $20 was a lot of money back then - I finally got my autographed photo, which I still have. But I don't have the receipt - who would have thought to keep such things 20 years ago? Not to mention all the moves I've made since then.

That company may also have been selling replica powder-blue NASA flight suits, the same color as the Challenger era flightsuits. If I recall correctly, the company that made the suits was Command Wear.

If anyone was at that con, or knows Carpenter's schedule at that time, I'd like to hear more about it. I don't remember the guests at the con (most likely Star Trek), nor do I recall if Carpenter made any kind of presentation or was there just signing autographs.


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posted 10-11-2013 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by fredtrav:
I noticed that within a few minutes of the announcement, stuff started appearing on eBay and other items already there suddenly jumped in price.
I had a signed copy of his book on eBay (which had been there for several weeks) which I pulled from auction immediately upon hearing the news.

While I've sold autographs for a good number of years, I always made it a practice to pull from sale autographs of anyone who has departed out of respect for them and their loved ones (in this case, I had learned Carpenter had a stroke just hours before I learned he died).

I would agree that attempting to "cash in" at such a time is not only unseemly, but practically speaking, memorabilia from astronauts who have been signing for five decades isn't going to be any less available or any more valuable months from now. This is just my general observation, especially as all the pioneering astronauts are well into their 80s or older, and we are fortunate to still have so many of them with us and should enjoy the wonderful opportunities so many of us have had and will have at ASF or Spacefest to meet with these gentlemen.

In any event, now is an opportunity to reflect on Carpenter's life and share memories of experiences we may had had with him - not to try and capitalize one way or the other.


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posted 10-11-2013 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jeremy, a very thoughtful and nice post.

It's always a bit off-putting to watch signed memorabilia from recently-deceased celebrities of any stripe flood onto eBay the moment their death hits the newswire. Obviously, lots of death profiteering and hoarding characterizes the autograph world, but I agree that it's something we don't want to encourage — especially not within this community. Thanks again. — Kevin

Joel Katzowitz

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posted 10-11-2013 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In 1989 I had the opportunity to design the original incarnation of the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. The six surviving Mercury astronauts were involved in the project through the Mercury Seven Foundation.

At some point during that time frame I sent an 8x10 photo of Carpenter to him asking for his signature. A few days later, this was 1989-no voicemail, I got a note on my desk saying Scott Carpenter had called and wanted me to call him back. Of course, I figured it was my buddies at the office having some fun with me, but I called the number and to my surprise he answered the phone. He told me he really liked the photo I had sent but had never seen it before. Then he asked if I could get my hands on the negative because he wanted it to be his "go to" autograph photo. I had a copy neg made and sent it along to him. What a thrill.

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