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neo1022
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posted 02-17-2014 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wanted to post an update on Kraft's continued willingness to sign. I sent him a nice personalized letter last month, and within a week he had emailed me back with a message that I could send him a copy of "Flight" for his signature. I did so, and he mailed back a nicely signed and inscribed copy about a week later. Class act, and a very nice man!

MCroft04
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posted 02-17-2014 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent him the book to sign about 10 years ago and included a few facts about myself in the included letter. Not only did he sign the book, the inscription complimented me. Pretty neat!

Daniel Lazecky
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posted 02-21-2014 04:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Lazecky   Click Here to Email Daniel Lazecky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good day from Czech Republic. Yes, Kraft was a very kind person. Accommodating depreciate too. His contribution to my collection about 10 years ago back. Here you can also see.

astro-nut
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posted 02-22-2014 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wrote a letter to Chris Kraft back in the early 1980's and he responded back with a letter and autographed photo to me.

SpaceyInMN
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posted 02-24-2014 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been considering sending Mr. Kraft a photo and request for his autograph. If I do, I will post the results here, if I receive a response.

SpaceyInMN
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posted 03-20-2014 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received in the mail today two 8X10 photos nicely signed by Mr. Kraft. I had sent them on March 6. I'm thrilled to add these to my collection and appreciate Mr. Kraft's willingness to sign.

neo1022
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posted 03-26-2014 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did he sign the photos personalized or unpersonalized?

SpaceyInMN
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posted 03-27-2014 07:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He signed the photos unpersonalized. I'm not opposed to personalized signatures, as my collection is strictly for my own enjoyment and not for profit, but I never request a personalization when I send an item to be signed. I try to keep my requests as simple as possible to prevent any errors or to impose on the signer more than I already am by my autograph request.

neo1022
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posted 03-27-2014 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I understand. I was asking because many "free" signers insist on personalization in order to prevent the items from ending up on eBay as soon as they send them back! I've got a nice old NASA book with an essay by Kraft — I think I'll send it off to him for signing...

sprocketship
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posted 08-19-2014 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm interested in your thoughts on this one.

I sent a letter of inquiry to Mr. Kraft asking if he would be willing to sign 2 photos for me. I included a self addressed stamped postcard. On the postcard, I asked that he check or circle "yes"or "no".

What I got back was his autograph signed between the yes and no on the postcard.

Not exactly what I was expecting.

I'm not sure if I should just send him a pair of stills and see if he will sign them or if I should leave the man alone.

Your thoughts?

neo1022
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posted 08-19-2014 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As of earlier this year, he was signing (and was quite nice in all interactions). Didn't seem put-out at all by the requests, as long as postage was included...

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posted 08-21-2014 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please don't misunderstand me. I don't know if he was put off or not. I'm not trying to put words in his mouth.

I figured check Yes or No made sense. For all I know, he was busy, didn't even read the attached letter, saw there was a stamp on the postcard and signed it.

I just don't want to be a pest to Mr. Kraft by sending photos if he isn't receptive to them. Of course, the NASA enthusiast and collector in me wants to send them.

If I send them, the worst that can happen is that he sends them back unsigned or doesn't send them back at all...

Mike_The_First
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posted 10-30-2014 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent Kraft a copy of his book with a Priority Mail SASE a couple weeks ago, got it yesterday. Beautifully signed and inscribed on the dedication page in black Sharpie.

I need a little help making out the inscription. I'm handwriting challenged.

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Tykeanaut
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posted 10-30-2014 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like "Best regards to, then under his name NASA's first Flight Director(s)? And then two further names I can't make out unfortunately.

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posted 10-30-2014 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like you got a double signature!! I read this as
Best regards to Mike White,
Chris Kraft, NASA's first flight director
Chris Kraft - Red Flight
White Flight: Kranz
10/20/14
Very nice!

Mike_The_First
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posted 10-30-2014 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was thinking something like that too for the last line, but the second word doesn't look like his usual capital "F", compared to that in "First", "Flt", "Flight".

It looks to me (both in person and off the picture — sometimes one looks different than the other) like:

Best regards to Mike White
[Signature]
NASA's First Flt Director
[Signature]-Red Flight
[Illegible]
10/20/14
But I could be seriously wrong on that.

neo1022
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posted 10-30-2014 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Larry (lspooz) — hard to read, but I think he nailed it. Glad the book finally made it back to you!

Mike_The_First
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posted 10-30-2014 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by neo1022:
Glad the book finally made it back to you!
Me too. It's dated around when he would've received it, so he probably waited to take them to the PO until he had a few packages.

Gave me a few scares though; I really thought he didn't sign in at first flipping through. But it's really beautiful as is.

I didn't know what to expect when I requested the "First Flight Director" and "Red Flight" inscriptions, but he really went went above and beyond for me. I love it.

When it comes to historical autographs, I'm really starting to get into post-signature inscriptions, especially in books.

Skyguy48
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posted 11-02-2014 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyguy48   Click Here to Email Skyguy48     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lspooz:
Looks like you got a double signature!!
Yep. Well spotted that's what I got too.

Mike_The_First
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posted 05-11-2015 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addressing Chris Kraft, what is his title?

I've been assuming "Mr.", but is there something higher up that I should be using?

Buel
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posted 05-22-2015 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, very impressive signing. I have found Kraft incredibly kind when asked to sign items. What a man!

Personally, I would go with "Dr Kraft." Hope this helps.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-22-2015 08:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kraft did not earn a doctorate, and so "Dr. Kraft" would not be appropriate. NASA refers to him as Mr. Kraft.

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posted 08-05-2015 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tonight, I received a signed photo from Mr. Kraft after only having sent it out about two weeks ago.

That was very kind of him to do and in such a short amount of time, too.

Dooku1996
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posted 05-19-2017 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dooku1996   Click Here to Email Dooku1996     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend of mine sent a package to be autographed to Chris Kraft to his normal address and received it today with refused written on it. Has Mr. Kraft changed his autograph policy? My friend was hoping to get his book signed. Thanks!

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posted 05-19-2017 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know I have sent a larger than an envelope item to him in the past and they refused it due to them having to deal with it. Probably due to the post office not picking up packages like that anymore. I sent a letter asking if there was a way to get my item signed and got a very nice note from Mrs. Kraft explaining why they sent it back and that if I remailed it she'd keep an eye out for it. I did and got it back signed. I even offered to pay for the trouble but they declined money.

It may just be he doesn't sign anymore too though (hopefully not). He is 93 now.

SpaceyInMN
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posted 05-19-2017 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if I've ever actually seen any official signing policy from Mr. Kraft. He has been kind enough to sign items in the past, including a copy of his book that I sent him almost a year ago. I was actually going to send another copy to him this weekend to get signed to give to my brother for his 50th birthday in July, so I'll be curious to hear if others have likewise been refused recently.

He is 93 and has been very generous with signing in the past, so it would be understandable if he has chosen to stop doing so at this point. Out of curiosity, did your friend send return postage? I know when I sent him a book last year, I sent a priority mail box, a prepaid shipping label, and a roll of packing tape so that Mr. Kraft wouldn't incur any cost of his own to send the book back.

Dooku1996
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posted 05-19-2017 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dooku1996   Click Here to Email Dooku1996     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the responses guys! My friend did send a SASE with return postage. That's interesting though but it does make sense. Maybe my friend should just write a letter then asking him. I don't think it would hurt.

I absolutely concur though that if he is done signing, it wouldn't be for a lack of it. He signed a book for me two years ago. I know many have similar stories. I'll keep you updated on what happens.

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posted 05-19-2017 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silver   Click Here to Email Silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr. Kraft was kind enough to sign a copy of his book for me late last year by mail. However, I recently sent him a photo tube with an item to sign and it was returned unopened.

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