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From: Marion, Iowa, US
Registered: Jul 2019

posted 01-13-2020 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for goose77   Click Here to Email goose77     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What are your feelings about items where an astronaut has signed only their first name? Two scenarios prompt my question.

A while back, I ordered an autographed Apollo 7 patch from Walt Cunningham's site. I sent a follow-up email and was pleasantly surprised to receive a personal reply from Walt a few hours later. When the patch came, the envelope also contained a printout of our email exchange with "Thank you" written and then "Walt" signed boldly across the top. The patch Walt had made is gorgeous, and Walt's full signature is clear on the back, but I also find myself really appreciating the personal touch Walt put on the paper he included. For now, I have it stored in an archival mylar sleeve, but I'm tempted to incorporate it into some sort of display.

The other scenario I'm thinking of is one I've seen a few times for sale online - presentations from one or more astronauts to a close colleague where they have signed only their first name(s).


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From: London UK
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posted 01-14-2020 03:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a very similar experience with Walt Cunningham too. I purchased one of his Apollo 7 flown flags a little while ago but due to his personal commitments at the time, the flag was delayed in being shipped to me. When it did arrive there was a nice hand written note inside apologising for the delay and signed "Walt".

I have mounted this on the reverse of the flags frame along with the certificate of authenticity. It's a great personal touch and very much appreciated by me.


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posted 01-14-2020 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a similar letter from Alan Bean. Like you, I really appreciate the personal touch.


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posted 01-14-2020 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a letter from Harrison Schmitt that he signed "Jack". I really treasure that letter. I also have letters from Don Lind signed 'Don', and a copy of "The Way of Water" signed 'Story'.


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From: Belgium
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posted 01-15-2020 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a litho of Dick Scobee, only signed with "Dick."

Mike Dixon

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From: Kew, Victoria, Australia
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posted 01-15-2020 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike McCulley had the habit of signing just "Mike" on the STS-34 litho.


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posted 01-15-2020 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
'Hoot' Gibson and Story Musgrave both have been known to sign with their first names as well.

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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posted 01-15-2020 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure if he was in a hurry or what, but I met Leland Melvin at a Philadelphia school in 2003 or so. He signed my book with first and last name, but the litho with just his first! (Didn't matter to me, it was just amusing. And I still have that litho.)


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posted 01-15-2020 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a campaign thank you letter dated November 3, 1982 signed by Jack Swigert with just his first name. I got it cheap as a placeholder for my collection until I could find a full name Swigert that I could afford. Now, I think it's a pretty cool momento to have in my collection.

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