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chappy
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posted 01-16-2010 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if John Young has written books yet or anyone who are writing books about astronaut John Young? I would be very grateful for anyone who will help me out...

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Tyler
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posted 01-21-2010 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tyler   Click Here to Email Tyler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you're interested in a book solely devoted to John Young, only one juvenile biography fits that description. That book, written by Paul Westman in 1981 and intended for 9 to 12 year old children, is listed on Amazon.com. It's only 54 pages long.

Since no adult book length biography yet exists on Young, I am interested in hopefully writing a Ph.D. dissertation on his career in a few years.

Tyler
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posted 06-01-2010 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tyler   Click Here to Email Tyler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The memoir project with Dr. Hansen is still very much in progress. A publisher remains to be found and thus there is still no release date, but this book will almost certainly be released in the near future.

My dream remains to become a John Young scholar myself. I would still like to write a scholarly biography for my Auburn Ph.D. dissertation and then release it in book form. I'll just have to read the memoir first, and then figure out how much I could add to the study of his career. I hope someday both the memoir and a biography of my own will be on the market.

I have already written 65 pages about the man, on my own time as an Auburn graduate student. I have it saved as a Microsoft Word document and I would be more than happy to share it as an e-mail attachment if anybody is interested. I would also love to interview subjects close to him for a biography. On that note, I have a question: does anybody know if his first wife Barbara is still around?

hinkler
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posted 08-28-2011 03:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hinkler   Click Here to Email hinkler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any update on the John Young (Astronaut) autobiography?

Blackarrow
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posted 08-29-2011 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't hold your breath... But I hope I'm wrong.

328KF
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posted 08-29-2011 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since August 15, 2006, the beginning of this thread. Please can I let it out?

GoesTo11
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posted 08-29-2011 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd love to see this book come to market, if for no other reason than that John Young's sheer breadth of spaceflight experience isn't even approached by any other astronaut or cosmonaut, living or dead.

As an aside, I'd also be very interested to finally get his take on the controversies that surrounded his tenure as chief of astronauts, especially before and after Challenger.

But that said, I have to agree with Blackarrow; it had better come soon if it's going to come at all, and I wish I had any real reasons for optimism.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-30-2011 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On Wednesday (Nov. 2), historian James Hansen is scheduled to deliver a talk titled, "Astronaut Tales: A Personal Account of the Neil Armstrong Biography and John Young Autobiography" at the NASA History Program Review Meeting at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

It does not appear that this meeting will be streamed online, but attendance is possible:

If you would like to attend, please contact us at histinfo@hq.nasa.gov

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posted 10-30-2011 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue, we're breathing again, thanks alot!"

It's about time!

Blackarrow
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posted 10-31-2011 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't cheer too soon: Mr Hansen may spend all but the last few seconds of his alloted time talking about his biography of Neil Armstrong, then add: "And if any of you are expecting a John Young autobiography... there ain't going to be one!"

Please believe me when I say I hope I'm wrong.

bruce
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posted 10-31-2011 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the last sentence in the third paragraph of this Auburn University website, “He (Hansen) is currently at work turning the memoirs of veteran astronaut and Moonwalker John Young into a published autobiography.”

kr4mula
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posted 11-01-2011 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think there was/is at least one of Dr. Hansen's Auburn grad students on cS, so perhaps one of them could enlighten us, or else you could ask?

kr4mula
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posted 11-02-2011 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Early returns from Dr. Hansen's speech indicate that the book is currently at press in Florida and will be/is called "Forever Young." I'll post more if I hear more.

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posted 11-02-2011 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great title!

jiffyq58
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posted 11-02-2011 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure there'll be a book signing tour, since John loves to get out there and rub shoulders with the public so much.

Seriously, I do wish he'd do some book signings. But I also wish he'd come to Spacefest, and that ain't happening either.

onesmallstep
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posted 11-02-2011 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Forever Young"? Maybe someone can entice Bob Dylan (who wrote a song by that name in the '70s) or Rod Stewart, who also sang it, to accompany Hansen on his book tour in place of Young.

Seriously, I look forward to reading it.

On a side note, some of the lyrics to that song go, "May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung".

DCCollector
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posted 11-02-2011 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DCCollector   Click Here to Email DCCollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps a book-signing could be tied into Young's next Astronaut Central signing?

ColinBurgess
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posted 11-02-2011 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's also the 1992 Mel Gibson film "Forever Young" in which a pilot wakes up 53 years after being frozen and forgotten in a cryogenic exercise. We haven't been held in limbo for quite that length of time, but it's good to see that John Young has finally "unfrozen" and is releasing his long-awaited memoirs.

Grounded!
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posted 11-02-2011 07:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kudos to Dr. Hansen for hanging in there on this challenging project. I wonder if the enthusiastic response to Al Worden's new book in some way helped to move "Forever Young" toward completion?

I can't wait to finally hold a copy in my hand. Preferably signed!!!

Blackarrow
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posted 11-02-2011 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm pleasantly surprised: this looks promising. However, an autobiography is written by the book-subject himself. If it is written by an accomplished author on behalf of the subject, is it really an "autobiography"? Is it not just a biography based on extensive material, or at best a "ghost-written" autobiography?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-02-2011 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As mentioned earlier in this thread, Young wrote the core of the manuscript himself. Hansen was brought in to serve as editor and help flesh it out to be published.

Gilbert
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posted 11-03-2011 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe Easton Press will publish a signed leather-bound edition.

DCCollector
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posted 11-03-2011 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DCCollector   Click Here to Email DCCollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An Easton Press edition is a great idea.


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