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Tom
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posted 01-27-2007 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jay Barbree who has covered every manned U.S. launch for NBC is coming out with a book in September...

From MSNBC...

Jay Barbree is in his 49th year with NBC News. He has never missed covering a single launch of American astronauts for the NBC network. Barbree is currently writing the history of space flight for Smithsonian Books, titled "Live From Cape Canaveral." The book is to be released in late September for the 50th anniversary of Sputnik's launch.

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posted 01-28-2007 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dave   Click Here to Email dave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This will be good, Jay is my hero. I have always been fascinated with the media coverage of manned spaceflight so I await this book with much anticipation.

One day I will go through the hundreds of audio recordings of his (and many others) reports I taped over the years -- concise, factual, to the point but above all else he conveyed HIS love of what he does in each and every single report

Cant wait, thanks Tom

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posted 01-28-2007 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, thanks for the info.

I thought the original title was "Memoirs from the Space Program". Thanks for the clarification.

A related question for U.S. cS members: did Walter Cronkite write a book about his coverage of space missions? His name comes up in so many books and from overseas it's hard to tell who was the most popular (or most viewed etc.) TV reporter covering the space program. Thanks.

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posted 01-28-2007 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm reading Walter Cronkite's 1996 memoir "A Reporter's Life" right now - picked it up very cheap in a charity shop because it has some snippets of space news. So far I am up to early Eisenhower era, no space yet but finding it a great read. He really does a wonderful job capturing the 1930s-40s... a good read so far.

Lola Morrow
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posted 02-08-2007 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lola Morrow   Click Here to Email Lola Morrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In Nov 06, I attended the Gemini X11 anniversary where I met Robert Pearlman and Tim Gagnon for the first time. Such nice people. Tim drove me out to KSC and Robert brought me back to our hotel. I really enjoyed their company and it was indeed a pleasure to meet them.

Shortly after, Jay Barbree and I attended the Space Pioneers Dinner. I've know Jay for 45 years. We sat across from each other and shared our favorite stories about our dearest and treasured friend, Martin Caiden. Jay is dedicating the book to him.

At that time, Jay's title for the book was "Memoirs of the Space Program" due out as a coffee table edition for the Christmas holidays. His deadline was 12/31 with Harper Collins for the Smithsonian.

Jay called me to say he met his deadline and wanted me to know that the Gemini X11 photo and how it got to be was in the book. (A Martin Caiden/Lola story)

Since then the publisher changed the title and moved the release date up. Which makes sense. Sputnik played a major role in moving NASA forward. Therefore, I stand corrected.

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posted 02-09-2007 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon.com: "Live from Cape Canaveral": Covering the Space Race, from Sputnik to Today

Lola Morrow
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posted 08-01-2007 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lola Morrow   Click Here to Email Lola Morrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heard from Jay today that his new book "Live From Cape Canaveral" will be out Sept 3rd, Labor Day. He noted "We will be kicking it off on the "Today Show!" "It is being published by Smithsonian Books and introduced by Tom Brokaw. It has reviews by John Glenn, Walter Cronkite, Larry King, Scott Carpenter & Tom Brokaw on the jacket."

And for those c/S members in the area, Jay let me know that the Chamber of Commerce is having a dinner at the Holiday Inn on Cocoa Beach on Oct 4th to celebrate the book and Sputnik. There is a limit of 300.

I am really looking forward to his book which he is dedicating to his and my close dear friend, Martin Caiden. Knowing Marty, he will be raising a glass of champagne to celebrate with Jay from above in a special place.

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posted 08-26-2007 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve_greene   Click Here to Email steve_greene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received notice from Amazon that my copy has shipped. Can't wait to get started on this one.

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posted 08-27-2007 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lucky you! This shows how inaccurate Amazon's pages can be. Jay Barbree's book is listed as "not yet released" (Aug. 28).

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posted 08-27-2007 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK another two books ordered from Amazon.

FWIW they have the Cronkite book mentioned by Francis French at $2-3 for used copies from various resellers. I paid $4 for a new hardcover copy.

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posted 08-30-2007 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kking   Click Here to Email kking     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Juat got Live From Cape Canaveral. What I've read so far is great. Any word on when he is going to be on Today OR MSNBC?

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posted 08-30-2007 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve_greene   Click Here to Email steve_greene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Live From" arrived today. Hope to settle into my easy chair shortly.

Lola Morrow
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posted 08-31-2007 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lola Morrow   Click Here to Email Lola Morrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received this from Jay Barbree. "We are scheduled to be in the 8:30 a.m. segment of Monday's TODAY SHOW. That's September 3rd. There is to be a feature package with Lester Holt interviewing me at the launch sites at the Cape on Sunday September 9th. I do not have the time for that.

Also there's an AP feature by Marcia Dunn running this weekend in many papers plus a piece on the book by Todd Halvorson in Florida Today this Sunday.

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posted 08-31-2007 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Lola Morrow:
Also there's an AP feature by Marcia Dunn running this weekend in many papers
AP: NBC newsman distills 50 years of spaceflight
Only one person on the planet has covered every manned launch out of Cape Canaveral and now, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of spaceflight, he's written a book about it.

Veteran NBC space correspondent Jay Barbree's memoir, "Live from Cape Canaveral," is being released over the Labor Day weekend by Smithsonian Books.

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posted 09-01-2007 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for medaris   Click Here to Email medaris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don Boggs at Boggs SpaceBooks is offering signed (although not dedicated) copies of this book.

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posted 09-04-2007 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first half of this book covers the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo era and I found it disappointing. Jay tries to give an overview of every flight through this time but winds up hitting the well known points only. We are treated to a "Lite History" of these events, including Grissom's hatch, Glenn's heat shield, the whirling dervish of Gemini 8, difficulties of space walking, Apollo 1 fire, Apollo 7 head colds and so on. Every launch gets an unneeded 10, 9, 8... countdown while Jay's description of these events is unscientific and full of hyperbole. My disappointment in this section is based on Jay not writing about the background to these stories. I was sure 50 years of close participation would bring untold anecdotes and personal stories from behind the scenes, but one story of a Christmas dinner with a Mercury astronaut was not enough. I would also like to have read Jay's view of his profession during this time. During his career he saw the transition from radio to TV, the end of film and introduction of videotape, the rise of digital imaging plus a great improvement in the speed and ease of transferring images and data around the world. None of this is touched on but a single paragraph on the differences between TV and radio personalities is one of the best in the book.

But then Jay has a chapter about covering Jimmy Carter in his bid for the presidency. Jay writes beautifully about his shared background with Carter as a southern Georgia person, and his warmth and personal stories make this chapter special. In the next chapter Jay has a health scare and this seems to have affected the final half of the book in a positive way. In talking about NASA during the Shuttle era Jay is full of interesting anecdotes and not afraid to tell us his real feelings, or the thoughts of others behind the scenes at NASA as they experience both triumph and tragedy. For me this saved the book.

Overall I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars or very good. It needs more human stories and personal reflections in the first half to be truly excellent.

Caveat: I have read many books on the early space programs and my age means I lived through it live; perhaps a novice to these events would find the first half of Live From Cape Canaveral more interesting than myself.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-04-2007 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's another review, this one by Jeff Foust, editor of The Space Review:

Review: "Live from Cape Canaveral"

A month from today will be the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik and the generally accepted beginning of the Space Age. Thus, it should be little surprise that a number of books are arriving on bookstore shelves that look back at that event or the history of space exploration in general, either from those who directly participated in those events or from historians and others who later studied them. Jay Barbree, in "Live from Cape Canaveral", provides a unique perspective: that of a journalist who covered the American space program since virtually its inception.

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Does anyone know if Jay Barbree will be doing a book-signing tour? If so, any details on what places he'll visit? Houston? The Cape? Washinton, DC? Thank you.

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posted 09-04-2007 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Harper Collins has a page that tracks author appearances for Barbree, but thus far the majority are media appearances and the signings listed (of which there is only one) is in Florida.

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Florida Today's insight.

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Sunday's Today show (here in the US) ran a segment on Jay's book. Most interesting, when Jay was asked about his most memorable moment over the years, he responded that while most folks believe it was the lunar landings, in fact it was John Glenn's Friendship 7 flight. Can't wait to get my personalized copy from cs; yes more expensive than Amazon but the autograph is worth the additional cost, and it's nice to show a little allegience to cs.

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Just picked up a copy. Can't wait to get started on it!

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I just finished the book after months of slacking off on my reading...

I found the book to very interesting. Mr. Barbree has a pleasant writing style. I liked the layout of the photos that are found within the chapters. I prefer that layout over all of the photos in the middle of the book in one big cluster. Dispersed within the chapters makes for an easier read.

Not too much new (not before known) knowledge to be gained in the book would be my only negative.

I took two items away from the book that I found to be very interesting... The story of his meeting with Glenn after the A8 launch, as well as the Challenger investigation as seen from a reports point of view.

I think the Challenger portions were the best parts of the book. I was pleased to see Sam Beddingfield mentioned in two chapters and I never knew Sam's involvement with the public learning of the investigation's early findings.

Overall, a great book and an easy read.

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posted 01-20-2008 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lola Morrow   Click Here to Email Lola Morrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jay will be signing books at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd in Stuart, FL next Saturday (the 26th). For those members who live in the area, you might want to stop by and say "Hi" to Jay.

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