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Michael Cassutt
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posted 09-15-2015 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm pleased to announce the sale of my years-in-progress book "Astronaut Maker" to Lisa Reardon of Chicago Review Press via Stephen Barr of Writers House. This is a biography of NASA's George W.S. Abbey dealing with his unique career in human spaceflight that began in 1959 (with his assignment to Dyna Soar) and continued into 2001. I suspect this will be of interest to some readers here.

Mr. Abbey is cooperating with the book, and dislikes the title. So there's that. Would welcome the usual anecdotes. Unusual ones, too.

Delivery is expected next summer; publication in 2017.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-15-2015 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Michael! Greatly looking forward to reading this...

rjurek349
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posted 09-15-2015 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congrats!!! A great, worthy subject -- really looking forward to reading this as well.

Fra Mauro
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posted 09-15-2015 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very good subject for a book — one of the unknown movers and shakers at NASA. Looking forward to it!

p51
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posted 09-15-2015 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Cassutt:
Mr. Abbey is cooperating with the book, and dislikes the title.
I know of a couple of astronauts who dealt with him back in the day who could have come up with other titles for the book that Abbey REALLY wouldn't like...

Larry McGlynn
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posted 09-15-2015 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Michael, congratulations on the book.

I have traveled with Dr. Abbey to Russia and met him a few other times. He is a pleasant guy. Quiet too.

KSCartist
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posted 09-15-2015 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Michael! If this is anything like your other biographies, it will be a fantastic read.

GoesTo11
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posted 09-15-2015 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by p51:
I know of a couple of astronauts who dealt with him back in the day who could have come up with other titles for the book that Abbey REALLY wouldn't like...
Yeeeah no doubt. Definitely interested to see how candid the Gatekeeper is here. Looking forward to it, Michael.

onesmallstep
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posted 09-16-2015 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe Mike Mullane can write the forward?

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 09-16-2015 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cover photo could be that pic where Abbey is present at a Shuttle landing and he's described only as a "NASA official" or "unknown NASA official."

p51
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posted 09-16-2015 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like a book I'd want to read. There's so little out there about the man. All I've read on him was from other astronauts, and of course very little of that was flattering. I've always been curious how he go tot that position and held onto it for so long.
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Originally posted by onesmallstep:
Maybe Mike Mullane can write the forward?
Ah man, that would hilarious if someone at the publisher asked him without knowing how he felt about him. I don't know Mullane personally (I've only swapped some emails with the man) but from reading his book, I could imagine his reaction if someone asked him to do that...

astro-nut
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posted 11-28-2015 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to reading this book. I know this book will be very inforamtive with alot of details/facts about a man who ran the Flight Crew Office for many years. Good luck with this book Michael, it should be a great read!

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