[amsat-bb] God speed, John Glenn
josepharmbruster at gmail.com
Fri Dec 9 01:56:46 UTC 2016
I know many people on the BB in-person and I have no reason on earth
to lie or misrepresent events about anyone. Especially a
world-renowned individual, for goodness sake. You can doubt all you
want but this is the truth and it was not just me that this happened
to, this happened to others that we knew, my sister included!
I learned many, many years later, from a retired NASA veteran that
this was probably because they had issues with collectors sending in
sets of pictures, which were very likely being sent in and signed for
the sole purpose of being sold in the future. I do not know why mine
was treated this way, mine was sent individually.
I'll do everyone a favor, grab my box from storage and post up the
letter for posterity.
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 8:31 PM, Ted <k7trkradio at charter.net> wrote:
> Based on the following link, I have serious doubt regarding your allegation
> Just sayin'
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> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] God speed, John Glenn
> I am a child of the 80s, was born in 81 and I use to watch all of the
> launches I could on TV. I was in south Florida and I remember staring
> up at the sky hoping to catch any glimpse of a launch. Mom worked
> days and nights and we didn't travel much at all, so it was near
> impossible for us to drive up and watch a launch. Back then, you use
> to be able to send a snail-mail letter to nasa and request the STS-*
> launch photos (and others). I did this for everyone that I could and
> started requesting some of the older ones to fill up my notebook.
> This was a huge deal for me back then and it took a lot of work and
> time to do, it cost me all of my allowance at the time because of all
> the envelopes and stamps. Once you received the photos, you could
> send them back to different addresses to request a signature of a
> given astronaut in the picture. This was a lot more work, you had to
> figure out which place to send the photo to for a given astronaut,
> hope they were there to sign it, wait... wait...... wait... and one
> day voila, a manila envelope would appear in the mail. I remember,
> there was nothing more exciting than getting a NASA envelope in the
> mail, you have no clue, this was the ultimate excitement! We all use
> to gather around and see who it was from, I use to idolize these
> And then one day, I received a letter from John Glenn, indicating that
> he would not sign a photo unless I sent him a check. I will Never
> forget this day. I showed this to my family and they could not
> believe it. I think my mom even called or wrote a letter to NASA and
> complained about it but I may be wrong (going to call and ask her
> about it tonight). Of the dozens of astronaut clips and photos that I
> have, he was the only astronaut that demanded a check for his
> autograph and it left a really bad scar on me. Maybe it's silly but I
> really felt betrayed as a kid.
> Oh well, Bygons.
> On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 4:54 PM, Alan <wa4sca at gmail.com> wrote:
>> John Glenn passed away today at 95.
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