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Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States

My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It was a Good Day for Astronauts



they had a great display of books for Astronaut Al Worden…



As you might have guess I went to a book signing.  The person signing was one of the astronauts who raced for the moon, Al Worden.

Around the other side of the book store I found seats set up for people who were coming for the signing…  The seats got filled and there was standing room only.  That made me feel really good to have a good showing for such a small town as Vero Beach.  I was most glad to see that our Original Astronauts from Mercury/ Gemini and Apollo are not forgotten.


Mr Worden remarked that he flew to the moon 40 years ago when he was a young lad of 40.  I thought he looked rather well for a man of 80 and he had plenty of spirit left in him too!




I noticed a small pin on his jacket and zoomed in…. this is what i learned about it..

The object in the image which is depicted heading for the moon from the Earth is an astronaut pin. Astronauts were given a silver version of this pin when they were accepted into the astronaut corps; and were given a gold version of the pin after their first space flight.


Astronaut Worden talked for about an hour and then opened for questions before sitting down to autograph books…





When the book signing was over I came and had a package waiting for me. I was expecting it but wasn’t sure if it would come today or Monday… inside the box was an absolutely fabulous gift from my girlfriend Michelle…  it’s a 11x14 photo of a painting by Astronaut Alan Bean!


…ahhhyup… autographed!


(the flip side of the picture… note the small photo of Alan Bean in his spacesuit?.. well I met Alan Bean once and guess what photo I had  him sign!?)


Oh yeah!  Now I have TWO Alan Bean signatures!   And I couldn’t be more thrilled…

ok.. well maybe I can be… that will be after I get the Alan Bean “painting” matted and framed and hung on my wall !!!   I can’t wait!



Blogger Kathleen said...

Glad you enjoyed the signing and got another surprise to enjoy too!

9:15 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

How thrilling, Pat...The whole day---the talk, the signing and your wonderful painting...!

11:56 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

What a great thing to go to, sounds like you had a good time. And then a painting when you got home. No wonder you're happy. :-D

4:14 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

kathleen: for the most part each astronaut did much the same, but with each one I learn at least one thing I didn't know.

Naomi..I know I don't have the money to do the picture of the painting justice but somehow it will get matted and framed and hung!

Cath: I will enjoy seeing the picture hanging up!

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just posted a link to your Al Worden event blog on the "Falling To Earth" Facebook page, as we enjoyed your event description and wanted to share it - thanks!

2:05 PM  

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