Kevin P. Chilton slated to take over the command of the 45th Space Wing on
Patrick Air Force Base, will not follow the current commander Randy
Starbuck. The former shuttle astronaut will instead go to California:
Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, CA 95903-1718,
Col. (ret.) Brewster H. Shaw, has moved back to Houston: 4123 University
Blvd, Houston TX 77055, USA.
Dr. Jean-Jacques Favier, (French payload specialist astronaut, STS-78),
Direction des Technologies Avancées, DTA/DIR, 17, Av. des Martyrs, F 38054
Grenoble Cedex, 9 France. Favier sends out signed photos and autographs
items sent to him; his reply takes considerable time, though.
Charles J. Precourt, a veteran of four shuttle flights, has been named
chief of the Astronaut Office. Precourt follows Kenneth D. Cockrell, who
will concentrate on training for his next shuttle mission, STS-98. Curtis
L. Brown was named Acting Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations. Brown
takes over from Bonnie Dunbar, who serves as Assistant Director for
Dr. Charles R. "Rick" Chappell, (Alternate Payload Specialist, STS-45),
Division of Media Relations, 708 Baker Building, Vanderbilt University,
Nashville, Tennessee 37203, USA.
Vladimir Titov goes into privatae business: the cosmonaut veteran will
serve as Director for Space and Communications, Russia and the
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for the Boeing Company in their
Moscow office. Autograph requesters should continue to use the usual Star
City address, though.
Dr. Bernard A. Harris, jr., Staff Vice President, Microgravity + Life
Sciences, Spacehab Inc., Suite 360, 1595 Spring Hill Road, Vienna, VA
Capt. William F. Readdy, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of
Space Flight, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. 20546-0001, USA.
Dr. N. Jan Davis; Ph. D. (former Dozier) Deputy Director, Flight Projects
Directorate, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL 35812,
USA. (A + B, does autograph covers only sporadically)
Franz Viehböck, Austrian cosmonaut on Soyuz TM 13, has returned to his
native Austria and no longer works in California. Viehböck directs the
newly opened Vienna office of Boeing International: BOEING International
Corp., Landstraßer Hauptstraße 1; Stg. 1, A-1030 Wien, Austria
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Gustav E. Lundquist, (X 1), 151 Birdsong Way, Hilton
Head Island, SC, 29926, USA.
Charles "Pete" Conrad, Moonwalker on Apollo 12 and Commander of Skylab 2,
Gemini 5 and 11, has died on July 9 after crashing his Harley Davidson
motorcycle on a California highway. He was 69 years old. His wife Nancy,
who was riding with him, survived the crash. Condolences can be sent to the
widow: Nancy Conrad, 6301 Princeville Circle, Huntington Beach, CA
Lt. Col. Alexander Nikolaievich Matinchenko ?, (cosmonaut candidate
1963-72), has did on 18 June 1999.
Maj. Charles E. Jones, LTC, (MSE Astronaut), Systems Program Director,
Intelligence and Information Systems, 2 Andrews Road, Hansom AFB, Mass.
Paul A. Sefchek ?, Major (ret.), a former MSE astronaut candidate, has died
from complications during cancer surgery on 23 July 1997.