Autographs in the mail

(Column by Jürgen P. Esders)

James C. Adamson, former shuttle astronaut with two spaceflights on his
log, leaves his current post as Chief Operating Officer of the United Space
Alliance and joins AlliedSignal as President of AlliedSignal Technical
Services Corporation: Col. (ret.) Prof. James C. Adamson, President,
AllliedSignal Technical Services Corp., 7000 Columbia Gateway Dr.,
Columbia, MD 21046, USA. In the past, Col. Adamson signed covers and photos
and sent out signed photos upon request.

David M. Walker, former shuttle astronaut with four spaceflights on his
record, has joined DuPont Safety Resources as Director, Global Affairs,
Aerospace Enterprise. "I am responsible for the DuPont Safety Resources
aerospace safety consulting business, in all respects, though I depend very
heavily on the consummate professionals in our organization to carry out my
duties", Walker told Spaceflight. A US Naval Academy graduate, Navy
fighter pilot and experimental test pilot, Walker was selected as an
astronaut by NASA in January 1978. In four space flights, Walker logged
over 724 hours in space. He was the pilot of STS 51-A in 1984, and was
mission commander of STS-30 in 1989, STS-53 in 1992 and STS-69 in 1995.
Highlights included the first space salvage in history (STS-51A), the first
interplanetary probe launched from the Shuttle (STS-30), and the first
double deploy/retrieve of science satellites (STS-69). Since leaving NASA,
Walker has held senior management positions in two high-tech
entrepreneurial companies before joining DuPont. Captain David M. Walker,
Global Industry Manager, Aerospace, DuPont Safety Resources, Rts. 48 & 141,
Barley Mill Plaza, P23-2168, Wilmington, DE 19805, USA. In the past, Capt.
Walker has been a sporadic signer.

Frank Culbertson will be commanding the 3rd mission to the International
Space Station. Culbertson replaces Ken Bowersox who will command the backup
crew for the first ISS residence crew. Other spacefarers named for STS-105
include Russian cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Turin. Culbertson
is a veteran of two space flights: STS-38 (1990) and 51 (1993). More
recently, he directed the Shuttle-MIR-program.

Scott Parazynski replaces Robert Curbeam on STS-100, the 8th ISS
construction flight. Curbeam had earlier stepped in for Mark C. Lee who had
lost his EVA assignment for this flight for unknown reasons.

Jean-Jacques Favier, French payload specialist on STS-78, has been named
Deputy Director for Space Technologies with the French space agency CNES.
Favier will continue, however, to work for the Nuclear Energy Agency in

Charles M. Duke, Moonwalker on Apollo 16, is now charging $ 30 to autograph
a photo. Other items such as covers or space shot cards cost $ 40
(previously $ 50).

George D. Low, Orbcomm, Global Data & Messaging, 2455 Horse Pen Road,
Herndon, VA 20171, USA. Low is considered a sporadic signer of covers and

Capt. Daniel C. Brandenstein, former shuttle astronaut with four flights on
his log, leaves pioneering rocket company Kistler Aerospace to join
Lockheed Martin Space Operations at Houston as Vice President, Customer
Support, for the Consolidated Space Operations Contract. Capt. Daniel C.
Brandenstein, Vice President, Customer Support, Consolidated Space
Operations Contract, Lockheed Martin Space Operations, 2400 NASA Road 1,
Houston, TX 77058, USA. Capt. Brandenstein is considered a generous signer
of covers and photos and sent out signed photos on request.

Winston E. Scott retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy at the end of July to
accept a position at his alma mater, Florida State University, as Vice
President for Student Affairs. Selected as an astronaut in 1992, Scott is
one of nine NASA African American astronauts who have flown in space. He
served as a mission specialist on STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997, and
logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space. He took three
spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes during the missions to support
technical planning for the International Space Station and to capture, by
hand, the Spartan satellite. Capt. Winston E. Scott, Vice President for
Student Affairs, Florida State University, P.O. Box 1340, Tallahassee, FL
32306-1340, USA. Scott signs covers and photos.

Thomas K. Mattingly, Apollo 16 Command Module pilot and STS-4-shuttle
pioneer, succeeds the late Charles Conrad as Chairman of Universal Space
Network, Universal Space Lines, Inc. RADM Thomas K. Mattingly, Chairman,
Universal Space Network, Rocket Development Company, 10821 Bloomfield, Unit
B-2, Los Alamitos, CA 90720, USA. Admiral Mattingly is considered a
sporadic autographer and takes very long to respond.

Alan Bean raises his autographing fees. Effective immediately, autographs
on flat items are $ 30 each, while books, baseball and other items
difficult to package are $ 45 per item.

Plk. Ing. Lt. Col. Michal Fulier, Slovak cosmonaut backup candidate, Soyuz
TM 29; pplk. Pljusta 30, 90901 Skalica, Slovak Republic. Fulier autographs
covers and photos sent to him and sends out signed color portraits.

Susan L. Still has married and is now Susan L. Kilrain.

Capt. Paul J. Weitz has doubled his prices for autographs: He now asks $ 30
instead of previously $ 15 per autograph.

John H. Glenn, former Senator and space pioneer on Mercury 7 and STS-95,
now responds from Ohio State University: University Honors Distinguished
Fellow, Adjunct Professor, Department Of Political Science, School Of
Public Policy and Management, Ohio State University, 205 Bricker Hall, 190
North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210-1357, USA. Glenn is considered a
generous signer of covers and photographs, but keeps a mailing list to
deter repeat requesters.

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