....Oakland, California - Stargazing since 1924

Hello All - I am very pleased to announce that at AstroCon 2004's USS Hornet Banquet event Don Blair, the "radio voice of Apollo 11," will be signing copies of his newly published book Splashdown--NASA and the Navy. This to be just-released book (during AstroCon and the Hornet's Splashdown event) details all Navy and Marine units involved in the 31 manned spacecraft recoveries. The USS Hornet is heavily featured, including the cover artwork.

The book will sell for around $39.95. Splashdown--NASA and the Navy will be 9 x 12 (12 inches long--landscape mode), 70 pound glossy enamel pages, color on every page in some manner, and somewhere between 176 and 192 pages and 200 to 240 photos. For those who know about binding, this will be Smyth sewn, rounded and backed, head and foot bands. Should be simply spectacular!

The reason for this e-mail is to approximately gauge how many attendees might be interested. This is not to take orders; you'll buy the book aboard the Hornet right before the Banquet. But we need to give the Hornet some idea so they'll know how many to hold out for us. Drop me an e-mail and let me know if you are interested; my address is at the end of this e-mail. This is not a commitment, but (again) to give the Hornet a ballpark figure.

Thanks--and we are looking forward to a simply outstanding meeting this summer! And I look forward to hearing from you about your interest in Splashdown--NASA and the Navy.

Keep Looking Up,


Mike D. Reynolds, Ph.D.
AstroCon 2004

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