There are still quite a number of people here in
Canberra and around Australia who were deeply involved in the Apollo-11 and
other missions. If I receive a response from you that agrees that the event
should be celebrated - I will contact many of them via our mailing list and
suggest that we get involved in organising an event. I might also try to
interest one of the national institutions to support the event.
I eventually received a reply from a member of the committee which said
that if we cared to hold an event - we could add it to their Calendar.
So the search for a suitable venue started - we really wanted something
central and high profile - on the Lake if possible. That took a while but
eventually after several discussions - the good people at
) agreed to host the two day event which runs from 9am to 15pm on both Sat
20th and Sun 21st July.
Even though the event will be called 'Apollo 11 - Canberra's vital role'
the event was open tor all current and ex - 'Steely eyed space trackers' and
all interested in space exploration.
Click Here for the Detailed Schedule.
I felt that the event went really well - so on 23 Jul I sent out the
Despite the appalling weather I was more than happy with the turnout,
specially Col Power and Joan down from MUCH warmer Port Macquarie and
definitely to Ed (Video) von Renouard all the way from the heat wave in
It was great to catch up with many of our friends from those days -I'm
not too sure how many of our friends attended. But we did hand out a
total of 23 badges to well qualified ASK ME explainers.
A particular thank you should go to our presenters - Mike Dinn, Bryan
Sullivan/Hamish Lindsay, Colin Mackellar, and Glen Nagle. Very
impressive and thoughtful presentations well received by the assembled
multitudes. Made my puny PowerPoint look rather dated in comparison.
It's nice to know that they obviously spent many hours preparing for the
presentations. And Glen Nagle should be particularly thanked for
bringing along a huge selection of memorabilia from the massive archive
From outside the 'Space biz' were Trevor Dalziel from Geoscience
Australia who produced an ultra reliable and fascinating Apollo-11
Seismic data replay system with a mini memorabilia display complete with
relevant AG voice of the deployment etc. Great work Trevor and for
manning your exhibit so faithfully which meant you could not attend the
movies or presentations.To Evan Burton from Nowra who lent us some of
his best memorabilia (and he's the only person I know who has a
spacesuit in his collection :-)). And very special thanks to Jared
Wilkins and Patrick Helean from Questacon who put a lot of time and
effort into the weekend despite my various petulant Emails and phone
calls - I get the feeling that they were seriously hampered by the dead
hand of bureaucracy. Many thanks again Jaden.....
I think that is most people thanked but in particular my long suffering
better half Betty was talked into taking a bunch of pictures on
Sunday. As usual she has already posted them on her web site at https://picasaweb.google.com/mrsbsaxon
it's the first album at the moment.
Best wishes to you all. JohnS
P.S. The 45th next year - definitely not my job!
John Saxon 30 Jul 2013