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769 (Special Edition)||Listen to the show!|
|Aired on September 7th, 2007|
|Guest: Robert Pearlman|
|Robert Pearlman, CEO and Founder of collectSpace, was the returning guest for this Space Show program. Robert is the master and expert regarding space memorabilia collecting. In fact, we started the program with a listener question about the whereabouts of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules and their potential value on the collector market. We had a comprehensive look at space memorabilia, eBay, values, Moon rockets, Russian space items and the same from China and ESA. Robert pointed out how collectSPACE serves as a sounding board for making sure you are collecting something is real. The astronaut autograph market was discussed as were patches and even space art. Make sure you check out his website, www.collectSPACE.com. Its a valuable resource and you can sign up for a free newsletter as well as BBB information and posting. You can send questions and inquiries about collecting, specific memorabilia, even items not obtained through collectSPACE by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach Robert at email@example.com.|
|About our guest...|
An accomplished journalist, sought-after space history expert and respected appraiser of space memorabilia, Robert Pearlman is the editor of collectSPACE.com, the leading online publication, resource site and community for space history enthusiasts. Prior to founding collectSPACE in 1999, Pearlman drove the content and creation of some of the most popular and influential sites devoted to space exploration. His Ask An Astronaut website preceded even NASA's efforts to connect the public with the men and women who have flown in space and was honored as Kid Site of Year in 1996. As Online Program Director, Pearlman led the redesign and expansion of the National Space Society's website, including authoring the viewer's guide to Tom Hanks' HBO miniseries "From The Earth To The Moon." In 1997, he was recruited by Apollo moonwalker Buzz Aldrin to develop the website accompanying Aldrin's first novel. And in 1999, Pearlman co-founded the astronaut-endorsed Starport.com, which was later acquired by Lou Dobbs' SPACE.com (Pearlman was then hired by SPACE.com as a producer and tasked with managing their community projects). Between 1998 and 2003, Pearlman was the on-air online host for the National Space Day webcast filmed annually from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. In 1996, Pearlman was hired by Space Adventures, Ltd., the first company to launch privately-financed tourists to the International Space Station, as their first Marketing and Public Relations Director, a position held until 2003. Pearlman is a member of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation Board of Directors, he serves on the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society and on the nominating induction committee for the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Florida. He's a director emeritus of the National Space Society and former national chair of the Students for the Exploration and Development and Space (SEDS). In 2001, his work on collectSPACE earned Pearlman the Collector of the Year Award from the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC). In 2009, Pearlman was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame, in part for his work on collectSPACE.
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