My First Commissioned Space Model Job for Astronaut Alan Bean

It was an evening back in 1999. I had been working on a project in the shop and was just about to go for dinner when the phone rang.

“Hello, this is Alan Bean,” said the person on the other line.

I was awestruck. The famous astronaut from the Apollo 12 and Skylab 3 missions was on the phone talking to me? I had met him briefly a few years earlier at an event but never expected him to remember me, let alone call me.

“I understand you do some of the best space models in the world,” he continued.