Who’s who in the Astro Space Stamp Society
Chairperson – Ian Ridpath
Ian has been a full-time writer and broadcaster on astronomy and space since 1972 and is editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy. He has to his credit over 40 book titles as author or editor including the Collins Guide to Stars and Planets, a standard field guide for amateur astronomers; The Monthly Sky Guide, a month-by-month introduction to the stars; and Gem Stars, a pocket guide to the constellations. This year he received the Klumpke-Roberts Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for “outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy”.
Postal Auction Organiser – David Saunders
David has recently retired early, to spend more time on his collection of Autographed Covers. His main interest is Crew Signed Space Covers, but he also collects Political, Film & Theatre, Heads of State and Inventors and Designers autographed covers. He is an Autograph Consultant for Tony Buckingham’s ‘Internet Stamps’, and regularly visits Folkestone to inspect their newly bought stock of signed material.
He has written several articles for ‘Autograph Magazine’ and the ‘Collect British First Day Covers’ catalogue. He won a Stampex Silver medal in the 2001 Astrophilately Class with his display of ‘Manned Russian Space Flights’, and often gives talks and displays of his collection to local Philatelic Societies.
Editor of Orbit – Jeff Dugdale
Jeff is a school teacher and lives in Elgin, Scotland. Apart from collecting space he has a keen interest in stamps on The Cinema, English Literature and European Literature. He contributes occasional articles to ‘Spaceflight’, ‘Topical Time’, ‘The Astrophile’ and ‘Capcom’. President, Moray P.S.
Webmaster – Derek Clarke
Derek is from New Zealand and has been collecting stamps since the early 60’s. At that time I collected every stamp I could get, but that soon went out the door and I then started my New Zealand collection. In the late 60’s I saw a TV programme called Star Trek and I was hooked and I’m still a Star Trek fan today. I started to collect space stamps and I get great joy and pleasure out of my New Zealand and Space collections.
Some well known members
Pierre Bauduin – Editor of the WEEBAU Catalogue – Belgium.
Charles Bromser – Australia – Avid collector/exhibitor of Rocket Mails, philatelic writer, Member the FIP Astro Commission.
Bert van Eijck – Well known Dutch stamp journalist.
Juergen P. Esders – German astrophilatelists and space journalist.
George Fox – Editor of the forthcoming Gibbons publication – Collect Space Stamps.
Dr. Ross Smith – Australian expert on covers for Challenger Disaster.
A.W. Swanston – British philatelic writer.
George Spiteri and Mike Lewis – Fellows of the British Interplanetary Society