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$20,000 to $25,000
BOOK ALAN BEAN
SPEAKING FEE RANGE*
$20,000 to $25,000
Book Alan Bean
- Alan Bean was an ordinary pilot who worked with his team to achieve the impossible dream of going to the moon—not just once, but twice—during his 18 years as an astronaut.
- Alan Bean knows what it takes to achieve a goal that seems impossible, and how to work with a team to achieve it.
- His down-to-earth, yet inspirational, storytelling makes Alan Bean a sought-after speaker who tailors his talks to audiences, encouraging them to work toward impossible dreams.
Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, believes that people do not need exceptional gifts or talents to do something great, but with sufficient effort and dedication, can learn greatness. One of the key themes of his speeches is that we only have 30 to 40 years to accomplish our dreams, and that this life is not a rehearsal; it’s the real thing.
Bean grew up in Louisiana and the Ft. Worth, Texas, area. He majored in aeronautical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and competed in gymnastics and diving. In 1963, Bean was selected by NASA to become an astronaut. He piloted his first flight into space on Apollo 12 at the age of 37. He made his second and final flight into space as commander of the Skylab 3 mission in 1973.
The Apollo 12 mission in 1969 is well-known as the one where the spacecraft was struck by lightning less than a minute after launch. For a few minutes, the mission looked like it might be abandoned, but Bean worked with the ground crew to fix the telemetry, and the mission continued successfully. After traveling 250,000 miles into space, Bean and the crew explored the moon’s surface, conducted several lunar surface experiments, and installed the first nuclear power generator station on the moon.
As the spacecraft commander of Skylab 3, Bean’s 59-day, 24,400,000-mile-trip was a world record-setting flight. During the mission, he and the crew took one spacewalk outside the Skylab, tested a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) prototype, and accomplished all of their pre-mission goals.
Bean helped establish 11 world records in space and astronautics, and was awarded two NASA Distinguished Service and two Navy Distinguished Service medals, among many others. Bean was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Texas Wesleyan College in 1972, and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science degree from the University of Akron (Ohio) two years later. He is the author of five books.
After retiring from the United States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, Bean documents his—and fellow Apollo astronauts’—experiences in space in paintings. He says that since he was fortunate enough to see sights no artist has ever viewed firsthand, he believes he needs to share these experiences through his art. For example, he does not paint the moon a monotonous gray, but mixes colors into his palette and adds texture by pounding the flagpole into the moon’s surface. His paintings go for more than $50,000.
"Alan was a big hit. His presentation , story and willingness to personally meet, sign autographs, take photos, etc 75 plus people really combined to generate tremendous appreciation and value."
Dallas Chapter of the Society for Information Management
Event Booked by Speakers Platform
"Alan was awesome!! He was very well received and hit every topic relavent. People were so thrilled and honored to have him here. Everyone loved hearing a leadership/motivational presentation that was outside of Intel. And to be honest, was almost emotional for me...meeting someone that accomplished such great things was a once in a lifetime experience for most people. Everyone has requested more events like this. Alan is such a wonderful person to work with. Very positive comments. And working with your organization was also very positive. Thank you for making this easy. Will keep your web site in my favorites."
Event Booked by Speakers Platform
"Captain Bean showed professionalism, flexibility and great patience during his time in Grand Junction. There were a few glitches on our end but he took it all in stride and was very pleasant to work with. We were very happy with Captain Bean′s performance."
St. Mary′s Hospital Foundation
Grand Junction, CO
"Your presence at our 25th anniversary celebration was, without a doubt, the highlight of the event. Not only was your presentation entertaining, but it also conveyed in a dramatic way the importance of teamwork and goal setting in achieving success. Our guest were delighted that you were available to talk with them individually."
Keith Peterson, President
"Everyone was blown away by your ′out of this world′ presentation. It was obvious that you carefully tailored your message with thrilling first hand tales of human drama and adventure, problem-solving examples, a great sense of humor, and little known inside stories so that it would be relevant to what we were trying to accomplish."
Donald P. LaSalle, Ph.D., President
Talcott Mountain Science Center
"Alan, your space experiences were filled with excellent messages relative to the commitment to quality, teaming and personal drive necessary to achieve established goals. These messages were key to the theme of our meeting of ′Achieving Breakthrough Results.′ The response to your inspiring, informative and motivational presentation was outstanding."
Kathy J. Meredith
"On behalf of our entire team, let me thank you sincerely for the truly inspiring message you shared with us... As was the case in 1990 and 1993 when you and I previously worked together, I′ve heard nothing but expressions of awe and optimism."
Michael A. Marino, Group Vice President
In his presentations, his unique perspective and charming and humorous approach instantly engage audiences in the stories and photos from his life as an astronaut. Even though audience members can’t relate to training an astronaut and flying in space, they can relate to the lessons Bean learned during those 18 years. He talks extensively about how ordinary people already have the talents and opportunities to make their dreams come true.
Using stories and visuals from his paintings and his days as an astronaut, Bean tailors his remarks around an organization’s goals. If time permits, he will talk personally with members of the audience after his presentation. He also brings mini-prints of his favorite paintings to share with the audience.
A motivational presentation by Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, will help any organization reach for its own stars.
Alan will tailor his remarks around your goals and objectives and help all in attendance understand that they already have the talents and opportunities to make their dreams come true. It′s a rare opportunity to learn from--and share time with--a moonwalker.
Reach for the Stars for Down-to-earth Results
Tailored to each audience's goals, Alan Bean's program is entertaining and motivational. He incorporates slides of his mission to the moon on Apollo 12, and offers a look at the astronauts, scientists and engineers who worked together and made an impossible dream a reality. He inspires audience members to realize they can accomplish equally challenging goals in their own lives. Bean’s goal is to help audience members believe they can accomplish the challenges and dreams of their own lives and professions; that each of them can reach for their own stars.
From Astronaut to Artist (new idea)
After he retired, astronaut Alan Bean took a path very different from many of his fellow astronauts. Bean started painting. Through his paintings, which sell for more than $50,000 each, he chronicles the experiences he and other astronauts had on the moon. His style has evolved into fantastical, detailed images that show what it was like to travel to the moon and back. As an artist who used to be an astronaut, Bean wants audiences to know how they can break the mold, do the impossible, and what it takes to follow their dream.
Astronaut - Apollo and Skylab Missions
Alan Bean, Apollo 12 lunar module pilot, became the fourth man in history to set foot on the moon. As commander of Skylab mission II, he lived 59 days in space, 270 miles above planet Earth. Under his leadership, his crew accomplished 150% of their pre-mission goals - a record unsurpassed before or since. During his career, Alan helped establish 11 world records in aeronautics and space. He tailors each speech around the theme of the client′s event and the goals the client wishes to emphasize.
Says Bean, " I want to help the audience feel that they too can accomplish the challenges and dreams of their own lives and professions... That each of us can reach for our own stars... to understand that each of us can reach for our own stars... to understand that they are not light years distant but as close as our workplace, our home, and our family." After his presentations, he will personalize 75 mini-prints of one of this paintings providing audience members the opportunity to talk with Captain Bean.
Alan Bean Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World
Alan Bean, Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World captures humankind′s adventure in space through the eyes and emotions of the only artist who has ever been there. Through a brilliant display of color and craftsmanship, Alan Bean shares his unique perspective, conveying what only eleven other humans have experienced, in a way that only he can. As Alan Bean writes, “The art I make now is the beginning of a new category in the progression of art history, art of human experiences off our home planet, Earth. I have the honor and responsibility of being first.”
Featuring 120 of Alan Bean's luminous paintings in a starkly dramatic presentation and paired with quotes from some of the most brilliant and adventurous minds throughout history, the book explores the majesty of humanity′s near spiritual drive to explore the limits of our imagination and technical capabilities. Flight manager extraordinaire Gene Kranz of Apollo 13 fame recalls the historical drama of the Apollo era from his unique eyewitness perspective on the ground. Legendary art critic Donald Kuspit places the work in the context of contemporary art and landscape painting. Finally, author William Fox, an expert on the dynamics of art and cognition, places Alan Bean in a long lineage of artists and explorers, from Thomas Moran and Ferdinand Hayden in Yellowstone, to Edward Wilson alongside Robert Falcon Scott in the Antarctic. But Alan Bean, our first ever guide to a wholly other world, is artist and astronaut in one.
Apollo : An Eyewitness Account By Astronaut/Explorer Artist/Moonwalker
"Al Bean and Andy Chaikin portray in paintings and text the true life adventure of an astronaut exploring the wonders of the moon."
James A. Lovell
"In Apollo, Alan Bean and his astro-artistry recreate the drama and excitement of man's exploration of the moon as could only be chronicled by one who had been there."
"What one must understand about Al Bean is he is the only artist to have ever walked on the moon. No poet has ever been to the lunar surface, nor any journalist, architect nor songwriter. In the realm of the Arts it has fallen upon Al Bean to be the one moonwalker to turn hard data brought back from the moon into something other than numbered photographs, The images that Al has committed to canvas, them, are important, inspiring, and priceless works of art, Not only has he painted the moon, he's been there."