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A photography, design and video project documenting the restaging of a 40 year-old memory and a shot at dad redemption.
A photography, design and video project documenting the restaging of a 40 year-old memory and a shot at dad redemption.
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      Scott on

      Finally got my book. Looks great. You mind sharing who you used to print the book?

    2. Charles Wilkins on

      Paul, Have been meaning to drop you a line since receiving the book and mission report. Just wanted to say good job, man. I know it was a rough road to finishing the project, but a lesser man would have just thrown in the towel. Glad I was a (small) part of this project.

    3. Matthew Leahy on

      Hey Hey! Saturn Relaunch book arrived today. Looking forward to showing it to my graphic design students. Thanks for seeing it through- and congrats!

    4. Paul Sahre Creator on

      To anyone having trouble changing your address in Kickstarter:

      1. Go to the Saturn V Relaunch campaign page

      2. Under 'Rewards' on the right hand side, find your pledge level. it should be a green highlighted area titled 'You selected'

      Click on 'your response' at the bottom.

      if this fails, go ahead and send me your address as a direct message.

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      Elias on

      Hi Paul,

      I think I need to pay an additional fee for international shipping. Kickstarter asked me to contact you. Let me know how to arrange this! Looking forward to seeing the book.


    6. Paul Sahre Creator on

      Anyone who needs to should be able to update your mailing address now. I had to change the settings on my end again for some reason. If you are still having trouble, go ahead and send me a message with your new address.


    7. Jane Nagle on

      Very excited that this is being printed! Any insight on how to update the survey info?

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      Kurt on

      I was thrilled to get the email notification recently about the recent update to this Kickstarter. I've always believed that these projects should take time and care and not be rushed. Sadly I've pledged on other Kickstarter projects where things get rushed due to impatient backers and then the project suffers. This is a unique project that clearly involves a lot of personal emotion for you and your family Paul and I will be thrilled to get the rewards I pledged for whenever they arrive. Life does often get in the way of things. Keep up the great work.

    9. Meaghan Button on

      Can't wait Paul!! So excited, and yes, I truthfully forgot I was "owed" something for backing this, so I'm really, really excited!! Congratulations on once again making a dream of yours a reality!! The boys are so lucky to have a dad like you!! - Meg

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      Robert Kelemen on

      wow. such vitriol from backers of an artistic project.

      as paul says in his latest update, i DID forget that i had backed the project (or more accurately, that i was still owed anything). the posters and stuff early on were cool, as expected. but more importantly, i thought paul's personal posts about the experience were well worth the price of admission. that, to me, was the project.

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      Scott on

      a week has become a month...

    12. Paul Sahre Creator on

      touché allen. hope all is well.

    13. Allen F. Quigley on

      The pitchforks are out! Good to see this is going to finish. Years back, you scolded me for being late on one of your projects so I'm just going to go ahead and call it even. Good luck, Sahre!

    14. Paul Sahre Creator on

      Ouch. a backer just alerted me to the state of affairs here.

      The book and video are happening and i will have and update and firm delivery dates for you next week.

    15. Charles Wilkins on

      Hey Paul,

      Thought you might find this story, which dropped today, interesting...

      FTC Settles Deception Charges with Failed Crowdfund Project

    16. Matthew Leahy on

      Thanks for the group name by the way!

    17. Matthew Leahy on

      Kickstarter has been very unhelpful in another project I backed. I asked them for the actual name of the person that created the project- they never responded despite multiple queries. They could care less once they get their cut.

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      John Miller on

      Crowdfunding projects that never delivered

      Request to join. You can then submit projects to be included. The group leader and others are exploring ways to get various attorneys general, consumer agencies to try to help because like I said previously, the list is over 5 pages and millions of dollars. Some were likely real scams and others just bad management and planning.

      I would prefer what I pledged for than money back personally.

      I also think that Kickstarter etc. are wrong for not offering us more that "oops , sorry "

    19. Matthew Leahy on

      What is the group name? I think it's important to have a third party recording failed Kickstarters; as we know KS just says if they funded- not if they fulfilled.

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      John Miller on

      There is now a Facebook group on unfulfilled/failed Kickstarter projects. Paul and this project are now members of this illustrious group. The total amount of money involved is staggering. Millions of dollars.

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      Scott on

      I just was going through my backer history and had forgotten all about this one! Chalk another one up to defeat! Thanks, Paul for nothing.

    22. Charles Wilkins on

      It would seem that the mouse living in the rocket got way more out of this project than any of the backers. Hope you enjoyed spending our money on something other than completing the project, Paul.

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      Kurt on

      Like many it seems, I have come here to the comment section to see if any new news is available for this project. This was one of the more odd projects I supported on this site, but I really liked it. I hope everything is ok with Paul and that stuff is eventually delivered. It has been a long time though since any updates.

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      Martin Bell on

      In space, no one can hear you scream about abandoned projects.

    25. Matthew Leahy on

      John you've had some bad luck.

      This KS is disappointing but the real kicker for me is Defiance Games, the creator blew 46k with nothing to show. The Massachusetts Attorney General is involved now- the mediator's offer doesn't comply with KS creator guidelines and KS sure isn't going to do anything about it.

      I've spent a lot of $$$ on KS projects and I intend to boycott them entirely next year.

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      John Miller on

      I wrote a long Kickstarter "Walk of Shame" projects list. I have boiled it down to make it more readable. First the Happiest of Holidays to all backers who are the folks that make Kickstarter go. Hang in there and go with your heart.

      For me-- idiot projects-- way overdue, over-promised and under delivered, outright lies as to where they were when they asked for our money have reduced my backing to 24 projects in 2014 ( 7 of those were $5 and under to stay ing touch.) and only 2 were 100 or more.

      Walk of Shame
      Machination: A Game of evil Genius—Signal Flare Game
      Saturn V Relaunch – Paul Sahre
      CST-01 Central Standard Timing
      Embrace+ Paul and Rudy --my nomination for idiots of the year.
      Agent Smartwatch -- Chris Walker – (Secret Labs/ Netduino
      VACHEN Smartwatch Won Rhee
      HotWatch PHTL

      Honorable mentions to Omate Truesmart and Neptune Pine, for delivering way less than promised and very late. ( no iOS app)

      Happy Holidays

    27. Matthew Leahy on

      I've sent Paul three private messages over the last year, with no response.

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      John Miller on


      Do you ever plan to ship us anything for our contributions? It has been a long time.

    29. Matthew Leahy on

      *crickets chirping*

    30. Charles Wilkins on

      Paul, what's the word on the book?

    31. Matthew Leahy on

      Is there any chance this will be completed by November? That's the two year date ;)

    32. Charles Wilkins on

      Hey Paul, since it looks like the book has been printed and had time to get here on the boat, what's the word on a ship date?

    33. Matthew Leahy on

      Yeah I'd like to check mark this KS as fulfilled soon. I never thought Relic Knights might beat this one out of the gate.

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      John Miller on

      Hey Paul,

      How are we coming on the rewards? Do you have a shipping timeline yet? Thanks

    35. Paul Sahre Creator on

      I just posted an overdue update (#27). The book will be printed next month. It's being printed in South Korea. I'll post another update when i have a specific ship date. thanks again for your support and patience.

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      John Miller on

      Paul, can we have an update as to when books will be sent out. Thanks in advance

    37. Matthew Leahy on

      How's the progress on the book?

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      Brenton Schlender on

      Did it ever occur to you that maybe you just don't have "the right stuff" to make a rocket that actually flies? That's okay. I'm glad I supported you and your project, and think it was worthwhile to see you try so hard. As a model rocketeer myself, I know failure too. But seriously, that Saturn V model rocket was always more for looks than for flying. You should try to find out the proportion of those models that ever had a successful flight. It might make you feel much better about both your father and yourself. Regardless, I am in awe of your perseverance and your moxie, and of your creative approach to trying to improve upon a disappointing childhood memory. Just remember that fathers are great role models even when their rockets don't get off the pad.

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      Kurt on

      This project is made even more interesting by your blog. The fact you are keeping an updated blog and tumblr progress as you go along really increases the education and wonder factor of this project. I wish you luck and can't wait to see the result.

    40. Timothy Pskowski on

      You should send a backup update with a link to the blog. I didn't know about it until I went to the project's website.

    41. Matthew L. Porter on

      The poster is so cool I am considering adding a third bedroom to my house so I have a place to hang it. It will go next the the Filthy First Ladies Poster by Mark Kaufman poster I bought at the REUNION art auction.

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      Gus Gardellini on

      My father died of pancreatic cancer in 1999. He was a machinist, and worked in aerospace, on Apollo, Shuttle, and many other programs. He inspired and supported my interest in much so that I ended up getting a scholarship to UCLA. He told me many years later that one of his proudest moments was seeing me graduate. My son Maximilian was born in 2006. You do the math. I would pledge much more, but $5 is about the limit for us right now. I hope you will allow "Max/Dad" to be our name on the rocket. Bless. You. Paul.

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      Martin Bell on

      Upon further reflection, I realize that I didn't build the Saturn V back in the seventies. I think it was actually a Mercury Redstone. Those black and white rockets all look alike. I see that is still selling the Saturn V in a limited edition for only $70. It might be fun to play along.

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      Claudia Lange on

      I seem to have lost my initial comment, if it is posted,l'll just consider it a deja vu moment.
      Relaunch is just perfect!
      Support of this project will be the 2012 holiday gift for myself and my brothers. Bravo to Paul who is sharing the TRY with us. His project offers nostalgia of the times of our youth, speaks of optimism, redemption, creativity of science and graphics, family dynamics and for me there's even some serendipity! As I was reading Paul's bio, I saw that he's the author of Leisurama Now... serendipity! Having spent childhood summers in eastern Long Island during the 60's and 70's I enjoyed reading his book last year and was very happy that our paths are crossing again!

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      Martin Bell on

      This project warms my heart. I launched all kinds of rockets when I was in high school back in the mid seventies. One of them was the Saturn V. I wasn't very detail-oriented, so I didn't spend years or months or maybe even weeks building it. It went up a hundred feet, made a hard left and crashed on the roof of the school next door.

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      Brenton Schlender on

      As a long-time rocketeer I, too, know the trauma of failure. It can hound you for life. I am in complete agreement that it's time to grab the rocket by the booster and make it right. Can't wait to see the book. I hope you also make a video version. You are quite the whiz with those special effects.

    47. Matthew Leahy on

      Family legends in the making. I'm more than happy to support this endeavor.

    48. Robert Gusek on

      As a boy I learned about model rockets and the space program from my Dad. I think this is such an awesome project, and I wish you all the luck. Is there any chance of allowing members of the public or the kickstarter backers to come watch the launch?

    49. Kio Stark on

      I cannot even express in words how much I love this idea, and I am a writer.

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