Remember that ad for the Revell sweepstakes I ran last week? You know, the one that promised a full-size replica of a Gemini spacecraft as its grand prize? Yeah, that one. I was dying to find out more about this insanely cool prize and, at Ian's suggestion, decided to go right to the source and contact the Revell PR department.
"That Mockup was won by a youth in Portland Oregon and was donated to OMSI where it has been a valuble tool for teaching. I know as I have simulated missions many times with my students."
"Dear Mark, I spoke to a man by the name of Howard Reider. Howard was the man who brought this idea to life. In 1967, he was the PR & Marketing Manager for Revell. He was very sorry, but had zero information on who won the prize. His best suggestion would be to look in local papers in Oregon or possibly Boys Life Magazine archives as the prize was donated by a winner to a local museum. Possibly, the museum in Oregon has a file on this and the boy that won. To confirm for all, this was not a model. This was an actual replica that was produced by McDonald Douglas. The capsule had to be shipped via railroad direct to the museum. The prize was awarded via a sweepstakes type entry, in order to win; the winner had to agree that they would donate to a local museum for two reasons, (1) So that others may enjoy and (2) Because it had to be shipped via railroad direct to the donation site. A little more trivia for you, the cost of building this kit was $5,000. In 1967 $5,000 was unheard for any type of prize. Plus the additional model kits that the kid won. At least the kid got to keep all the model kits as he watched his beloved capsule given away. There were numerous glitches along the way in production. At the last minute McDonald Douglas said they would not provide the capsule. However, after seeing all the press etc, they some how found a way to complete the project and deliver to the museum. I would be interested in hearing any further information on this if the museum has the name of the winner etc. I realize this does not answer your number one question of WHO the big winner is, hopefully, you will find some of this info helpful. Also, it made Howard's day when I called him and asked about this. He said in all the years after this contest, not one person ever called him about it again. He was astounded that now 40+ years later that people are interested. Please keep me advised if you are able to find the winner etc." Regards, Joyce Collier Revell Sales