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The following article appeared in the November 2003 issue of

Boca Raton Magazine

Rick Newman - Space Man

 By Sar Perlman
Boca Magazine Staff Writer

November 1, 2003

    By the age of 13, Richard Newman had exhibited in every science fair in his native New York state and hosted a children's science show at a Boston television station. He began accumulating fossils, bugs, geodes and even electric cars - anything and everything related to science.

    In 1999, he ratcheted up his collecting after logging onto E-Bay. There it was, an authentic Russian high altitude suit. He had to have it.

    After that, Newman was on the buyer list of every space agency he could contact. Now the owner of a video (and DVD) company, he owns space artifacts including flown parts of a NASA space shuttle, a functional NASA meteor detection and analysis system from the late '70s, a MIR space station window, a flight suit worn by cosmonaut Leonid Kizim, MIR's first commander, a glove worn by the first Asian cosmonaut, a rare Russian SOKOL KV-2 space suit, as well as a variety of other equipment, space suits, head gear and undergarments from different countries. All the pieces are authentic, used by NASA or another space agency in space exploration.

    Then there are the mannequins of odd sizes he's also had to acquire to fit the space suits, which were custom-made to fit the cosmonaut or astronaut.

    A good portion of the collection is on display at the South Florida Science Museum. "I'd much rather own these items and have them on display in a museum than have another collector hoard them and keep them hidden in their house," say's Newman, 47 of Boca Raton. "It gives me great pleasure to see kids and adults alike look at these artifacts and say, "Wow, that's cool!" and learn about science and space."

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