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In life, journalist Jacques Tiziou amassed an extensive space exploration archive. Now, his son is seeking help in finding a home for the myriad of documents, memorabilia and "space junk" that his late father left behind.
Jacques-Jean "JJ" Tiziou inherited his father's collection after Tiziou died at the age of 77 in 2017. A celebrated reporter whose work began with the beginning of the space age and who covered the Apollo moon landings for the only two French TV channels at the time, Tiziou was recognized by NASA on its media center's wall of honor after his retirement in 2011.
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"I didn't really get this when I was growing up, but his was the voice known throughout French-speaking countries for telling everyone about mankind's race to the moon," said JJ in a video accompanying his "Excavating the Tiziou Space History 'Museum'" crowdfunding campaign on the Kickstarter website. "As it turned out, my space geek dad was a big enough deal that the Kennedy Space Center gave him a plaque on the wall recognizing him as a 'Chronicler,' whose career has provided knowledge, ideas and inspiration worldwide."
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Jacques Tiziou photographed in his basement archives.
Many of those who met Tiziou walked away with a souvenir of the encounter — a "bit" of space history. Tiziou collected, cut apart and individually bagged small pieces of spacecraft and space-flown materials, which he frequently gave away as his "space bits."
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But those bits were only the tip of Tiziou's space collection.
"He built up what he called his 'museum,' which was a giant collection of archives, press clippings, documents, collector's items, signed prints, tchotchkes — you name it, he had it," described JJ. "But all the cool space stuff was buried as his need to hold onto things slowly overtook his capacity to manage the collection."
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