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Tonight's Auction Hunters TV Show? It is About the Thrill of Model Rockets!SpikeRedesign AH

Check out the "Auction Hunters" TV show on the Spike cable network on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm MST (check here for local listings). The episode is called "Little Ton Jones."

"What is this about?", you ask.

{from Tim Van Milligan (a.k.a. "Mr. Rocket") of Apogee Components}

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Earlier this year, I was asked to participate on the Auction Hunters TV show as a rocketry expert. The TV crew came out to Colorado, and we filmed the episode in January. Even though it was the dead of winter, we were blessed with a perfect launch day, as the weather was warm enough that we could wear short-sleeve shirts.

Due to contractual reasons with the show's producers, I can't tell you exactly what the show is about. Obviously, they don't want me to give away the ending until after the show has been aired. But I can tell you that I believe the show will put rocketry in a good light by capturing the essence and excitement of the hobby. The Auction Hunters TV show likes to capture the essence of the history of the objects they find in storage units. I think they did a good job on this one, because they had cameras set up in all sorts of locations, so it would be next to impossible for them not to get some great shots. For that reason alone, you should tell all your friends to watch this show. Let's give them good ratings, so that other shows about rocketry will be created.

If you've never watched the program, the show star's are Clinton "Ton" Jones and Allen Haff. These guys are great and I'm sure you're going to love them. And even though they are big TV stars, they are both as down-to-earth as anyone you'd meet at a normal rocket launch. And they both have rocketry experience, which just goes to show you how popular the hobby really is.

This episode also features someone else you'll recognize: Mr. Vern Estes. I suggested to the show's producers that he be included, since he was only a few miles down the road from where we were filming. They jumped at the chance to have a real rocketry legend on the show. Hence, this is another reason you should get your friends to watch: Vern is awesome!

I'm scared to watch myself on TV, since I don't consider myself very photogenic. I have a hard time watching my own How-To Videos, to tell you the truth. But I was assured by both Ton and Allen that if the show actually made it to TV, that the editors would keep me from looking like a goofball. I'm sure they had their work cut out for them...

After the show has been aired, I'll be able to fill you in a lot more about what actually happened on the rocket range. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that is just as interesting as what went on in front of the camera.

Finally, I would like to thank the members of the local rocketry club (S.C.O.R.E.) and other rocketeers from the state of Colorado. They were indispensable with the production of this TV show episode. If the actual show turns out as great as I hope, it is largely due to their efforts. Rocketeers are the greatest people on the planet, and I'm truly honored to be associated with them.

Tim Van Milligan (a.k.a. "Mr. Rocket")
Apogee Components

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