Testimonials

“Finding a speaker that can intelligently talk about Apollo 12 is no easy task. Amy was the featured speaker at our largest event of the year. We chose her because we knew her “Growing up Apollo” presentation would be the perfect fit for our event. She is engaging and makes time to greet the audience to get to know them. It’s one thing to read about the families of the Apollo program, but quite another to listen to someone who has lived it.”

Pamela Hill, President
Wheeler Historical Museum
Wheeler, TX

“Amy’s talk is both emotional and inspirational. Through her personal stories of her Astronaut father’s dedication and commitment to his duty and dreams, and the support her family provided him, our students came away with the message that with extra effort and commitment, they can reach their own stars.”

Kori Hall, Parent
Holland Elementary School
Holland, Texas

“I had the opportunity to attend several lectures about the early space program and missions to the Moon given by Amy during a cross Atlantic cruise. Amy’s personal account of her family’s experience was truly inspirational! Her unique perspective on this great historical period is a must-attend event for all.”

Rear Admiral William Payne
US Navy SEAL
New Mexico State Senator

“While we can read all about the Apollo missions, Amy brings the family involvement, the emotions of sending man to the moon to life. It’s only then that we get the complete and compelling story.”

Lois Aronson, Art Collector
and owner of Alan Bean painting,
“Way Way Up High Over Pad 39A”

“Amy Bean presented a wonderful recollection and tribute to her father Alan Bean from the incredible time of the Apollo spaceflights. From a unique perspective of the daughter of a moonwalker, she tells stories of a very exciting time in world history and weaves in her personal and unique family perspectives. She, of course, also discusses the background of some of her father’s famous artwork. A truly enjoyable presentation from many perspectives: aerospace, history, art, and family.”

James Sergeant
SFTE President, AIAA North Texas Section Chair
Lockheed Martin Flight Test

“Our library patrons loved the presentation Amy gave on her father and what it was like to grow up in the golden age of the space race. It was lively, interactive and full of personal anecdotes, humor and family photos that weaved a beautiful story of courage, curiosity and innovation through the warm eyes of a family in the midst of one of America’s greatest moments.”

Robin Stauber
Patrick Heath Public Library
Boerne, TX

“Amy is as down to Earth as her spacefaring father was, a truly accessible and relatable speaker who can share the lessons she learned literally at the knee of one of Project Apollo’s greatest heroes. As we inevitably lose the men who were the first to leave Earth’s gravitational bonds to explore our sister satellite, there are no better witnesses to history than their children. I can’t think of a better person to tell the story of the first pinpoint landing on the Moon than Amy Bean.”

Dave Schlom
Host of NPR Podcast Blue Dot

“Amy speaks about her experience growing up in the shadow of her father. I have had the opportunity to listen to her speak and she is very interesting to hear how it was to have a father that explored space. She also talks about his unique career as an artist after he retired from the space program. Besides her story she has a great message that goes with it.”

Peter Conrad, son of Astronaut Pete Conrad
Apollo 12 Commander of Apollo 12

“Sending Man to the Moon and returning him to Earth was an Impossible Dream come true. We have all heard NASA’s story, now Amy tells the Family Story of this great American Adventure.”

Kelsey Poor, PR Manager
Spacefest / Novaspace

“Sometimes it’s difficult to teach kids history because they can’t imagine what it was like at that time. Amy Bean came to Holland ISD and spoke to our students about her father and his journey on Apollo 12 as an astronaut in the U.S. space program. Amy’s message of her father’s hard work and perseverance to reach his goal was inspiring. Our students listened intently and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.”

Shane Downing, Superintendent
Holland ISD

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Featured Artwork

Clan Bean Arrives on the Moon by Alan Bean

Clan MacBean Arrives on the Moon by Alan Bean

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Clan MacBean Arrives on the Moon

Painting Completed 1996, 22 1/2” x 30 3/4”,
Acrylic on Aircraft Plywood

The official records show that when Apollo 12 flew to the moon the crew was Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, and Alan Bean. That’s true…as far as it goes.

We also represented the hopes and dreams of the scientists and engineers who designed the rockets, spacecraft, and experiments. Our skilled instructors and the flight controllers were there too,, as were our families and friends and all the American taxpayers who paid the bill. I found out later that as I sped to the moon on the morning of November 19, 1969, I represented my forefathers of the Clan MacBean.

The first mention of the Clan MacBean in Scottish history occurred about A.D. 1300. The word “Bean” at that time, meant “the lively one,” and the “Mac” signified “the son of Bean.” I think my mother would have agreed, when I was in my twos or threes, that she had a lively one.

The clan flourished in the Scottish highlands. John MacBean brought the clan to the New World, but not by choice. He was in the ranks, fighting for the Scottish King Charles II against Cromwell, the British Dictator, at the Battle of Worcester. The Scots lost the battle and John MacBean was deported to Boston as a prisoner, arriving there on February 24, 1652.

John Bean (the ship’s clerk had anglicized his name) was sold as an indentured servant to a sawmill operator in Exeter, New Hampshire. The boss’s daughter quickly fell in love with him and short while later they were married. Pete and Dick have laughed at this story and said, “The gift of great good luck was in the Bean genes even way back then.”