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Photos by Ed Emmons
TCM EXCLUSIVE STORY
Retired Commander and Astronaut Scott Altman will be returning to Pekin on April 11, between 1:30-2:00 p.m., an exact time has not been worked out. Scott will be attending the unveiling ceremonies of the Bronze Bust of himself at the Scott Altman Elementary School, where the Bust is on loan for the next 3 years.
The Bronze Bust was moved from the Tazewell County Museum earlier in March to the School. The Bronze Bust was commissioned by the Museum to be done by Delavan native and Sculptor Elsa Morgan in 2009. The small version of the Bust was unveiled at the Pekin Country Club on October 23, 2009. The Bronzed version of the Bust was unveiled at the Museum on March 13, 2011.
Left: Scott Altman Bronze Bust sits on display in the foyer at the Scott Altman Elementary School Monday afternoon.
Altman Principal Josh Norman tells me that the Bust sits on a solid Oak Pedestal mounted to the floor, and the Bust itself is mounted to the pedestal.
The former Sunset Hills Primary School was re-dedicated, the Scott Altman Elementary School on 9/11/2010 in honor of Altman, a Pekin native. Altman went to Pekin School's, graduating from PCHS in 1977.
His parents Fred and Sharon Altman of Pekin also were teachers in the Pekin school system.
Among other honors Altman has received include his own Scott Altman Room at the Tazewell County Museum, which features many items from NASA.
Pekin has also honored Altman with hometown sign, when you enter Pekin. Altman School is K-3, with 200 students.