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Old 02-15-2020, 07:16 AM
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Default MRI Icarus - Signed by MRI Founder?

Not my listing, nor do know the seller, but this interesting, it's advertised as signed by the founder of MRI. My understanding was the founder is Mike (Myke?) Bergenske, but that's not the first name in the signature.

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Old 02-15-2020, 08:07 AM
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Not my listing, nor do know the seller, but this interesting, it's advertised as signed by the founder of MRI. My understanding was the founder is Mike (Myke?) Bergenske, but that's not the first name in the signature.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mo...AAOSwXIheQKa Q

I've attached screenshots of the photos here.


That's it...the name anyway. I couldn't tell you if that's his handwriting. His actual name was Myron Daniel Bergenske. He passed away in Dec of 2017.



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Old 02-15-2020, 09:55 AM
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The seller is Andy Andres. Those old unopened MRI kits are really scarce. The only reason they don't go for bigger bucks is that MRI was not as popular as Estes and Centuri, so there is less interest in the kits today. Kits from those latter two companies of equivalent scarcity routinely sell for hundreds of dollars.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:05 PM
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Not my listing, nor do know the seller, but this interesting, it's advertised as signed by the founder of MRI. My understanding was the founder is Mike (Myke?) Bergenske, but that's not the first name in the signature.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mo...AAOSwXIheQKa Q

I've attached screenshots of the photos here.


The signature is "Myron", his given name.
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I saw this the other day. Out of my league, but very cool.
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:49 PM
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Wasn't Myron "Mike" Berganske also involved with AVI? I corresponded with him via email years ago, for reasons I cannot recall, and he told me that as a result of his ancestry research, we were related in some way. News to me. I wasn't aware that he had passed.
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:53 PM
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I believe he WAS AVI also after MRI.
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Myke Berganske was MRI, went to MPC who also brought G. Harry Stine onboard as a designer and consultant, and then bought out the MPC line to sell as AVI. AVI still owes me money, but that is another show.
I was a member of the NAR's Standard and Testing Committee when Myke brought the MPC Mini-jets in for certification testing.
One of AVI's most unique products was a newspaper print catalog - Galactic Encyclopedia, IIRC - featuring all sort of rocketry products, tools, other hobby stuff, and even doll houses. My rather used and fragile copy is buried in a box somewhere.
I have an MRI Theta 37 kit and a Zenith II kit.

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Here's some more MRI, MPC and AVI info:

http://modelrocketbuilding.blogspot...s-answered.html
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