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The first wife of famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin writes on his behalf about their autograph policy, signs name in black ink
Typed letter signed: "Joan Aldrin" in black ink. 1 page, 6x9. Written on Buzz Aldrin's "Research and Engineering Consultants Inc." letterhead. In full: "Dear Collector: We are returning your first day cover unsigned. Col Aldrin has been most generous in the past with his signatures. Unfortunately for the sincere collector like yourself, his generosity has been somewhat abused by those requesting his signature on items for commercial use. Therefore he has established a policy of autographing items only for those people he personally knows. Since you are interested in obtaining his autograph, we are sending you a small card with his signature which we have enclosed". Joan Aldrin was the first wife of astronaut Buzz Aldrin from 1954-1972, was the mother of his three children, and married to him during the time of his famous 1969 journey to the moon and back. Aldrin, a 1951 West Point graduate, had flown 66 missions in Korea, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew F-100s in Germany before persuading the Air Force to send him to M.I.T. for a doctorate. Although he was turned down for the astronaut program in 1962, Aldrin was later aboard one Gemini mission (Gemini 12), and became a close friend of astronaut Ed White, one of the Apollo I astronauts who died in a launch pad fire. Aldrin and Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong left the patch from that ill-fated mission on the surface of the Moon. During the Apollo 11 mission, Aldrin had piloted the Lunar Excursion Module, Eagle, and became the second man to walk on the Moon. Normal mailing folds. Slightly toned. Light surface creases. Small pinpoint stain of verso, shows through on front. Otherwise, fine condition.

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