Typed Letter signed in 1960 (in German), thanking a German reporter for sending reviews of the movie about him and requesting more, with his handwritten postscript offering her tickets to his upcoming lecture

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Typed Letter signed in 1960 (in German), thanking a German reporter for sending reviews of the movie about him and requesting more, with his handwritten postscript offering her tickets to his upcoming lecture
Typed Letter signed: "Wernher von Braun", 1 page, 8x10½. Huntsville, Alabama, 1960 November 4. On letterhead of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to Fraulein Gerty Agoston, New York, N.Y. In German, translated in full: "I think you will excuse me that I, contrary to your stict instruction, confirm with heartfelt thanks the receipt of your letters of 9-17 as well as of October 10th and 22nd. I am exceedingly beholden to you for mailing the newspaper clippings, and remain glad to have the numerous premiers left behind me. Up to now I only have seen a small part of the reviews which were published, but I lack the time to study all of them thoroughly, because I don't have the intention anyway to establish myself in the movie industry. The one-time experience has been stressful enough. Maybe you have already learned that I will deliver a luncheon speech to the Public Relations Society at the Waldorf Astoria on November 23rd. Details of the program are unknown to me, but my timetable there doesn't have breaks provided so I can't go for doing something else. Therefore I regret that I once again can't accept your so often repeated invitations to the German Press Club. Therefore in written form my gratitude for your good wishes, and the best greetings. Your". Postscript in his hand: "If you are interested in it, I can easily get you an invitation for the luncheon at the Public Relations Society. But I would have to receive an answer soon. Would you please send me the movie review in the Journal American?" Wernher von Braun (1912-1977) has been called the pre-eminent rocket scientist of the 20th century. At Peenemunde on the Baltic, Braun headed the German team which developed the V-2 rocket. He joined the Nazi Party and became an officer of the Waffen-SS, though controversy continues about whether he was compelled or did so voluntarily. Surrendering to the West with most of his rocket team at the end of World War II, von Braun was brought to the US, but spent a frustrating decade working on medium range rockets and responding to questions about his past while the US ignored the potential of space flight, von Braun's dream. The Soviet space satellite Sputnik changed all that, and von Braun went to work for the newly formed NASA in 1958, working to design the Saturn rocket which would take US astronauts to the moon in 1969. The bio-film references in this letter was I Aim for the Stars (1960). Comedian Mort Sahl suggested as a subtitle, "But Sometimes I Hit London". This letter was signed four days before the election of John F. Kennedy; von Braun would play a key role in meeting JFK's commitment to put a man on the moon by 1969. 3 horizontal fold creases. Bottom right corner creased. Lightly soiled. Otherwise fine condition.

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