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Lot 51: LYNDON B. JOHNSON August 15, 1972 Apollo Program Typed Letter Signed L.B.J.
October 29, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Lyndon Johnson's Feelings on the Apollo Space Program
LYNDON B. JOHNSON. Thirty-Sixth President of the United States.
August 15, 1972-Dated, Terrific Content Typed Letter Signed, "L.B.J.," 1 page, measuring 7" x 9" on his special gold-embossed letterhead with the Presidential Seal and his initials printed below at top, at Austin, Texas, Choice Crisp Mint. Here, Lyndon Johnson writes on the importance of the Apollo space program. This Letter is offered Together with an Inscribed Signed Photograph, "For Arnold Gates / with warm best wishes / Lyndon B. Johnson," the inscription accomplished in the lower margin of this signed color 8" x 10" bust Portrait of Johnson having some trivial handling wear at its corners, overall Extremely Fine.
Johnson offers his thoughts on the significance of the rapidly upcoming Apollo Program only months before the final Lunar mission (Apollo 17: December 7-19, 1972). This historic Letter reads, in full:
"The magnificent effort which took America into space and to the moon represents, I believe, this nation at its best. We took a dream, we perfected the technology to make it real, and we followed it all the way. Our adventures in the new world of space proved once more that America can do what it wills itself to do, if it applies to the muscle, the recourses, and the heart to get the job done. - (Signed) L.B.J."