So I’m looking at the space history stuff in the Goldberg auction, even though I A) don’t really collect things and B) have no money. Which are slight handicaps.
But anyway, they have a bunch of astronaut-inscribed autographs to Deke Slayton. Apparently, the astronauts would autograph photos of themselves and give them to their boss, often with short messages included. I felt like a creeper for reading some of these, because they’re personal notes and I feel like I’m reading their private correspondence, or something. What I’m trying to say is, be a fellow creeper and read these with me so I won’t feel as bad.
Here are some of my favorite messages:
From Frank Borman: “To The Boss - always check the gun bay doors.”
Wally Schirra: “To Deke: A true friend, a trusted pilot, a Mercury 7 forever.”
Alan Shepard: “To Deke - a way of life!” (What?)
Mike Collins: “To Deke - who runs the world’s greatest program.”
Walt Cunningham: “Hey Deke - To the Moon or bust.”
Pete Conrad: “To Father: Good Hunting.” (I have no idea what this refers to, yet it made me laugh really hard.)
John Young: “To Deke: how about another flight?”
But my favorites are the two from Alan Bean.
The first: “To Deke: I started to buy you an expensive present but knew you would like this much better. Best regards”, and:
“To Deke: Man with a Golden Heart.”
Alan Bean is legit just the sweetest human being on the face of the planet I can’t even.