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    "...it was a romantic and emotional gesture..."

    Marilyn Lovell Autograph Letter Signed Regarding Mt. Marilyn Lunar Landmark. Two pages on 5.75" x 7.75" personal letterhead, April 22nd, no place or year mentioned. A handwritten letter from the wife of astronaut James Lovell who flew to the moon on Apollo 8 and Apollo 13. She discusses his naming of a mountain on the moon after her. It reads, in full: "I was pleased to hear from you and your curiosity concerning Mt. Marilyn intrigued me. I was not aware that Norman Mailer revealed this fact in his book. NASA played this thoughtful gesture of my husband down, saying only famous male deceased scientists were named on the moon. Of course this was before woman's lib!! The only other person who gave me credibility was Neil Armstrong. As he was about to land on the moon, he was naming craters, etc. as his check points and he did mention Mt. Marilyn. I was elated. In December, 1968 I went to Cape Kennedy to witness the launch of Apollo 8. The children and I rented an apartment on the beach. A few days before the launch my husband joined us for a short visit. He brought an enlargement of a portion of the moon that was taken up close by an unmanned satellite. It was then he told me about Mt. Marilyn. I was touched by this event. Yes, it was a romantic and emotional gesture for a man who was about to be one of the first men to circle the moon. I might add-Mt. Marilyn is framed and signed by my favorite astronaut. Sincerely, Marilyn Lovell." Heritage sold an Apollo 13 Flown CSM Orbit Monitor Chart in our Spring 2014 auction (Lot 40198, $35,000) where Lovell had notated the location of Mt. Marilyn on the appropriate map. This is a great letter giving his wife's perspective of that romantic gesture. Includes a press photo of the two together. Very fine.

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