James Lovell Autograph Letter Signed "Jim" to Comedian Bill Dana. One page, 8.5" x 11", Lovell Communications letterhead, Lake Forest, Illinois, January 9, 1993, envelope of transmittal included. It reads, in part: "I just finished laughing at your performance of 'Jose Can You See?' A great CD! I didn't know you can also sing and write songs... I've heard the Astronaut on many times but the others were great too. By the way, the mouse in the Astronaut skit told me recently that he preferred space flight to cancer research. With regards to space artifacts, most of the ones I had are in museums..." Very fine condition with flattened mailing folds.

    Bill Dana was a writer and comedian, quite popular during the 1960s and beyond. His best-known routines were of a fictional persona who introduced himself with the line, "My name.... José Jiménez." José would play various characters but a favorite was as an astronaut. Reportedly, all the original Mercury Seven found him quite hilarious and Bill Dana became friendly with many of the astronauts throughout the years. Interestingly, just last year, November 8, 2008, James Lovell played straight man to Dana's José Jiménez at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation dinner in Florida, a video of which can be found on at

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