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    NASA "Behind the Scenes" Personnel: Collection of Signed Photos and Notes. The astronauts get most of the glory, but there are a lot of people involved in each mission that deserve more publicity for the important work they perform. Here is a group of twenty plus signed items from some of those people. Most of these are 10" x 8" NASA color silk-finish photos. A few of the highlights:
    Joe W. Schmitt was the legendary spacesuit technician that suited most of the astronauts pre-flight from Alan Shepard through Apollo and beyond. "Pat---/ You've always/ been NASA's #1/ shutterbug, but/ after I retire in/ December, you'll/ become NASA's/ #1 Senior Citizen!/ Best of Luck/ Joe W. Schmitt".
    Jack Kinzler was the Chief of the Technical Services Center who devised the plan to use a "parasol" to fix the Skylab Space Station, thus the inscription. "To Pat Patnesky/ From your friend, the 'Mary Poppins' of NASA/ Jack Kinzler".
    Charles A Berry, M.D. was chief or director of various medical operations from 1958 to 1974. "To Pat Patnesky/ With great admiration of the premier/ photographer of our National space effort/ and the people involved. It's a privilege/ to have you as a friend and co-worker/ Chuck Berry M.D." This is an original "red number" glossy photo (S-65-42846) of Berry taken during a Gemini 5 simulation exercise, three-hole punched in the margin.
    Bill Muehlberger (d. 2011) taught geology to several generations of NASA astronauts starting with the Apollo program. "To 'Pat' Patnesky/ -a good friend and/ photographer./ Bill Muehlberger/ 'what a neat rock'". The photo is from 1972 and shows Muehlberger closely examining a rock during an astronaut training trip, three-hole punched.
    Stephanie Wells is a NASA pilot and training officer for Aircraft Operations. "Pat,/ It's always a great pleasure/ to see you out here. Best wishes!/ Steph Wells".
    Chuck K La Pinta, M.D. was an Apollo-era flight surgeon. "To 'Pat' Patnesky/ A.K.A. 'Handsome/ Harry'- a real friend/ for many. Many years and/ the only guy at JSC who's/ better-looking than me! HA!/ 11-24-89/ C. K. La Pinta". Also, a second signed photo with another humorous inscription.
    Other names included in this lot: Denise Baisden, M.D. (signed photo); Pat Santy, M.D. (signed photo); Heidi De Block, M.D. (signed photo and long ALS); Susan H. Tilton, M.D. (signed photo and ALS); Charlie Harlan (signed photo); Major General Vincent Huston (signed "red number" glossy from Gemini 8, three-hole punched); Edward C. Burchard (signed photo, three-hole punched); Lon Kidd (B&W glossy, three-hole punched); and five others.
    Generally excellent. From the personal collection of longtime NASA photojournalist Andrew "Pat" Patnesky.


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    November, 2013
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