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    Gus Grissom's Personally-Owned and Used 1960 Appointment Calendar. An 11" x 8.75" spiral-bound softcover book from Avco's Research and Advanced Development Division with various photos and blurbs about their technology inside. This year was the first full year as an astronaut for Grissom and it was filled with training, travel, schooling, meetings, and public appearances. Grissom used the appointment book for the whole year of 1960 and features numerous handwritten notations on every month. Engagements include frequent dates with aerospace company McDonnell Douglas (MAC) and the Wright Air Development Center (WADC). Fascinating space career-related appointments include an "ops staff meeting" in February and a "Saturn Guidance Briefing at ABMA [Army Ballistic Missile Agency]" in March. Also in March are notes "Leave for Huntsville with press suit" and "Zero 'g' at WADC". In May, Grissom records a "Redstone briefing at Huntsville" (a little more than a year later, Grissom would blast into space on a Redstone rocket). Other interesting notations throughout the year read, "Centrifuge make up", "Autopilot Meeting", "H2O escape", "Panel 2 meeting on Saturn", "FLT safe Rev.", "Procedure training F-106 trainer", "Possible KC-135", "Zero 'G'", and "Press conference". One note reads "All Redstone runs start centrifuge 5 dynamics in 2 + 1e & 3 static each run 16 minutes'', ''Sim Flt of MR-1..." Several days are marked with the names of his colleagues, "Coop/ Shep" and "Gus/ Deke". Personal notes include plans with his wife Betty as well as the date of her birthday (better not forget that!). A scarce personal memento from the beloved Mercury Seven astronaut and an illuminating record of the training program for the men with "The Right Stuff." Fine.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity from Mark Grissom (Gus's younger son) stating that this calendar was owned and used by Gus Grissom.

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    November, 2014
    12th Wednesday
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