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    "Somehow, the sacrifices, self-denial and discipline now seem to have been all worth while. Needless to say I am happy."
    Ex. Jack Swigert

    Jack Swigert Autograph Letter Signed to His Parents Upon Becoming an Astronaut with His Personal Résumé and Period Newspaper Clippings. Many of us have likely wondered what it felt like to have been chosen as an Apollo astronaut. This amazing letter written by Jack Swigert to his parents reveals that information! This important and revealing ALS is on one 8.5" x 11" blank page, front and back, written from South Gate, California, and dated Wednesday, March 30, 1965 [sic, should be 1966], to "Dear Dad & Mom". The letter reads, in full:

    "The news came today at 1:15 PST in the form of a telephone call from Deke Slayton. It was GOOD news and I was selected in this group. Somehow, the sacrifices, self-denial and discipline now seem to have been all worth while. Needless to say I am happy.

    "There will be a news release on Monday April 4. Deke suggested that I get in touch with you so that it won't be a complete surprises - if the reporters come around. He gave some guidelines for me and you. - That it would be OK to go into my background. Be cautious of saying much about the selection and selection process - and nothing about the other individuals involved in it. Be cautious about saying anything about the program - for example the time table - when I might fly, what my training schedule would be or other things which I have no knowledge of at this time.

    "I have enclosed my latest resume [enclosed] to give you some background material. It's just meant for you only - to draw some general facts from.

    "I wouldn't mention anything about my having been in a previous selection, You can go into detail about my activities on the Paraglider at North American. But about the other projects, don't say they were classified - just say 'he flew on some other projects but we don't know what they were.

    "About the work at P&W, you might say he was a test pilot there for 7 1/2 years and did flight tests on the whole stable of engines made by Pratt & Whitney.'

    "I'll call you Sunday and we'll chew it over on the phone. You might talk it over with each other and see if there are any questions.

    "I will ask that you keep this between you and I until they make the announcement. I'd hate to have it get out and come back to haunt me.

    "Well, Mama & Papa - it looks like I'm about to start a new career in life. It is something I'm looking forward to - because I think I can make some contribution, however small, to the country's efforts in this field.

    "Take care of yourselves / My love / Jack.

    "P.S. Will plan on coming thru Denver for three or four days - probably from about April 22-27. How does that fit in - if at all with your plans. J."

    Also included is a four-page résumé with a handwritten note at top: "Mom & Dad - For your eyes only-". It describes, in detail, his personal information, education, military service, and professional experience as a test pilot. Two newspaper clippings from a local Colorado newspaper mention the selection of Swigert and the other Group 5 members. Letter has a few minor stains and mailing folds, all items very good or better.

    Included with this lot is a Letter of Authenticity on Nate D. Sanders Auctions letterhead signed by Swigert's niece Janeen Spinelli. It reads, in full: "I hereby certify that this autograph letter signed by Jack Swigert, and his four-page resume were both personally owned by Jack Swigert and sent by him to his parents shortly after he learned of his selection for NASA Group 5."


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    November, 2019
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