Apollo 11 crew, Marshal Tito, and his wifeApollo 11 Crew-Signed (1969) Private Lunch Menu from Yugoslavia, also Signed by President Tito and His Wife Madame Broz. A 5.5" x 8.5" foldover booklet of eight pages with the cardstock cover bearing a line drawing of the Kalemegdan (Fortress) in Beograd (Belgrade) signed in black inks: "Neil Armstrong", "M Collins", "Buzz Aldrin" and also by Josep Broz Tito and Jovanka Broz in Cyrillic. On the inside is printed: "On the occasion of the visit of the crew of Apollo-11. Mr. Neil A. Armstrong, Col. E. Aldrin Jr. and Col. Michael Collins. Beograd, October 18th, 1969". This is not from the reception but rather from the private luncheon where only Tito, the crew, and their wives were present. A unique combination of signatures. Light wear and some minor toning on the cover, overall very fine.
There's an interesting story Michael Collins told about Neil Armstrong shortly after his death, published originally in the Washington Post. "Neil was smart as hell - and an encyclopedia of knowledge of things far beyond air and space. He trotted out tidbits on occasion. After the flight of Apollo 11, we went on a world tour. One evening we found ourselves in Yugoslavia at a formal dinner hosted by Marshal Tito and his wife, Madame Broz. The small talk got smaller and smaller, with madame doing a fine imitation of an Easter Island monolith: frozen, staring straight ahead. Neil bent over and started talking quietly to her, and when I strained to listen, I was astounded that he was talking about Nikola Tesla, the early electric genius and competitor of Thomas Edison. Had Neil lost his mind? No, Madame Broz lit up like a thousand-watt bulb, and from then on we were all buddies, including even the taciturn Tito. Later I asked Neil about his choice of topic. 'Oh,' he replied offhandedly, 'she is related to Tesla.'"
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