Complete Bible, flown to the moonApollo 14 Lunar Module Flown Complete Lunar Bible, #14-179, as Presented by Mission Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell to Comedian Bob Hope, Signed and Certified. A complete microform King James Bible, 1.5" square, produced by NCR (National Cash Register Company) and published by the World Publishing Company. This one was given to legendary entertainer Bob Hope in September 1971 at the Seabrook United Methodist Church in Houston. It is mounted to a 5" x 7" mat on which is written: "To Bob Hope-/ This microform Bible/ was carried to the moon/ aboard the Spacecraft Antares./ February 5 1971/ With warmest regards/ Ed Mitchell/ Apollo XIV". On the back of the frame is written: "Microform Bible- Presented to Bob Hope by Ed Mitchell, Apollo XIV. Ed White Memorial Dedication, Houston, Texas 9/19/71". A rare opportunity for a collector or institution to own a rare religious artifact flown to the moon with association to one of the most beloved public figures of the twentieth century. Very fine.
These microform Bibles were produced by The Apollo Prayer League, led by Reverend John M. Stout, in honor of fallen astronaut Edward White II who had once told a reporter that it was his goal to take a Bible to the moon. Three hundred of these were given to Dr. Edgar Mitchell who carried them to the moon with him on Apollo 14, January 31- February 9, 1971. Upon their return by Mitchell to Stout, they were carefully serial-numbered. Various of them were presented, both whole and in fifty-page segments, to members and supporters of the Apollo Prayer League as well as to museums and national dignitaries. Bob Hope, who had organized a televised benefit to raise money for the Edward White Youth Memorial Center at Seabrook, returned to Houston for the dedication of the facility. This was presented to him has been handed down in the Hope family to the present owner.
Below are transcripts of two Texas period newspaper articles regarding the benefit and the dedication ceremony:
Stars Shine For White's Benefit
HOUSTON (UPI) - Raquel Welch couldn't make it. But 46,875 others did. They paid from $3 to $100 a seat. They saw a new singing quartet-Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Cary Grant and David Janssen. They saw Glen Campbell. They saw Robert Goulet. They saw Dorothy Lamour, Bobby Sherman, Nancy Ames, and Trini Lopez. And they saw Joey Heather ton. Lots and lots of Joey Heatherton. It was the Bob Hope Extra Special-a benefit by Hope and his hand-picked company of stars to raise money for the Ed White Memorial Fund. The goal was to raise $350,000 for the fund and it was a success. The memorial fund was White's idea. He wanted to build a youth center in Seabrook, Tex., for the children of that area. White and two other astronauts died in a flaming Apollo spacecraft on, the Cape Kennedy launchpad. The fund drive continued and it was made a memorial to White, his two Apollo partners, and the five other American astronauts who have died since the start of the space program. Miss Welch, one of the main drawing cards on Saturday night's program, was not able to appear because she had to fly to Europe for surgery. But Hope and Co. still put on a 4 1/2 hour show that had the Astrodome on its ears. Hope, Grant and Peck received standing ovations when they walked onto the stage. The three, along with David Janssen sang "We Love All Those Wonderful Guys (astronauts)." Peck even got to sing a duet with Hope. Grant and Janssen each did a comedy routine with Hope. Goulet sang "The Impossible Dream" to Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard. Campbell sang "Galveston." And then there was Miss Heatherton who sang and danced in a see-through, burgundy chiffon gown worn over a flesh colored body stocking. Miss Welch barely was missed. (Brownsville Herald, page three. Monday, May 18, 1970. Brownsville, Texas.)
Comedian Bob Hope Opens Youth Center
HOUSTON (AP)- Comedian Bob Hope, quipping "this is the lint lime I've ever paid to do I benefit" helped open the Edward H While Memorial Youth Center near the Manned Spacecraft Center Sunday The center was named alter White, one of three astronauts killed in a space capsule fire at Cape Kennedy Jan. 17, 1967. Hope ramrodded last year's benefit at the Astrodome which raised $290,000 of the $330,000 spent on the youth center, which was originally proposed by White in 1966. Sunday, Hope and others also pledged to give $30 a year for the next 10 years to help run the center. Also kicking in $300 was Methodist Bishop Kenneth W. Copeland, who made the dedication address. Copeland said, "Regarding Mr. Hope's comments. I can say this is the lint time I've ever had to pay to hear myself preach." After White's death, the board of stewards of the Seabrook United Methodist Church, which White at tended, established the memorial youth center in his honor. The center is built next to the church which owns and operates the facility but will be open to the entire community. Mrs. Ed While, the astronaut's widow, attended the ceremonies. (The Brazosport Facts, page one. Monday, September 20, 1971. Freeport, Texas.)
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