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    Neil "Tex" Armstrong moves to Texas after being chosen as an astronaut

    Neil Armstrong Autograph Letter Signed "Tex" to His Brother Dean, October 1962, Directly from Dean Armstrong's Personal Collection, with Signed COA. Two pages (one sheet, front and back), 7.25" x 10.5" Shamrock Hilton (Houston) letterhead, no date, to his brother Dean. Written legibly in script in blue ink, the letter reads in full:

    "Sunday nite-

    "Congratulations---

    "Just got the word this weekend when I flew out to the West Coast to help Janet with the packing. Looks like you didn't start re-arranging your house any too early. Usually the early ones take the parents by complete surprise. I was planning to come up and visit you, but I think I'll wait till the place quiets down a little.

    "I have been here in Houston for over a week now. About half the week in classes, and the remainder is spent on the road. It doesn't look like the travel commitments will reduce much beyond what I've been used to the past several years.

    "I have an apartment rented with a four month lease (furnished). I hope that it will be sufficient time to locate a house. The NASA site (now building) is located about 25 miles South east of Houston, so I expect we'll be living somewhere in that neighborhood.

    "We are keeping our house in California and have rented it to a carpenter who is going to continue with the construction. I hope to bring Janet and Ricky down within the next several weeks.

    "Best of luck with the new addition, I know you look forward to the next several months with mixed emotions.

    "See you soon (I hope).
    Tex
    "

    Timeline: Neil Armstrong had been contacted by Deke Slayton on September 13, 1962, about whether he wanted to join the second group of NASA astronauts. His answer, of course, was "YES." The names of the "New Nine" were kept secret until the 16th and the group was introduced at a press conference on the 17th. He continued with his job at Edwards AFB, flying daily, through Friday, September 28th. After a weekend at home, he flew directly to Orlando and then to Cape Canaveral where he, and the rest of the new group, attended Wally Schirra's Mercury-Atlas 8 (Sigma 7) launch. His orders called for his transfer from the Flight Research Center to the Manned Spacecraft Center to happen between October 11 and 13. At that point, he and Elliot See drove to Houston in two days where Armstrong rented the above-mentioned apartment on Airport Road just off the Gulf Freeway (near Hobby Field). The next few days were spent at the space program's headquarters and contractors. It seems very likely that this letter was written on October 21st, or the 28th at the latest. Once his family did join him in Houston, they lived in this apartment until their home in the El Lago subdivision was finished.

    Context: The reason for the congratulations to brother Dean was on the birth of his child Ann, which took place on October 16, 1962. She was premature, thus the "early ones" comment.

    Importance: A rare missive to his only brother with family, as well as NASA and Texas, content. It comes from the period when he was just beginning his career as an astronaut and likely had no idea at all that he would, less than seven years later, become internationally and eternally famous as the first man to walk on the moon. The first (and likely only) Armstrong item we have encountered where he humorously signed "Tex"! Don't miss out on this unique piece. Mailing folds and light soiling on verso, overall fine. This lot will be accompanied by a signed COA from Neil Armstrong's brother, Dean.


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    May, 2019
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