DescriptionRichard Gordon: Apollo 12 "Bullseye" World Tour Souvenir and Memento Archive Originally from his Personal Collection. An exciting and comprehensive collection of photos, itineraries, brochures, and programs- all items that Apollo 12 Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon brought back from the thirty-four day whirlwind tour that he and his crewmates (and their wives) took in early 1970 after their successful lunar landing mission. According to various items in this 4" tall stack of material, the tour visited twenty-three locations, landed or overflew thirty-eight countries, crossed the equator six times, and spent ninety-three+ hours in the air. With this archive, a person could vicariously experience this exciting and triumphal succession of official ceremonies and state functions. Likely more than a hundred items. Generally fine condition.
A couple of documents particularly caught the eye of your cataloger. One was a NASA letter stating that the "Bullseye" official party members would receive a flat $5.00 per diem (!). Another is a fascinating, insightful seven page mimeographed group of notes from a National Security Council Briefing, excerpted as follows: "Bullseye is not expected to encounter any adverse demonstrations or any other type of hostility in any of the countries... AUSTRIA- Neutral and generally pro-American. There is, however, some resentment there over the management of the Intelstat program... DENMARK- A NATO country... We may find some anti-U.S. sentiment regarding the Vietnam situation... FINLAND- Neutral, but next door to Russia... the Finnish are always looking for little ways to show friendliness to the U.S. in a manner not likely to provoke the Russians... PORTUGAL- A little bit of a problem here. We have been hard on Portugal for her colonialism... ROMANIA- The only communist [sic] country to be visited. They, of course, gave Nixon a great reception. They will be very aware that they are the only Communist nation being visited, and they will be proud of it... VENEZUELA- Oil is the big issue in Venezuela... BURMA- The government of Burma wants the world to go away and let it alone..." An intriguing look at the political climate of forty years ago.
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