“Forgotten Hollywood”- Houston, We Have a Buyer…

Posted on December 3, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Dallas-based Heritage Auctions has attracted enough interest to sell a checklist used by Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell bearing calculations, which helped save the lives of the crew in 1970, for the gaudy price of $388,375. A spokesperson for the auction house estimates this piece of documented history might sell for $25,000. The artifact was part of a collection  sold during the Space Signature auction set up by Heritage.

   An onboard oxygen tank exploded as the spacecraft was near its destination, but, the crew was forced to scrap its mission and focus on returning back to Earth. It is safe to surmise that without the checklist, the Apollo 13 crew –      <——Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert – couldn’t determine their position in space, and most likely would have faced certain death.

   Imagine Entertainment chronicled this lunar mission in a 1995 movie. Well directed by Ron Howard, the motion picture received critical acclaim for its technical accuracy surrounding this famed NASA rescue. The astronauts were portrayed by Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Pullman. Apollo 13  was a movie adaptation of Lost Moon, the 1994 book by Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.

   A valuable handwritten document captured the imagination of potential buyers. This might be the  lasting legacy of a heroic effort made by intelligent (if ordinary) folks at Mission Control, who performed extraordinary miracles in 1970, when failure was not an option.


   A blog site devoted to the Latino scribe experience present a great portfolio of Hispanic authors throughout the United States. I’m thrilled to be included on TheLatinoAuthor.com with fine writers who have devoted time and energy to putting creative words on parchment. Actor Edward James Olmos (far left steadfastly supports and visits this blog.

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

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