Lot #3175
Apollo 10 Signed Peanuts Book and Walter Kapryan Signature

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Terrific association piece between the Apollo 10 crew, the Peanuts comic strip, and Walter J. Kapryan, the Apollo Launch Director at Kennedy Space Center from 1969 to 1975—a hardcover copy of the book The Wit and Wisdom of Snoopy, published by Hallmark in 1967, signed on the opening dedication page in black felt tip by Gene Cernan, John Young, and Tom Stafford. The page is also signed by longtime NASA employee Nancy Gunter, who presented this book to Kapryan. Includes the original ‘The Peanuts Philosophers’ envelope, marked by Gunter in red felt tip, “Kap,” and an off-white 5 x 3 card signed by Kapryan in black ballpoint, “Walter J. Kapryan, Director of Launch Operations, NASA/ KSC.” In overall fine condition.

Nancy Louise Gunter (1940-2016) worked at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center from 1964 to 2005. She began her tenure in the secretary pool and was soon assigned to Kapyran. She was promoted to lead the Astronaut Office at KSC, holding this position for many years prior to transferring to Facilities.

The connection between the Apollo program and the Peanuts comic strip is well documented. The call signs for the Apollo 10 spacecraft were the names of characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, the semi-official mascots of the famed 'dress rehearsal' Apollo mission, and Peanuts creator Charles Schulz also drew some mission-related artwork for NASA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space
  • Dates: #619 - Ended October 21, 2021

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