Decidedly unique belt buckle presented to Associated Press aerospace writer Howard Benedict, measuring approximately 4 x 3, featuring a polished stone from the Kennedy Space Center crawlerway in the center. Includes its original presentation case, with the original plaques reading: “The stone in this belt buckle was taken from the crawlerway at the Kennedy Space Center over which our Nation’s space vehicles travel to begin their journeys into space” and “Presented to Howard Benedict, From the men and women of the Kennedy Space Center in appreciation of your many years of dedicated support to the Nation’s Space Program, July 2004.” In fine condition. Accompanied by Benedict’s official Space Shuttle Atlantis and Skylab 3 press badges. In addition to his career as a writer—with three books on space to his name—Benedict was the longtime director of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. From the collection of aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte.
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