ALS, one page, 5.5 x 8.5, personal letterhead, February 28, 1979. Kind response to an autograph request, in part: "Because you wrote such a nice letter, I am replying…May I also presume to give you a bit of advice—In any request always enclose a stamped self addressed envelope. Being in debt from an unsuccessful trying for the Senate, I have neither the funds nor the time to honor the requests I get—without such a return envelope. The other retired astronauts are in the same boat." In fine condition. After leaving NASA, Swigert embarked on a political career, running unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in 1978. He finally won a seat in the House of Representatives in 1982, but passed away eight days before the start of his congressional term. From The Bill Lende Collection.
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