Exceptional vintage signed "Amphitheatre" 1947 yearbook for Montclair High School, hardcover, 8 x 10.75, 136 pages, inscribed inside in fountain pen by the 17-year-old Aldrin next to his senior class picture, "Here's wishing you the best of everything in the years to come. You are really a great dancer. Buzz." Aldrin's short senior biography, printed next to his image, reads: "Center of attraction…quiet…pole vaulter…those shoulders! U.S.M.A." According to an ownership inscription on the front pastedown, the yearbook belonged to "Holly E. Gifol" of Verona, New Jersey, and many of her other classmates have also signed inside. Aldrin is additionally depicted as the center of the varsity football team, with a blurb describing him as "always dependable." In fine condition, with slight cracking to the front hinge and soiling to the covers. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from Zarelli Space Authentication and Beckett Authentication Services.
Buzz—who had been given the nickname by his younger sister's mispronunciation of 'brother' as 'buzzer'—graduated from New Jersey's Montclair High School in 1947. After turning down a scholarship from MIT to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering and was commissioned as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. The description in his bio is apt—Neil Armstrong was reportedly chosen to be the first man to walk on the moon because of his humility, compared to Aldrin's "center of attention" personality. A fabulous early autograph.
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