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Group of three (3) astronaut signed placards from a "Meet the Press" television broadcast, air date Sunday, May 21, 1967, signed by U.S. Navy Captain Walter Marty Schirra Jr. (1923-2007), one of the original seven astronauts and Commander of the Apollo 7 Mission, U.S. Air Force Colonel Frank Borman (born 1928), Commander of the Apollo 8 Mission, and U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Thomas P. Stafford (born 1930), Commander of the Apollo 10 Mission and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project flight. Each is made of red cardstock with signatures to left or right of white stenciled lettering. 6" H x 22" W. Provenance: Collected by the consignor who was the nephew of Herman Albert "Lee" Dayton, a veteran Washington, D.C. broadcaster and the announcer of the NBC-TV weekly program "Meet the Press" for 25 years. The consignor provided the following anecdote about the experience: "My Uncle Herman Albert "Lee" Dayton invited me (when I was not quite 9 years old) and my father, former United States Marine Corps Major Winfield B. Hale, III, to the first televised press conference with the newly named Apollo Project crew astronauts: Captain Wally Schirra, Frank Borman, and Tom Stafford. The goal of the Apollo Project was to reach the moon by 1970, as urged by former President John F. Kennedy. Captain Schirra had been on the cover of Life Magazine on May 19, 1967, which ran a lead story of the continuation of the NASA Apollo Project and the intense training the new crew had been undergoing in Key West since the tragic launchpad fire that killed three of the former Apollo crew members in the winter of 1966. They were questioned during the program about how the deaths of their fellow astronauts affected them and how the tragedy altered the Apollo Project, they discussed the extensive changes and additional safety measures that were made to the program and specifically to the oxygen systems aboard the spacecraft to prevent such a future tragedy, they spoke about their families, their rigorous underwater training for experiencing and working in weightless space conditions, their overall demanding physical regimens to stay in shape, and the unflagged American spirit and determination to win the race to the moon. After the program aired, my father and I met all three of them with Uncle Herman, David Brinkley, and Edwin Newman, and the astronauts then autographed their name placards and gave them to me. They also answered my childish question "how do you use the restroom in space?" I specifically remember that they saluted my Marine Major father and thanked him for his service as a dive bomber who piloted a Douglas Special Bomber "Dauntless" in the Pacific and was also believed to have been at or near the Battle of Midway in WWII." The Estate of Alice Wright Summers Hale, Rogersville, TN. Condition: All items in overall good condition with abrasions, largest 2", areas of dampstaining, largest 10", and general wear to be expected from age and manner of use. Signatures in overall very good, legible condition (not affected by aforementioned condition issues).