Saturday, November 10, 2012

Darrell Royal and the Moon?

Prior to Darrell Royal's death, and auction had been scheduled to raise money for Alzheimers.  In it were quite a few space related items that really caught me off guard. Turns out DKR was friends with several moon walkers and they had presented him with a few gifts.

Charlie Duke gave him the above  Texas flag flown to the moon and claims (on the presentation - see below) that he tried to make a Hook'em in the photo with his gloved hand. 
Texas Flag from Moon - very faded, he obviously had these in his office and ENJOYED them! Lots more close-up photos in the auction listing! (15,000-25,000=$17,000)

But the neatest thing I learned was about a single recording with Charlie Duke and Willie Nelson during one of their infamous (all night) "picking" sessions.  In the conversation they all sat around talking about what it would be like to be in space.  A conversation between a football coach, a musician/songwriter, and a guy who HAD walked in space.  I would kill to hear that recording!

The audio recording of the party with Charlie Duke and Willie Nelson talking about what it would be like to be on the moon. I so want to hear this – hope the buyer makes it public! (60-150=$425)

Apollo 12 moon flag - signed by Conrad, Gordon, and Bean (10,000-15,000=$15,000)

Apollo 8 Moon Flag - signed by Borman, Lovell, and Anders. What a steal! (10,000-15,000=$6500)

The auction website - browse through - it's fun!
Neat article about Auction - with photos.