I think this photographer captured the moment when Frank realized that he didn’t really want to do this anymore. ;-)

I think this photographer captured the moment when Frank realized that he didn’t really want to do this anymore. ;-)

Frank’s Sixties-style selfies while visiting ESTEC, Noordwijk, 1969.

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Bringing in the weekend with the Apollo 8 boys.
One thing from Countdown that I found very Frankesque was Frank explaining his happiness after splashdown; it wasn’t due to a successful mission or the near-certainty that America had won the space race, it was simply because it wouldn’t be long until he saw Sue and the boys again.

Bringing in the weekend with the Apollo 8 boys.

One thing from Countdown that I found very Frankesque was Frank explaining his happiness after splashdown; it wasn’t due to a successful mission or the near-certainty that America had won the space race, it was simply because it wouldn’t be long until he saw Sue and the boys again.

The kick-ass lunar pioneers. Among this group is: the first American to do a space walk, the first three men to conduct a rendezvous in space, the first two men to fly out of Earth’s orbit and go to the moon, the first and third men to walk on the moon, the first man to fly the Lunar module, the first man to be struck by lightning twice on the way to the moon, and last but not least, the first to eat a corned beef sandwich in space.

The kick-ass lunar pioneers. Among this group is: the first American to do a space walk, the first three men to conduct a rendezvous in space, the first two men to fly out of Earth’s orbit and go to the moon, the first and third men to walk on the moon, the first man to fly the Lunar module, the first man to be struck by lightning twice on the way to the moon, and last but not least, the first to eat a corned beef sandwich in space.

(Looks to be) late 1969: Frank’s wondering how he ended up in the middle of a Gary Larson cartoon.

(Looks to be) late 1969: Frank’s wondering how he ended up in the middle of a Gary Larson cartoon.

The moon landing isn’t the only anniversary being celebrated today - Happy 64th Anniversary to Colonel and Mrs Borman! 

The moon landing isn’t the only anniversary being celebrated today - Happy 64th Anniversary to Colonel and Mrs Borman! 

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"I wish I’d just said ‘Good night’"

— Frank’s thoughts when having to write out the end of the Apollo 8 Genesis reading multiple times during signing sessions.

Interesting memo detailing the options that President Nixon had to agree or disagree to on 11 launch day. Note that he ignored all his advisors and followed Frank’s opinion without question, who probably ‘strongly recommended’ a national holiday just so he could have the day off. ;-)

Interesting memo detailing the options that President Nixon had to agree or disagree to on 11 launch day. Note that he ignored all his advisors and followed Frank’s opinion without question, who probably ‘strongly recommended’ a national holiday just so he could have the day off. ;-)

The first photo shows President Nixon and Frank in a closet…sorry, Frank’s liaison office in the WH, watching the Apollo 11 mission launch. For most people, hanging out with the President during a seminal moment in history may be something to tell the grandkids…but this is Frank, whose memory today rates the importance of this event along with a hair-cut and getting his car waxed, and therefore can’t even remember it happening.   

The second memo shows Frank acted a WH Lunar musical director. I’ll have a wild guess that the President did what he was told. And this was before Frank told him that his speech sucked. ;-).

31 Oct 1962: The New Nine (and a couple of hangers-on ;-)) are forced to pose for stupid photos.
The quality of the photo makes it look like 1862 though, so maybe the phoney rocket is actually a time-machine, and these guys were pioneers in every sense of the word.

31 Oct 1962: The New Nine (and a couple of hangers-on ;-)) are forced to pose for stupid photos.

The quality of the photo makes it look like 1862 though, so maybe the phoney rocket is actually a time-machine, and these guys were pioneers in every sense of the word.

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