First edition of The Roger B. Chaffee Story, On Course To The Stars, inscribed by his father, Don Chaffee and President Gerald R. Ford.
“…On Course To The Stars: The Roger B. Chaffee Story“, by C. Donald Chrysler and Don L. Chaffee with a foreward by Gerald R, blue cloth, title in silver gilt on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. The book has been signed twice by President Gerald R. Ford, including an incredibly long inscription. Also signed by Don Chaffee, father of astronaut Roger Chaffee making this an exceptional association copy, with both Chaffee and Ford being from Grand Rapids, members of the same boy scout troop, and Ford leading the honors for the fallen astronaut after the Apollo I disaster.
The inscription from President Gerald R. Ford reads:
From its inception in the post W.W.II era, I was interested in and involved with the Space Program, both the military and civilian aspects. As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Select Committee on Space, I had full knowledge of how our program developed. I always believed in + fully supported the Space Effort because I fully appreciated the benefits to all mankind and especially the U.S.A. Gerald R. Ford.
Ford has also signed “Gerald R. Ford” and inscribed the page at top, dating it 2/23/80.
The inscription from Don Chaffee reads:
The Space Program deserves a tremendious [sic] amount of credit for showing the world how human effort can be applied to achieve a common goal. We have had the will to go this far in space and the many things we have learned and acquired can be and must be applied to our problems here on earth. Don L. Chaffee. 4/24/72.
In publisher’s dust jacket, light shelf wear, bright illustrations, retail price on front flap.
One of the finer Ford signed books we can recall seeing.