Forever lauded as the first man to step foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong transcended his “Astronaut” title with tireless efforts in education, research and civil service. This typewritten signed correspondence offers insight to Armstrong’s passion for the good of the world. Dated “July 7, 1970,” the two-page letter is typed on “Peace Corps” letterhead and has normal compacting folds. Addressed to an attendee at an initial Advisory Council meeting, the correspondence has content conveying encouragement for the agency’s progress and potential (Armstrong was to serve as Committee Chairman from 1971 to 1973), as well as Bill Cosby's resignation from the committee. At the conclusion, Armstrong’s black ballpoint signature trumpets (“9-10”) strength and clarity. Full photo LOA from JSA. This item has a reserve (estimated value $1600- $2000).
The letter reads (in full):
Thank you for attending the initial meetings of the new Peace Corps National Advisory Council. It was a great personal pleasure to meet you and work with you fort he first time.
Joe Blatchford and I want to compliment the group on the abounding interest and absorption exhibited. We feel it was a very successful gathering and that we were able to really examine a lot of facets in two days' time. As a council, I believe we are off to an extremely good start in pinpointing the really important problems facing the agency.
The minute of the meeting are now being edited and will be sent to you shortly. I have suggested that they be prepared in as brief form as possible, with section identification provided so that a full transcript of any portion in which you have particular interest can be immediately available to you.
As you will recall, we agreed that appointment of an Executive Committee of the Council would facilitate our operations. I have asked the following members to serve in this capacity: Mrs. Ahmanson, Los Angeles; Mark Evans, Washington; William Liedtke, Houston; and Erich Segal, New Haven. This committee will meet in Washington soon to discuss imminent matters. Specifically we will be considering how often the Council should meet, plans for regional meetings, and evaluation trips overseas. If you have comments, agenda items, or if you are anticipating a trip out of the country this summer and could give time to visiting a Peace Corps country, please get in touch with Betty Williams, who will serve as our staff coordinator at Peace Corps/Washington.
I am sorry to report that Bill Cosby has resigned from the Council due to pressures of a greatly increased filming schedule.
Thank you again. I am looking forward to seeing you again in the near future.
(signed) Neil Armstrong"