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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 10-22-2013 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know Bill Lenoir signed his photos through the mail as "W B Lenoir," but I'm wondering about the letter accompanying it, if it was real as well or a printed signature (even though the content was geared to the asker).

The signature at the bottom reads a full, "William B Lenoir," and I get suspicious when the letter and photo doesn't match. Had anybody kept those letters from Lenoir and knows for sure?

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 10-23-2013 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hart - Show a scan.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 10-24-2013 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here it is:

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 10-24-2013 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It does not look like any autopen pattern I know.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 10-24-2013 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which, if it is real, is a puzzle: Why sign formally on a letter, even to an autograph collector, and first two initials and last name on a photo? Was it faster to do the latter, have a whole stack of them waiting to be sent out and then just customize and sign a form letter?

Ross
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posted 10-25-2013 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hart, I suspect you have 'hit the nail on the head'. If I were an astronaut I would sign a pile of photos when I had some spare time and then send them out as necessary. It would also make sense to just use initials when doing a lot of signatures.

But the letter is more likely to be personal and thus he may just happen to have signed it differently and with a longer version of his name. Just a thought!

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