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posted 07-22-2012 01:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Deke Slayton's original photo ID security badge. The badge was the first NASA badge issued to Slayton for access to the facilities at Cape Canaveral following his selection as an astronaut. It is signed by Slayton on the back of the badge.

Curiously, he signed it in a style similar to his most common signature "D K Slayton" with the exception that the two periods in his initials are both shaped as a lower case letter "e", thus spelling out his nickname "DeKe" in full.

To date, I believe I have only seen this signature style used in two other instances. One was on a personal letter to Hal Collins upon his retirement (shown below).

I was wondering if any other collectSPACE members have seen or have examples of this Slayton signature variant in their collections.

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posted 07-23-2012 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Really neat. Thanks for sharing!

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posted 07-25-2012 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe that variant (what a great new word for me!) was an intent of Deke's. (He said I could call him that when we met one day!)

Well-known Notre Dame Men's basketball coach, Digger Phelps, will only sign as "Digger" when you chase him down for an autograph. A collecting-friend of mine, said he asked him one day to sign Richard Phelps, as that is his name, and he said absolutely, no-how, no-way... that would be his legal signature and he was not going to sign that on stuff!

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posted 10-20-2012 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm. From the response to this post, it appears that this signature variant is not too commonly seen. I'm still looking for other examples. Let me know if you've seen one.

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posted 10-29-2012 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a few similar Slayton signatures. These were obtained in the 1975-80 time frame.

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posted 11-01-2012 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some more Slayton signatures I received over the years. Slayton's signature stayed consistent over the years he was signing.

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Could the e's be round periods? Just an observation...

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posted 11-08-2012 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting theory but on the personal letter shown above to one of Slayton's work associates, addressed to "Hal" not "Harold", I doubt that Slayton would have signed simply with only his first two initials, D. K., hence essentially signing the letter as Donald Kent. If Slayton was just using his initials to sign I would think that he would include all three of his initials. DKS.

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