Schirra's Flown Cue Card From Apollo 7
Television Broadcast With Cue Card
cue card was flown on Apollo 7. It was
part of a set that was used during the Emmy
winning television broadcasts from
space. There was apparently a set
of 5 cards printed up for the flight.
Those Cards And Letters Coming In Folks"
is probably the most famous of the cards.
card of stated, "From The Lovely Apollo Room High Atop
fourth card asked NASA Public Affairs Officer
Paul Haney if he was a turtle. The
fifth card asked Deke Slayton if he was a
The cards were printed on fireproof card
stock. To the best of our knowledge the "You
Bet Your Life" card although flown, never
made it on one of the Apollo 7 television
the cards are now is on display in the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington,
DC. Two of the other cue cards remained in
the Wally Schirra collection until he consigned
them for auction.
On March 25, 1995 Odyssey Auctions placed this
card along with the "Apollo Room" card
up for auction in their Space And Aviation
Autographs And Memorabilia Auction.
This was lot number 63 in that auction.
The description in the auction catalog stated, "63. Humorous Cue
Cards Flown Aboard Apollo VII. Two cue
cards, both used by Schirra as a gag on the
flight. One, depicting two astronauts,
reads 'From the lovely Apollo Room high atop
everything', the second depicts a pair of dice
and says 'You Bet Your Life'. One card
contains handwritten notes on the back by
Mike Smithwick purchased this lot in the Odyssey
auction. Shortly after that Mr. Smithwick
split the lot and sold the "You Bet Your
Life" card to this museum.
Accompanying the card was a hand written note by
Mr. Smithwick which stated, "Flown Apollo 7
Card. This card was flown on board the
Apollo 7 spacecraft from October 11 to 22,
1968. It was used in a series of
humorous TV broadcasts sent back from the
spacecraft. The card was purchased from
Odyssey Auctions, March 26, 1995 as lot #63."
Later, the Earth To The Moon Air And Space
Museum obtained a type written statement that
was hand signed by Astronaut Schirra attesting
to the authenticity of this artifact.