Pluto’s Discovery Described by Tombaugh in Handwritten Note

One of the most popular columns I wrote in my final year at the Houston Chronicle was about the value of Neil Armstrong’s autograph. Anthony Pizzitola, who first tipped me off to the issue, is an avid autograph collector with a particular interest people who played a role in space exploration. In light of New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto, he shared this note from Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh, which he received in 1987. As you can see, it’s far more than a simple autograph.

Clyde W  Tombaugh Pluto1


About lorensteffy

Loren Steffy is a writer, speaker and consultant. He is the author of Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit published by McGraw-Hill in 2010 and The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, published by Texas A&M University Press in April 2012. A journalist for more than 25 years, he was most recently the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle.
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