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What The Apollo 11 Crew Did For Life Insurance 168

Back in 1969 insurance companies weren't very optimistic about the odds of an astronaut making it back to earth after being launched in a rocket to the moon. The cost of life insurance for the Apollo 11 crew was astronomically high so they came up with a clever solution. A month before launch, the astronauts signed hundreds of autographs that were to be sold if they didn't make it back. From the article: "About a month before Apollo 11 was set to launch, the three astronauts entered quarantine. And, during free moments in the following weeks, each of the astronauts signed hundreds of covers. They gave them to a friend. And on important days — the day of the launch, the day the astronauts landed on the moon — their friend got them to the post office and got them postmarked, and then distributed them to the astronauts' families. It was life insurance in the form of autographs."
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What The Apollo 11 Crew Did For Life Insurance

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 31, 2012 @04:29AM (#41187459)

    bet against yourself?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 31, 2012 @04:46AM (#41187527)

    Ask not what your Life Insurance can do for you, Ask what you can do for your Life Insurance.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 31, 2012 @05:27AM (#41187689)

    Damn right! I hate people who stick their necks out and take risks. They should have spent their careers fixing printers and ducking work in a cubicle somewhere like responsible and productive members of society and not be so irresponsible.

    This is something the science-y liberals will never understand. We have it good enough, dammit. We don't need someone to rock the boat and cause people to hope and dream of better things for themselves and the species.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 31, 2012 @05:28AM (#41187691)
    What is the big need for insurance? I guess they could have tripped in the studio, or had a light fall on them.
  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Friday August 31, 2012 @06:29AM (#41187957) Homepage

    How very republican of you.

    God damned astronauts... trying to suck from the public teat!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 31, 2012 @08:13AM (#41188493)

    Yes, that's right - freeloaders. Sucking off the government teat swollen with the cash of a Democratic president who just didn't know how to say no to federal spending. Millions and millions of dollars...for what? A few guys walk on the moon, bring back some rocks, then scrap the program. Useless government waste I say. This was possibly the only thing of commercial value - and even if they had died the signatures should have been sold to cover the massive federal hemorrhage that was the space program. I mean, they signed those on government time, they belonged to the government. Where is the IP outrage?

    If Mitt were president, we wouldn't have to worry about this kind of foolishness - we'd have bought the ruskies at a fire sale, stripped the cash they had, leveraged their oil fields, and sold the rest to the chinese. We'd ALL be living on caviar and drinking Dom Perignon while admiring our fleet of American vehicles from one of many vacation homes today.

    Fuck the Democrats - Romney / Ryan 2012!!!

    (gotta remember to check that AC box this time...no sense squandering karma!)

  • NPR (Score:4, Funny)

    by cHiphead ( 17854 ) on Friday August 31, 2012 @09:00AM (#41188863)

    Hey look, someone else was listening to NPR.

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