Neil Armstrongs Apollo 11 life insurance was autographs

first_imgOn August 25 we were sad to learn of the death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever set foot on the moon, and a name that will forever live on in the history books.Neil Armstrong was a very intelligent man, and carried out the roles of aerospace engineer and pilot before becoming an astronaut. But his intelligence didn’t just extend to his career, he also knew enough about money to make sure his family and friends were taken care of whatever happened to him in his very dangerous job.As you’d expect, Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts couldn’t get life insurance for their trip to the moon. No insurance company would ever take that gamble when these guys were attempting something that had never been done before. Or at least, any that did wanted a ridiculous amount of money up front.But that didn’t stop the crew of Apollo 11 taking out a different form of life insurance. No insurance company was involved, however, Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins instead sat there signing autographs during quarantine in the month before launch.In that time hundreds of autographs were signed by the three. Those autographs were all done on envelopes, which were then handed to a friend who delivered them to the post office for postmarking on specific, important days.The end result was a load of very valuable envelopes, all carrying the autographs of the astronauts and postmarks on dates such as July 20, 1969. If Apollo 11 had never made it back those envelopes could have been sold for huge sums of money and the astronauts’ families catered for financially. As it turns out, the three returned with the value in those envelopes assured by their historic mission.If you’re wondering how much such an envelope would fetch, apparently they were selling at auction for $30,000 some 20 years ago. That’s sure to have increased significantly if any were to turn up at auction today.via NPRlast_img read more

The new 2019 Europe and Britain collection from In

first_imgThe new 2019 Europe and Britain collection from Insight Vacations features 96 unforgettable journeys, including three brand new trips to Scandinavia, Malta and Greece, and enhanced itineraries for Joran, Isreal and Malta.The Jordan Experience now offers a meaningful visit to the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative, an Insight Cares and TreadRight project; Israel Discovery includes a new Dine-at-Home lunch experience; and Easy Pace Malta has added memorable visits to Valletta and Mdina. Insight Vacations has also created more selling opportunities for travel agents, which are only available to book for 2019 including commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Normandy D-Day landings. Guests can explore these significant historical sites by booking either the Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley or French Heritage guided journeys.“As the Europe Specialists for the past 40 years, we highly value our loyal travel agent partners. Our goal is to help make 2019 their best booking year ever with our ‘Insight Difference’ by offering clients incredible activities, meaningful interactions and the best value across our 96 European premium guided journeys,” said Lorraine Sharp, Managing Director Insight Vacations. “We have already seen a significant increase in advanced 2019 bookings and we anticipate client demand by highlighting special times to visit certain destinations with festivals such as the Venice Carnival, Bastille Day, Oktoberfest, Edinburgh Tattoo and Christmas Markets.”*To help travel agents close more sales effectively and for a seamless booking experience, Insight Vacations has created one singular opportunity for a 10% savings with its popular Early Payment Discount for clients who book and pay in full by January 31st, 2019.”Insight Vacations advises agents to book as early as possible for the largest choice of trips and available departure dates. As a further booking incentive for clients, past guests can receive an additional 5% savings until October 31st, 2018. agentsBritainBrochuresEuropeInsight Vacationsprogramslast_img read more