Manuscript/Mixed Material Image 1 of Letter from Neil Tyson with enclosures

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25 November 1986
Prof. Carl Sagan
Astronomy Dept.
Cornell University
302 Space Sciences Building
Ithaca, New York 14853
Dear Prof. Sagan,
We met and chatted in your office 10 years ago on a snowy autumn
day. (I think the data from Viking were still fresh!) I was applying
to college from the Bronx High School of Science and I was considering
Cornell - perhaps you remember.
I ended up at Harvard where I earned my BA in Physics (1980). I con-
tinued here, at the University of Texas, where I expect my PhD in Astrophysics
in less than 2 months. (See attached news clipping for more detail.)
One of the many ways I earned money to support myself through graduate
school was to become "Merlin" for the Star Date News (formerly the
McDonald Observatory News). "Merlin's Words to the Wise" is a monthly,
popular level Q § A column on astronomy and space that I have been
writing for over three years.
I think I have composed enough material for a book. (My brother,
Assist. Prof, of Art, University of Pittsburgh, has agreed to illustrate it.)
In your experience with agents/publishers do you believe an astronomy
Q § A book is a viable idea? If so, would you recommend for me an
agent or publisher that might consider it.
I've enclosed a description sheet and a sample from the proposed
manuscript for your reference.
Thank you for your time.
Neil/D. Tyson/
encl: 1) person, data sheet
2) outline
3) sample from manuscript
4) 2 issues of Star Date News

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Letter from Neil Tyson with enclosures
Contributor Names
Sagan, Carl (Addressee)
Tyson, Neil deGrasse (Author)
Subject Headings
-  Astronomy
-  Sagan, Carl
-  Mentorship
-  Mentoring
-  Tyson, Neil deGrasse
-  Correspondence
-  Neil deGrasse Tyson writes to Carl Sagan for recommendations for an agent or publisher he might contact about turning a series of Q & A pieces he wrote for Star date the astronomy news report into an illustrated book. He encloses a copy of a recent article about himself.
Dimensions in inches: 11 x 8 1/2; 8 x 7-clipping
Source Collection
The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive
Manuscript Division
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online text
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Sagan, Carl, and Neil Degrasse Tyson. Letter from Neil Tyson with enclosures. 1986. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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