Manuscript/Mixed Material Birthday letter to Chuck Berry
Carl Sagan 900 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, N.Y. 14850
15 October 1986
Mr. Chuck Berry
c/o Mr. Nick Miranda
12825 Four Winds Farm Drive
St. Louis, MO 63131
Dear Chuck Berry,
When they tell you your music will live forever,
you can usually be sure they're exaggerating. But
Johnny B. Goode is on the Voyager interstellar records
attached to NASA's Voyager spacecraft -- now two billion
miles from Earth and bound for the stars. These records
will last a billion years or more.
Happy 60th birthday, with our admiration for the
music you have given to this world . . .
Go Johnny, go
Ithaca, New York
On behalf of the
About this Item
- Birthday letter to Chuck Berry
- Contributor Names
- Berry, Chuck (Addressee)
- Sagan, Carl (Author)
- Druyan, Ann (Author)
- Subject Headings
- - Sagan, Carl
- - Communication in science
- - Extraterrestrial life
- - Life on other planets
- - Outer space--Exploration
- - NASA
- - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- - Voyager Golden Record
- - Murmurs of Earth : the Voyager interstellar record
- - Voyager Project (U.S.)
- - Druyan, Ann
- - Berry, Chuck
- - Jonny B. Goode
- - Correspondence
- - Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan wish Chuck Berry a happy 60th birthday. They note that his music "will live forever" because his performance of "Johnny B. Goode" are included on the Voyager interstellar records attached to NASA's Voyager spacecraft. They mention that the records are at that point two billion miles from Earth and that the records would last for a billion years or more.
- Dimensions in inches: 11 x 8 1/2
- Source Collection
- The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive
- Manuscript Division
- Online Format
- online text
Communication in Science
Life on Other Planets
Murmurs of Earth : The Voyager Interstellar Record
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Voyager Golden Record
Voyager Project (U.S.)
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Berry, Chuck, Carl Sagan, and Ann Druyan. Birthday letter to Chuck Berry. 1986. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/cosmos000081/. (Accessed September 24, 2017.)
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Berry, C., Sagan, C. & Druyan, A. (1986) Birthday letter to Chuck Berry. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/cosmos000081/.
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Berry, Chuck, Carl Sagan, and Ann Druyan. Birthday letter to Chuck Berry. 1986. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/cosmos000081/>.