I guess Clarence Simonsen piqued my curiosity last week when he sent me his manuscript about the research he had done on an artist who had worked for Wernher von Braun in Peenemünde, and later in the U.S.
Usually Clarence sends me about a 20 to 30 pages Word document with images to copyedit and format on WordPress. This time it was much more, somewhat in the range of 200 pages, and much more controversial since noboby ever bothered to look into tail art on A4 or V-2 rockets.
So I got reading, and copyediting…and formatting his manuscript to put on the blog. The problem is that the contacts he had made had stopped replying to his emails.
So Houston, we might have a problem…
How to tell Clarence Simonsen’s story about an artist who probably painted most of the A/4 (V-2) tail arts in Peenemünde, and later in the U.S., tail arts that Clarence painted replicas of?
I hope I am piquing your curiosity…
“At the home of Baron Magnus von Braun in Wirsitz, in the Prussian province of Posen, life was filled with zest for serious reading, classical music and good conversation in any of half a dozen languages,” according to Wernher von Braun biographer Erik Bergaust.1
The baron was Wernher’s father and the books that his son liked to read best were science fiction. Stories by 19th century writers like Jules Verne fired von Braun’s imagination. In fact, von Braun also tried writing science fiction. One story, “Lunetta” (Little Moon) was published in a distinguished magazine. The story “concerned a rocket flight to a space station during which the crew wore space suits and observed the heavens through special windows,” wrote Helen B. Waters, another von Braun biographer.2
1. National Space Society, Wernher von Braun, 1912-1977, p. 3.
2. Helen B. Waters, Wernher von Braun, Rocket Engineer, (New York, 1964), p. 18.