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Saturday, July 18, 2009

George Pal to Moskowitz

Pal, George. TYPED LETTER SIGNED (TLS). 1/2 page, dated 9 April 1969, to "Dear Sam" [Moskowitz], signed "George." On MGM letterhead stationery with Pal's home address and telephone number penciled in at top. A short note to accompany a check. "So that you don't call me pischer, I'm enclosing my check in the amount of $2.50 which you so kindly laid out for my airport tax in Rio." ("Pischer" is Yiddish for a bumpkin.) Pal also writes that he had tried to reach Moskowitz on a recent visit to New York but couldn't; that he had enjoyed meeting him and "your charming Mrs." and hoped to meet them again soon. Pal was a Hungarian-born film producer whose "Destination Moon" (1950) "initiated the sf film boom of the 1950s." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 904. Pal went on to produce and in some cases direct a half-dozen other sf films in the 1950s and 1960s. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, with MGM logo and handwritten note (on front), "I'd photocopy the check for your records." Faint creases where folded for mailing, two staple holes at top left corner, fine, as is the envelope. (#100294)

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