Jim Swigert and tax forms
“Oh thank you, I seriously thought I was going to jail over my taxes. Now I can go back to my normal everyday activities, which include but aren’t limited to flying jet planes, being a total badass and squiring insanely hot women around town.” Jack Swigert receives a gift and his tax forms from American Samoa Governor John M. Haydon, April 1970. Jack famously remembered that he hadn’t filed his taxes while he was in space on Apollo 13; he was granted an exemption since he was most decidedly out of the country.

I believe this photograph is from the Jean P. Haydon Museum, Fagatogo, American Samoa; if it is not, feel free to correct me.

Emily Carney is a writer, space enthusiast, and creator of the This Space Available space blog, published since 2010. In January 2019, Emily’s This Space Available blog was incorporated into the National Space Society’s blog. The content of Emily’s blog can be accessed via the This Space Available blog category.

Note: The views expressed in This Space Available are those of the author and should not be considered as representing the positions or views of the National Space Society.

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