HOUSTON (Dec. 15)
The crew of Apollo 12 and 36 other astronauts and their wives attended a “salute to the astronauts” dinner for 1,000 here yesterday sponsored by the Jewish National Fund. For Capt. Charles Conrad Jr., Richard F. Gordon and Alan J. Bean, it was their first appearance since being released from quarantine after their historic moon landing last month.
The occasion was the announcement, by Texas governor John B. Connally,of the establishment of a U.S. Astronauts Forest” in Israel by the JNF. Herman L. Weisman, national president of the NJF. presented each of the Apollo 12 crew with a tree certificate. The new forest will he planted near Jerusalem and is expected to be dedicated next May.