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Vic and Herm
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image Collier's Magazine
In February, 1956 Herman Wouk was featured on the cover of Collier's after the publication of his sci-fi The "Lomokome" Papers. As with Herman's other works, Victor advised his brother on many of the scientific and technological elements in the book.

image Keeping in touch
Victor and Herman have confided their personal thoughts to each other in writing for over half a century. In this 1954 letter, Herman relishes the completion of Marjorie Morningstar.

image A Hole in Texas
Herman's latest novel is described as "a rollicking Washington tale about a media firestorm swirling around a vast Hole in Texas and one obscure scientist who gets swept up in the vortex." In the book, Herman offers a keen satire on the clash between government, media and science. Published in 2004 by Little, Brown and Company, the work is dedicated to Victor.

image Confidants
The Victor Wouk Collection contains sixty years of correspondence between Victor and Herman. This 1951 letter from Victor discusses both The Caine Mutiny and the electronics business.

image Rock Lobster
Advertisement from Wouka Distributing, a company started by Victor's and Herman's father. Victor actively managed the company for decades while Herman remained an important investor and advisor.

image Confidants
The Victor Wouk Collection contains sixty years of correspondence between Victor and Herman. This 1951 letter from Victor discusses both The Caine Mutiny and the electronics business.

image "One small step ... "
Herman and Victor share a love for technology, and Herman was particularly overwhelmed by the Apollo 11 mission. Sitting four miles from the launch site in Cape Canaveral, he wrote to Victor, "Nothing can trivialize this awesome thing, though God knows the TV gibberers try. ... It's the most impressive work of man's hands on earth. The sun is high and everyone is waiting and I think many are praying."

image "One small step ... "
Herman and Victor share a love for technology, and Herman was particularly overwhelmed by the Apollo 11 mission. Sitting four miles from the launch site in Cape Canaveral, he wrote to Victor, "Nothing can trivialize this awesome thing, though God knows the TV gibberers try. ... It's the most impressive work of man's hands on earth. The sun is high and everyone is waiting and I think many are praying."

image Townsend Harris High School notebook
Course notebook for Mr. Truesdell's Physics 117 class. Both Victor and Herman graduated from Townsend Harris High School in the 1930s.

image A family portrait
Victor and Herman enjoy a moment with their sister, Irene.

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