Robert A. Heinlein was one of four additions to the Hall of Famous Missourians in 2013, but he is the only one whose bust has yet to be installed in the capitol.
Missouri’s rule is that the bust must be paid for by the public (not the state) and the funds have yet to be raised. Now The Heinlein Society is stepping up to see that the job is finished.
The Society’s Paypal link (see “I want to Pay it Forward” at top right of Home page) now includes a dedicated selection for “Hall of Famous Missourians Bust” with example amounts. A second donate button is free form if you don’t see one of the example amounts that matches your generosity and desire to “Pay it Forward!” in memory of Robert A. Heinlein. Checks may also be sent to the Society’s mailing address at 3553 Atlantic Avenue, #341, Long Beach, CA 90807-5606. Just indicate “Hall of Famous Missourians” in the memo field of your check.
Last year a staffer for the Missouri Speaker of the House told me the cost of the components would be: bust, $9,500; base, $2,000; and plaque, $250. The Heinlein Society’s latest estimate, including the cost of the award ceremony, is reported in the $12,000-$20,000 range.