The "Trophy Trout," given to Pad Leader Guenter Wendt by astronaut Mike Collins on July 16, 1969, has a new home at the Cosmosphere. It is on load from Leon Ford.
The trout was "fresh" when nailed on the board and presented to Wendt. He had it in his freezer for 14 years before he found someone who could freeze dry and preserve it.
The Trophy Trout will eventually be on display at the Cosmosphere, along with other gifts the astronauts exchanged. Many of them were gag gifts, but a fresh trout took that up a notch.
During Coffee at the Cosmosphere in June, Chris Orwoll told the story of the now famous trout.