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July 8, 2011

Historical Echoes: One Giant Step for Banking

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“Lamar Pioneers in Space, the New Frontier” is the headline of an advertisement that appeared in the April 1985 issue of Texas Monthly magazine. The ad indicates that Texas-chartered savings and loan “Lamar Savings now is making plans for a full service branch on the moon.”

“(A)s the first American financial institution to apply for a lunar branch, Lamar is proud of its leadership role . . . in developing this incredible new frontier. . . . (T)he company . . .  will be at work on the extensive preparations necessary before it can serve the needs of the U.S. space community on the moon. The lunar office is simply a logical next step . . .”

According to Nathan C. Goldman, author of “American Space Law: International and Domestic” (Univelt, 1996), Lamar Savings and Loan Association “hired attorneys who processed the application [to acquire permission to open a branch office on the moon] with full seriousness through the state system.”

Update: Lamar Savings Association is currently inactive; it was acquired by Southwest Savings Association in 1988.

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