Edward Peary Stafford 
Grandson of Admiral Robert Edwin Peary

1) "Explornography" by John Tierney, New York Times Magazine, July 26, 1998."

2) "Historical reference source, Northwest Passage, September 17, 1998"


"They probably won't print this: they never do, but if you don't fire you can't hit the target."

Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998
They probably won't print this: they never do, but If you don't fire you can't hit the target. 
The following sent today to the New York Times.

RE:  Explornography by John Tierney, New York Times Magazine, July 26, 1998.

Once again a glib amateur has seen fit, almost casually and in passing,to slander an American hero, a great and good man who spent a lifetime of hardship and separation in a courageous and successful effort to discover the North Pole for his service and his country. With little evident knowledge of the subject he informs his readers that Peary "couldn't have navigated his way to the Pole," and "didn't have enough time to cover the distance.." Thus, he concludes, "Peary apparently lied."

Let's forget for a moment that Peary was an officer in the Navy of the United States with a lifetime reputation for absolute honesty and integrity who had previously reported the failures in his explorations with the same exactitude as the successes, and that he had by 1909 been navigating for some twenty years and 10,000 miles across the high arctic with the professional precision of of the engineer and surveyor that he was. And never mind that modern day explorers,including especially the most accomplished of them all, Will Steiger, have no doubt about Peary's sledging speeds, or that every one of the six official investigations conducted since 1909 have confirmed his discovery of the Pole.

Ignored by Mr. Tierney and career Peary detractors is existing mathematical confirmation of Peary's success. It comes in the analysis of the photographs taken on April 6, 1909. The process, which uses the focal length of the camera, the shadows cast by the sun, and the visible horizon to obtain a band of positions, is called photogrammetry, and it places the 1909 photographer within three miles of the Pole.

Physical evidence also exists, as incontrovertible as the notorious stain on the dress which annihilated half a year of spin and sputter. Five miles south of the Pole, far down on the frigid bottom of the Polar Sea, lies several thousand feet of weighted steel wire, deposited there on 7 April 1909 when Peary's sounding apparatus broke at a kink in the wire and was lost. One day, as certain as the sunrise, a refinement of the technology that located the Titanic and the Bismarck will be used to locate and recover that wire.

This Peary grandson is taking extra good care of himself in the hope that he will still be around on that day to relish the massive ingestion of crow that will ensue.

Edward Peary Stafford


#2 To Northwest Passage

Hello to all of you at Northwest Passage. After months of false starts and outright procrastination I have finally acquired an e-mail address. Thanks again for the great trip to the Arctic in Spring, 1997. I loved the dogs, the ice, the company, and even the food. What an adventure! Hopefully, there will be others.

I look forward to hearing from you on issues related to Robert E. Peary in particular and arctic exploration and the North Greenland Eskimos in general. My E-mail address: rstaff@teleport.com. My first comment of historical nature is to reply to the person who wrote asking why Frederick Cook was not mentioned along with Peary in your materials.

You might point out Cook is not mentioned for the same reason that astronomers do not feel compelled to mention the Flat Earth Society when they discuss the solar system, and historians do not feel to compelled to mention King Arthur when they talk about British Royalty. Cook's claim falls in the same category as the assertion that the earth is flat, both are untenable in light of any objective analysis of the facts. For the mythical (King Arthur) version, feel free to contact the Cook family. They will be happy to tell you: "There really is a 'controversy' because he (Cook) really made it to the Pole." And "We can explain the falsified photographs, the adamant denials of his Eskimo companions that they ever left sight of land, and the bogus (and erroneous, and second hand) navigational calculations he attempted to foist off on an unsuspecting public as his own." And "We can also tell you all the dark conspiratorial reasons why even some of Peary's harshest critics term Cook's claim 'pathetic'," If you buy into all that, please contact me directly. I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I will let you have for a fraction of its real value.

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