Matt's North Pole Post Office - archive

Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2000
Subject: what a great man
To: Bradley@matthewhenson.com

hi i have just watched the movie about the discovery of the North pole by Mathew Hanson. Thanks to the wonders of the internet that within minutes of watching the movie i could fine out more information about this great man and his wonderfull achievments. It is disgusting that it took so long for the world to recognise that a man can achieve great things no matter the colour of his skin and that America should now be proud of Mathews contribution to its history.
All the best,

from Joe Peel. Hartshead, Yorkshire, England

Date: Sun, 03 Dec 2000
Subject:Matthew Henson honored...
To: Bradley@matthewhenson.org

Hello, Thank you for the update and the photo. I continue to be very much interested in the recognition of this important man and his accomplishments. Thank you for doing the work you do on all of our behalves.

Best wishes, Geoff

Subject: Spelling corrections on website
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000

On this page (http://www.matthewhenson.com/) you have spelled Dr. Cook as Dr. Crook. I'd like to recommend your site to teachers and school library media specialists, but need for you to correct the spelling so that K-12 students don't get confused.

Also, on this page(http://www.matthewhenson.com/hensononcook.htm) under a picture of Dr. Cook, there is the caption, "After prison Crook became an alcoholic..."

Thanks in advance. Best wishes,
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Coordinator of School Library Field Experiences
College of Library and Information Science
University in the land of Dixie

From: wendy
Subject: hi thanks for your information

iam doing a report about matthew hanson and i need some information like for example:
date of birth
date of death
birthplace
childhood/family
life education
their contribution to science
influence on the world
thanks ,i hope u write me back as soon as u get this i really need it wendy from maryland
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000
Subject: hello i need help about.........

i need to know what year matthew henson was born and what year he died its for a school report due november 30th please write back and under subject write important so I will read it
thank u and good day
high school student alicia

Hi Bradley-
Not only a great site, but a timely response....what a rare find.
Re: trying to find names of support crew(s)......gulp......   Our grandfather bought a wooden, single-hand sailboat from a supposed one-armed man almost 70 years ago in the Lynn/Quincy area of Massachusetts. Anyway...before I confuse you further....would any of the manifests or accounts indicate a one-armed man ?   Thanx, Bradley......your assistance would be appreciated. Carol

Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000
Subject: MOR PIC'S

IM A STUDENT IN HIGH SCHOOL AND I NEED MORE PIC'S AND INFORMATION ON MATTHEW HENSON SO CAN U SEND MORE

Subject: Tule Greenland

Hello Bradley: My name is Paul Rodriguez, USAF Retired, I was stationed in Tule, Greenland 1970-71. Admiral Robert Peary and Mr. Matthew Henson made camp at Tule on their way to the North Pole. Also, they lived in Tule and each had a family there. There is village a few miles from Tule Air Base, where people still live there, and family members of Admiral Peary and Mr. Henson.

We were not allowed to visit this village, but the Danish civilian workers at Tule Air Base, could visit. A Danish friend, gave me a picture of 3 young men, and he said, two of the men were grandsons of Mr. Henson. Did Admiral Peary and Mr. Henson lived in Tule and did they had a family there? Thank you for any info you can provide.

Paul Rodriguez

Dear Mr. Robinson,

What an emotional week! Yes, I did get the certificates in plenty of time for the awards assembly. I know it was the confirmation Sarah needed to continue her hard work. I cannot express in words what I think this meant to her. She was so proud! I explained the award to the audience before I presented it to Sarah or even announced that it was for her. I wanted everyone to understand its significance and its important message of not giving up. I was very surprised to see my certificate, too! Thank you so much! I will also keep trying to do my best for the children. I will continue to teach them about Matthew Henson. I will send you a picture of Sarah with her certificate shortly. I wish you could meet her. You would be proud of her, too. Thank you again for your support. My class loved reading about Matthew Henson. He is an excellent role model for each of us. God bless you! I believe you truly made a difference in this little girl's life. Sincerely, Lori A. VanFleet

WONDERFUL Site!
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000

I so much enjoyed your wonderful site. What a hero and a lovely man! Best of luck with your quest to honor his Memory! You have made a great start. Our children perish for lack of heroes and knowledge. I daresay very few youngsters have ever heard of Peary, either. Keep up the Good Fight!
Syler Womack
Catholic Wife and Mother Confederate Texan
ps---not very important, but that baby musk ox is the cutest thing I've ever seen.

The play was a huge success once again. The Navy, the "big-wigs" (too many to mention) and the four star Admiral really enjoyed the play! The kids were better than the first time! They even impressed me!! And the question period afterwards was terrific. The Admiral presented to the class a huge informative, National Geographic poster with a signature, and a plaque from the Navy Office of Oceanography thanking us for doing the play.Very nice!! Gail said afterwards that there were a lot of questions and jokes about what "Ahdoolo" really means. For example... Ahdoolo means its damn cold up here or I am freezing my Ahdoolo off... etc. etc. So, needless to say, they loved it and had a great break from the usual fare. Jim was there and so was his great niece Audrey Membane. Lovely lady and full of stories. She is the one that christened the USN HENSON. By the way..the Admiral is looking into the students being able to visit the USN HENSON!! Tipper was a no-show, due to a busy schedule, but cookies were sent down for the students the minute the bus pulled off!! Ha, Ha, Ha!! Well the thought was there. In all, it was great! and great fun! Wish you were there! Lots of pictures...the camera still works great... and a professional video tape from channel four news!

Hope all is going well for you. Lisa

Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2000
Subject: Subj:Thank you

Hi Bradley, Thank you so much for the story on Adm. Peary and Matt Henson's expedition to the North pole. As an African American I am glad to know that many will learn a little bit more about not only our contributions to the world, which are many, but will learn about the contributions of others also. I was not unfamiliar with this story, except now I am more knowledgeable of the many contributions of the Native Americans on the expedition. I have seen the movie and I will now purchase books to learn more. Again, thank you very much.

Mose Ensley Jr. Los Angeles, Ca.

From: "H. D. Roye"
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 19:03:51

Thank you so much for the website and information concerning Mr. Matthew Henson. I just saw the movie last night about Mr. Henson and Mr. Peary's adventures and was totally enthralled. This was something that was never taught in my history classes. I am proud that he eventually received recognition for his bravery and exploits and I will personally tell people of him.

Thank you, Henry Roye

From: Sigurd Mørkved
To: Subject: Polar-fur Date:
Sat, 26 Feb 2000 02:24:03 +0100


Hello Greenland, i found your home-page on internet. I hope you may be able to help me find a special polar-fur. My name is Trude Mørkved and i am 35 years old, live in the top of Norway in a small city: Finnsnes. I saw a picture in a Norwegian week-magazin of a very nice fur-anorak made by people in Quaanaaq. The anorak (jacked) was made of polar-fox and polarbear. If you know any adress where i can contact for more information like price, delivery-time etc, i be happy to get information from you.

Best from Finnsnes, Trude Mørkved. My home e-post adress is trulig@online.no

From: Rosemarie Hansen
Subject: Matthew Henson Website
To: Bradley@matthewhenson.org

My 9 year old daughter in the fourth grade, Amber Leigh, asked me to help her find out about Matthew Henson. I must admit, I did not know his name when we started. We looked in some books but weren't satisfied with what we found. Then we discovered your website and began reading allabout him, and found his story fascinating!!! I am writing this e-mail to thank you for such a great website...BRAVO! The information you have included is very informative and the pictures give you a sense of the monumental accomplishment this man and his companions completed. Your website and the information provided here has turned a "dreaded report" into a fun and fascinating learning experience for Amber as well as myself. We're going to try to rent the video, too! Thank-you for such a great site. Amber would like to use the information and some of the site's pictures in her report. Not only will credit be given to you and this site, but we will encourage other classmates to visit it for a fascinating story and learning experience.

Sincerely, Rosemarie & Amber Leigh Hansen Guilford, CT

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 19:25:05 -0000

WALDON WOODS ELEMENTARY
FIFTH GRADERS PRESENT "AHDOOLO!"
THE STORY OF MATTHEW HENSON

December 17

Bradley,
Cheers to you and finding you! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! The play was an instant hit! The children performed wonderfully! I am so very proud of them! Have we got pictures for you! The camera performed beautifully! Ms. Gail Cleery was very impressed you sent the camera and said you are a terrific person! I said tell me about it! Your name floated through out our conversations! They, Jim Henson (notice it is no longer Mr.. J Henson...smile!) and Gail Cleere were very impressed with the web site. I later told them all credit is yours! Jim Henson is a wonderful guy! He is sooo down to earth and just warmly invites you into his world! The students were fascinated with him and Jim was impressed with the students. The news cameras arrived, took pictures and interviewed the students. Thus, in turn, they too wanted to see the web site! But....... listen to this... Black entertainment called after noticing our web-site and wanted permission to come and see the play because they liked what they saw also on the web. Mr.. White, the man who bought the rights to the video Glory & Honor aired on TNT was in our company as well. He wants to make a doctumery on the play to help promote the movie which will air during the months of January and February ! Can you believe it! I owe you! The pictures have already been put in the shop. I will send them ASAP! I have to go and calm down now and let this smile and twinkle begin its long and slow fade. It was a great day! Thanks Bradley, you're great! Sincerely, Lisa. Hello Rusty!

 

From: "aviaq henson"
Subject: Greetings from Greenland
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 18:48:35 WGST

Dear Bradley

I'm Aviaq Henson from Nuuk. How are you? Me and my family is fine. My sister Laila had moved to a village Ikerasat, near Uummannaq, she will be back in 3 months after christmas. My parents(Vittus and Cecilie)had 25th.Anniversary in August 25th. I heard in the news in radio, that someone in Canada are going to make a video about Robert Peary, have you heard it? Well, I'm going to go now. I'm just write to hear from you. Bye Aviaq Henson,Nuuk Greenland

 

I am in third grade at ...., Virginia. I am doing a report on Matthew Henson and I would like to copy your time-line.

Thank You, Emma

Subject: Re: Hi!

>You have a wonderful site.

>Please emzil me back, leiren

Subject: ROLE OF MASONRY IN MATHEW HENSON'S LIFE

FIRST OF ALL , I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THIS IS A WONDERFULL WEB PAGE! I STUMBLED ACROSS IT IN MY RESEARCH FOR A SPEECH THAT I WILL BE GIVING TO KANE LODGE #454 (THE MASONIC LODGE OF ADMIRAL
PEARY) DECEMBER 2ND. IN MY EARLIER RESEARCH, I LEARNED THAT BOTH PEARY AND HENSON WERE MASONS , AND I WAS CURRIOUS AS TO HOW MASONRY EFFECTED THEIR RELATIONSHIP DURING THEIR YEARS OF EXPLORATION TOGETHER. COULD YOU ALSO GIVE
ME A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT MATHEWIS MASONIC INVOLVEMENT. I ALSO KNOW THAT BOTH
MEN WERE RECEIVED BY KANE LODGE AT A GRAND DINNER AFTER THEIR GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT.

COULD TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS?

>Hello my name is Steven and I am doing a research paper on Matthew
>henson. I was wondering if you could give me some information about his
>immediate family. All I have been able to find is the name of his wife.
>I was hoping to find out if he had any children and how many and what
>their names were. If you could help me I would appreciate it thank you

From: "Randall K. Nixon, Esq."
To: <Bradley@matthewhenson.com>
Subject: Kudos on a magnificent site
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 19:32:12 -0500


What a magnificent web site! I am absolutely bowled over by its quality.
 
We have been invited to visit the USS Matthew Henson while in sits in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. My children and I are looking forward to seeing it, but, of course, like any good father, I am using this as an educational opportunity to teach another aspect of African American history.
 
Thanks again for such great information!
 
Randall Nixon, Esq.
West Friendship, Md. USA
 

To: Bradley@matthewhenson.org
Subject: Who were Matthew Henson's parents and sibilings
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 06:33:24 PDT

Dear Ms. Robinson

We are students at Atlanta Metropolitan College and are currently
doing a project on Matthew Henson. We are trying to find out Matthew
Henson's parents and sibilings. Could you please respond to us no later
than 9/16/98. Thank you very much for helping us complete our project.


Sincerely,
AMC students

P.S. If not please direct us to reading material that will help us make
our project a success
From: patronops@webtv.net (Edward Stafford)
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 17:38:38 -0400 (EDT)
To: Bradley@matthewhenson.org(Bradley Robinson)
Subject: Re: HURRAY! (Applause!!!)
MIME-Version: 1.0 (WebTV)

Thanks for the enthusiastic approval. Please do put it on your good web page. The more people who read stuff like this the better off we all are. Warm regards, Ed.
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 
Subject: REP defense--for info

They probably won't print ttis: they never do, but i you don't fire you can't hit the target. The following sent today to the New York Times.

"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 knowedge 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 cncludes, "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 surveyer 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 ad career Peary detractors is existing
mathmatical 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 incontraivertible 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 te 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 Bismark will be used to
locate and recover that wire.

This Peary grandson is takng 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
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998 12:24:47 -0400
From: lynne bacaj <bacaj@erols.com>
Reply-To: bacaj@erols.com
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: Bradley Robinson <busybee@widgetmagic.com>
Subject: Re: buying Dark Companion

Dear Bradley,

I guess we have been so busy sending your letter and link to our friends
and family that we didn't take the time to let you know how wonderful
it is of you and how thrilled Will is to be part of it. As a result,
some of his friends want to visit the gravesite, and want to learn about
Matt, so your outreach effort is working! We read that the Debbie Allen
movie has been put on hold -- do you have any new information about it?
Is it possible to get a copy of the TNT movie? We do not have cable,
and won't be able to see it even if it is repeated. While it may not be
the best rendering of the story, it is the only one out there that we
know of. Thanks for all your attention, and please keep in touch!

Lynne