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From: "G. Rice" <>

What an excellent program! They could've done without that British pantload who said that it's no longer fact, but opinion. Of course anyone who's seen the photogrametric evidence knows just the opposite!

But they quickly countered with *(I'm assuming) Paul Landry disputing all of the Cookie "evidence", particularly the south - north frozen leads and the suggestion that the North Pole is the easiest place to find in the world.. but the fact that he'd been there spoke volumes. Everyone has heard the old engineering riddle "If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?" Those who would have you believe that Peary and Henson didn't make the North Pole have their own version of this old riddle:

"If a white man endures twenty years of unimaginable hardship and misery, death and mutilation to stand at the North Pole and has only a Negro and a few Inuit to witness it, did he really make it?" The crux of the argument of those who claim that Peary didn't make it to the North Pole is just this kind of racist nonsense.

The BBC special Stealing the Glory gives both sides of the story. Both sides have to feel that their viewpoint was adequately and ably presented. Typical of BBC productions, it is a very high quality program that's well moderated and edited. The choice of guests was interesting, though I wish that there were notations of the interviews. 

To me, the most authentic and authoritative opinion was that of Paul Landry. Not only has Mr. Landry been to the pole  but he provided evidence that Peary did, in fact make it to the pole. 

The program does make mention of the fact that Henson spent a number of years at sea and learned navigation while serving as a crew member. He also learned and mastered surveying while with Peary in Nicaragua. 

But to me, the most telling and shameful indictment of the Cook Society's point of view is that they no longer make the absurd claim that Cook discovered the North Pole. They simply exist to tear down Peary's accomplishment. To twist another phrase, it's a Scorched Truth campaign and has no place in science.
Hydroponic Air Farms
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 10:29:00 EDT
Subject: Re: Henson book
To: <>

Many thanks for your letter. I do hope the book gets read. Matt's story needs to be told again & again. From your awesome website, Dark Companion, my book and others, may the Good word continue to spread! 
Date: Sat, 26 May 2001 
From: Asia Davis 
Subject: Student information

I am an 11th grade student in Newark, New Jersey. My name is 
Asia Davis. If there are any upcoming notices about Matthew Henson or African American History, I would appreciate being put on the subscribers list.
My email address is My sister is Aeyesha Davis. She is 13 years old. Her emaill address is she would also like to subscribe to the same mailings as myself. Thank you.
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 2
From: corwin peterson  
Subject: Greenland 

It was my privilege the past 2 weeks to view 200 miles of the NW Greenland coastline just as the early explorers did-- unchanged and majestic, lined with coastal mountains that without a doubt have never had a human set foot on them. We viewed this from dog sledges driven by descendents of the same people who befriended Henson and Peary and in fact, Ussarqak Henson, Tukumaq Peary and Naimanggitsak ? (Peary) were in our group for the entire ten days on the ice. It was if the calendar had been turned back 100 years. As promised I am attaching a number of snapshots. 

From: Nina 
Subject: It's a book! 
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 

I just mailed you an advance copy of Matthew Henson: Co-Discoverer of the North Pole...Thank you again for all your help!! 

Best, Nina 
Enslow Publishers, Inc. 
Box 398, 40 Industrial Road 
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922-0398 
Phone: (908) 771-9400 ext. 308 
Fax: (908) 771-0925 

From: Tommy H. Galskjśr 
Subject: Family tree
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 

Hi Bradley,
To make a long stry short, let me introduce myself. My name is Tommy Hostrup Galskjaer (pronounce  the as in 'gone' ). In 1982 my daughter was born as a descendent to Matthew Aexander Henson. On my mothers side we're trying to establish a family tree and have in a straight line gone back to 1607. Then my thought was to try to establish a part of the tree on the US and Greenlandic side. I think it's exciting to see that we've moved from Africa over the Americas Greenland and Europe. Mixed up by black people, eskimos and white folks. Just the way God Jehovah intended us to be.....mixed and one big family. I will send you an invitation to take a look at the family tree in a seperate mail. It's on the iternet.
I'll be looking forward to hearing your comments to this.
You may use the email address from where (work) I have sent you this email or the one below. Please feel free to check out my homepage.
Best regards

Tommy H. Galskjśr


6 Mar 2001 
From: "Robin Perez" <SHARKTOOTH@...>


Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001
From: LHolley <>
Subject: Matthew Henson family 

Hello Bradley, I've been reviewing your web sites for a few years now. I have the book loaded on my computer. I thought it was great to see it. I did not make it to the reunion in Maryland but I had other family members there.  Matthew was my paternal grandmother's uncle. Her maiden name was Henson, she married a Holley, one of her daughters was at the reunion and met the Inuit relatives. That makes him my great-great uncle.  I work at the National Archives and agree that material there is mainly related to the expedition. I can't wait to hear the radio broadcast.  

thanks, Melvin

From: "marcyis" 
Subject: children
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 

I am doing an explorer report on Matthew Henson for my 5th grade class at Tierra Bonita Elementary School in Poway, CA.  I found that Matthew was married to Lucy Ross Henson but did he have any children?  I need this information for Monday, February 26th...could you please respond a.s.a.p.?  Thank you.  Brent
From: Snickerpooh
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 
Subject: (no subject)

Did Henson have children?
From: Snickerpooh
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 
Subject: About Matthew Henson.

I wanted to know if Matthew Henson had any children. If so, what were their
From: SoCcErChICa517@...
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 
Subject: report

Hello, i have a report to do on  matthew a. henson is there anything u can tell me about his early life and thing about his family? i would appreciate it thanks

From: "Carol S" 
To: <>
Subject: ?????????

What was Matthew's reason for going on the  expodition?
From: "Douglas R Davies" 
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 

Bradley, I finally listened to "Stealing the Glory."  It is pretty good.  The Henson narrations are wonderful.  In a few places, it is so abbreviated that it might be a little hard for a novice to figure out what some of the sound bites relate to.  It is amazing how some of the Brits still can't get over the fact
that Peary took Henson.

From: GrannyMay00
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 
Subject: (no subject)

From: GrannyMay00
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001
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Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001
Subject: Dark Companion
CC: wildshirley86@

I am getting information for a report for my friends son for Black History, this is the person he was given. I also hope to become a freelance writer, I hope to write about the homeless problem in the United States.

From: JMcswee585@
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001
Subject: question

I am doing a report Matthew Alexander Henson and do you no any of his siblings names

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 20:40:19 EST
Subject: wif

what was Henson's wif's real full name
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2001 
Subject: RE: Free Book of Matthew Henson

Just a line to say I actually experience the sense of thrill while reading the book.


Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 

I am doing research on Matthew Henson will you give me all the info. you can? E-mail me at

Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 
To: Jill 
Subject: Re: relation?

"...where to find information to find out whether or not she's is related to Matthew Henson?"

Hi, I have a 5 1/2 year old daughter named Denae Alissa Henson, she has her father's last name. He claims relation to Matthew Henson as well as Eskimo heritage. I am wondering how this is possible, I have read a bit about Matthew Henson and his journey to the North Pole as well as about the children he had with an Eskimo woman. 

There was only one son from him and I don't see how the relation. My daughter's father's name is Damon Ronale DeAngelo Henson son of Lolanna Henson and her father's name is Harold Henson.

Could you help me find out who to contact or where to find information to find out whether or not she's is related to Matthew Henson?



Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 15:20:36 -0600
From: Trina 
Subject: Mattt Henson

A friend of mine is putting together a Black History program in Seattle for the last week of February. Would it be possible for someone from Henson's family or someone knowledgeable about the expedition to attend? If so, who should he contact? His organization is paying for airfare, hotel accomodations, and provision for a honorarium.

Thanks for your attention to this request.


From: "Shelby"
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001

I was really excited to find your website. My daughters are going to research Matthew Henson for Black History Month.

I am sorry to hear of the controversy over who was "first", like Norgay and Hillary at Everest. I think anyone who dares to risk his life in this manner is a true hero, and it really is a team effort.

Neither man may have made it without the other, and the help of the eskimos was invaluable. Truly, the whole team was vital, as it takes the vision, strength and sacrifice of many to make these polar dreams come true.

I am sure my girls will come to respect and admire Henson as their study of his life goes on. What a great role model! I hope more children learn about him.†

Sincerely and with deepest respect,

Shelby Emory

From: "Ruthe"
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001
10 Jan 2001
Thank you for all the work I know that had to be put into this wonderful site.I am a senior citizen raised in Ga. during WW11 and we attending segregated schools with all teachers Black heard about Matthew Henson and all other important Black acheivers. We celebrated Negro History week every year.I am glad to get this much optical exposure to this brave man.

May I ask if it's ever warm there? [smile] God's Blessings on the whole family.


Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2001 
From: "Rev'd Canon Henry White, M.A. (Oxon)" 
Subject: The Father Monty Foundation, UK & USA.

Dear Bradley:
I am very pleased to inform you that Father Monty's piece titled"Graves of Segregation," has now included a link to your fine Matthew Hensen site. Here is Father Monty's wonderful piece on cemetery Our Blessings! Faithfully,Rev'd Canon Henry White, M.A. (Oxon)United States Anglican Church HouseHot Springs National ParkArkansas, USA.From the Boyhood Home ofPresident Wiliam Jefferson Clinton.+Dearly Beloved, 2oo1.

From: "Rupert Howe"
Subject: Well Done Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001

Really good site - congratulations and well done for continuing your father's wonderful work. This is surely one of the most important items of 20th Century history, and still too few people know the truth. Bless you for helping to change that.

Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001
Subject: Re: they believe Wally Herbert absolutely

(Wally Herbert) defends his dismissal of Henson by saying he was not a credible witness as to navigation. Well, how does that explain not believing Henson as to distance estimates? If one believes Henson's distance estimate, one has to assume that Peary went the full distance to the pole, but didn't bother to stay on course.

Why would he do anything so stupid? He had far more practical navigation experience and training than anyone who has ever written a critical piece about him (and I include Rawlins).

The British can be so arrogant in holding on to the myth that they run the world and the only way is the English way. It's the mad dogs and Englishmen bit. Marching around Inja as if they were strolling through St. James Park. Refusing to use dogs and eskimo clothing in the era of polar exploration (as distinct from the more modern era of polar stunts) and leaving a legacy of courage, deprivation, and death, but not success.

I remember being particularly outraged about this attitude during the Falklands war. The Royal Marines were aboard ship waiting for the tide to be right for an amphibious assault, so of course to prove how unflappable and courageous they were, they anchored and got all the lads on deck to watch a movie. The Argentine Air Force blew them to bits.

In the U.S., the commanders of the ship and the operation would have been court martialed and pilloried in public.

I think the Brits never got over the fact that the American revolutionaries didn't wear red and shot from behind trees. Really not cricket, you know.

Peary did the same thing, in effect. Use dogs and local indigenous people. AAAAAARGH.

Enough of this rant.

From: wreed1
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001
Subject: great site Status:

I do hope the creator of this site is an educator!!

As a father of 8, an ex board of education member, bit of a history lover, a dad buried in work trying to help number 8 with Black History Month studies, and a white guy who is old enough to have not had such studies I really appreciate the work that went into your site.

Many thanks. This is the type of an approach that can make history interesting because it effectively utilizes a medium with which kids are very comfortable.

Thank for all the work and forethought that went into tis site.
bill reed

From: "aviaq henson"
Subject: Hi!
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2000

Dear Bradley,

I have a question: How may times did Matthew Henson went to Greenland?
In 1891 to 1892
1893 to 1895
1896 to 1897
1898 to 1902
1905 to 1906 and
1908 to 1909

is that correct?

well, I'm in confuse... About the book A negro explorer at the North Pole, I borrow that from our Nationel Library, they have all the books about the Greenland, so fortunately they also have it. So you don't have to send me one. And about the reborter Ginger, well I don't think want to talk with because I'm not good to speak in english, but thanks to mention it


Aviaq Henson,

Subject: fellow hensons

Greetings, My wife Meg is a Matthew Henson realtive as well. Nice site.
Send us news of events and such. We currently live in NYC
Harlem, NY USA

From: "xyz"
To: Subject: ThinkQuest
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000

I have used ThinkQuest as a valuable tool for years and am appalled at your totally irrational trashing of an enormous educational vehicle-shame on you for not doing more research to get a reasonable picture!


From: "aviaq henson"
Subject: Hi Bradley! :o)
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000

Dear Bradley!
Thanks for the news, it's great. I haven't write before because my sister and her family moved in Denmark as I toll you before, so I could only use internet in my school wich almost always doesn't work. So the christmas is near, wonderfull, there is snow everywhere here in Greenland. It was really great to meet our family in USA, they were great people, unfortunately we don't have much in contact with them now, but I hope to see all of them again. I have a big project from my school, I'm going to write about Matthew Henson, so I have a question, about the book The negro arktic explorer, I'm not sure it call like that, do you have it on your web-site about Matthew Henson? If you do please mention some of that in the mail :o) I have to go now. I hope you will answer as soon as possible.

Love, Aviaq Henson, Nuuk, Greenland.

RE: History Channel 12/11/00

I think it amazing what broadcast providers will do to obtain content. This "History " channel has suffered irreparable damage to their reputation.


Subject: Crew lists of Peary's earlier voyages

According to stories in our family, an ancestor with the surname MANNARD sailed with Peary on at least one of his expeditions. I was glad to find the 1909 crew list on your site, but was wondering if similar lists exist for earlier expeditions. It would be great to find out which Mannard went on which expedition. (My ancestors lived in Newfoundland, close to Brigus, the home of Captain Bartlett, who played a significant role in these Arctic voyages.) Thanks for your help, and thanks for maintaining this informative site about the achievements of Henson and Peary. Bill Mannard, Saint Lambert, Quebec, Canada