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Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009
From: Neil Libbey <neil_libbey@yahoo.com>
Subject: North Pole Centennial
To: information@dougdavies.com

I am a historian in Sydney, Nova Scotia and will be Commodore of the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club for 2009. We are planning celebrating the anniversary of Peary's North Pole discovery this summer during the tall ships visit from July 25 to July 27.

Peary made all his stops on his polar voyages from Sydney starting in 1886 and concluding on September 21, 1909 when we held a large party to honor him for reaching the North Pole. Peary was also a regular visitor to my masonic lodge. There are many artifacts of Peary's locally.

I am putting together a program for the event now and am wondering about individuals who should be and would like to be included in the event, such as Peary descendants, National Geographic Representatives, historians and who ever else you might think would appreciate the event.

My friend Bill Baker is a member of the explorers club and he is planning on coming to the event.

Any assistance you might offer would be greatly appreciated.


Neil Libbey
From: John Suter <suter@gci.net>
Subject: iditarod

John P. Suter
P. O. Box 670144
Chugiak, AK 99567-0144
(907) 688-3103

June 4, 2007

Dear Editor,

The Iditarod Board of Directors has given one of it’s mushers a 2 year ban for spanking his dogs multiple times.

The Iditarod Board of Directors should have given their self a 2 year ban as well because they are just as guilty of the violation. The board did not take the direct action of spanking the dog team, but they set up the conditions for the event to occur. They did this by refusing to throttle the race’s speed by not putting in the badly needed equal run, equal rest recommendations.

There is enormous pressure for these mushers to perform the best that they can. The results of this is in order to be competitive, mushers now run their dogs teams day and night around the clock. The mushers who give their dogs teams equal run, equal rest are behind the front of the pack.

Most of them can not afford to keep racing for more than a few years. This musher did not do anything differently than all of the other top mushers, it is that this musher got caught. With equal run, equal rest, rested dogs will be able to keep running and rested mushers brains will not be stuck on stupid.


John Suter
Former 4 time Iditarod finisher.
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006
From: Steven Feigenbaum <seewhatafinski@yahoo.com>
Subject: info request
Attn: Public Relations Dept.

Dear Public Relations Dept.,

Hi, I am a graduate student at a college in New York City, soon to be getting my Masters Degree in Education. I am currently student teaching at a high scool and working at an after school program in Staten Island, NY.

I teach history, so I was wondering if you could possibly send me anything that would stand out in a classroom or work well with a lesson. Anything that you can provide free of charge--informational guides/brochures, posters, magazines/books, replicas of historical documents, etc.--would be GREATLY appreciated. Anything at all that you don't need anymore (whether it be documents, books, collectibles, memorabilia, etc.) would be so helpful.

Thank You,

Steven Feigenbaum
488 Howard Avenue, #1B
Staten Island, NY 10301
Subject: Info need for school project
Reply-To: jjjkillian@patmedia.net
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 12:53:56 -0500

I am a 7th grade student doing a research project on Matthew Henson. I was trying to find info on the ways he had an impact on culture in the US. Any help you could provide would be apprecaited.

Jeff Killian
From: "Robinson @ Highlandhome" <kirk@highlandhome.org>
To: <verne@matthewhenson.org>
Subject: Lucy Ross Henson
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 11:27:24 -0600


I am trying to find Lucy Ross Henson's dates of birth and death and have not been successful beyond generic dates. If you have this information, would you be able to forward it to me?

Thank you,

Kirk W. Robinson
Tue, 19 Apr 2005 19:01:54 -0500 (CDT)
Received: from Chucke8008@aol.com
Subject: Hey Matt! Do me a favor!

what is up dog
i need help with math history and a jerk at my school
please help me out matt
Subject: TIME FOR KIDS magazine
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005
From: <penni_zivian@timemagazine.com>

TIME For Kids is doing a story on Matthew Henson. I am looking for high resolution photos of Matthew Henson and saw some great photos on your website. Are these public domain images of Matthew Henson. From whom do I request permission to reproduce?


Thank you for your time and assistance.


Penni Zivian
Assistant Picture Editor
TIME For Kids Magazine
1271 Avenue of the Americas, 2772b
New York, NY 10020

tele: (212) 522-0458
fax: (212) 522-0743
From: Doug Hall <dhall@doughall.com>
Subject: Inquiry regarding potential for support.
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005


My name is Doug Hall, I am a marketing consultant and author who lives today in Cincinnati.  (See www.DougHall.com for more info)

In 1999 I traveled by Dog Sled with Paul Schurke to the North Pole as part of the Aspirations Expedition.  The trip raised a million dollars to help the charity that is focused on helping parents inspire their children.

I was born in Portland Maine, my family comes from North Fryeburg.  To be BLUNT I am 100% pro Peary and Henson. I believe that Peary is one of the most brilliant explorers in American history.

The reason for my e-mail is that i am writing a book about my trip called North Pole Tenderfoot

The goal of the book is to make the high arctic accessible to rookies. To tell what it's like to see, feel and experience this wonderful place.

In addition, the book will celebrate Peary and Henson's achievement.  North Pole Tenderfoot will be released in early 2006 -- along with a reprint of Schurke's book -- North to the Pole.

In addition to it being a book -- I will also be performing a play on the subject this summer at the Victoria Playhouse in Prince Edward Island.

MY INTEREST -- is to use some of your artwork in the book and in the play.  In addition, I would love your assistance with checking my facts and writing to insure accuracy.  I would be happy to make an appropriate donation to your cause in exchange for your support.

If this is a possibility -- please e-mail back or call me

Doug Hall
3851 Edwards Road
Cincinnati Ohio 45244
513 618-4870
From: "The Barkers" <barkers@cox-internet.com>
Subject: camera from expedition
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2005

Dear Sirs,

I have reason to believe that I am in possession of a camera that may have been used on one of these expeditions. The camera is a RB Tele Graflex and it dates to that era. When the camera is opened there is a painting of a ship, sun, glaciers and penguins that is not common to that camera.--it is very unique. I know at that time with nothing to do on ships or trips people passed time with art---I have no idea how the camera got to northeast Texas--Your site has no information on photo epuiptment.

Ron Barker
903 572 9777office
903 537 4177 home
903 466 3456 cell
From: "oddsandends" <oddsandends@earthlink.net>
To: <gimme_for_free@matthewhenson.org>
Subject: Operti
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005

Attached are images of two watercolors by Albert Operti evidently done on the 1896-7 Expedition; kindly get in touch with me if you or someone you know is interested in purchasing them. Thanks. Philip Foster (tel. 212-988-3306; email oddsandends@earthlink.net)

Subject: Hey Matt! Do me a favor!
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005

I am reading the bookNorth right now and it is a real good book I finaly found a book that I like. I'm on page 16 when iheard about Matthew Henson. So I tried out the web site that Alvin typed in for black history day. He is doing a project. is it true that Matthew Henson had three wives?

My name is Taylor
I was wondering if you could send some of the books that Donna Jo Napoli wrote exspeciall the book North it is the best you could send them to 5170 Greenbrier Avenue San Diego CA, 92120 thank you I love your books!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, January 16, 2005

hey you are good brittany, Michigan

were you the first man toset foot on the north pole?????????????????????/

hey can you answer my question the were you the first man to set foot in the north pole brittany of michigan

Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005
Subject: 3629 Image Request from Victory Productions
From: Emily Snider <emily.snider@victoryprd.com>
Cc: Meredith <meredith.linden@victoryprd.com>,
Jill Corron <jill.corron@victoryprd.com>,


Victory Productions is producing a series of educational readers for Scott Foresman Inc and one of the readers calls for images of Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson. Specifically, we are interested in the following images:

-The Roosevelt
-Illustration of Peary style Sledge made by Matthew Henson
-Matthew Henson with two Eskimos handling a sledge

We are also interested in photos of the Eskimos and crew that accompanied the trips, or other images from the trips.

Please let me know if it is possible to obtain a high resolution digital copy of these images so that we may print it in our book, and how much the rights will cost.

Pasted below is all the permission information that our clients (Scott Foresman) will go over with you once the photo in question is approved.

We are working under a very tight deadline, so please let me know as soon as possible if we may obtain reproduction rights to these images. Thank you for
your help!


Emily Snider
Associate Editor
Victory Productions
55 Linden Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
Tel: 508.755.0051
Fax: 508.755.0025

Victory Productions, Inc, publishing as Scott Foresman ("Publisher"), is currently working on an reading education program tentatively entitled Reading 2006, Leveled Readers ("Program").

On behalf of the publisher I would like to request a high resolution digital file (roughly 10 ­ 14 mb or
300 dpi at 4² x 6²) of the following image(s) for possible use in the textbook program:
XXXXX [insert image ID numbers and names here]

If a digital file is not available, please ship a color transparency or photo to me via UPS overnight using shipping and billing information provided.

The Publisher would like to request one-time, non-exclusive, US distribution with 5% Canada, English Language rights with a print run up to 40,000
copies. The Publisher will contact you at a later date about all permission and usage fees, and pay them directly. Please do not bill Victory Productions at any time. This letter is a request for high resolution files
and a preliminary permissions inquiry only.

At a later date Publisher may also request additional usage such as overhead transparencies, classroom posters, and/or electronic rights. Electronic use
would consist of content identical to the print product, and would be available on a password protected, proprietary website owned or licensed by Publisher in the education market only. Entry to the site requires receipt of a product specific Online Access Code. Images are embedded at 72 dpi, appropriate for screen resolution only.

Please let me know if you foresee ANY permission problems prior to shipping the image.(s)

Contract or prepayment information necessary for release of the image(s) should be sent to Julie Orr at Scott Foresman at the address listed below. Contracts and invoices should be in Scott Foresman's name, NOT the name of the researcher (Victory Productions).

Julie Orr
Scott Foresman
1900 East Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025
Fax 847.486.2394
Phone 847.486.2520

Please call or email as soon as you can to let me know if the availability of the image(s) above, and to give me an estimated time frame for getting the image(s). Thank you very much for your assistance.
From: VPCZAR@aol.com
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005
Subject:  The North Pole, Robert E. Peary, 1910,

During the summer of 1969 I worked at the Alert, NWT Joint Canadian and U.S. weather station. I read The North Pole book that Peary wrote while there. The weather station is located very close to where Peary's campsite and stone carin are located. When I left the station I brought the book back with me to have it repaired. At that point I went back to the University of Wisconsin where the book was misplaced by a college roommate. I have always felt obligated to replace the book at the weather station. I only began to realize that there are a few copies available on the internet, but not many. Is the book still available?

Best Regards,

Jack Carlile
From: Sport8755@aol.com
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005
Subject: Hey Matt! Do me a favor!
To: gimme_for_free@matthewhenson.org

I'm not sure but wut were the courageous acts that Matthew Henson did?

It would be nice to know...

well thankx
bye sincerely,

Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004
To: Josh Jacobs <josh@plastic-cow.com>
Subject: Re: Matthew Henson Black History Month

Hello, my name is Josh Jacobs. I am a writer/producer at a company in Burbank, CA called Plastic Cow Productions. We are currently working with Disney Channel on several Black History Month spots. One of the people we are doing a spot on is Matthew Henson, and after some research I found your website proved the best.

We would be very very thankful for any photos you might be able to send to us on CD or DVD of Mr. Henson.
Thank You


Josh Jacobs
Plastic Cow Productions
115 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

818 567 0001
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004
To: Josh Jacobs <josh@plastic-cow.com>
Subject: Re: Matthew Henson Black History Month

Dear Mr. Robinson, here is our script. Please tell us your opinion and let us know if you feel you would like to help contribute with pictures.
Thanks again
Josh Jacobs

here is our script.
Time to check out another Disney Channel Black history fact!

Did you know that the top and bottom of the Earth is covered in ice?!

In 1909 African American explorer Matthew Alexander Henson became the first person in history to "stand on top of the world" when he traveled all the way to the north pole by dogsled.

With bravery, skill, and determination, Henson, along with his partner Robert Edwin Perry, was able to explore the coldest and most remote place on earth and study the plants and animals that lived there.

Because of his achievement, Henson became the first African American in the United States to be honored for scientific achievement in geography and today is recognized as the greatest arctic explorer that ever lived. In his autobiography, Henson said that he was inspired to make an achievement that would bring recognition to all African Americans.

Look for more black history facts this month on Disney Channel.


From: "Tom Avery" <tom@tomavery.net>
Subject: RE: In the footsteps of Peary and Henson
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004

Verne, I would very much like to talk to you. Please can you give me your phone number so that I can give you a call. And remember – I am on your side!!

Tom Avery
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7630 0958
Mob: +44 (0) 774 775 0157
From: "Philip Levinson" <phil@plfund.com>
Subject: Matthew Henson scholarship
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004


I saw this press release from four years ago, and I wanted to learn more details about the Matthew Henson college scholarship. Do you have access to any more information on the scholarship and recipients? Thanks.

Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004
To: Josh Jacobs <josh@plastic-cow.com>
Subject: Re: Black History Month Disney Project

Thank you for your reply. My problem is that Disney hasn't chosen him yet so we haven't written a script. They want to know we can get the pictures and footage of the people first before we write anything. However I will talk to my boss and relay the problem and get back to you soon.
Thanks again for being so prompt.
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2004
To: Josh Jacobs <josh@plastic-cow.com>
Subject: Re: Black History Month Disney Project

Hello, my name is Josh Jacobs. I am a writer/producer at a company in Burbank, CA called Plastic Cow Productions. We are currently working with Disney Channel on several Black History Month spots. One of the people we are doing a spot on is Matthew Henson, and after some research I found your website proved the best.

We would be very very thankful for any photos you might be able to send to us on CD or DVD of Mr. Henson.
Thank You


Josh Jacobs
Plastic Cow Productions
115 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

818 567 0001
From: Daniel Sherman <danielsherman@starpower.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2004

My name is Daniel Sherman, I am a freelance photo editor for the National Geographic Society (Children's Book Division). I am researching images for an upcoming photo biography of Matthew Henson.
I am seeking images of Mr. Henson, artifacts from his expeditions with Robert Peary, newspaper clippings, and images of awards, statues, etc. honoring them.

On the Terms of Use page of your website you offer a Press kit of photos and newspaper articles, could you please provide more information on the contents of the kit. (Particularly the newspaper articles)

I am having particular difficulty finding images of Mr. Henson, Eva Flint, Lucy Ross, and any images of Matt prior to the expeditions, any suggestions or help you might provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your help,
Dan Sherman
Freelance Photo Editor

9406 Biltmore Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004
From: Bobuse Johnson <fairy_monkey22@yahoo.com>
Subject: Hello

me alli and my friends corin and ashley are studying you can you email me @ fairy_monkey22@yahoo.com or wackymonkey56@yahoo.com. thanx alot. email fairy monkey first
From: "Joe Martin" <mongousmc@adelphia.net>
Subject: Mathew Henson and US Navy Medal Photo Request...
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004

Mr. Robinson, Sir:
Your website on Mathew Henson, I thank you very much for it. My only question: "Was Mathew Henson born in New York?" Also...
1) I respectfully request a photo/scan of the original particular US Navy Peary-Polar Expedition Medal and Citation Certificate awarded to Mathew Henson.
2) I also respectfully request a photo/scan of the photo that shows Mathew Henson as an aging Man wearing his US Navy Peary-Polar Expedition Medal.
3) I also respectfully request a photo/scan of the photo taken by Peary of Mathew Henson and the 4 Inuits while standing in Victory while at the North Pole.
4) I respectfully request permission to utilize the photos in the book I currently write as a further "Example" of a US Military Awards system very slow to act.
The book will be a self-published non-commercial pictorial-essay of my own US Military experiences during the Cold War, and since as a Disabled Veteran.
The book will also focus on the "Pushes" of the last years for a Cold War Medal for US Military Veterans who served and sacrificed and died in that conflict.
Please see for further information on what the issue is all about.
Since the Cold War in Europe ended the US Government sadly treats its Cold Warriors like Peary treated Mathew Henson after the North Pole was attained.
This 100% Permanent-total Service-connected Disabled American Cold War Veteran thanks you for your time and consideration, Sir.
Peace and Semper Fidelis,
[Signed] Joe "Mongo" Martin
Enlisted Honorably Discharged
PFC USMC Infantry-Scout/Sniper
W Africa-S America-Mediterranean-
Iran Hostage Crisis Alert
Also Served Honorably Discharged
PFC NY Army National Guard
Spec-4 ID Army National Guard
SSGT WA Air National Guard
NATO W Germany-Bahamas
SSGT USAF Reserve C-141B Aircrew
US-Pacific Rim Transport Missions
AmeriCorps National Service 1995-97
Native NY'er - Adirondack Mountains
Advocates For Honor
Post Office Box 263
Saranac Lake, NY
12983-0263 USA
From: "Tom Avery" <tom@tomavery.net>
Subject: In the footsteps of Peary and Henson
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004

Dear Verne

My name is Tom Avery, I am a 28-year old Englishman and I have been given your name by Paul Landry. Paul and I skied to the South Pole together in 2002 and this coming spring I am setting off to the North Pole with 4 companions (including his ex-wife Matty McNair) and 16 husky dogs. Paul was hoping to come with us but sadly has had to pull out.

You may have read about our expedition in the press. If not, then I think you may be interested! We are setting off in early March with the aim of recreating Peary’s journey to the Pole. Peary got there in just 38 days – a time which has not been beaten to this day (Paul and Paul managed 42) – and is the main source of the controversy. Unlike Wally Herbert and most people in the UK, we are very much of the opinion that Peary was the first man at the North Pole and we intend to prove it! We spent 3 weeks in Baffin Island in February training and we are making final preparations at the moment.

We're basically recreating Peary's disputed expedition to the North Pole, same route (Cape Columbia), small teams of Canadian Inuit dogs, sleds built on exactly the same design as Peary's, and 4 food and fuel caches placed at exactly the same point as Peary's support parties turned back (Goodsell/MacMillan Camp at 84.29N, Borup Camp at 85.23N, Marvin Camp at 86.38N and Bartlet Camp at 87.47N). One of the big question marks over Peary's journey to the Pole was the 5 days it took him to reach the Pole from Bartlett Camp - a journey of 133 miles. If we get favourable ice and weather conditions, we will try to match Peary's sprint for the Pole. Peary will be the star and the main focus of the expedition – not us. You can read more about me and the trip at the 2 websites below.

It would be great to have a more in-depth conversation with you about the great man – Paul has told me you are one of the world’s experts on the subject. Do you have a telephone I can contact you on?

I look forward to hearing from you Verne

Cheers for now

Tom Avery
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7630 0958
Mob: +44 (0) 774 775 0157

From: "Tom Avery" <tom@tomavery.net>
Subject: RE: In the footsteps of Peary and Henson
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004

Hi Verne,

Paul told me you were a unique character but that was not the response I was expecting! You obviously have a chip on your shoulder about the English – what can I say, we live on an obscure island, we drink tea all day, have some pretty disastrous polar expeditions in our history and are rubbish at all the sports we invented. So maybe you have a point.

I am surprised at the aggression of your email. I have as little belief in Wally’s book as you do. Like you, I am trying to show what a great man Peary was and restore some of the damage done by Herbert’s and other books over the years.

Our goal is simple – to try to reach the Pole in 38 days with Eskimo dogs and “Peary” sleds. Our expedition isn’t concerned about Peary’s notebook, clothing, communications and navigation. All we are concerned about is the speed – and if we can match the 38 days then it will show that Peary COULD have reached the Pole in the time he claimed. Paul (who I believe you have a lot of respect for) helped put the logistics of this trip together and is of the firm opinion that until someone tries to match Peary’s time, questions will still be asked of his travel speeds. You even go so far as to say on one of your websites that his 42-day trip to the Pole in 2000 “resolves a popular criticism by "arm-chair" experts who disputed Peary's achievement by citing "impossibly fast" sledging speeds”. All we are trying to do is go one step further. Wearing polar bear furs or sleeping in igloos will have no effect on the speed. Give me a break, Verne!

You can say all you like about our expedition Verne, but you’re in no position to judge my character. I am not for one moment trying to compare my experience, equipment, leadership qualities, dog driving abilities with Peary and Henson. They were truly remarkable men and if they were on our expedition, they would kick our ass. I have said this in all my interviews with the press. But we all have some useful experience and are determined to see this through. Besides, if polar travel is so easy these days Verne, then why don’t you head up to the Pole and give it a crack yourself!

Peary’s expedition is “disputed” because there a millions of people all over the world who dispute whether or not he actually got to the Pole at all. We are hoping to show them what really happened. If we fall into the water on day one and go crying back to our Mummies when we get cold, then you’ll be the first to know. I would still believe Peary even if we fail hopelessly.

I’m quite enjoying this now – I hope we get to speak one of these days!

Tom Avery
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7630 0958
Mob: +44 (0) 774 775 0157
From: "Aviaq Lerch Henson" <avihenson@hotmail.com>
Subject: RE: Fwd: spørgsmål ang. moriusaq..
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2004

Dear Verne.

It is so good to hear from you again, how are you?

I have answared the mail that you have forwarded, about Tommy who asked about the village Mooriusaq, he was asking you how he could fine some photos about Mooriusaq. Because he have had lived in Mooriusaq.

I answarede him, that if he has'nt seen the photos by Aviaq from Mooriusaq, then he can find the photos in your web site. Or if he wants some more photos about Mooriusaq, than he can look at it at www.greenland-guide.gl

I think he is an older danish man, who lives now in Denmark, and maybe he worked in Mooriusaq back at then.

Well, I have to work, but I will write again maybe later today ;o)

Best regards,

Aviaq Henson, Nuuk.
From: "Tommy og Christina" <togc@galnet.dk>
Subject: spørgsmål ang. moriusaq..
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2004

Hej.. Vil høre om der er nogle andre links med billeder fra moriusaq.. har boet deroppe for ca. ti år siden, og som jeg forstår det, så kender du familien Henson fra moriusaq?? Mvh. Tommy..
From: "Cruz, Evelyn" <Evelyn.Cruz@mail.house.gov>
Subject: Henson art contest
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004

Hi, my name is Evelyn and I am a community Liaison to a Member of Congress in NYC. I am writing because we have selected a young African American to travel to Antarctica with the Students on Ice Program and I would like to know if there is any foundation or organization that assist students with cost of clothing and things needed for such a trip.

Any information is greatly appreciated

Evelyn Cruz
Community Coordinator
Office of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez
North Brooklyn District Office
268 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
phone: (718) 599-3658 / fax: (718) 599-4537
From: "eric wemhoener" <ewemhoener@hotmail.com>
Subject: Henson Art Contest
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004

Dear Mr. Robinson,

I am contacting you in response to the Matthew Henson Art Contest dealing with the illustration of the biography Dark Companion. I searched the information page of the call for entries but I could not find information of
what types of entries you are looking for, or for any entry criteria, save that you are looking for an illustrator who can properly and accurately
illustrate scenes from the book.

I am interested in submitting, If the contest is still open, but I am unsure as to whether or not there is more that a general subission of past work. Be that as it may, I am attaching two small illustrations that I have done
for a previous client. If there is anyway you could get back with me about whether or not the contest is still open I would greatly appreciate it, and I thank you for taking time out of your day to accomodate my request.


Eric Wemhoener
Friday, January 23, 2004

For good reasons you don't think much of the British in polar exploration, and neither do I! Your very appropriate quote "Just because a beer company prints a book that declares recent British polar adventurers the "Greatest in the world" does not mean anything outside of their tiny island." is hilariously true! You call the UK a "tiny island", and it really is--in mentality as well. British explorer nonsense like the "rescuer" Shackleton is an example. He never explored, he just fought for survival and yet the Brits have used him to over shadow the truly great Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen! Shackelton may have not achieved his aim, his 1914-1916 expedition was only a success in that he managed not to kill his men, which is no mean feat in the history of polar exploration for British now is it! Scott killed all of his!  You site Scott as a "bungler", yet that was something historians did--so I appreciate that you are mearly amplifying what was said for decades. Scott is an important lesson in ego, stupidity and failure to learn from those more experienced. If Scott had spent a month with Matthew Henson and Peary in the Arctic he could have saved not only his own dumb ass but that of his pathetic team who followed him to an agonizing, horrible death. Obviously this is what Peary & Henson avoided in all of their expedition. Bravo! Keep up the great website!

Regards, Simon Nattrass, Britain

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