Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

My family attended the Gem and Mineral Show held at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History this past weekend. We had a great time! For only two dollars per person, my kids brought home memorable souvenirs from the different activities held at the show.

They learned how to make necklaces (which they got to keep) by wire wrapping a stone. They learned the everyday uses of different rocks and minerals (and got collections of those rocks and minerals to take home). And they got to “dig” for a rock and have it analyzed by one of the experts on hand (and keep the rock). It was a wonderful learning experience for them, and they thoroughly enjoyed it! We also enjoyed the many vendors (I bought myself a rock to take home) and the displays of the superbowl rings and NASA rocks, among other interesting exhibits. This was billed as the First Annual Gem and Mineral Show, and I hope that there are many more to come.

—Mary Ann Pike

Dear Editor:

The September/October issue of Carnegie Magazine has on page 10 a note on a November talk by Sir Edmund Hillary. It starts with this sentence: Meet the first person to reach the peak of Mt. Everest!

Neither Sir Edmund nor Tenzing Norquay has ever revealed which of the two of them reached the peak first. Inasmuch as Sir Edmund has never claimed priority, I think it is improper for you to make such a claim on his behalf. I suggest that a correction is called for.

—Art Evans

A call to the founder and president of the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, Zeke O’Connor, confirms Mr. Evans’ observation. “Although Tenzing Norquay intimates in his book, Tenzing After Everest: An Autobiography, that Sir Edmund was first, they have stood by their pact that neither would reveal who reached the peak first,” explains Mr. O’Connor.

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