LtE in CMO #259

From  Jeffrey D BEISH

●・・・・・・・・Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 22:24:54 -0800 (PST)

From: Jeff Beish <>

To: Masatsugu Minami <>

Subject: Thank You Very Much


Dear Masatsugu,


 Some day I may be able to properly express my appreciation for all you have done for my family and me during our short visit in Japan.  Each of us talked of out meeting with you and the other astronomers for hours afterward. My family was very impressed and trilled to meet with you all.  I will sit down after returning to Lake Placid, Florida USA and write you and everyone who attended the meeting a nice e-mail.


 Hopefully my presentation will be understood when I publish the paper on the +/- 100,000-year study of the close approaches of Mars to Earth and the OAA will be the first to see it.  I was tired and ill prepared to present this study in detail, at the time of our meeting.  I know it must have been confusing to the attendees when I was unable to present it in Japanese.

 Hopefully in time, during my retirement, I will be able to refresh my Japanese language skill and make my presentation more understandable.


 In my youth, since the age of 12 years old, during 1952, I accidentally found a jujitsu and Judo class in progress and them first met a Japanese gentleman who became my teacher. The terminology and some general everyday discussion in Japanese began fir me so when I listen to people speak I understand them even today.


 However, my respect for the Japanese people began during my youth and then when I lived on Okinawa I established a great understanding for the people of the Orient.  We can learn much from each other and hopefully we can be closer to each other and reach a better understanding between each other.  In astronomy we are closer than one might expect and hopefully in the future, when I become more active, ALPO and the OAA can move closer so to understand Mars. 


 Again, thank you and the OAA members for the most gracious and pleasant meeting, tour of Yokohama and the astronomical observatory, and the great evening dinner.  I can only hope to return the favor in time.



○・・・・・・・・Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 18:45:30 -0800 (PST)

From: Jeff Beish <>


Subject: RE:Thank You Very Much




 My wife requests information on the other members of our small meeting group to send them each a thank you note.  We could send them a note to their respective homes or an open letter to the OAA newsletter. I too would like to thank each and everyone for their patience and understanding.


 I will prepare a detailed paper of the 2003 apparition of Mars with special reference to the closeness of Mars.  Of course, we Mars observers and scholars - such as you are - well understand that the slight difference in the distance of Mars to Earth during very close approaches is so small as to not make a difference to us.  However, to the public it is exciting and interesting to learn of unusual news of Mars.  Sometimes I forget that information we take for granted is new and exciting to the public and if we can invite new Mars observers to our small circle of friends we may live to know that we are not the last to study the Red Planet with telescopes.


 At first I was apprehensive about retiring since I had worked for 45 years without a break.  Now, I like to only sit in my front yard to watch for eagles and hawks in the sky over my home.  And, to enjoy the dark sky at night.  This is not much excitement, but fulfilling. Take care in your retirement.

 Live long and prosper.


○・・・・・・・・Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2002 14:16:00 -0400

From: "Jeff Beish" <>

To: <>

Subject: Re: RE: RE:Thank You Very Much


Dear Masatsugu,


Now that our sleeping hours are back in order and we have settled down to the old routine of bird watching from the front yard I am preparing a brief Martian Chronicle for the ALPO Mars Section web page. It will include a short summary of our visit to Japan and description of the meeting with you and the other OAA astronomers. Would you please tell me the name of the astronomer we met at the Yoko observatory in Yokohama?  .  I will include him and his novae discoveries in my brief report so will need a little of his background information and maybe some additional information on the observatory.  Of course, I will e-mail you the URL of the article.  It will contain a couple of the photographs made on top of the observatory.


  Jeff BEISH  (Lake Placid, FL, USA )

ALPO Mars Section,  ALPO Computing Section

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