LtE in CMO #289

From Samuel Ray WHITBY

. . . . . . . . .Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 21:09:02 -0500

Subject: Re: Masatsugu asks a favour of you.


Dear Masatsugu,

I will look carefully at your drafts in the morning, when my house should be quiet and free of distractions, unlike the present time, and I will be glad to try to be of assistance.


----- Original Message -----

From: "Masatsugu MINAMI" <>

To: Sam Whitby

Cc: <>

Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2004 4:19 PM

Subject: Masatsugu asks a favour of you.


> Dear Sam,


> How are you going? I hope you have endured the recent trial to you.

> The season is also recovering.


> Today I am sorry to trouble you but I shall ask a favour of you: I

> would be thankful if you could correct and refine my English

> compositions:


> As you know, Bill Sheehan will visit Japan from 22 April, and on 24

> April on the occasion of the OAA Annual Assembly which will be held at

> Nagasaki (where the 1874 Venus Transit was observed by the American

> and French expedition teams), the OAA decided to express their

> acknowledgments to Bill Sheehan, Tom Dobbins and Don Parker on their

> prediction and detection of the Edom flares in 2001 with the awards of

> OAA Medals. In Japan on these occasions, we are usually to endow

> each the certificate of citation or something like that. They are of

> course written in Japanese, and so they asked me to translate the

> commendations to English. The following are my drafts. I would be

> obliged to you if you could correct and improve them (to make them

> look more dignified).

> ---------------------------------------------------

> --------------------------------------------------

> I must finish this by 19 March, and so I hope you will have a time to

> look at these in a few days.


> Looking forward to your kindness and pertinent reply,

> With best wishes


> Masatsugu


. . . . . . . . .Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 22:40:41 -0500

Subject: Re: Masatsugu asks a favour of you.


P.S. I have re-written your compositions, and I will look at them again in the morning. If they please my eyes after a good night's sleep, I will email them to you then.


. . . . . . . . .Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 09:49:09 -0500

Subject: Re: Masatsugu asks a favour of you.


Dear Masatsugu,


This morning I emailed my re-written versions of the commendations below. Please read what I have written and let me know if you have any worries that I may have changed the meaning of what you wanted to say. If you have any questions or comments or criticisms, please let me know, and I will try to respond promptly. Also, if you have trouble opening the Word document, I will send it another way.


I admire Dobbins, Parker, and Sheehan very much, and I am very glad to see them getting some recognition. The Japanese Mars observers from the 1950s deserve their recognition too.




. . . . . . . . .Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 12:37:21 -0500

Subject: Re: RE:Bill S


Dear Masatsugu,

I would say OAA Certificate of Commendation. I should have asked this already, but what exactly will be awarded to the three men? Will there be an honorific document or a document and a medal? Please let me know, for it May require some changes in what I emailed earlier. Even if there are no substantive changes needed in what I wrote, "Medal" should be capitalized in all instances if capitalized at all, and I think I let one lower case use slip by.


This afternoon I will work at the hospital, so it will be the wee hours of the morning before I can check on this matter again, but it will be my honor and pleasure to do so.

----- Original Message -----

From: "Masatsugu MINAMI" <>

To: Sam Whitby

Cc: <>

Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 2:20 AM

Subject: RE. Bill S


>Dear Sam,

>Thank you very much for your prompt reply, as well as for your labour,

>and I am surely satisfied with your refinement. I think these will be

>employed in the final drafts.


>Just I ask again whether our title "Certificate of the OAA

>Commendation" is OK or not. Are there any other ideas of more

>plausible title just like "Citation for the OAA Award" or something

>like that?


>We shall not let any of three know our plan to commend them until the

>day before. We will take some pictures of the commendation ceremony at

>Nagasaki and will send them to you before we shall upload them at the

>Internet page.


>With best wishes,





. . . . . . . . .Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 09:26:52 -0500

Subject: Re: RE:Re: RE:Bill S


Dear Masatsugu,

Thank you for your explanation, which confirms that I understood the plans to honor Dobbins, Sheehan, and Parker. I am sure that they will all be grateful for the recognition from your esteemed association.


I am home alone this morning, preparing to work on my genealogical research. It has been raining very hard here, and, farther north, snow has been falling.


We are slowly making the adjustment to the death of my mother. My father seems to be dealing with his grief better than expected. It is strange how sometimes life throws curve balls at you. All fall, my father was very ill, unable even to feed himself. My wife and I had been making plans to help support my mother, in the event that Daddy died. He made a miraculous recovery, then about two months later, Mother unexpectedly passed away.

Anyway, we are sometimes sad but moving on with our lives, with many happy memories.



. . . . . . . . .Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 09:34:39 -0500

Subject: MGI PhotoSuite 4 digital photo


I am sending you one of our favorite photographs of David, Tyler, my mother, and yours truly. I would prefer that you not share this with the CMO, for it has nothing to do with Mars, just with my sentimentality.

This digital photograph was sent using PhotoSuite 4.


. . . . . . . . .Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 09:40:30 -0500

Subject: Fw: RE:Re: RE:Bill S


I forgot to mention some good news: David has been awarded a merit (academic) scholarship to study computer science at Virginia Commonwealth University. He will attend university there starting in September


. . . . . . . . .Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 15:52:56 -0500

Subject: Re: RE:Fw: RE:Re: RE:Bill S


Dear Masatsugu,

Thank you for the fine photograph. The ume blossom is beautiful. 1,123 drawings, that is just amazing! It must be a record number.


Sam WHITBY (Hopewell, VA, USA)

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