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From: bierbaum@hca.sesc.k12.ar.us
Organization: Hamburg Central Admin.
To: Bradley Robinson <Bradley@matthewhenson.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 12:14:14 +900
MIME-Version: 1.0
Subject: Dark Companion
Priority: normal

Dear Bradley,

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!! I received the book from you
today and the kids and I are thrilled!! They are fighting over it to
see it first!

I also passed the word about the wonderful history of Matthew Henson
on to about 50 more teachers at a presentation at our state middle
level conference. Most had not heard or did not know all the details
of this wonderful and couragous man. You may receive e-mail from
them because I did include your website address. I also told them to
e-mail or write to TNT to try to get this movie put on video or shown
on TV again. Maybe this collabrative effort will allow us to get more
copies and more knowledge out there. If I can help in any other way
please let me know! I believe this story has much to teach our young
people about honor and how we treat people, our country, and
ourselves.

Thank you again! The kids are currently working on drawings and I
hope to send some out next week!

Sincerely,
Desha Bierbaum
Desha Bierbaum
960 E. Parker, Hamburg, AR 71646
bierbaum@hca.sesc.k12.ar.us
(501)853.8346
feedback:
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comments:
After watching the movie, Glory and Honor, my students had the
following questions:

In the exhibition, were the Inuits waxed figures? If not, of what
were the figures made?

Why did the fires in the igloos, not melt the igloos?

As a result of the movie, my classes had a discussion about prejudice
and who it hurt in the movie. The obvious answer that most responsed
with was that it hurt Henson. There were a few that saw how prejudice
hurt Peary in his ability to learn and experience the world around
him.

Susan Bondurant
Florala High School
P.O. Box 218
Florala, AL 36442
skier@cyou.com


RE:

>PLEASE REVIEW A BOOK CALLED: "DOWN THE THE GLORY ROAD" BY HERB BOYD
>(AVON PUBLISHING)AND I'M SURE YOU WILL FIND SOME HISTORICAL CONFLICT
>BETWEEN ACTUAL EVENTS AND WHAT THE "TNT" MOVIE "GLORY AND HONOR"
>PRESENTS ABOUT RECOGNITION GIVEN TO MATTHEW HENSON. THIS BOOK TELLS OF
>BOTH PRESIDENTS TRUMAN AND EISENHOWER GIVING FORMAL AND PUBLIC
>RECOGNITION (SADLY,DELAYED AS IT WAS) TO MATTHEW HENSON, HOWEVER; THE
>SCROLL AT THE END OF THE "TNT" PRESENTATION WITHELD THIS VERY IMPORTANT,
>HEALING, PORTION OF THE TRUTH FROM IT'S VIEWER. MY CONCLUSION IS THAT
>EITHER "TNT'S" RESEARCH DEPT IS HONESTLY INEPT OR IT WAS A VERY BLATANT
>EXAMPLE OF OMISSION OF FACT TO CREATE ANGER AND PREPETUATE RACIAL
>DIVISION.

From: "Patrick Washington" <pwaslee@hotmail.com>
To: Bradley@matthewhenson.com
Subject: Information on Black History
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998 23:01:32 PST

I would like to thank you for the great information you have made
available about Matthew Henson. I just wish this information was around
when I was younger. This will give young African American the courage
and knowledge to believe in themselves and their heritage as
contributors to something positive in the United State of American.

Thank You again.

Patrick Lee Washington.
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 17:38:17 +0000
From: Troy Reddick <treddick@csolve.net>
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: Bradley@matthewhenson.com
Subject: MAGNETIC SOUTH POLE

HELLO MATT I HAVE TO DO SOME WORK ON THE MAGNETIC SOUTH POLE CAN TELL
SOMETHING ABOUT IT IF YOU KNOW PLEASE.

MY E-MAILIS troy58@hotmail.com

FROM TROY
From: "John Wrenholt" <jwrenhlt@ncfcomm.com>
To: <Bradley@matthewhenson.com>
Subject: Matthew Henson's childhood
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 21:40:18 -0600
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Priority: 3
MIME-Version: 1.0

I wrote to you a few days ago, asking if Matthew Henson was abused by his
uncle or his step-mother. You wanted to know where I heard that it was his
uncle. It was at http://tqd.advanced.org/3337/mhenson.html
I hope that this helps a little. If you find out which one of his relatives
it was, I would also like to know.
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 1998 23:12:50 -0500
From: LLoyd Strayhorn <lstrayhorn@mindspring.com>
Reply-To: lstrayhorn@mindspring.com
Organization: Yama Publishing Co
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: Bradley@matthewhenson.com
Subject: Congratulations! ! !

Congratulations are in order for such a wonderful, organized,
informative website. Having seen "Glory and Honor" on TNT last night, I
was moved to learn more about these men(Henson and Peary). Being an
astro/numerologist, I was mainly curious about their birthdays. For
example, I understand the birthday of explorer Robert E. Peary is May 6,
1856, making him a Taurus 6 person. Ironically, the sign of Taurus is
also ruled by the number "6". Also, the name "Robert" has "6" letters.
And would you believe the last name of the now acknowledge co-discover
of the North Pole, "Henson" has "6" letters in his last name.
Interesting enough, there was a scene in the movie, when he and his wife
had made the first trek to the North Pole. He told her something to the
effect that ever since he was "6" years old, he dreamed of doing that.
Furthermore the official date of finally reaching the North Pole was on
the "6th" of April 1909. I'm sure there is more. I made a point of
printing the website for further research.
However, I do have a most important question that will help me. What
was the "death date" of Robert E. Peary. And, was both the "birthday
and death date" of Matthew A. Henson. If I could get that information,
I ever be so thankful.
Again, congratulations are in order for such a fine and informative
website.

LLoyd Strayhorn
New York City
3/2/98
From: Laila Henson <lah@nuukom.ki.gl>
To: "'Bradley@matthewhenson.com'"
Subject: Thank you very much
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 13:54:02 -0300
X-Priority: 1
MIME-Version: 1.0

Dear Bradley

I received the book's yesteday thank you very much to the book's, and I
have give my father the original of the book and he is very glad for it,
even he don't understand it.
The copy you make is very good work, you had do'it, and the picture's we
are very glad for it.You had did a big work about Matthew Henson.

I'm so sorry, because I am so slow, but I don' t have forget you I
promise you to send the family picture's and little gift to you. We
will, me and my family like to give gift about mine of Greenland, but is
very diffecult.

The video Glory and Honor we haven't see the movie yet sorry, I don't
have time to deliver to Nuuk TV-station.

Thank you for yuor gift.

Laila
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 1998 00:46:11 -0500
From: Glenn Rice <newtool@mail2.nai.net>
Reply-To: newtool@mail2.nai.net
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: Bradley Robinson <busybee@widgetmagic.com>
Subject: Glory & Honor

I was afraid that i was gonna miss it.. We went out to Friendly's
(Ingrid's choice) for Ingrid's 9th birthday. While we were there, a
heavy fog set in, so we picked up another car and drove my mother home.
I only got to see the second hour, and thought that that was it.. but
NO!!

I'd forgotten that TNT plays its originals about a hundred times in a
row. I watched the second one from beginning to end (while running a
printing job)..

Is it me or did they mix the Greenland expedition in with one of the
polar trips? It seems to me that they mixed a couple of them together,
and when they edited it, they didn't have footage to match everything
together right, hence Henson ends up in the igloo recuperating and Peary
just disappeared.

Other than that, not bad. They certainly played Peary for a dolt, but a
case could be made. Seems a lot of revisionism in the racism part.
Your father's portrayal of their relationship seemed a lot more human
and real. Not surprising in that Matt was the source.

And of course the scene where Mrs. Peary blows into town to find a
pregnant Innuit woman in her husband's cabin seems outrageously
fictional. I can't factor that one into the timeline as presented in
Dark Companion, but it's the movies, right? That Peary had some Nanucki
is I guess obvious, if the subsequent histories are even close, but how
did Mrs. Peary get there, if not on the ship? And then she has it out
with the old man and splits somehow... ?? hunh?

Ah well, at least they didn't have soap flakes obviously blown by a
fan.. The Ft. Condom scene is nearly as i envisioned it based on the
book..
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