Hi all -
I attended the press event yesterday - it was amazing! The Archivist of the US spoke, as well as the head of NOAA. Philip spoke on the phone, and [I am blushing now - really!] I tried to explain why we do what we do. (I live the closest to the Archives
The Historian for the Coast Guard was there, and he has lists of Officers, by ship, and the list includes info on where the ships were. Soon, I'll take my handy dandy digital camera, take pictures of the lists, and upload them to the Forum - they should prove to be a very useful resource.
They brought out 4 actual log books - one each from the Jeanette, the Vicksburg, the Bear, and the Corwin (I think), which had flowers pressed into the pages. I felt like I should kneel before them
. I met the 2 nice young ladies who are doing the scanning - they are happy the pages are coming out - they have adjusted things to eliminate the blue hue.
Kevin was there - it was a pleasure to meet him. He is most enthusiastic about this voyage.
All the NOAA and Archive folks I met are thrilled about this - I told them we are too - and that they have to keep feeding the monster Philip created (I often wonder if he feels like Frankenstein sometimes
There were quite a few reporters there - Old Weather: Arctic got quite the launch!