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  1. 1. CALGARY A-lumni N-ews T-ip S November 2006 Editors: Mel & Darrel MacDonald ISSUE #0071 Alumni Happenings  General Interest o Josee Anderson, BP Canada Human Resources has advised us that the retirees in the Calgary Region contributed $33,000.00 to the United Way Campaign for the year 2006. We are sure that the ultimate recipients of these contributions will be more than thankful to all the contributors. The winners of the $100.00 gift certificates where John Howarth, Rob Thorburn, Brian Monaghan, and Earland Clark.  Upcoming Events o The next BP Alumni Club - Calgary Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the 3rd Floor Prairie Heritage Conference Rooms, BP Energy Centre. o BP Alumni Christmas Party – December 11. Refer to the Club Events section for more details or go to the BP Alumni Retiree Web site.  Alumni Spotlight o Our sympathies and condolences go out the family and friends of Marj Budd who passed away on November 14. Marj worked for Amoco Canada for 18 years in the Controllers Department. Use the following hyper link to refer to the obituary. categoryId=9007405&contentId=7014149 BP Alumni Contacts You can access the BP Retiree Web Site by going to either of the following web site addresses: OR Should you so desire, you can contact any of the BP Alumni Executive listed below: President – Rob Thorburn (Email address Treasurer – Souma Gobrial – (Email address Past President – Bill Halaburda (Email address Alumni Club Niche BP Alumni Club Today & the Future At the October 2006 BP Alumni Meeting Bill Halaburda mentioned that a report on the results of the Today and the Future Questionnaire and the meeting held with the club executive and the Editors of the ANTS Newsletter in September 2006, would be published. TODAY AND THE FUTURE – RECOMMENDATIONS MEMBERSHIPS  A more effective way of advising paid members should be adopted. 1
  2. 2. o Master Membership List will be emailed out, showing Alumni if they have paid or not. o Reminder notes will be published in the ANTS Newsletters each November and December.  Deleting Non Paid Members. o No firm decision was made. But everyone seemed to feel non paid members should be deleted after a short time period, after Item 1 has been sent out.  Multi year memberships will be accepted, up to a maximum of 3 years.  Open up membership to spouses and all former BP Family employees (regardless of years employed). o Spouses and former employees should be encouraged to join the club and become part of the executive, if so desired. o Use word of mouth to get past employees to join. The more members, the more likely that we will get members to be organizers and executive.  Eliminate waiving of annual membership fees because it just causes confusion. Membership fees will remain at $5.00 for the year 2007. EXECUTIVE 1) In order to provide some incentive for the membership to accept various club positions, these people should be reimbursed monetarily.  Any legitimate expense incurred by the BP Alumni Club Executive, ANTS Newsletter, or other members acting for the clubs betterment would be reimbursed for expenses.  If a member attends a special meeting or is conducting club business, that member shall be reimbursed for his/her transportation costs. E.g. the cost of public transportation to and from that meeting. 2) The BP Club Executive will no longer be responsible for the setup and running of the Club Social events. Club members will be requested to become Social Club Directors, these people will be responsible for handling the running of the social events such as the BBQ, Christmas Party, Golf Tournament, and any other social event that is approved by the club executive.  Incentives should also be used to entice volunteers. People who are deemed to be the organizers of a particular event will be allowed (2) free admissions to that club event (maximum 2 free admissions per event).  These Directors of the social events should be encouraged to look into making some changes such as new locations, entertainment such as games, and music, etc. OTHER 1) Look into combining the two clubs - Volunteers and Alumni.  Rob Thorburn to follow-up and contact other BP Alumni Clubs to see how they have handled the two groups. 2) Make quarterly BP Alumni meeting dates more flexible.  BP Club Executive Agreed. They will review meeting schedule and try to avoid conflicts with Xmas/New Year holidays and Stampede. 3) What does the BP Employee Council do for us?  Rob Thorburn will bring this up at the BP Employee Council meeting.  Rob will also check about them funding for socials events. Signed BP Alumni Club Executive – Rob Thorburn, Souma Gobrial, & Bill Halaburda 2
  3. 3. BP Volunteers “Best Ever” BP Yarnburners Annual Craft Sale I'm thrilled to report that we had the best sale ever. BP's Building Management team provided us with the space, tables and chairs (thanks to the negotiations of Don Smith). BP sent out an intranet message to all employees, you fellows spread the word to the alumni, and the Yarnburners supplied the goodies. But we certainly can't forget all of you who have donated yarn to our cause for without you we wouldn't have been able to produce the items for the sale. All in all, what better mix could we have had. Our craft sale was held over a two-day period, November 1 and 2 and generated sales of just over $1800.00. The various charities we support will be the grateful benefactors of many needed supplies, which will be purchased with the sale proceeds. We will also be donating the remaining blankets, sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, slippers and baby items to those charities that need them the most. For those of you that are not familiar with the Yarnburners, we donate many of our handmade items to organizations like the Brenda Stafford Centre, the Sheriff King Home, the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre, NeighbourLink, the Fanning Centre and the Mustard Seed. All proceeds from our annual craft sale are used to purchase: small electrical appliances, bedding, linens, cleaning supplies and/or personal hygiene items for the two women's abuse centres; personal hygiene items for the homeless at the Mustard Seed; and necessities such as formula, baby food, diapers, clothing and blankets for NeighbourLink and the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre. Thanks to all of you who helped make this event such a success. Contributed by Shirley Gerus - BP Yarnburners Club Events Annual BP Alumni Christmas Party Seasons Greetings, The Annual BP Alumni Christmas Dinner is going to be on Monday, December 11, 2006 at the Kensington Legion. Last year the dinner was great and there were lots of Alumni there (over 100) and everyone had a good time. WHEN: Monday, December 11, 2006 - 5:30 P.M. WHERE: THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION # 264 1910 Kensington Road, N.W. (In the Royal Kensington Room) Non Smoking COST: $21.00 PER PERSON (MEMBER & SPOUSE) $26.00 PER PERSON (NON-MEMBER) MENU (SERVED) Alberta Prime Rib of Beef, Oven Roast Potato, Yorkshire Pudding, Vegetable Medley, Tossed Salad w/ House Dressing, Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Tea or Coffee. Call your work colleague or friends who perhaps haven’t been active in our membership, and invite them to join you at our Xmas social. You are always welcome to bring friends outside of our membership. 3
  4. 4. Please make your cheque payable to BP ALUMNI CLUB and forward to: Souma Gobrial Treasurer, BP Alumni Club #303, 3730 50th St. NW Calgary, Alberta T3A 2V9 MAIL BEFORE December 5, 2006 P.S. We will probably sell some raffle tickets for the Habitat for Humanity Playhouses. Remember the BP Volunteers build one of them. Thanks Contributed by Rob Thorburn - President BP Alumni Food & Recipes No Bake Holiday Balls Try these super holiday treats. 1 Cup Peanut Butter and Honey 2 Cups Powdered Milk 1-1/2 Cups Crushed Cereal (such as Cornflakes or Rice Crispies 1-1/2 Cups Finely Chopped Pecans 1. Get two clean bowls ready, a fork (or hand mixer), and put wax paper on a tray or plate. 2. Pour the cereal and nuts into one bowl 3. Mix the peanut butter, honey, and milk together in the other bowl to form a very thick mixture. 4. Roll spoons full of the mixture, about the size of marbles, between your hands until they are nice and round. 5. Roll the balls in the crushed cornflakes or (rice crispies) and the finely chopped nuts. 6. Place them on wax paper when they are done. 7. Put them in the fridge for 20 minutes. From the Food For Thought Magazine Health WHY COMPUTERIZE YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS? We live in the so- called information age, yet medical records are still kept in file folders stored in cabinets in the doctor's office. Why is that? Health care is an incredibly complicated business. It's not just about moving money or goods around. It's moving around a lot of variables that can have life-and-death consequences. The result is that health care businesses have taken a much more cautious approach to electronic record keeping. It has only been in the past couple of years that we've had enough experience to make it work. Technology is not the issue-it is learning how to use the technology. Q How could the practice of medicine be improved by electronic record keeping? In health care now, we have quality problems. The Institute of Medicine says that about 100,000 people die every year because of medical errors. That could 4
  5. 5. be dramatically reduced, by as much as 85 per cent, by switching to electronic medical records. In addition, health information technology will reduce the hassle for consumers, who won't have to give out the same information time after time. It will save money by reducing redundant procedures. People arrive at the hospital, and the physicians and nurses on duty have no idea what tests have been done on those patients. Finally, data will be available to patients, who can choose among treatment options. Q Yet the journal of the American Medical Association earlier this year questioned whether electronic record keeping will improve healthcare. One article even suggested it might increase the number of medical errors. This was a very good study with enlightening results. However, the study never suggested the overall number of errors would go up; it said they wouldn't go down as much as they could because the systems wouldn't be implemented right. Not all computer systems are created alike. That's why we want to make sure that all electronic medical record products that are on the market are certified by private-sector experts who come together to say what [should be in the software]. We don't want to dictate this by regulation. We want to ensure that it is market-driven. Q What will that mean for average patients and their doctors? In the short run, physicians who use electronic health records can give better care to their patients. They are at less risk of introducing errors into their treatments. In the intermediate term, consumers will have the ability to get their own health records and get information about the best way to manage their own care. In the long run, we're going to see a revolution in how people access health care. People won't have to suddenly discover they have a terrible illness. They will have access to information that will enable them to predict that they are on the verge of a major illness and take preventive measures. Q Is Medicare promoting electronic record keeping? Medicare has begun to pay doctors for performance. All those projects have incentives built into them to put electronic health records in place. That's a way to help doctors’ focus on getting better outcomes using technology. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is also developing tools to ensure that all software systems are inter-operable and the records are easily portable. Q How will our privacy be protected once records are electronic? We have protections for privacy in place now under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, with penalties for violations. The public needs to understand that information is better protected electronically than on paper. When records are violated electronically, we have a record of it. You have no idea if your paper records have been lifted or looked at. Q A Senate committee in July passed a bipartisan bill promoting electronic record keeping. Is Congress saying the administration isn't doing enough or doing this right? That bill puts into a statute what we're doing under the president's executive order. It adds the confidence that Congress is supporting what we're doing. Q When will the public begin seeing electronic records in their physicians 'offices? Right now somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of health care consumers have personal electronic medical records. The president has given us eight years to get us up to 50 percent. That's pretty rapid growth. That's why we 5
  6. 6. have to move quickly. Q A recent Annals of Internal Medicine article said it would cost more than $200 billion to build and operate an electronic record system. Is this correct? We know the numbers are in the billions of dollars. But the main question is how do we create incentives to involve the private sector so the federal government doesn't finance it all. If you think that we will spend roughly trillions of dollars on health care over the next 10 years, $200 billion is not much, given the potential savings from reduced medical errors and from duplicative tests and procedures. From AARP Bulletin Is This Your Town? Beaverlodge, Alberta First settled in 1908, Beaverlodge derives its name from the Beaver Indians, who made their temporary home or lodge, in this area. With the arrival of the railway in 1928, a new townsite was created about 1.6 kilometres northwest of the original hamlet; many original buildings were moved. In the Beaverlodge Valley, the town serves as a gateway to Monkman Pass and is a large agricultural center. The South Peace Centennial Museum is 3 kilometres northwest on Highway 43. Pioneer items, equipment, and furnishings used in the early 1900’s are on display. A 1928 pioneer home is furnished, in period. Other exhibits include a trading post, general store, flour mill, schoolhouse, railway caboose, Anglican church, and vintage cars and trucks. From the AMA Tourbook History “Black Sam” Bellamy Samuel Bellamy (c.1689 – April 27, 1717), aka "Black Sam" Bellamy, was a formidable pirate in the early eighteenth century. He is most famous because the wreckage of his ship was discovered off Cape Cod in 1984. The ship, (along with the two ships escorting her) the Whydah Gally, was the largest pirate prize ever captured at the time it sank in 1717. The treasure held indigo, gold, and over 30,000 pounds sterling. After taking the Whydah in the Caribbean and giving the original Whydah crew their ship, the Sultana, the pirates turned to sail for New England and died in a fierce storm to which the ship succumbed. The discovery of the wreck was made in July of 1984 by a diving crew led and funded by Barry Clifford. The treasure hunter founded a museum on the shore of Provincetown, Massachusetts which is dedicated to Samuel Bellamy and houses many artifacts which were brought from the actual wreck, including the ship's bell. There were only two known survivors of the 146 pirates on the ship. Sam was not one of them. The Whydah is named for the trading post of Ouidah on the Ivory Coast. In his earlier piratical career, Samuel Bellamy had sailed with such nautical luminaries as Benjamin Hornigold and Edward Teach, who was also known as Blackbeard. From the Wikipedia Encyclopedia 6
  7. 7. Did You Know COOL YOUR CABIN FEVER Four easy ways to keep the walls from coming in. First the holiday season makes you grumpy, then winter crankiness sets in: hostility, irritability, and anxiety all rise during the winter months as short days and bad weather trap us inside. Here are some simple strategies to keep you from going stir-crazy. Swallow Some Sunshine - When winter sunlight wanes, your body's level of vitamin D can dip too-bad news, since the vitamin helps you make serotonin, a brain chemical needed for a good mood. Studies at the University of Toronto and the University of Newcastle in Australia found that vitamin D supplements boosted moods markedly. Some experts recommend a daily supplement containing 1,000 to 2,000 IUs of vitamin D for improved perkiness. Hug a (Rubber) Tree - Working near potted plants lowered people's stress and made their outlooks rosier in studies conducted at the University of Surrey in England. "There is an important link between nature and feelings of well-being," explains David Uzzell, Ph.D., professor of environmental psychology at the university. Brew the Right Thing - Green tea's the richest known natural source of theanine, an amino acid found to boost alpha brain waves-the kind associated with relaxation. "Theanine can enhance concentration and clarity, so it actually increases mental alertness while reducing stress," says Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of From Fatigued to Fantastic. Perfume the Room - People in cramped spaces perceived them as bigger - and experienced less anxiety about them-when the air was infused with cucumber or green –apple aromas, research at Chicago's Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation found. (The smell of roasting meat actually increased claustrophobic feelings.) Lighting an appropriately scented candle will do the trick. From AARP Bulletin Computer Tips & Tricks Malicious Software The difference between a computer Virus, Worm, and Trojan horse. Virus  Attaches to program or file  Infects computer only when user runs or opens Malicious program  Infects computers only with help of a person  Causes damage to hardware, software or files  Spreads by people sharing infected files or sending e-mails with viruses as attachments Worm  Exists inside other files  A worm is a program that replicates itself without use of a host file 7
  8. 8.  Infects computers without the help of a person  Causes system memory overload; may give outsiders access to computer  Spreads by sending copies of itself to everyone listed in e-mail address book Trojan Horse  Impostor files, which appear to be useful software but are Malicious  Trojan horse cannot replicate itself  Causes loss or theft of data; may give outsiders access to the computer  User must invite program onto computer by downloading from Internet or open attachment to e-mail From the Calgary Herald Travel Ainsworth Hot Springs In the heart of the Kootenay wilderness is the tiny village of Ainsworth Hot Springs, set into the mountainside overlooking the vast expanse of Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains. The village is the location of the Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, whose natural hot springs feature a unique horseshoe-shaped cave where the darkness, the mineral deposits and the humidity all combine to offer an exhilarating experience. The hot steamy, odourless shower of mineralized water falls from the cave's roof and forms a waist-deep pool, providing a rejuvenating natural steam bath. The main pool provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy some of West Kootenay's majestic scenery - Purcell Mountains and Kootenay Lake. The springs originate in the Cody Caves area, directly above and to the west of Ainsworth Hot Springs. The water works its way down through porous rock to a depth of 1.5 to 2 kilometres, increasing in temperature at a rate of 40 degree Celsius per kilometre, until it strikes what is known as the Lakeshore Fault. This fault is an impervious layer of rock lying at an angle of 45 to 50 degrees from Ainsworth Hot Springs to a point directly below the Cody Caves. Hydraulic pressure forces the water up along the fault where it emerges at Ainsworth Hot Springs, where the hot water spills through caves and out into the main pool. From the caves, the outflow of piping-hot water is filtered twice and lightly chlorinated before flowing into the slightly cooler outdoor pools. The hot springs are heated naturally and vary in temperature between 40-42°C (104-114°F) in the Cave, 35-38°C (96-101°F) in the Pool, and 4-10°C (40-50°F) for the Cold Plunge. The caves are old mine tunnels carved out by miners attempting to increase the flow of hot water from the springs. Visitors can explore the cave's tunnels and stalactites, relaxed on a hot ledge, find the natural hot shower or have a natural sauna. Considered to be the best commercial hot spring in British Columbia, Ainsworth is open year-round, and is popular with families and local residents wishing to linger in the soothing waters and play in this exhilarating wilderness playground. Any time is a good time to visit Ainsworth, but the cool, crisp air on winter days 8
  9. 9. provides a delightful contrast to the warmth and humidity in the caves. Like many Canadian natural attractions, Ainsworth Hot Springs was probably first discovered by native Indians who came up to Kootenay Lake in the late summer to take advantage of the Kokanee Salmon run. Since this timing coincided with the ripening of the huckleberry crop, it would be natural to assume that after spending the days clambering around the hills these people would welcome a soak in the hot springs. This idyllic lifestyle probably continued for decades until the Indians guided the first prospectors in the area. In 1882 George Ainsworth of Portland, Oregon, applied for a pre-emption of the townsite that is now Ainsworth Hot Springs. It was at first called Hot Springs Camp, and had been founded on the strength of silver, lead and zinc discoveries in the vicinity. The mining company that owned the property in the 1920s built the first pool, primarily for use by the miners. The pool and caves were completed in the early 1930s, with extensive renovations in 1983 and the present hotel built in 1987. Location: Ainsworth Hot Springs is located on Highway 31 on the western shore of Kootenay Lake, 11 miles (17 km) north of Balfour and 12 miles (20 km) south of Kaslo. From the AMA Tour Book Old West How Holbrook, Arizona Got Its Name The Civil War slowed western development and disrupted the nation, but after 14 years of surveys with very little track laid, a reorganization of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad Co. in 1880 speeded progress on the railway, which was to run through Holbrook. In 1890, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad became sole owner of the company. The rails reached Holbrook on September 24, 1881. John W. Young, a grading contractor for the railroad, is given credit for naming Holbrook after the chief engineer of the Atlantic & Pacific's Western Division, Henry R. Holbrook. Young had established a small store at the temporary rail depot two miles east of Horsehead Crossing. It was this location, four miles east of the present town site, which was originally named Holbrook. As soon as it was established, the temporary station was chosen by the railroad as the supply depot for goods going south to Fort Apache. The permanent station was built in 1882 at a location four miles west of this temporary Holbrook station. Wool was one of the earliest and most important items shipped from Holbrook on the new railroad. In 1881, a single wool shipment of 300,000 lbs. filled 19 freight cars. The other leading export from Holbrook in the 1880's was livestock. From 402 tons in 1885, shipments increased to 1,161 tons in 1885 and 2,249 tons in 1889. The growth came in large part from the fact that Holbrook was headquarters for the Hash Knife Outfit, owned by the Aztec Land and Cattle Company, the third largest cattle company in North America. Practical items needed for the growing community, such as grain, coal, flour, lumber, hardware, fruits and vegetables, liquor and general merchandise, arrived by rail, too. The newspaper reported that lumber from Flagstaff was used up as 9
  10. 10. fast as it arrived during the busiest building days in Holbrook. It seems fitting that September 24, 1881, the date the railroad reached Holbrook, has been designated the birth date of Holbrook because of the important role it played in the development of the town. From the Northern Arizona Travel Guide Home & Garden THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR CELLPHONE COULD DO There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it: - I. EMERGENCY The Emergency Number worldwide for **Mobile** is 112. If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. Try it out. II. HAVE YOU LOCKED YOUR KEYS IN THE CAR? DOES YOUR CAR HAVE REMOTE KEYS? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk). III. HIDDEN BATTERY POWER Imagine your cell battery is very low, you are expecting an important call and you don't have a charger. Nokia instrument comes with a reserve battery. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time. IV. HOW TO DSIABLE A STOLEN MOBILE PHONE To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones. Contributed by Dave Thompson 10
  11. 11. Thought For the Day Why It’s Good To Be a Woman 1. We got off the Titanic first. 2. We can scare male bosses with the mysterious gynecological disorder excuses. 3. Taxis stop for us. 4. We don't look like a frog in a blender when dancing. 5. No fashion faux pas we make could ever rival the Speedo. 6. We don't have to pass gas to amuse ourselves. 7. If we forget to shave, no one has to know. 8. We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear end. 9. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there. 10. We have the ability to dress ourselves. 11. We can talk to the opposite sex without having to picture them naked. 12. If we marry someone 20 years younger, we are aware that we will look like an idiot. 13. We will never regret piercing our ears. 14. There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems. 15. We can make comments about how silly men are while in their presence because they aren't listening anyway. From the Senior Sampler Joke Time WANTED SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I am a very good-looking girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pick-up truck, hunting, camping, and fishing trips and cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hands. Rub me the right way and watch me respond. I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me. Kiss me and I'm yours. Call (404) 875-6429 and ask for Daisy. Over 15,000 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane society about an 8- week old black Labrador. Contributed by Barbara Brookes Classifieds If you would like to run a FOR SALE or WANT AD, please feel free to forward them to us. They will run in the next month’s edition only, but can be resubmitted monthly if so desired. FOR SALE - Beautiful Kelowna Lake Okanagan Resort - 1 week timeshare unit; odd years only; Week 14 (April); CND $6,000. Contact Linda Weaver @ 11
  12. 12. Voices from the Mail Box We welcome your comments, questions, and/or article submissions to the BP Alumni Club Monthly Newsletter. Lets hear from you. We can be contacted at E-mail address: Darlene Bissonnette Re: October 2006 ANTS Newsletter. I LOVE the jack o'lantern article. Among many! Great issue, guys!! Rene Charrois Re: October 2006 ANTS Newsletter. Thanks Mel & Darrel. We are in Yuma now and Claude will be here as well in 2 weeks. Carol Ingram Re: Special Edit #19 on Explorer David Thompson. What a fascinating account of the life of David Thompson! Thank you. A couple of queries: (1) in one location it refers to David Thompson's wife as Irish / Cree, in another as Scots. And was David Thompson, in fact, a Welshman? Editors Reply: Thanks for the note. Regarding your questions. I guess you can say you got us. We combined a couple articles together to form the whole David Thompson Special and thus we have a discrepancy. The only thing we could say is that since all this happened back some 200 years ago the reporting of facts may vary from story to story. For example, one section refers to no one knowing what David Thompson looked like, but on Page 1 there is a picture of him or a least a drawing. If you use your search engine (Google) on David Thompson you might be able to find out about the Welshman bit. We do no know. Thanks for your keen eyes, we appreciate your input. Sue Draychuk Re: Special Edit #19 on Explorer David Thompson. Hi Mel & Darrel - thank you so much for writing the story - David Thompson is my hero and should be everyone's hero in Canada. He was an orphan in England and was picked to work for the Hudson's Bay Company, dropped off on the banks of Hudson's Bay and never, ever returned to England. He didn't even get much support from the Hudson's Bay Company - but he was always called upon to discover new land - Washington State almost became part of Canada because of his mapping. Thank goodness you have written about him and all his good deeds. Thank you so much. Dennis Andrews Thank you Mel and Darrel for the great information on David Thompson. Sure enjoyed it. Souma Gobrial Hi Mel and Darrel, as usual, this Special Issue is as Interesting and as informative as anything else! Congratulations again and again. I have something funny to tell you both! When I started to read it I thought: Oh my Goodness I didn't think "our" David Thompson was that old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha...ha...ha.. Thank you again for all you hard work and contribution. Next Issue – December 2006 12