National Geographic : 1962 Apr
tions at 800 per minute. When the count narrowed, the ma chine was stopped and hand sorting began: 2,999,997 (a me teorologist in Hong Kong) ... 2,999,998 (a lawyer)... 2,999,999 (the wife of a famous professional boxer)... then 3,000,000! The nominating letter came from Mrs. Carl Bisanz, of Omaha, Nebraska. "Dear Sir," it said, "We are hoping we are not too late for this little plan. Our daughter's class, sixth grade of Western Hills School, has decided to give their teach er a Christmas gift membership in the National Geographic Society.... The class wishes the magazine to be sent to Mrs. Golda Prewett...." Too late? No, I thought. The timing is perfect, and this calls for a celebration. By telephone, Dr. McKnew invited Mrs. Prewett and her family to come to the Society's Washington headquarters for an appropriate welcome by the Board of Trustees. A staff photog rapher hurried to Omaha for pictures of the 43 generous sixth graders. We wanted to know everything about the Prewetts. The family's two older children were unable to come. But Mr. C. H. Prewett, Professor of Engineering at the Municipal University of Omaha, and teen-agers Roger and Linda Ann 580 joined our queen for a jet flight to Washington. They pooled pennies. Sixth-graders at Omaha's Western Hills School gave teacher Prewett her mem bership for Christmas. The Society flew her to Wash ington, D. C ., to receive it. Mother of blond Carol Bisanz (in green dress) nom inated Mrs. Prewett. With their children, Roger and Linda, Prof. and Mrs. C . H. Prewett tour Capitol Hill. Prewetts inspect one of 33,000 volumes in the So ciety's library. Librarian Esther Ann Manion leafs through a rare edition of centuries-old Portuguese charts. National Geograph ic encourages the public to consult its reference works.