National Geographic : 1982 Jan
Reinhold Messner! I write not to detract but to question. What can the GEOGRAPHIC offer as proof of Messner's self-acclaimed achievements? Is the photo of the tripod conclusive, in your opinion? K. B. Johns Arlington, Virginia Not one but several knowledgeable climbers have no doubt that Messner, an outstanding moun taineer,reached the summit of Everest. And the tripodconfirms it. INDIAN OCEAN The bust at the left of the picture on page 437 is not a bust of George V of England. I think you will find it to be a bust of Lord Kitchener. V. O. Marquez St.-Lazare, Vaudreuil, Quebec The Seychelles government identifiedthese busts of the Britishmonarchs, now being stored pend ing renovationof a museum. Buckingham Palace says the hairline, mustache, and decorationsap pearto be those of George V. NAHANNI What a pleasant surprise to open my first copy of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC to Douglas Chadwick's article about the Nahanni wilderness park. I have had glimpses of natural, breathtaking beauty. Ada G. Sanderson Falls Church, Virginia I am writing to express my dismay at certain as pects of "Nahanni: Canada's Wilderness Park." In several instances the author deals with the background of exploration and personages who have frequented the area from time to time. I am totally amazed that the author over looked a September 1963 expedition of four Canadian Army personnel who traveled up the Nahanni, portaged Virginia Falls, went on to Rabbitkettle Hotsprings, and subsequently re turned to their starting point at old Fort Nelson. Capt. Christopher C. Smith Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alberta GEOGRAPHIC READERS I was surprised to read in the September 1981 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC that its readership had reached 35 million. In your December 1977 issue you noted that membership had risen to ten mil lion. As such a gain in readers seems unlikely, I am wondering if it was a misprint. Robert Shaw Port Williams, Nova Scotia Members Forum John Hancock can help you here and now. Not just hereafter. For 119 years, our life insurance professionals have helped provide a future for families and businesses. But in the last decade and a half we've added a lot of financial services to help make things better for you now. For example, our mutual funds give investors seeking a wide range of goals the chance to diversify with stock, bond, and money market funds. Executives benefit from our financial and tax planning services. What's more, we've introduced Variable Life Insurance* which allows policyholders to respond to inflation by investing some of their premiums in stocks, bonds, or the money market. We are one of the nation's leaders in developing innovative group life and health services. And we specialize in pension and profit-sharing management for many of America's major corporations. Exciting opportunities to invest in agriculture and real estate are available to qualified retirement programs. People can even come to us for flexible leasing arrangements for commercial and industrial equipment. And that's only the beginning of the services we provide. If you're looking for a diversified financial resource, consider the John Hancock family of companies. Because sooner or later we can make a big difference in your life. Mutual Life Insurance Company t Boston, Mass. *Available only in certain jurisdictions. tAnd affiliated companies including John Hancock Variable Life Insurance Company, Boston, MA 02117.