National Geographic : 1993 Feb
years ago will remember Mildred Imach, a relative of Geronimo's. She was a member of our graduat ing class of 1941. She was stunningly attractive: tall, graceful, with chiseled features, and hair worn in a braided knot on the back of her neck. She played the violin in the college symphony orches tra. A picture of Mildred on page 68 prompted me to phone her. She is currently chairperson of the Fort Sill Apache, a position of responsibility that involves much traveling. Thanks for enabling me to renew a friendship of long ago. MARJORIE JOHNSON MORSE Manhattan,Kansas Bering Sea The description of the Bering Sea's Siberian coast understates the degree to which the rich natural resources of this area are being abused. In early August 1991, I joined a small group paddling fold boats along this coast, stopping to enjoy the hospi tality of a Chukchi reindeer herder. We found evidence of damaging practices everywhere: Tun dra scarred by tracked vehicles, nets full of live and rotting fish strung across the mouths of streams, headless bodies of walrus. In one bay the stench of whale carcasses slaughtered for food for a fox farm forced us to retreat. Conservationists must ensure that proposals to create an international park/biosphere reserve do not become lost in the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the pressures for commercial advantage. ToTroN P. HEFFELFINGER San Francisco,California The description of the World War II battle to retake Attu Island from the Japanese does an injustice to those of us who participated. The attack was not carried out by 16,000 men who "stormed ashore." Our landing force of about 2,450 sneaked ashore at 2 a.m. Our green troops had no combat experience, no mountaineering training, and no experience in Arctic conditions. We had just completed a summer of desert warfare training in the Mojave Desert. GERHARD LESSMAN Chino, California The rest of the 16,000 men came ashore duringthe next few days. I was misquoted on page 83 as saying that the crab population collapsed as a result of overfishing. This implies either excessive greed by fishermen or poor management by the regulatory authorities, neither of which is the case. The collapse is proba bly the result of a natural population decline. WILLIAM ARON Alaska FisheriesScience Center Seattle, Washington We regret that your correction was inadvertently omittedfrom final copy. The Good News Is Jeep. Grand Cherokee Is Now Available With AV8. There IsNo Bad News. If you're into power, then our impressive 5.2 litre V8 engine is the news you've been waiting for. After all, this 220 horsepower engine makes Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited the most powerful sport utility vehicle in its class. And with such advanced stan dard features as an exclusive driver's side air bag, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and the Quadra-Trac" all the-time four-wheel drive system, Grand Cherokee Limited is the biggest 4x4 news story of the year. For more information, call 1-800-JEEP-EAGLE today. And Sget the complete scoop on the most advanced Jeep vehicle ever built. There Only One Jeep®.. A Division of the Chrysler Corporation. See limited warranties, restrictions, and details at dealer.