National Geographic : 1987 Apr
Titanic The eerie images of the sunken liner (December 1986) were spontaneously studied by my fifth grade class. The public would be surprised at the genuine depth of student interest (even from ten year-olds) in past historical events, be it the un earthing of King Tut's tomb, the exploits of magician Harry Houdini, or the Apollo moon landings. A dramatic presentation such as your magazine provided can help children and adults imagine what it must have been like to be there live. Your portrayal of the great ship's tragedy was sensitively handled and unforgettable. John J. Karolewsky Carol Stream, Illinois The 1,500-plus people who stood on the stern that cold April night awaiting death would not have considered the ship "a symbol of an age long past." It was and is a symbol of failed technology and man's failure to provide for the welfare of fel low human beings. The Titanic should be re moved from the depths and displayed so that this and future generations can understand the an guish and bravery of those who perished. Steve A. Foster Piedmont, South Carolina I feel as if I had been along on Robert Ballard's journey. Is there a possibility that a collection of the videotapes will be made available for pur chase? I believe that if Dr. Ballard narrated them, they would be treasured items for many, many years. Buddy G. Moore Pinconning, Michigan We agree and have produced an hour-longvideo, "Secrets of the Titanic," availablefrom the Soci ety for $29.95 or at videotape outlets. For all the credit Ballard deserves, I sharply dis agree with one of his conclusions that deep-sea research can be done "faster and better without man's physical presence in the sea." This does immeasurable harm to the future of ocean sci ence. Man's "mind in the sea" is our greatest as set. To contemplate replacing it with a machine is not a progressive view for the future. Richard W. Grigg Department of Oceanography University of Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii The article was fascinating. However, the mea surements used were meaningless to me and many colleagues. The majority of the world's population functions with the metric system. Could you not accommodate us by listing both units of measurement in allyour very interesting articles? R. Saba Toronto, Ontario Starting today, one dog in fifty will eat like never before.