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Readers tell Stringers what's on their minds

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from the Melrose SilverStringers

The Stringers have a habit of overlooking their email, so for this issue, we've gone back two months to retrieve our readers' thoughts and comments.

Most of the mail is laudatory, and we break our arm patting ourselves on the back. Occasionally we get put in our place, but most of the letters are as upbeat as is, we hope, every issue of the Mirror.

We start out with a note from a native Melrosian, Peggy Perry Sookikian of Columbia, South Carolina:

From: Pegsook@aol.com  
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003        
Subject: Mt. Hood           
To: melrose@media.mit.edu        
Monday, Dec 22 2003

My sister, Martha Carriere, of Wakefield, sent me the article and pictures of Mt. Hood. What wonderful memories. We grew up in melrose - i attended st. mary's schools. mike mcdonough lived down adams street from us - i was in the same class as his sister jeanne. mt hood was one of the fun places to hang out in in melrose in those days (the '50s - along with jerry jingle, the stoneham zoo, crystal springs and kelly's ice cream parlor)

thanks for the memories
peggy sookikian (nee perry)
columbia, sc    

From: "Tracy Hatfield"  
To: melrose@media.mit.edu            
Subject: Winter Wonderland           
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 08:51:39 -0500        
Good Morning,
After much googling, I finally found the Melrose Mirror on line! I was eager to see if the photos taken by Natalie Thomson last Saturday, 12/6, in front of Turner's Seafood Grill & Market were available for viewing. Jimmy Turner and I were the ones bundled up and sporting the Santa hats, selling delicious cups of clam howder outside on the sidewalk. While much of the Home for the Holidays events were cancelled, we figured the show must go on! It was such a delight to see the locals, pulling their kids on a sled or those running errands at CVS or Starbucks, noticing these 2-crazy souls smiling and serving something hot and yummie. Some found refuge inside the restaurant, sitting in the window seats to enjoy their cup of joy. While others, believe it or not, stood outside with us, enjoying the serenity of the snowflakes and talking about shoveling and Christmas shopping to do's.
Happy Holidays!

Best regards,

Tracy Hatfield
Bar Manager, Turner's

Editor's note: Natalie must have muffed the shot, for she didn't hand it in. But there's always hope for the next issue. In the meantime, here's a plug for Turners -- Great!

From: "Peggy Turner"
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 11:59:08            
To: melrose@media.mit.edu           
Subject: you sat 11:45 am        
Hi Don, I am so pleased to have your web-site, I was finally able to get it on my Web. I had met you on a walk with my three grandchildren and dog. I did see the one of the two boys and was pleased !!

I am SO glad I met you because now I have your web-site. It is wonderful!!!!!

I will be able to take Melrose with me this winter, thanks to your web site.

Thanks for such wonderful work.!!

Peggy Turner

Editor's note: There were TWO pictures of the Turner grandchildren in the December issue -- one in the article on Mount Hood, another listed under "Short Features", on the left side of the Front Page.    

From: "Eleanor Jenkins"  
To: melrose@media.mit.edu       
Subject: Hello folks           
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 21:52:56 -0500        
I was privileged to spend an afternoon with all of you last May. When I came home, I had written to thank you all for your hospitality and for the warm reception my daughter and I had at your meeting. I also had written a story at that time. Soon after that, my computer died and I had to buy a new one. I never saw anything about what I had sent, nor did I have any acknowledgement so I think it must have gotten lost.

I am now finally up and running again.

So again I would like to say, thank you for making a stranger not feel like a stranger. My daughter Karen and I really enjoyed our visit.

Eleanor Jenkins from Havertown, Pennsylvania.

P.S. I am an active member of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania Archives Committee. We are gathering the history of our troops in the Delaware Valley and assessing our Archives. We have many stories among us and wonder how many of you ladies have Girl Scout Stories to share?

From: "Eleanor Jenkins"
To: melrose@media.mit.edu       
Subject: Natalie Thompson           
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 21:43:20 -0500        
I love to read Natalie's articles. She puts her personality into each of her pictures and her dialogue. I always feel that she shares a little of herself with each article she writes. The captions with the Haloween pictures made me think that she had a ball doing that. Keep them coming.

Eleanor Jenkins

... and on December 6, Ms Jenkins writes on the December issue:

Once again Natalie you out did yourself. Points all well taken and interestingly presented. I look forward to your articles every month.     

Eleanor Jenkins

Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2003        
From: "Joanne Murphy"
To: melrose@media.mit.edu           
Subject: St. Mary's Class '53 reunion        
Thank You Kay (McCarte) for the nice presentation in "The Melrose Mirror"
Joanne Murphy    

From: "Mary Samson"        
To: "melrose"        
Subject: Kay McCarte           
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2003 09:03:19 -0500        
Kay, it (St. Mary's class of '53 reunion story) came out so well. I shall send the address along in a Christmas letter along with a copy of the thank you from Sr. Marcia, SHCJ.

Advent Peace,

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003       
From: "Marko Turpeinen"
To: "melrose"            
CC: "Jack Driscoll" , walter@media.mit.edu           

(Editor's note: Finn Marko Turpeinen was the Stringers' first grad-student advisor from the Media Lab at MIT, back in 1996. He is now a vice president of one of the world's largest media conglomerates. The other contributors in this chain are Jack Driscoll, Stringer advisor and editor in residence at the Media Lab; and Walter Bender, our old friend and now director of the Media Lab. We start with Marko):       
Greetings from a regular Melrose Mirror reader!

I second Walter's opinion... I don't know how you do it, but it does get better all the time.

Like the first two photo essays in this latest (November) edition. First Natalie made me feel like I had visited Melrose on Halloween, then Irving Smolens' story comes up with these pictures of anticipating the war in Iraq. What a contrast! Also the "flags of fall" was interesting - I had already forgotten those, but I think they are a charming habit that I haven't really seen anywhere in Europe. Many other enjoyable stories as well.

I was very happy to read about the plans for a new computer lab. Sounds like you will finally get to be properly equipped! I'd love to come and see it myself next time I'll be in Boston (maybe this coming Spring).

Right now I'm in Brussels evaluating some EU projects, but normally I
stay put in Finland. Me and the whole family are doing great.

Best wishes to all the Stringers. Keep up the good work!

   -- Marko

PS. My heart sank when I heard about the Red Sox... and we Finns cannot offer much help (unlike in Ice Hockey...)

Jack Driscoll wrote:

thought I would share with you Walter Bender's reaction (below) to the efficient publishing process last week and the edition itself.  But don't let it go to your heads!  cheers, jack d.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Walter Bender"
To: "Jack Driscoll"
Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2003 7:45 AM

these guys are good. the quality of the product keeps getting better
and better too...


January 2, 2004

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