HUBBLE HELPERSEditor: My associates and I at Essex...


April 25, 1993


Editor: My associates and I at Essex Corporation greatly appreciated Douglas Birch's article, "Hang on, Hubble" [March 14]. Headquartered in Columbia, Md., with operations in Huntsville, Ala., and elsewhere, the people of Essex built the neutrally buoyant Hubble telescope trainer pictured in the water tank at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Essex people . . . work with astronauts Kathy Sullivan, Bruce McCandless and others training for extra-vehicular activity leading to deployment of the Hubble Telescope and, in the future, to "routine logistics" such as battery replacement.

We wish everyone in the program well, particularly . . . Dr. Bob Bless, whose father, Arthur, was a gifted physics professor at the University of Florida when I attended his classes years ago. Meanwhile, Essex people continue to perform key tasks for the NASA Space Program as members of the team bringing forth the benefits of Shuttle Science.

arry Letaw Jr.

Chairman and CEO


Editor: I am getting tired of reading these letters constantly attacking Arlene Ehrlich's "Keepsakes of the Heart," from Dec. 6. These perceptions and reminiscences are those of Ms. Ehrlich's childhood as a resident of Pocomoke City during the '50s. A child's feelings are very real to him or her. One of the worst things to experience while growing up is to feel that you don't belong, when at this time in life being like everyone else is so important.

The lame excuse that Pocomoke was just like everywhere else does not excuse the way people were treated. Who am I to criticize the Eastern Shore letter writers? I was born in Nassawadox, Va., also on the Eastern Shore. As in other Southern towns, and not-so-Southern towns, life there may be great for those that are white and Protestant, of which I am, by the way. But the perceptions of those who don't fit this description may be quite different.

Russ Mullaly

Ellicott City

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