Gunnar Thompson happily reports that his book on Marco Polo’s “new world voyages” is at the editing stage. An illustrated version is expected for release by April 2005. He writes, “As the diplomat/scientist with Chinese/Korean explorers, Marco Polo mapped the west coast of America from Alaska to Peru. His maps aided the Portuguese in the 15th century.” Gunnar also reports that he has formed a partnership with Gavin Menzies, who has just signed movie rights for his book,
1421, with release expected in about two years. “I think we can expect some drastic renovation of the history of cartography in the near future.”
the International Geographical Union at its 30th Congress in Glasgow, Scotland. In March 2005, he gave the keynote address at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Department of Geography, Taiwan National University in Taipei.
Bill Warren is hopeful that by the time SHD members read this, the California Map Society will have a number of maps of California and the West on its Society website, www.californiamapsociety.org. These maps are from three collections -- those of the Huntington Library, the Pasadena Museum of History, and the Altadena Historical Society. For further information, contact Bill at (626) 792-9152, or by e-mail, email@example.com.
Robert Weddle writes that he is nearing completion of his 14th book, which includes a translation of a previously unpublished diary of a Spanish Indian campaign across central Texas in 1759.
Because he was involved in an automobile accident in July 2004, Scott Westrem was placed on an extended medical leave of absence during the Fall Semester at the Graduate Center of CUNY in New York City. Although he was unable to attend the Fourteenth International Congress of the New Chaucer Society in Glasgow, and the Eleventh Annual Medieval Congress in Leeds, he was instrumental in much of the planning for both conferences.
It was another frenetic year for Eric Wolf. In addition to seeing 43 plays, concerts, operas, and operettas, the Wolfs traveled to Miami for the Philip Lee Phillips Society meeting, to Denver to visit the Auraria Library, to Bismarck, ND for the meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Society, to Chicago for the Nebenzahl Lectures, and to New York for a 55th year class reunion. In addition, they traveled to London on the Queen Mary 2, and then to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. Whew!!!
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