Comsat Legacy Foundation
June 3, 2004
the twelfth bulletin on progress by the Comsat Legacy Foundation.
Something may have gone wrong with the dissemination of the last bulletin issued
on March 12. It is not as yet available on either the Legacy or Comara web
sites but, if you would like to get a copy, let me know.
We are now incorporated as the Comsat Legacy
Foundation in the state of Delaware. At present, I am the only listed
officer, Founding President. Bill Coulter has agreed to continue to serve
as General Counsel and Secretary and I have recruited Walt McKee to serve as
Vice President and Ed Slack as Treasurer. Between them, Walt and Ed have
over 65 years of Comsat experience spanning the early Intelsat-oriented period
as well as the later, more diverse era and make a great addition to the
team. The existing Advisory Board members are expected to accept
membership on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Steve Teller and I
met in Clarksburg with the Curator of Manuscripts at the Milton S. Eisenhower
Library at Johns Hopkins University. She expressed a strong interest in
acquiring the Comsat collection and I subsequently received a formal “letter of
interest” from the Dean of University Libraries at Johns Hopkins. Johns
Hopkins has its own storage facilities in Moravia outside of Baltimore and will
soon have an environmentally secure room for perishables like celluloid.
The arrangements for transfer will be reviewed by the Board and our Counsel but,
as of now, I see no obstacle making this arrangement. The Comsat materials
will likely be moved in various categories over time and I may be soliciting
your help in further sifting to remove duplicates from the files to be
I am considering starting work on a history
collection which would consist of historical vignettes written by Comsat
veterans. This collection could be placed on our web site and/or
published. Hale Montgomery has some interesting ideas on a low cost
publishing process and If you have any thoughts of your own on such a
project, please pass them on to me.
Our web site,
www.Comsat-Legacy.org, is up and operating. There is much work to be done in
the structure and sorting of materials but there is already a large collection
of photos. We hope, eventually, to offer video compatible with both
dial-up and high speed access.
Edward J. Martin
Rockville, MD 20852