The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

February 2, 2006

eWWII EE-8 field telphone images -

Found these images while rummaging around, repairing the field telephones
used in the sound pieces. The robust and partly corroded technology is
interesting; eventually I was able to get everything working. The
equipment is older than I am.

- Alan

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Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 23:57:48 +0100
Subject: MSN-list Digest, Vol 5, Issue 47

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    1. Met Sending Euphronios Vase to Italy, Ending 30-Year Dispute
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February 2, 2006
Met Sending Vase to Italy, Ending 30-Year Dispute By RANDY KENNEDY

Reversing its position of more than 30 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
announced today that it would relinquish ownership of a 2,500-year-old Greek
vase, one of the finest in the world, to the Italian government, which has
long contended that the vase was stolen from an Etruscan tomb and smuggled
from the country.

In documents delivered today by the Met's lawyers in Rome, the museum
pledged to return the vase and 19 other disputed antiquities after weeks of
negotiations with Italy, which will now consider the offer. Under the
proposal, the vase, 15 pieces of Sicilian silver and four other ancient
vessels would be returned to Italy in exchange for long-term loans of other
prized antiquities, and the Met would assert that the objects were all
acquired in good faith.

The vase - known as a krater, once used to mix wine and water - was painted
by Euphronios, considered the greatest of Greek vase painters. When the Met
bought it in 1972 for more than $1 million from a dealer whose practices
were already under scrutiny, its appearance stunned the art world, and Italy
almost immediately began an investigation with help in the United States
from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Over the years, the case - of its kind, perhaps second only to the dispute
between Greece and Great Britain over the Elgin marbles - became emblematic
of the ethical questions surrounding the acquisition of ancient art by major

In recent years, the Italian government has begun pursuing antiquities cases
more aggressively, and in 2002 it indicted Marion True, the antiquities
curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, on charges of
trafficking in looted objects. Ms. True, who resigned last year, is now on
trial, along with Robert Hecht, the American dealer who sold the Euphronios
krater and the silver objects to the Met.

The Italians also began to focus on objects in the Met's collection that it
believed had been looted, and Italy later issued subpoenas for information
from the Met. Last February, the Met requested a meeting with Italian
officials and in November, Philippe de Montebello, the museum's director,
met in Rome with Rocco Buttiglione, Italy's cultural minister, to hammer out
the outlines of a deal. It remains unclear when the Euphronios vase and the
other objects would return to Italy under the Met's proposal.


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End of MSN-list Digest, Vol 5, Issue 47

Nomenclature of Opuntia Cactus Spines

  I have been enumerating the spines of my opuntia, which are in the
  thousands. It seems far too difficult to name them individually; however,
  they might well be grouped by tens, hundreds, even thousands. Such
  groups are families, for example the kynn family, kgerrard family, and so
  forth. I am delighted with the results. Whereas spines previously were
  associated only with a particular pad, now they are placed within smaller
  communal organizations of both friendship and cameraderie.

  For a long time, I worked on the various family names; the following are
  the results. Please note there may be repetitions; consider this one of
  the follies of the time, the difficulty to track anything at all (given
  the relative explosion of information, to which the spines themselves are
  immune). Enjoy -

  10 ggold
  20 crystal
  30 cbpp
  40 obsidian
  50 kynn
  60 daz
  70 rmc
  80 kynn
  90 rtaylor
  1000 daz
  1010 cbpp
  1020 ma
  1030 daz
  1040 rmc
  1050 grvsmth
  1060 rtaylor
  1070 val
  1080 daz
  1090 rtaylor
  2000 seligman
  2010 richp
  2020 cbpp
  2030 xuanmai
  2040 val
  2050 tss
  2060 seligman
  2070 rmc
  2080 jfn
  2090 richp
  3000 xuanmai
  3010 rmc
  3020 jfn
  3030 baldwin
  3040 daz
  3050 kgerrard
  3060 checker
  3070 bhp
  3080 clay
  3090 kylet
  4000 daz
  4010 grvsmth
  4020 bord
  4030 kgerrard
  4040 val
  4050 kylet
  4060 egg
  4070 tomcarr
  4080 tss
  4090 mcrosby
  5000 val
  5010 richp
  5020 bhp
  5030 jfn
  5040 kylet
  5050 jfn
  5060 egg
  5070 bitty
  5080 jfn
  5090 bhp
  6000 kuper
  6010 mrovner
  6020 jfn
  6030 rmc
  6040 lederman
  6050 rmc
  6060 kylet
  6070 bitty
  6080 crystal
  6090 bord
  7000 mittle
  7010 ggold
  7020 marathon
  7030 bord
  7040 kuper
  7050 herschel
  7060 bartlett
  7070 mcrosby
  7080 obsidian
  7090 jfn
  8000 bartlett
  8010 ma
  8020 rmc
  8030 jfn
  8040 hd-fxsts
  8050 marathon
  8060 kuper
  8070 cshapiro
  8080 bhp
  8090 kynn
  9000 thor
  9010 lederman
  9020 ma
  9030 snefru
  9040 hd-fxsts
  9050 claudia
  9060 obsidian
  9070 herschel
  9080 obsidian


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