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To Race At Thirteen

On February 26,  13 year old Cool N Collective will try again to become what is believed to be the oldest horse ever to win a race in New York. He last won at Aqueduct two years ago at age 11.

No one can remember a 13 year old horse having won in New York in recent memory.

According to one publication, the oldest horses to win since 1976 are Behavin Jerry, who did so at age 17 in 1981 at Commodore Downs in Pennsylvania, and Golden Arrow, who won in 1978 at the Great Barrington Fair, also at age 17.

Found, Therefore It Is

Guglielmo Libri, an Italian count and mathematician who served as secretary of the Committee for the General Catalog of Manuscripts in French Public Libraries, learned that he might be arrested and fled to London in 1848. He managed to bring along a purloined collection of 30,000 books and manuscripts, including works by Descartes, Galileo, Fermat, Leibniz, Copernicus and Kepler.

France has recovered only 45 of the 72 stolen René Descartes letters.

One was offered at an auction in Switzerland in 2006 and 2009.

After I protested vociferously and publicly on both occasions in the name of the Institut, the letter didn’t find a buyer,but it proved impossible for us to raise the very large sum that the seller demanded, and even though it can’t be sold, this 1638 letter remains in private hands, reports Gabriel de Broglie, chancellor of the Institut de France.

Erik-Jan Bos, a philosophy scholar at Utrecht University in the Netherlands is helping to edit a new edition of Descartes’s correspondence. During a late night session of Internet browsing,  he noticed a reference to Descartes in a description of the manuscript collection at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He contacted John Anderies, the head of special collections at Haverford, who sent him a scan of the letter, dated May 27, 1641.

It turns out the letter had been donated in 1902 to Haverford’s library by Lucy Branson Roberts, whose husband, Charles Roberts, was an avid autograph collector. He had bought the letter without knowing that it was stolen.

As soon as Haverford’s president, Stephen G. Emerson, understood the letter’s history, he contacted the Institut de France coincidentally on February 11, the anniversary of Descartes’ death in 1650 and offered to return the item.

I was frankly shocked because I didn’t know we had the letter at all but it’s really not ours, said Emerson.

Delighted by the college’s offer, Mr. de Broglie awarded Haverford a prize of  $20,000, writing to Mr. Emerson that the offer honors you and exemplifies the depth of moral values that you instill in your students.

We couldn’t be more pleased with how this has been resolved, concludes EmersonIn our ever-shrinking world, when strangers become friends and then partners at the click of a mouse, we want to do all we can to show, by example, what it means for scholars and citizens to collaborate for the common good.

Take Your Nuclear Reactors And…Close ‘Em

In an unusual state foray into nuclear regulation, the Vermont Senate voted to block operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant after 2012.

Unless the chamber reverses itself, it will be the first time in more than 20 years that the public or its representatives has decided to close a reactor.

Vermont senators voiced frustration over recent leaks of radioactive tritium at the 38 year old plant as well as the collapse of a cooling tower in 2007 and inaccurate testimony by the plant’s owner, Entergy.

Plant officials had testified under oath to two state panels that there were no buried pipes at Vermont Yankee that could leak tritium, although there were. No tritium has turned up in drinking water, but even plant supporters expressed dismay at the leak and the misstatements.

If the board of directors and management of Entergy were thoroughly infiltrated by antinuclear activists, I do not think they could have done a better job of destroying their own case, said Senator Randolph D. Brock II.

In Memory – Kent State 1970

Nearly 40 years after a volley of 60 shots fired by Ohio National Guardsmen killed four students during a campus protest at Kent State University, my alma mater, the site has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The May 4, 1970 campus shootings site was added even though it did not meet the criteria that events being recognized had to have happened at least 50 years ago.

It was something those students deserved, said Mark Seeman, a Kent State anthropology professor  (and I have had the honor of being a student in his class – one of my favorites) who helped write the 150 page application. Now, this place will be recognized by the government of the US as a place where history important to this nation took place.

Jerry M. Lewis, 73, a Kent professor emeritus who was there in 1970, said what took place that day was a very crucial event, not only of the Vietnam era, but the student activism experience.

Reacting to the shootings, President Richard M. Nixon said they should remind us all once again that when dissent turns to violence, it invites tragedy.

The Insofu Emerald

A 6,225 carat rough emerald has been discovered at Kagem mine in Zambia.

The emerald has been named Insofu, which translates to elephant in the vernacular of the indigenous Bemba people of the region.

The largest uncut emerald believed to have been found was in Carnaiba, Brazil in 1974. It was an unbelievable 86,136 carat natural beryl crystal. The stone was valued at $1,120,080.

The largest emerald crystal ever discovered was 7,025 carats and was found in a mine in Colombia.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Million Dollars

Action Comics #1, considered to be the first superhero comic,  was published in April 1938 (although the cover date is June) by National Allied Publications, a corporate predecessor of DC Comics.

The issue was an anthology of comics, but  featured the first appearance of the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster creation Superman. The inside front cover  had a house ad for a Color-Page Contest which required contestants to color a black-and-white page and mail it in to enter. Unfortunately for collectors, the page that the contestants had to tear out of the book was on the back of the last page of the Superman story.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were paid $10 per page, for a total of $130 for their work on this issue.

The first issue had a print run of 200,000 copies of the 68 page comic.

There are only about 100 copies of Action Comics # 1 believed to be in existence, and only a handful are in collectible condition.

John Dolmayan, owner of Torpedo Comics and the drummer for System of a Down paid $317,000 for an Action Comics #1. Others have sold for more than $400,000.

An un-restored issue  graded Very Fine – 8.0 was put for sale today and within minutes was sold for $1,000,000.

The fact that this book is completely un-restored and still has an 8.0 grade, it’s kind of like a diamond or a precious stone. It’s very rare, Dolmayan said.