Readers Respond to the September 2021 Issue

Your feedback on the 9/11 cover story, the history of the pickup truck and more

Along for the Ride

I’m not a truck guy, but I was completely captivated by Jeff MacGregor’s “King of the Road” (September 2021). What evocative writing. Almost makes me want to trade in my little hatchback.

—William Murray | Palatine, Illinois

Red, White and Blues

The blues are alive in places big and small in the U.S. and in many places around the world (“Blues in a Minor Key,” September 2021). They are authentic American culture. Thanks for taking us back to the roots of the music.

—John Lear | Naperville, Illinois

Remembering September 11

Thank you for the personal stories from 9/11 (“After 9/11,” September 2021). As the events of the day were unfolding, I was a teacher in Indiana, seemingly far removed from the locations of the tragedies. However, before the day was over, I received a call informing me my cousin was missing. He was a telephone technician in the North Tower and did not survive. We do what we can to perpetuate his memory. Thank you for focusing on the first responders and the resilience of the survivors.

—Glenda Ferguson | Paoli, Indiana

A Titanic Memorial

John Starr March’s original headstone (“When Time Stopped,” September 2021) bears no reference to his U.S. Sea Post service. It was not until April 14, 1993, in the presence of his descendants and Postal Service officials, that we unveiled a supplemental stone, adjacent to the original, recording March’s Sea Post connection. On October 9, 1993, our society presented a plaque commemorating the Titanic postal workers to the National Postal Museum.

—Charles A. Haas | Titanic International Society Inc.

Budding Conflict

While I cannot comment on the moral justification of the Turkish authorities (“Seeds of Conflict,” September 2021), the use of force to achieve their goals seems counterproductive and will only serve to diminish cooperation. The end result will certainly be detrimental to the practice of archaeology as a whole. Scientists who are citizens of other countries will think carefully before attempting to work in Turkey.

—Charles G. Eubanks | Brooklyn

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This article is a selection from the October issue of Smithsonian magazine