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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to stories about the first successful organ transplant, family bonding via smartphone, the New England Aquarium, the winter solstice, and fire sprinklers.

HOPE LIVES ON

Congratulations to Diane Speare Triant on the very good — and interesting — article on Dr. Joseph Murray, the Brigham surgeon who performed the first successful organ transplant between Richard and Ronald Herrick in 1954 (Perspective, December 16). Thanks to the interest this article provoked in me, I followed up with some of my own research on the Internet and found out more about Dr. Murray, his family, and the Herrick twins. This is quite a story, showing the good and the bad that developers of new and controversial medical procedures go though. Thank goodness for Dr. Murray’s courage and persistence. It is amazing the number of people in the world helped by his (and others’) work and research.

Chris O’Brien / Falmouth

FAMILY BONDING

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Kara Baskin was right on with her essay on bonding with her father through their smartphones (December 16, Connections). She described perfectly my relationship with my Maryland-based daughter, though the two of us have one addition to our routine: Not only do we play Scramble every night, we also play Scrabble. I used my iPhone to send her this great story.

David Kobey / Walpole

ACTUALLY, MAYBE IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE

That’s a cute illustration for the winter solstice item in Your Week Ahead (December 16). That is, except for the physical impossibility of stars being visible between the horns of the crescent moon.

Stuart Goldman / Somerville

TOYS IN THE ATTIC

It was interesting to see the picture of the New England Aquarium’s “attic’’ (“The 200,000 Gallon Challenge,” December 9). In my day, it held unwanted casts of sharks given to the aquarium by individuals who had caught the real ones and been talked into purchasing replicas. I suspect when the replica arrived home there may not have been a place to hang it and the lady of the house may not have been at all interested in keeping it. So, what to do with it? Give it to the aquarium as a charitable deduction and at least recover the cost of the replica. The aquarium didn’t know what to do with them until we initiated the “Loan Shark’’ program. The models went to schools that displayed a high rate of interest — and promised not to repay the loan.

Warren M. Little / Former Director of Education, New England Aquarium

 

CAN FIRES REALLY START IN A FREEZER?

Phil Primack’s questioning a requirement to install sprinklers above a pool (Perspective, December 9) resonated with me. A few years back, my ice cream plant was located in a Boston building where the landlord decided to install sprinklers to save on insurance. No problem, until the installers insisted that my minus 20-degree Fahrenheit walk-in freezer was a separate room, and thus needed to have a freeze-proof sprinkler head installed. Luckily it never discharged, but imagine the disaster if it had.

Marc L. Cooper / Owner, Coop’s MicroCreamery in Watertown

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