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10 Thursday, June 12, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette A seventh-grade experience from Round Mountain Last February, students from Linda Cable's seventh-grade class in Round Mountain went on a field trip to Death Valley and Scotty's Castle. They were required to write a report about the field trip and to take notes during the trip for their report. I managed to get my hands on some of these reports and read them with absolute glee. I'd like to share the student's comments with you. Any comments in italics are mine. Jmtha Mvarez: First, we went to see Seotty's grave. On the way, we saw some Indian petroglyphs. It is said they were over a thousand years old and were made by the Shoshone. Billy Anderson: As you walked through the front gate, you are also walking back in time to 1939. Laurel Anderson: I, having visited the castle before, t,ast say th, tt tour guides were great. Melissa Berg: After the tour, we saw things we had studied in geography. Justin Bergonzoni: I'd been there hefore when I was five, but it was more inng this time. Abraham Bivins: The rangers put on a living history tour at the castle. Living history tours arc when the people act like they are from another time. Charile Bowen: Next, we went to see the Ubehebe crater and some of us got dizzy because it was so deep. Jemlot Bowley: I must say the trip was long, but fun. Joha Callaway: We went to see the volcano and then where the occasional rains had washed rocks down to make an alluvial fan. Cardwdh The castle was huge and added color and excitement to the dry and vast desert that surrotmded it. (A future writer if ever I saw one.) Chase: Scotty made everyone believe that there was gold buried under the castle. Monica Corbett: In Tonopah, we ate at McDonald's and we came home with lots of memories from this field trip. (A real burger fan.) Robert Covington: It all started at school at 6:16 a.m. (A future accountant, I'm sure. Six-sixteen, eh ? ) J.C, Davidson: I also liked the story Scotty told about the "bullet splitter" in his bedroom. Kindra Dutton: When we were heading to Scotty's Castle at 6:30 a.m., it was cold but allright. NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Dave Downing Molly Everts: My favorite parts of the Castle were the Music Room because of the way the instruments worked and Mrs. Johnson's room because of her bed. Stephanie Hays: I liked the hiking that we did, and seeing Scotty's grave was awesome! Echo Renee Henderson: We saw interesting things even when we were waiting to go to the restroom. Amanda Hendryx: They learned about the mines and locations along the way (like Bonnie Claire), by the notorious guide, Mr. Jim Anderson. Amed Hem-a: The class had to work with a partner. We found our own lrmer. Rick llerrera: I know they always enjoy the trip back home. Jessie Hughes: Scotty was really a very big liar. Dennis Jeimstou: We also stopped at Rhyolite where this elderly person showed us around the bottle house. (Probably the notorious guide, Jim Anderson.) Kllby: Before getting to Death Valley, we stopped in Bonnie Claire to see what was left of it. We weren't there for very long. Sarah Kilby: After we ate breakfast at McDonald's in Tonopah, we started working. We worked through the day. Brandon Lass: Another good part was when we visited Scotty's grave. Aubrey Morgan: Mr. Johnson's room wasn't very big, but his bed was. Matt Nichols: The school that I came from had boring trips. I think this field trip was awesome! Amanda Paulick: We arrived in Goldfield and stopped at the Glory Hole, a gift shop. The store owner, Virginia Ridgeway took a picture of the class in front of the "haunted" Goldfield Hotel. Cory Richardson: Leaving on a bus trip at 6:30 a.m. in the morning, which means getting up at 5:30 a.m. isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. Zenon Rodriquez: Every post around the castle said J and S for Johnson d Scotty. Junior Rose: On the field trip, I saw a lot of old things. Abigail Rux: H1 tell you what I learned from the worksheets about the field trip. Walter "Death Valley Scotty" Scott was quite a con man. Nichole Sslmmr: Our guide at the castle was GREAT ! We tried to be on our best behavior. Heidi Stevesom On Feb. 6, 1997, we took a long, educational, but fun field trip to Scotty's Castle. Sammrbell: Next was Rhyolite. It is pretty neat for a ghost town. Jesse : My mona and I helped to clean the bus. Sam Widumm: I learned a lot about Scotty and "his" castle. He was really a mooch, a con man. Mmdla Wikodt: The field trip was to Scotty's Castle. Ms. Cable and Mr. Anderson planned it well. Nkole Woodm Now, when we were going to leave, we saw a bus full of senior citizens. I was very surprised because I waved to them and all oftbe ladies waved back. I hope they knew how good I felt inside. Nicole, I hope you know how your class has made us all feel good inside. ! d E-mail...blessing or curse? Electronic Mail allows documents to be sent cheaply and quickly, anywhere in the world.It beats the U,S. mail, hands down. You simply type it on your computer and dick the SEND button. But be very careful with your name and address. The name is usual (but not always) a contraction of the full name of the individual recip/ent. Separated by the symbol "@", the address is the name of the recipient's ISP, or Interact Service Provider, followed by ".com',. Some ISis may have a few dozen members; others like AOL (America On Line) may have millions. One tiny error and your mail will be returned as undeliverable. American businessmen, by and large, are enthused over E-Mail. They say it enables them to react in minutes and hours instead of days. European companies have been slower to adopt this new means of communication. E-Mail is not an unmitigated blessing. For one thing, it lacks confidentiality. Its contents are available to the sender's and receiver' s ISPs and to Network Solutions Inc of Herndon, Va. This is the company which controls the registration of domains on the Interact. NSI was aequired by Scientific "Applications International Corporation (SAIC) of San Di- ego, Calif. SAIC's hoard of directors reads like a Who's Who of the U.S. Intelligence Community. SAIC/NSI or any ISP involved with a message can inlrodace software to flag out E-Mall that contains key woils  p4mmes. E-Mail has been touted for its ability to reduce bureaucracy, cut across hierarchies and allow managers to communicate with any one in their company. Executives who wouldn't dream of releasing their home address freely publish their E- Mail address. While this can be very beneficial, the resulting volume of E-Mail can be destructive. Important messages risk going unnoticed when too much is sent. One Silicon Valley Changing Patterns by RichardReul 00IIIIIIIIIIIIi;!!!!!!!!!!!! RI[IIIIIIIIIII R[IIIIIIIIIIll IIIIIIIIIIIIII executive, away for a week, found 2,000 E-Mail messages waiting for him. In despair, he deleted the whole list without scanning any! E-Mail can often be incriminating. People who would never become emotional or inflammatory at a business meet- ing or in formal correspondence will sometimes express their thoughts and feelings with great frankness when typing a message on a computer. The risk that employees' E-Mall could give rise to litigation gtanpts many companies to reserve I right to read such messages. However, their staffs may well view this action as an invasion of privacy, particularly since most companies allow some personal use of E-Mail. Some companies can find themselves in legal difficulties because old messages, which were assumed to be deleted, were backed up and discovered by a lawyer pursuing a discrimination or unfair dismissal casc. It is generally agreed that sensitive in'formation should not he sent by E-Mail. It can easily he mis-addressed, copied, circulated and forwarded. It is also fair game for hackers. In the final days of my aerospace career, the fax machine was widely used for informal communication. It literally saved days in typing and approvals, greatly accelerating inter-corporation agreements. Anyone could send a fax. It had no legal standing, but problems were quickly resolved on the local level and later confirmed by managements. Impor- tantly, copies of faxes were kept in local files and not computers. They were not generally capable of interception. Eventually, commercial E-Mall will face some sort of regulation by the companies involved in its use. Most are already developing policies, particularly in the areas of legal and security matters. The intent is to assure that the mmaense advantages of E'Mail not be overshadowed by the preblems it creates. Author's Note: Much of this column was abstracted from an axticle by Vanessa Houlder in the London Financial Times. Some unopened mail stayed unopened My mind is kinda blank this , but I gotta write something as the folks down at lt Gazette are almost caught up with me and will soon be bugging me for some more stuff to put in the paper. One of the problems of wri(ing is that it takes time and takes away time that lcould he applying toone of my favorite pastimes. That being Iheart of pitamhaafi. Some day I will have to write more 0z this. I guess I could do somemm notes oa notes ifl can figure out what they mere. Here's one that  got me a little shook up. I had. se iron the back of one piece of msil I got the other day. It says "don't open." Turning the envelope over, I can see why i wrote that. In ted letters was a warming that dated materials were enclosed, followed ha black by a "Please open immediately." Reading furtLug was another catchy bit of informmion. "Cmar- anteed acceptance for burial expense plan benefilsY Now this letter has been laying around for several months and rm afraid to open it to see what these dated materials were all about. They "may have already expired and I missed the boat , i/ Slim Sez by Slim Sirnes I I I II L Here's another note on the back of a letter suggesting that l  with the neighbors to see if they would mind me using their phone, I hate using my own phone as I don't wantto have it all tied up in case somebody wanted to c, all me. This lever informed me, in no uncertain terms, that I had won $15,000 and all I would have to do to receive this bundle was to call their office during normal business hours to tell them I was who I was and how I wanted the money sent. Now, 15 grand ain't nothing to sneeze at and, as I am a generous sort of a guy, I wouldn't mind sharing some of it with the neighbor who tet me use their phone. I don't think, under these circum- stances they're goana mind me calling a 900 number on their phone. DOwn on the bottom of this letter, in real small print, was something about the average length of these verification calls'was four minutes. F;malty, a note that one of Madonna's bras went for $6,000 at an auction. Think I will go to a used clothing store and see what I can find; mbe I can hold an auction selling off famous people apparel. All I would have to do to establish authenticity was to sew in some of those summer camp owner's labels. Have a good oae.