2000-07-15 / Letters

Apology For Oversight

Dear Editor;

Some months ago the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce asked me if I would be willing to work on a fun book geared for the Rockaways. Since I have always been in favor of a Rockaway renaissance and anything that would contribute to it, I immediately accepted the offer. The book was to include drawings suitable for coloring and puzzles to challenge children as well as their parents, and it was to be hosted by an appropriate character. Seamore Gull had two births: first the drawing I created then the name which was the result of a contest entered by over 40 wonderful kids -- I thank each
and every one of them. I decided to make the book as comprehensive as possible given the limited number of pages the completed book would have, so I rested on my (science)
teaching experience; my interest in history; and, of course, my ability to
draw. This combination enabled me to come up with acceptable drawings and puzzles after many hours of working and reworking the material.

After Seamore Gull’s Rockaway Fun Book was printed I was informed that there were two typos - a fact which, although minor, troubled me. However a third error was brought to my attention and this deserves comment. I inadvertently omitted Rockaway Beach from the map of Rockaway. This error particularly
disquieted me as I came up with the idea of a Rockaway map because I felt that it would unite, if you will, all of the communities of Rockaway. But,
unfortunately, I goofed.

In view of this mistake I am taking this opportunity to sincerely apologize to the residents of Rockaway Beach as well as to anyone
who may have been, one way or another, bothered by the error.
I thank the Chamber for their idea of a fun book and the opportunity to
design it. It is my hope that my mistake will not take away from anyone’s enjoyment of Seamore’s Fun Book.


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