Message of concern from Pitcairn Island to critically ill King Hussein in Jordan
ANGWIN (Napa County) Calif., February 5, 1999The Pitcairn Islands Study Center on
the campus of Pacific Union College here, today (Friday, February 5) acted
as a facilitator in sending a message of "heartfelt concern" from
Pitcairn Island, one of earth's most remote isles, to critically ill King
Hussein in Jordan.
"By ham radio this morning (Friday) Tom Christian, Pitcairn's radio
officer asked that we transmit a message to the king in Jordan that prayers are being
said there for him, and that the Pitcairn people remember with much
appreciation the ruler's generosity to their island ," said Herbert Ford,
director of the study center.
Ford said the Pitcairn message was E-mailed to Queen Noor in Amman with
the request that, if she feels it would bring comfort to the desperately ill
Hussein, he learn of it.
Several years ago King Hussein made a gift of thousands of U.S. dollars
through the Pitcairn Islands Study Center to aid the Pitcairners in
providing an all-weather surface for the road that runs from the island's
boat landing at Bounty Bay up their steep "Hill of Difficulty" to Adamstown,
the island village.
A number of amateur radio operators on Pitcairn, possibly the largest
number among the population of any place of its size on earth, feel a
special kinship with the Jordanian ruler because he, too, is a "ham" radio
Pitcairn Islands Study Center, 1 Angwin
Ave., Angwin, CA, USA. Herbert Ford, 707-965-6625, 707-965-2047, Fax: 707-965-6504,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: http://library.puc.edu/pitcairn