Our roving researcher Joy has been busy again! She's managed to dig out (pardon the pun) a letter from M.R. Chappell in which he systematically corrects the detail provided in the famous Reader's Digest article.
I will be posting the Readers Digest article later for those of you who've not seen it. For anyone who doesn't know, the article was where Dan Blankenship first read about Oak Island and it is an often cited piece of writing as it grasped the attention of so many key players.
There's been a lot of talk recently about researching the 'real' story of Oak Island and before I post the documents, I would like to say a few words on this, if you'll allow me my soapbox moment!
In my experience of speaking with people interested in Oak Island, I have found that the Oak Island enthusiast is someone who typically fits into one of two categories.
There are those who thoroughly enjoy the story and appreciate the treasure hunt for all its excitement and romance. These are the people who don't care so much for looking into engineering plans or specifics. For them Oak Island may have been their favorite story their grandparents would tell them about as a child, or maybe they toured the island years ago and it captured their imagination.
Then I've found there is the more serious researcher. Oak Island gets under your skin and it's no wonder that so many people want to have a serious attempt at trying to unravel the facts by hours of laborious research, and a great deal of investment in both time and money.
I don't think that by being someone from my first definition who enjoys the simple story and has not done any research themselves is to say they are ignorant, just that Oak Island means different things to different people.
A great deal of the email correspondence I am involved with spans all approaches, from school children with projects, to documentary producers, even computer game designers. You'll see that each of these people have been attracted to the mystery for a different reason.
Lets remember before we rip the classic Oak Island story apart that if it were not for those romantic accounts of swashbuckling pirates and inquisitive boys out fishing, the mystery would never have attracted the attention of the Dan Blankenships of this world.
In terms of cultural history, I believe both approaches are equally valid and one cannot exist without the other.
Anyway, without further ado, here's the letter from M.R.Chappell.
Apologies it is in large .jpg format - the pdf conversion software I use is at work and as it's the weekend, this will have until next week.
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Original 1965 Reader's Digest article to follow later today...