Chris Horner writes in with this. This is pretty funny. It is window into their possibly half-joking, still overly earnest view of their historical importance in choosing a gift for Susan Solomon.
It lends credence to the view that they think they are heroes, saving the world. From the University of Arizona Overpeck FOI production #1 pp 94-95:
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 10:03:39 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Re: Gift for Susan?
From: “Kevin E Trenberth” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com Cc: “Richard Somerville” , firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, “Piers Forster” , firstname.lastname@example.org, “Nathan Bindoff” , email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, “Ken Denman”, “Phil Jones”, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, “Bruce Hewitson”
The way these have gone in the past is that the CLAs and invited scientists get together and produce a draft revised SPM in response to the comments, so that there is already proposed revised wording. We are alone the first two days and the opportunity to do something like this comes at the end of this, long before we know the final outcome.
The previous meetings have become drawn out and tense, with no breaks and over-running the time alloted for translation. It seems likely that the meeting will occupy all the time allotted and more, no matter that an extra day has been allocated.
I feel sure that the best gift for Susan and the TSU is a successful meeting and an acceptable SPM and accepted report. The kudos will then surely follow. And you all have some control over that by doing your homework.
It seems to me that we should indeed have an award ceremony though and Rocky Mountain chocolates would be most appropriate rather than a tacky plaque. Maybe a card signed by all would be more valued. Who knows it might be valuable in the future?
Happy New Year
Here’s a possible card they could circulate, I think when the next ice age starts to set in, it would indeed be worth something with all those signatures.
With apologies to Jerry Hish