Abbott-Kennaway Robot Fund

[From Bill Powers (2002.03.27.1037 MST)]

Bruce Nevin (2002.03.26.2230 EST)--

I will match Bill's pledge, and double it with a matching grant from my
employer.

What address should we use? And what tax ID?

        /Bruce

See Rick's post. It would be best to send him the money, earmarked for the
Abbott-Kennaway Robot Project. That way you can get a receipt from a
tax-exempt organization for your tax records. If you sent money directly to
Abbott, I doubt that he could give you a receipt that the IRS would accept.

Repeating from Rick's post: "My address is 10459 Holman Ave, LA, CA
90024. The tax ID number for the Control Systems Group is 84-1235512."

Thanks for your own pledge and for the added fund-raising. I hope we
receive enough contributions to get this project well off the ground.
Incidentally, Richard Kennaway started a similar project using department
funds, but I think that the demands of his ASL project (Little Man
automatically converting from special text to sign language) have rather
put it on hold. Of course there's no reason for an exclusive effort. We'll
certainly use Richard's programming in the robot, perhaps with help from
Bruce A.'s new graduate student.

Thanks also to Phil Runkel. I am far from surprised.

Note change of subject line.

Best,

Bill

[From Mike Acree (2002.04.09.1015 PDT)]

I'm just back from 2 weeks in Hungary and France and catching up on accumulated e-mails. Also naturally poor at the moment, but this is an important project, in good hands, and I should be able to set aside $200 by the end of the year. So I'd like to join Bill and Bruce N. and Phil--consider this a pledge--and thanks to you for your contributions.

Mike

[From Bill Powers (21002.04.09.21238 MDT)]

Mike Acree (2002.04.09.1015 PDT)]

Thanks, Mike, for the pledge. You remind me, however, of something I had
meant to say and sort of forgot. I didn't mean to imply any expectations
for how much anyone might feel willing and able to contribute. I named a
figure appropriate to my circumstances. I hate those letters one gets in
which there is a "suggested contribution" circled as if by hand, meant to
shame you into giving more than you were inclined to part with for that
particular cause.

All pledges or cash in whatever amounts will be put to good use. Bruce A.
has promised us progress reports, and I think we will all find them
interesting.

Best,

Bill P.

[From Mike Acree (2002.04.10.0926 PDT)]

Bill Powers (21002.04.09.21238 MDT)--

Thanks, Mike, for the pledge. You remind me, however, of something I had
meant to say and sort of forgot. I didn't mean to imply any expectations
for how much anyone might feel willing and able to contribute. I named a
figure appropriate to my circumstances. I hate those letters one gets in
which there is a "suggested contribution" circled as if by hand, meant to
shame you into giving more than you were inclined to part with for that
particular cause.

Thanks, Bill, and understood. The amount offered some challenge at the moment, but shame was no part of the motivation for meeting it. On the other hand, if I'd thought about it, maybe a smaller contribution would have prompted some other smaller contributions.

Mike