Mixed-up Flight Plans

Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 13:00:12 -0400
To: Debi King
From: Karen Wilkinson ([email protected])
Subject: Frankie
Hi Debi,

Did Frankie make it there safe and sound?  
There is a page with questions for you and your students.


Frankie goes onto Marjie next.  He actually goes to her house 
and not the school because the school uses a post office box.   
Mike included the Fed Ex  forms in the box - they should be 
there somewhere.  You might even be able to get Fed Ex to 
come to the school and pick him up for delivery.

Hope you enjoy Frankie.  It has been really fun to hear about 
his adventures so far.


Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 13:20:42 -0400
To: Karen Wilkinson 
From: [email protected] (Debi King)
Subject: Re: Frankie
Hi Karen,
I was going to email you because Frankie has not arrived.  We had a welcome
party scheduled for today and had to cancel it again.  I guess you don't
have any idea where he is either.  If he arrives, I'll let you know.

Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 13:55:10 
To: Debi King
From: Karen Wilkinson ([email protected])
Subject: Re: Frankie
I just called Ted, he is going to contact Carol and find out where he is. And get the tracking number for me to try locating him too. I can't believe this has happened to you TWICE!!! Please do let me know if he arrives. -k
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 14:22:40 
To: Debi King
From: Karen Wilkinson ([email protected])
Subject: Re: Frankie
Ok.  Ted just called, I know more now.  Frankie is still in Florida.
Carol is very ill, and going to the hospital.  Frankie is at her home 
and the box of his things is at Avocado.  Ted is arranging to pick 
up both and have them sent out today, hopefully.  I will wait to 
hear more from Ted once he picks everything up.  What does the 
rest of your week look like?  Would you want to keep him a couple 
of extra days?  Should we push his visit back again?  I'm not sure 
what to do at this point, since it is already Tuesday.  Let me know
what you think.

I'm writing to Marjie, I think they have an open house at school 
next Wednesday that she wanted him there for.  

You'd think with this amount of "un/reliability" we were in Mexico.  
If we do this type of thing again, we will purchase five look alike 
Frankies and dispose of all but one at the end ;)

Sorry about this, again.  You and Laura have been so well prepared 
and ready for him.


Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 16:32:56 -0400
To: Karen Wilkinson 
From: [email protected] (Debi King)
Subject: Re: Frankie again
Oh Boy!  I hope Carol is alright.  We are on vacation next week so it might
make more sense to send him off to Marj.  I'm a little confused about when
he has to be back in W. Virginia.  If we get him the week after Marj we
will run into May.  Can his time away be extended?  I feel like I've
disappointed the kindergartners twice and want to be careful not to do it
again.  We do want to have him visit though.  We have his cap and gown
waiting and lots of juice (for his party) in my room.  Parents have made
teddy bear cupcakes twice now so I will just purchase something else if he
really does make it here.  It would be a shame if he had to miss his visit
here because Boston is so rich with history.  It would be great for the
class in W. Virginia to experience it.  We hope to take him to Cambridge,
Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, Paul Revere's house etc.  Anyway, we
will be flexibe around the schedule if it helps.

Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 14:19:17 -0400
To: [email protected]
From: [email protected] (Debi King)
Subject: Frankie
Hi Karen,
Were things figured out around new scheduling for Frankie?  
Your idea of multiple Frankies is a good one.  Actually, Laura 
and I had joked about finding an imposter.  Anyway, let me know 
when we should look for him here.

Also, I am a lead teacher in a technology grant our school received.
I met a woman at our last training session who will be traveling 
to your area soon.  She has just rec'd the Christa McAuliffe grant 
for next year.  I told her great things about you and Mike in hope
that it might make a nice connection for you.  She is hoping to 
form some educational collaborations using the grant.  We have 
talked about some possibilities between Hosmer and her school
system.  I don't know if you would be interested in getting
involved.  We can talk about it.  In the meantime, she emailed 
you from my classroom on the day of the workshop and I just 
wanted to touch base with you and hope you don't mind that I 
told her about some of the great things the three of you are 
doing at your museum.

Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 22:06:21 -0400
From: Ted Myers ([email protected])
Subject: Frankie
Many thanks to all of you who helped get Frankie going again. Frankie was
last seen leaving the Miami Museum of Science with a nice man from FedEx.
He even let Frankie get in the truck with him, but I don't think he let
Frankie drive.

Frankie's cave had a label on it that said he was going to see Margie in
Petaluma, CA. He should arrive by Thursday night or Friday morning.

Frankie's delay was caused in part by his excellent bedside manner. When
Carol was ill at home, Frankie could not be coaxed to leave her side,
demanding that he stay until she seek proper medical attention. He could
not bear to leave her!