PERSONAL LETTER TO READERS OF MINTER DIALOGUE
I am asking you to join in a 5-minute social experiment. It is for a good cause, I believe you will agree.
In just over a week, on March 21st 2011, it will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of my grandfather, Minter Dial, after whom I was named. Lt Minter Dial was 33 when he was killed in 1944 in the Philippines, after having been awarded the Navy Cross and having been a POW of the Japanese for 2 1/2 year. In honor of his life, I would like to invite you to join me in a rather novel communal action.
The objective is to see if we can, together, rally more people to join in and sign up for his fan page. Ultimately, I hope that we can use this page to launch the film and find the lost Annapolis ring!
Here’s the idea (It will take no more than 5 minutes of your time, I guarantee).
You have just 3 quick things to do:
- Join my grandfather’s fan page here: Lt Cdr Minter Dial 1911-1945. You can just click LIKE here.
- Send me an email (send Minter an email) to sign up for a time slot, before March 21st, 2011.
- Then copy & paste a sentence onto the fan page on March 21st, 2011.
Here’s how you participate in this social experiment:
Some time this week, you sign up for a specific time slot on March 21st (the anniversary day). To do so, you just need to click on this link to send Minter an email (dialfamily AT gmail DOT com) and I’ll send you a link via Doodle so that you can book your slot.
You will then just need to fill in your name and choose a specific 15-minute time slot between midnight of the 20th to midnight of the 21st March. Please note that the timing is based on Paris Time, GMT +1. For New York, for example, you need to subtract 5 hours (DST has just happened in the US), meanwhile for the Philippines, you must add 7 hours, etc.
At the chosen time, you will be asked to copy & post on the fan page wall a sentence from the LAST LETTER (see on the FB page for a readable version) that my grandfather wrote on the eve of his death from Old Bilibid Prison (Manila), December 12, 1944. It is a moving letter and contains the reference to a poem (that will also be part of this communal activity). The idea is that the “LAST LETTER” letter is “published” in morcels by each of us IN ORDER all along the day.
To make it super simple, I will custom send to you, privately and in advance via Facebook, the sentence for you to copy and post, and if possible, with an Outlook meeting request to serve as a reminder!
I hope that you will consider signing up and, if you can think of anyone who would be motivated to particpate, please consider sharing and/or passing along this post to them.
I trust you will find this an enjoyable and memorable little social experiment. Thanks for having read this far in my post and, for those of you who do sign up, thank you and see you soon.
Warmest regards, Minter