NYTIMES Letter by Bob Vila (Panama 1969-70)

[A letter in the New York Times, (2/18/14) from Bob Vila (Panama 1969-70) on Ernest Hemingway’s papers and Bob’s involvement with the Finca Vigía Foundation.]

To the Editor:

Re “A Mutable Feast” (Arts pages, Feb. 11), about digital copies of Ernest Hemingway’s papers available at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston:bob-vila-photo

The fascinating journey of the Hemingway document images was the work of many: the diplomatic efforts of Representative James P. McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat, who launched the project; the wise decisions made by both the Cuban and United States governments; the tireless work of the Finca Vigía Foundation, which is responsible for document conservation and digitization; and the technical support of the EMC, Intel and Emulex Corporations.

For the last 10 years, despite the contentious embargo, this collaboration between the foundation and Cuba, built upon trust and mutual respect, has benefited both the United States and Cuba and brought together the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library and the Hemingway archives in Cuba. As a Cuban-American, I am proud of the results.

New York, Feb. 11, 2014

The writer, the TV personality, is co-chairman of the Finca Vigía Foundation.

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