Ornithology George M. Sutton Return Home
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A vital link to life back at home was provided by Pittsburgh’s own KDKA radio station. When weather or transportation made other forms of contact, such as mail and telephone, impossible, KDKA would broadcast messages and music from friends, family, and Carnegie Museum late on Sunday evenings. George Sutton observed that, in addition to the boost he received from the warm wishes from home, the radio waves served his expeditions in an unexpected way:

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"I wish here publicly to thank Radio Station KDKA of Pittsburgh . . . After twelve or fifteen messages had expressed the hope that I was having success in getting all the birds I wanted, the Eskimos plainly began to feel that their decision to help me get specimens was justified; that this ‘Doctor’ who had so mysteriously come among them must be a great person indeed if the spirits were willing to carry all these messages to him . . ."

Photo: Sutton (far right) preparing specimens at the 1923 expedition’s summer campsite.

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