To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Sunday’s article describing the woes besetting the monument on Mount Greylock caught my eye and released a flood of memories.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, my father, Arthur Palme, was a Greylock commissioner, appointed by then- Governor Leverett Saltonstall. Arthur was adamant about not despoiling the virgin crest of this mountain with, "numerous artificial structures" asserting they would only rapidly deteriorate from the onslaught of both summer heat and winter storms.
His visionary comments, which he expressed in an early "Our Berkshires’’ column, were overridden by the award of a building contract in 1932. The passing years have proven him prophetic by the almost constant deterioration of the tower, and the many attempts to repair or restore it.
His vision was for an open structure, not unlike that of the Eiffel Tower, which would be resilient to all the violent types of weather found on our highest peak. We seem to be entering another round of restoration, which no doubt will be followed -- in when, 2025? -- by yet another round. And so on, ad infinitum.
IRMA (PALME) SISSON