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April 12, 2005


Andy Drollinger

I just ran into your web site. As a contemporary of Kelty I implore you to revise your web site. Remove reference Kelty or remove any reference to the piece of shit pack you are showing. You show that and use a Kelty Tioga.
Kelty nearly got it right the first time and should still be making the original pack with only minor tested improvments.
In case you are interested I produced the first modern 'Padded Hipbelt' at A16

Nena Kelty (Dick's widow)

Dick was a very modest man. In 1952 when I begged him to take out a patent on his design, he said" Man has been carrying stuff on his back forever. A backpack is nothing new."

I think that the greatest compliments to him were the many backpacks that followed utilizing his many original ideas. He would have just shrugged his shulders.

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