<We regret that Fred Malek has decided to not pursue talks with you and
<Paul Portney about the RFF Board.
He is just under water right now and might reconsider a year or more from
<Thanks, though, for trying. When the
<Nominating Committee met back in October, they also thought that Steve
<Rales and Frank Pearl would be good candidates. Would you be willing to
<try to set up a meeting with one or both of them now?
I will, but I'm not sure when. I'll try giving each a call.
< Also, Paul and I
<will be in Atlanta on Jan 3-4 and would have time to meet with Walter
<Massey if he was available. Please let me know how you'd like to
<proceed and how I can be of assistance. And thanks, in advance, for
<your help -- we know how busy you are and appreciate any effort you can
<make at this time.