February 6, 2003
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Last evening, the general membership of the Philolexian Society, Columbia University's student organization dedicated to improving the rhetorical skills and literary awareness of its members, voted to name Asimo the official intelligent humanoid robot of the society. We make this designation in recognition of the outstanding contributions to American literature made by Honda in promotion of Asimo. Even the elite membership of the Philolexian Society can only aspire to such grace as evoked in your description of the robot: "Asimo is easy to operate, has a convenient size and weight, and can move freely within the human living environment, all with a people-friendly design."

New Asimo Walking Technology would allow the Philolexian Society to exist more easily in the human living environment. Allowing Philos of the future to work in harmony with people while avoiding obstructions on their own may seem a daunting task, but with Asimo's advanced technology and design, Philos of all ages could approach upon yon podilectern with unprecedented poise.

Stability in response to sudden movements also proves of great importance to Philolexians. We Philos must be eternally ready not only for such quotidian disturbances as angry business students outside Uris Hall and aggressive old ladies wielding grocery carts, but also disruptions of the more stealthy sort. Asimo's steadfast reliability in the face of such challenges as a human-sized tree branch on the bench with the order to disprove its existence would doubtless prove indispensable to the Society.

I have been charged with the duty of informing you of this designation, which we hope you will deem an honor. Though the Philolexian Society, established in 1802, is Columbia's oldest student organization, and one of the oldest literary societies in the country, it has never before seen fit to name an official intelligent humanoid robot. The undeniable kindred spirit between your company and our society, manifest in Asimo, drove us to break all precedent in this case. We hope that it will also facilitate friendly contact between us in the future. I thank you for your patience and wish you a pleasant fall.

Xan Nowakowski
Nomenclaturist General
The Philolexian Society
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