November 1, 2008
Okay. I’m rolling up my sleeves for the first official blog entry. You undoubtedly want to know how I’m currently serving our seas—in addition to being an author of a shipwreck. (my book is called Alive on the Andrea Doria! The Greatest Sea Rescue in History)
On November 15, I’m doing an awesome event in Manhattan. I’ve been invited to present the Andrea Doria story to the Explorers Club for a conference called “Sea Stories”. Having been told that its members are an elite group of the explorers, I researched them and found this impressive description.
Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members. (read more: http://www.explorers.org/about/about_the_club.php)
I’ve concluded that the only reason I was invited to speak is because I explored, unwillingly, the foggy Atlantic Ocean on July 25 – 26, 1956. Seriously though, perhaps they did consider the fact that I am the first shipwreck survivor to write a definitive and complete account of one’s shipwreck. Nevertheless, I’m a little concerned that I might be upstaged by camels, Emperor penguins, or elephants! This humorous article will explain why: http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/200608/richard-wiese-explorers-club-1.html
What does one wear to describe one’s shipwreck experience—especially to a group that is not easily astounded by anything? Hmmm…I wonder where I can find a mermaid outfit!