John Glenn Jr. was a famed Marine Corps aviator who was selected as one of the military test pilots for the American space program in the late 1950s and the 1960s. Apart from being the first American to orbit Earth and the fifth person in space, Glenn also participated in World War II and the Korean War. He spent 24 years in the U.S. Senate, representing Ohio. Senator Glenn passed away on Dec. 8, 2016 at the age of 95. More information here.
Dinner with Bertrand Piccard at Yale Club
Past Presidents and members of the Board of Governors of the Circumnavigators Club welcomed 1999 Magellan Award Recipient, Bertrand Piccard on September 19th at a dinner at the Yale Club in New York City.
Circumnavigators and guests toured the newly restored historic Wavertree Ship at the South Street Seaport in New York City on September 27th. Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the Seaport Museum, led a guided tour followed by dinner at the India House. Captain Boulware’s presentation left guests with a newfound appreciation of the life of the ship Wavertree and the importance of the South Street Seaport to modern New York City.
Over the Horizon
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of long time member and Past President of the Desert Chapter, Park A. Shaw and Past President of the Palm Beach Chapter John P. Veasy (Jack). They will be greatly missed.
The Last Shot
Luck to you!
David A. Mink
Renowned Author & Traveler to speak at Annual Meeting…
World famous travel writer Albert Podell will speak at our Annual Meeting at the Penn Club in New York City on Friday, May 20 at 11:30. The meeting (open to members only) will be followed by a luncheon and the program. Guests are welcome for the luncheon and program. Fifty years ago, Mr. Podell began his life of adventure which has taken him to 196 countries. His book Around the World in 500 years tells his story. He has written more than 300 magazine articles. Find out more about him on the website www.albertpodell.com. This promises to be a great presentation, so mark your calendars. Please note that the meeting is at the Penn Club instead of our usual venue at the Yale Club because of scheduling problems.
A tribute to Charlie…
Circumnavigator and New Yorker Brad Vogel had a piece published in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary column about the 100th birthday celebration for Past President Charlie Blaisdell at a Club event in December. Read it here.
Over the Horizon…
We are sorry to report the passing of Evelyn Peterson. As past president Howard Matson writes: “Evelyn truly exemplified the title of ‘First Lady’ of the Circumnavigators Club. Along with her late husband (Past President) Bob, she was held in the highest regard and esteem by all of the Club’s members.” The Petersons were very active in the Club and Foundation as philanthropists, volunteers and hosts. Evelyn died on January 8 at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. Our deepest sympathy to her sons Jeffrey, Bill, and Kent.
Aviators get together…
Our own Matt Guthmiller, world record holder as the youngest person to fly solo around the world, recently met with Shaesta Waiz, who is setting off later this year on her attempt to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. The two met with Circumnavigator and Club governor Angela McLean in Wichita, Kansas. Matt later flew to Naples, Florida, and addressed the Naples Chapter.
The Last Shot
Magellan honoree and honorary member Scott Kelly on his year in space took this stunning shot of Italy and the Alps.
Luck to you!!
David A. Mink
LAST CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS!
The Circumnavigators Club Photo Exhibit & Contest is drawing toward its August 15 deadline. We have already received many great shots, helping to support the Circumnavigators Foundation. It’s quick and easy to contribute—no forms to fill out or photos to be framed and shipped. Just email your photos as a attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name and brief description. The $10 fee for each photo is a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. Winners will be announced in September.
Here is the winning shot from the landscape category from the last Exhibit.
Tequila Sunrise, taken by Mark Hauptman in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
JOHN E. JOHANNESSEN 1920-2015…
We are sorry to report that Past President John Johannessen has passed away. John was an important Club member, especially in the 1960s and 1970s when he served as President and was engaged in many Club activities, including the Foundation. Born in Denmark, John last lived in Fort Myers FL after many years in Tenafly NJ and Grantham NH. During World War II, he served as a B17 pilot with the 390th Bomb Group. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were requested for the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. Many of our current members have fond memories of John with his enthusiastic and dignified personality. There will be more about John in the next issue of The LOG.
THE CLUB HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE…
If you are a Facebook user, did you know that the Club has a private page for members only? Perhaps you are thinking of going to Bali or Antarctica and want some advice. Post your question and it is likely that you will get an answer from a Circumnavigator. You can also follow news from our Chapters and Magellan recipients. To join, click here, or search Facebook for “Circumnavigators Club” and ask to join the group. One of the two Club administrators who manage the page will admit you.
Katie Koontz, 18, of Haddonfield NJ has become our youngest member, supplanting our young adventurer Matt Guthmiller who has almost reached the ripe old age of 21. Since she was 14, Katie wanted to be a Circumnavigator and this summer her dream came true with an Around-the-World journey and admission to the Club. Her whirlwind trip took her to Rome, Venice, Dubai and Beijing. Katie heads off for her freshman year at William & Mary this month. Oh, did this writer mention that he is Katie’s grandfather? Congratulations and Luck to you, Katie!
THE LAST SHOT
Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) took this stunning shot of camels on Cable Beach, Broom, Western Australia.
Luck to you!
David A. Mink