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April 2, 2009 - Bill Star - The Rolex Sydney Hobart Ocean Race
In the world of competitive offshore sailing the Rolex Sydney Hobart is considered the most significant and toughest big boat ocean race in the World – what sailors call the “Everest of Ocean Races”. The 628-mile course from Sydney, Australia, to Hobart, Tasmania, is a test of skills, guts, and endurance in unpredictably dangerous weather & wave conditions.
In 2006 & 2007 Bill Starr joined the crew of the Volvo 60 DHL. DHL is the former EF Language which was sailed to victory in the 97-98 Volvo Ocean Race by Paul Cayard. Put simply, the boat is FAST & TOUGH! The Volvo Open 60 reached speeds of over 30 knots downwind in the 2007 race and in the 2006 race was put to the test in heavy upwind conditions. What made this Sydney-Hobart so unique is that DHL combined pros with amateurs. The challenge, of course, was forging the team into a cohesive crew for some of the most dangerous big boat ocean racing in the world.
Bill Star is a founding partner and CEO of My Life List LLC (www.mylifelist.org), a California-based goal achievement social network. Bill is an avid 'life lister', having now lived in four different countries, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, scuba-dived the Great Barrier Reef, jumped out of a plane, leaped the world's highest bungy and white water rafted two of the world's most challenging rivers in Costa Rica and Zimbabwe. Most recently he completed his second Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race aboard a former round-the-world Volvo 60, DHL – The Daily
April 9, 2009 - Leslie Tamppari - Update on Phoenix Project (Mars exploration)
source: Rosaly Lopes
April 16, 2009 - Chris Nyerges - Wilderness Survival and Wild Foods
April 23, 2009 - Dick Messer - Petersen Automotive Museum
Dick Messer is the Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
On June 11, 1994, Margie and Robert E. Petersen fulfilled a longtime dream when they became founding benefactors to start the Petersen Automotive Museum, donating $5 million to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. In April 2000, the Petersens contributed an additional $24.8 million dollars to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum to retire the bond debt and establish the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation as an independent nonprofit organization. Overall, their gifts to the Petersen Automotive Museum total over $30 million. Today, the Petersen Automotive Museum stands as the nation’s premiere automotive museum, serving thousands of visitors each year.
The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example. Encompassing more than 300,000 square feet, its exhibits and lifelike dioramas feature more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Covering four floors, the facility features permanent exhibits on the first floor that trace the history of the automobile. Visitors are invited to walk through, not by, exhibits and dioramas and experience settings of early Los Angeles where the world’s first shopping district was designed.
The second floor presents five rotating galleries with state-of-the-art displays of racecars, classic cars, vintage motorcycles, concept cars, celebrity and movie cars, and auto design and technology.
The May Family Discovery Center is located on the third floor. Designed to spark interest in science by way of the automobile, the 6,500 square-foot, interactive “hands-on” learning center teaches children basic scientific principles by explaining the fundamental functions of a car.
A spectacular all-glass penthouse conference center, Founder’s Lounge and kitchen, comprise the fourth floor, which is available for special events and functions.
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles.
source: Steve Bein
April 25, 2009 - Ralph White is going to space today.
His ashes will be launched on a rocket from New Mexico.
April 30, 2009 - Pasquale Scaturro - Exploring the Nile
Pasquale Scaturro, explorer, adventurer and geophysicist, is the foremost expedition leader in the world and has been exploring the far reaches of the planet for over 25 years.
Pasquale has been the leader of major and historical expeditions in high altitude mountaineering including three expeditions to Everest. In 2001 he conceived, organized, and led the National Federation of the Blind 2001 Everest Expedition, in which blind climber Erik Weihenmayer reached the summit. Time Magazine called it one of the most successful Mt. Everest expeditions in history. Pasquale has also led multiple descents of major world-class rivers including the Bio Bio in Chile, Omo and Zambezi in Africa and in 2003 he organized and led the historic 114-day Nile First Descent Expedition, the first ever descent of the Blue Nile and Nile River from its source high in the mountains of Ethiopia to the Mediterranean Sea, a distance of 3,260 miles. The Expedition is featured in the blockbuster IMAX film and book titled the Mystery of the Nile.
Pasquale is one of a rare breed of leaders who has bridged the gap between successful expeditions in the outdoors and success in corporate America. As an exploration geophysicist he has led geophysical energy exploration and development projects in many of the most remote, dangerous and politically and technically challenging areas on earth including North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. Pasquale’s leadership and teamwork abilities in concert with his logistical expertise, hard work and enormous commitment have enabled him to straddle the realms of outdoor exploration and corporate America unlike any other expedition leader on earth.
He has appeared on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, ESPN, Turner Television, the History Channel, National Public Radio, MacGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX Theaters worldwide, A&E, MSNBC and MSN and has been featured in Time Magazine, Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Playboy Magazine, the LA Times and many more.
Drawing upon a lifetime of experiences, Pasquale’s motivational talks have inspired audiences throughout the United States and Europe, and taught people that the realm of impossibility has no limits. From an nearly age Pasquale learned what it was to sacrifice and at the same time to strive to make his dreams materialize. Leadership through team building, persistence, organizational and planning skills, flexibility to overcome and survive unexpected obstacles, and performance under pressure are all factors in Pasquale’s remarkable endeavors both in business and on the rivers and mountains of the world.
Pasquale lives in Lakewood, Colorado and online at www.explorationspecialists.com
source: John Goddard