February 3, 2011 - Jim Barry - Mali and Burkina Faso
Jim Barry is a noted photographer and faculty of fine arts at Caltech and Polytechnic school will be speaking about his work in Mali and Burkina Faso.
Some of his work can be seen at jimbarry.org.
He also has a project for teaching photography in Mali and accepts donations of old digital cameras.
February 10, 2011 - Tony Jones - Solar Powered Paddle Boards
Tony Jones, inventor, adventurer, surfer, and surfboard maker extraordinaire,
will be talking about one of his inventions: solar powered paddle boards and surfboards.
Some of Tony's clients include surf legends Rabbit Kekai, Corky Carroll, and Guy Takeyama, as well as, the Navy Seals at Coronado Island.
February 17, 2011 - Michael Fitzpatrick - A Most Unusual Musical Adventure
An adventure beyond what we usually see!
Join us for a unique Adventurers Club night.
Michael Fitzpatrick is at the forefront of utilizing music to inspire peace and will be speaking about his extensive travels and will include a short musical performance.
With encouragement by the Dalai Lama, Michael Fitzpatrick, a world class cellist,
conceived and arranged for the recording of songs and chants in the Star Chamber of Mammoth Cave in Kentucky with Buddist and Trappist Monks and Michaels Cello,
plus more recordings at the Furnace Mountain Zen Temple and the Abbey of Gethsemani.
Michael will talk of his experiences as a critical part of the cooperative event,
talk of his music and also play his cello.
It promises to be a truly memorable and unique night at the Adventurers Club of Los Angeles.
The following links should give some idea of the range of his talents, activities and adventures not normally presented at the club.
Michaels interests, activities and accomplishments go beyond the description:
Fitzpatrick performed at the United Nations Millennium Summit of Religious & Spiritual Leaders;
the Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona in conjunction with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi,
and at the recent Parliament of World's Religions in Melbourne with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Performed at the Site of Christ's Baptism at Bethany-beyond the Jordan, at the Dead Sea,
and for His Majesty King Abdullah II at the Royal Palace in Jordan as part of the Global Summit on Peace hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Fitzpatrick designed and performed the sacred music for The Gethsemani Encounter led by His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama,
involving the world's monastic leaders from East & West and held at the Abbey of Gethsemani - home of the late Thomas Merton.
His nine solo performances during the historic 6-day summit were deemed the high point of The Gethsemani Encounter,
and led to the invitation to produce COMPASSION,
the first East-West recording in history between the traditions of ancient Tibetan Chant and Trappist/Gregorian-Chant.
He served as featured Soloist, Music Director, Film Director and Producer for the unprecedented musical collaboration recorded
and filmed at sacred sites including Mammoth Cave, the largest cave in the world;
the Abbey of Gethsemani; and the Furnace Mountain Zen Temple.
MICHAEL FITZPATRICK is the recipient of the Prince Charles Award for Outstanding Musicianship bestowed by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
An acclaimed concert-cellist and electric-cellist, his performances have been featured on television on PBS' The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and the recent
PBS special THE MUSIC INSTINCT: Science and Song, and on NPR/National Public Radio.
Fitzpatrick has performed around the world including in the former Soviet Union, Australia, Spain, France, Italy, Jordan, India, Romania, and Switzerland.
He has conducted numerous concert-tours across the United States and Canada, highlighted by performances at the Hollywood Bowl,
the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds,
Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Town Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the House of Blues Hollywood,
and at the Saddledome in Calgary.
February 24, 2011 - Ladies Night - Nuclear Sub Night Fredrick G. Hareland #1138 Robert Williscroft #1116
Two of our own step up!
Commander Gerald N. Miranda and ETCM (SS) COB Neil Davenport, who were originally scheduled to present,
have been reassigned and ordered to report to their new stations.
We are fortunate indeed that two of our esteemed members have committed to share their nuclear submarine experiences with us on this night.
Mark your calendars and don't miss this meeting which promises to be a memorable event comprising two speakers,
both talking about different aspects of nuclear fast attack submarines.
You can also bring your wives or female friends because this will be a Ladies Night!
RALPH WHITE and Electronic/Communications Officer FREDRICK G. HARELANDíS SUBMARINE ADVENTURE
Christopher Reynold's human interest story in the LA Times about the posthumous travels of our late and esteemed member, Ralph B. White # 942,
only mentioned the possibility of a nuclear submarine ride for Ralph in his excellent article;
however all went according to plan.
Fredrick took Ralph covertly onboard with him for a December 18, 2010,
dependents cruise on the USS Asheville, SSN-758.
The Los Angeles Class Fast Attack sub left the Point Loma Submarine Base at 08:30,
steamed out to sea about 15 miles straight off of Ballast Point for some underway time for the crew, "Ralph" and Fredrick.
They arrived back in port and moored by 16:00, but their underway time on the Asheville was a real "E"-Ticket adventure for Fredrick and Ralph.
Fredrick is indebted to Senior Master Chief (SS) Neil Davenport who, as the sub's Chief of the Boat or COB,
made it possible for Ralph and Fredrick to accompany them on the dependents cruise.
Ralph was a covert mission of Fredrick's, and Neil knew nothing about him or his final disposition.
Come to Nuclear Submarine Night to find out the exciting details about Ralph and Fredrickís submarine adventure and about Ralph's burial at sea!
Fredrick G. Hareland #1138
Fredrick joined the U.S. Navy at age 19 and after attending nuclear power school, was assigned to the
Destroyer Escort USS McMorris DE 1036 which was the start of his nautical adventures that has thus far spanned 12 ships, many oceans, and lots of exotic ports.
In addition to serving in the U.S. Navy he has also served aboard ships in the U.S. Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, Maersk Line Limited, and
Norwegian Cruise Line where he was slated to become the first Electronic/Communications Officer assigned to the Project America vessel "Pride of America".
Fredrick G. Hareland
41 for Freedom - 22 Submerged Months on Ballistic Missile Subs Robert Williscroft #1116
Robert Williscroft served on Ballistic Missile Submarines (Boomers) as an enlisted Sonar Technician and later as a Missile Officer.
He accumulated a total of 22 months underwater in the mid 1960s on USS John Marshall (SSBN 611) and early 1970s on USS Von Steuben (SSBN 632).
He spent months in the northern Atlantic and Barents Sea,
and in the Mediterranean on Cold War patrols, position unknown to anyone but the sub's Skipper, Executive Officer, Navigator, and Missile Officer.
Robert will take us along on some of these underwater adventures where the submarine was nearly lost at sea,
a nearly disastrous underwater collision, an attempt by so-called peace activists to sink the submarine,
and a series of other events that made life interesting underwater and alongside the tender in Holy Loch, Scotland.
Dr. Robert G. Williscroft is a retired submarine officer, deep-sea and saturation diver, scientist, businessman,
author of several books and hundreds of articles, and a life-long adventurer.
Among other activities he spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic ice pack,
and a year at the Geographic South Pole.
He is a series 7 stockbroker and holds a California insurance license.
His articles appear regularly in popular online and hard-copy periodicals.
His current events book,
The Chicken Little Agenda: Debunking "Experts'" Lies,
is in its 2nd printing.
His latest book,
Starman Jones: A Relativity Birthday Present,
with a forward by Dr. Frank Drake (member #1132), is available at Amazon.com and bookstores.