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May 7, 2015 -

Ladies Night - Steven "Bo" Keely - Executive Hobo

Steven "Bo" Keely

Steven "Bo" Keely

"I was born a common man raised to uncommon adventure. My life follows the vicissitudes of Buck the dog in Jack London’s Call of the Wild. We were raised by the hearths in comfortable California homes, then allowed into measured backyards, left home after a customary youth, and then broke loose, until a final pursuit in a Call of the Wild."

Steven "Bo" Keeley is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, holistic healer, former national racquet champion, and has traveled the world. His Wikipedia page reads like Indiana Jones. His preferred method of transportation: rail boxcars.

"Bo" is short for "hobo."

He runs a travel service, inviting working professionals to break out of the monotony of their desk jobs and risk life and limb with him on the rails. The Keeley package includes the option of staying at homeless shelters or bivouacking in encampments known as hobo jungles. A recent Mother Jones article described his hobo tours as "Outward Bound for the Burning Man set."

Bo Keeley in his Professional Racquetball and Paddleball Years

Bo Keeley in his Professional Racquetball and Paddleball Years

He coined the term "Executive Tourism" two decades ago while taking corporate presidents, doctors, attorneys, talk show hosts, professors, and musicians in boxcars across the country, deep into Mexico, and the headwaters of the Amazon. The trips are customized according to the executives’ taste.

Bo is a great raconteur, and he recently entertained many of us at dinner with stories of his adventures. Hopefully, he will have time to talk about such exploits as his application for a Guinness world record for most near-death experiences (which he scores on a one-to-nine scale of "Catman points," based on how many of a cat’s lives would have been snuffed out), and his being robbed over 100 times.

Please join us tonight at the Club to hear one interesting dude.

WEBSITES:
linkExecutive Tour Services by Bo Keely
linkAdventures of Catman Keeley
linkWikipedia: Steven "Bo" Keeley
linkMother Jones Catman Keeley Article

Traveling by Box Car

Traveling by Box Car

Executive "Pronto" Taking a Break During Keeley-Organized Freight Hoboing Adventure Ending 9/11/2001

Executive "Pronto" Taking a Break During Keeley-Organized Freight Hoboing Adventure Ending 9/11/2001

Crossing the Rio Grande with a Pack of Dreams

Crossing the Rio Grande with a Pack of Dreams

Atop a Mexican Grain Car

Atop a Mexican Grain Car


 
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May 14, 2015 -

Robert Broski - Abraham Lincoln Lives!

Robert Broski "A. Lincoln"

Robert Broski
"A. Lincoln"

Robert Broski (Abraham Lincoln) says that even though he was born and raised in Southern California, not Kentucky, he was destined to play Abe Lincoln.

Because of a desire in his heart, Robert decided to make a commitment to bring Abraham Lincoln "ALIVE" to whomever was interested in knowing more about this great President.

He has portrayed Mr. Lincoln in films, commercials, television, plays, and print work. Robert has enlightened students and adults about President Lincoln through programs at schools, churches, book fairs, and Presidential libraries. Women’s groups and republican clubs have invited him to be their guest speaker. Other events include civil war reenactments, modeling for art classes, and modeling for a bronze statue.

Robert Broski at Civil War Re-enactment, Tom’s Farm, October 12-13, 2013

Robert Broski at Civil War Re-enactment
Tom’s Farm, October 12-13, 2013

Robert’s physical and characteristic similarities to the real President Lincoln are uncanny. Both men were 6’ 4" 6’ 4" tall with size 14 shoes. Both men sported a Mole on right side of their face and parted their hair on left side. Both men split wood and they both displayed a scar on their thumb. They both Courted or dated their future wife for 3 1/2 years and they both married an Episcopalian in the 1st week of November. Both men had 4 kids and named their 4th child Thomas. They both were known as stubborn people and they both grew scraggly beards in their 50’s. Neither are known to be a dancer and both are reportedly shy.

WEBSITE:
linkAbraham Lincoln Lives!


 
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May 21, 2015 -

Ladies Night - Stephen Wright - Deadliest Catch

Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright

Deadliest Catch is a reality television series produced for the Discovery Channel. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab fishing seasons. The Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, is the base of operations for the fishing fleet. The show’s title derives from the inherent high risk of injury or death associated with the work.

The series follows life on "the vast Bering Sea" aboard six crab fishing boats during two of the crab fishing seasons, the October king crab season and the January opilio crab (C. opilio; often referred to as "snow crab" or "opies") season. The show emphasizes the dangers on deck to the fishermen (and the Discovery Channel camera crews recording their work) as crews duck heavy crab pots swinging into position, maneuver hundreds of pounds of crab across a deck strewn with hazards (i. e., holding tank hatches, uneven surfaces, maintenance access plates, wet decks), and lean over the rails to position pots for launch or retrieval as gale-force winds and high waves constantly lash the deck. The series also documents the dangers of being on a boat in the Bering Sea, in the midst of some of the coldest and stormiest waters on earth, where even a minor problem may become complex with the nearest port often hundreds of miles away.

Each episode focuses on a story, situation or theme that occurs on one or more boats, while side stories delve into the backgrounds and activities of one or two crew members, particularly the "greenhorns"" (rookie crew members) on several boats. The fleet’s captains are featured prominently, highlighting their camaraderie with their fellow captains and relationships with their crews, as well as their competition with other boats in the hunt for crab. Common themes include friendly rivalries among the captains (particularly between Sig Hansen of the Northwestern, and Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand of the Time Bandit), the familial ties throughout the fleet (brothers Sig, Norm, and Edgar Hansen, who own the Northwestern; the Hillstrand brothers and Johnathan's son Scott on the Time Bandit; brothers Keith and Monte Colburn of the Wizard), the stresses of life on the Bering Sea, and the high burnout rate among greenhorns.

Because Alaskan crab fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, the U.S. Coast Guard rescue squads stationed at Integrated Support Command Kodiak (Kodiak, Alaska) and their outpost on St. Paul Island, near the northern end of the crab fishing grounds, are frequently shown rescuing crab boat crew members who fall victim to the harsh conditions on the Bering Sea. The USCG rescue squad was featured prominently during the episodes surrounding the loss of F/V Big Valley in January 2005, the loss of F/V Ocean Challenger in October 2006, and the loss of F/V Katmai in October 2008.

About Producer Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and by the age of 15 he was obsessed with skiing. At about the same time he was introduced to rock climbing as well as photography. He envied his heroes, the French ski mountaineer Sylvain Suadan and Yvonne Chouinard for what they called the "Golden Era" in the Yosemite Valley. The "Valley" was a world class mecca and it was theirs and theirs alone to pick off first ascents up to 3500 clean granite faces... all they had to do was figure it all out.

After high-school Steve attended the University of California at Chico and received a degree in English Literature. His time at University was rarely spent focused on school as he quickly fell into a crowd passionate about the relatively new sport of whitewater kayaking. Steve and a core group of friends found their own "Golden Era of whitewater kayaking." California was a perfect set-up for classic whitewater runs that had yet to be explored. Always with a video camera at hand, Steve participated in over 30 first descents of steep class 5 rivers throughout California and later the world.

After college, Steve immediately moved to the ski town of Truckee, California. He did all of the "classic" climbs pioneered by his heroes in Yosemite. Leaning on the craft of producing videos, Steve and a college friend, Todd Stanley, managed to travel, kayak and shoot video in over 20 countries. Little did they know they would be honing their skills to later land themselves careers shooting a brand new genre of television called "Reality TV."

Thom Beers had heard about what OSHA called the world’s most dangerous profession of winter-time crab fishing in the Bering Sea. With virtually a 100% injury rate, and a backdrop of the violent storm driven ocean, he knew that if we documented these salty characters with cameras it would no doubt produce exciting drama. The phenomenon of "Deadliest Catch" was born and it is now in its eleventh season and is the top rated show in its genre and seen in 65 countries by 100 million viewers annually. It was a perfect match and a career in reality television was started. Steve and his 25 year friend, Todd Stanley, remain as the two producers on the show from the beginning.

The next fifteen years were spent shooting television and travelling to another 20 countries and documenting larger than life characters. Steve has received three Primetime Emmy awards for his cinematography for "Deadliest Catch." Steve worked with National Geographic documenting Air Force PJs performing combat rescue in war torn Afghanistan. The rest Steve will explain tonight.

Without really knowing it, and letting the years pass by Steve found he was filling a life full of off the beaten path adventures and really knows no other way of getting by. An office job would "kill him."

The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles thanks Roger Haft for recommending this speaker.


 
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May 28, 2015 -

Bryan Kresie - Afghanistan Kandahar Province

Civil Affairs Operations in Afghanistan 2011/12
Civil Affairs Team accomplishments in Afghanistan while deployed to Maiwand and Zhari Districts in Kandahar Province

Bryan Kresie

Bryan Kresie

Three decades of war and Taliban oppression has left Afghanistan’s landscape riddled with destroyed buildings that once housed families, provided healthcare and everything in between. Since coalition forces have overthrown the Taliban, establishments that provided essential services can be rebuilt. Sergeant Bryan Kresie joined villagers in Southern Afghanistan as they rebuilt a community center one brick at a time.

Bryan will focus on what his Civil Affairs Team accomplished in Afghanistan while deployed to Maiwand and Zhari Districts in Kandahar Province. He will provide an overview of what Civil Affairs is and how it works on the battlefield, he will describe how lethal and non-lethal elements are integrated and employed on the company level, what projects are, how they acted to provide stability in the region, and how the Taliban use their own Civil Affairs, and how they countered that effort.

Bryan Kresie served in the United State Marine Corp Reserve from 1997 to 2006. He deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq in 2004 to 2005. After a brief break in service, Bryan enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 2009 as a Civil Affairs Sergeant, and was deployed to the Maiwand and Zhari Districts of Afghanistan in 2011 through 2012. While deployed, Bryan worked on Civil Affairs projects ranging from educational training to women’s issues. Bryan earned a Combat Action Badge while in Afghanistan, and was also awarded a Bronze Star.

One Brick at a Time


 
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