The Explorers Club, Northern California Chapter

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Coming up in December on a Thursday this time:

Ellen Purcell

Dare To Be Tempted

Tasmanian Adventure

DINNER MEETING - Thursday, December 3, 1998

St Francis Yacht Club

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  • 6:00 PM, Business meeting
  • 6:30 PM, Cocktails
  • 7:30 PM, Dinner
  • 8:30 PM, Speaker
  • $45/person ($50 after Nov. 26; $55 after Nov. 30 and at the door)

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    Join Ellen Purcell in armchair travel to an unusual and fascinating destination! Tasmania, is the island down under, that big island down under, Australia. Beginning in Hobart, the small colonial style capital city, we revert back to a time when life was more simple, wholesome, and aesthetic. Artisan vision, careful planning, and committed preservation to retain the 19th century ambiance is indicative of the refined sophistication that saturates the land. A visual visit to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens illustrates this claim.

    A sample of hand hewn crafts will be on display to compliment the visual depiction of diversity and ingenuity ever present in the large resident artisan community drawn to the island. The annual wooden boat festival, where some of the finest yachts in the world are show cased, is a dream for both craft enthusiasts and photographers alike. One town in Tasmania has become its' own outdoor art gallery, painting over 25 full sized murals on their building walls. An illustrated story, of how and why this came to be, is begging to be told.

    We move from the cities and towns to appreciate the lush farmland of the central region and explore the agricultural industry that is making a name itself in the fields of fine viniculture and world class cuisine. Wine making is a relatively new industry on the island but, due to exquisite growing conditions, some boutique vineyards are already competing on an international scale. There is an interesting history in the agricultural export market here; Tasmanian apples, other stone fruits and vegetables only able to grow in cooler climates, have played a large role on tables throughout mainland Australia and in various Asian countries for years, as arid and tropical conditions of importer climes prohibit the growth of these sought after food staples. Tasmania is an oasis where wise compliments between technology and traditional practice are exemplified; world class canine breeding stock work bucolic sheep trials and organic growing methods enhance crop production island wide. Abundant and diverse fresh fish, hand-crafted cheeses, and Tasmanian honey that comes from the leatherwood tree native to the island, round out the culinary offerings of an Epicurean's dream. An article from January '97 Gourmet Magazine supports this assertion. Other articles depicting various aspects of Tasmanian lifestyle, culture, and history will be available for perusing as well.

    World Heritage pristine wilderness covers over one third of the island. Together we explore the success and perils of the social and political climate that protects the magnificent peaks and alpine lakes of the Cradle Mountain region, moss laden myrtle and ancient Huon pine forests that shoulder the famous wild and scenic Franklin River in the untamed west, and crescent shaped white sand beaches of Wineglass Bay to the south. Come to find out about how recent history involving the Greens political party has made Tasmania famous in environmental circles and what latest management techniques are being used to keep the magnificent walking tracks throughout the islands' wilderness from being destroyed by over use. Australia is known for it's advanced ecotourism policies and practices. Here is a prime example in process.

    Or just come for the visual massage. The scenery alone is a photographers' and a poets' dream. It is here we see animals that could have inspired Dr. Suess; wombats with facial expressions of wise elderly professors, quolls, those ferret like creatures with soft tawny fur sprinkled with white polka dots, and pademelons that look like wind up toys from FAO Schwartz. What of the infamous Tasmanian Devil...

    Tasmania is a land rich in history that celebrates life's victory over struggle; the invigoration of wildness in spirit; the taming and culturing of the soul; the quintessential journey through time and mind. The cultural history rivals the natural history in fascination. Come to learn about what did happen to the original inhabitants of the island and of the characters that all but took their place. The activities that occurred at the nineteenth century penal colony represent the quintessential paradox of human existence; the worst of the worst were sent from England to exile on this feral and faraway isle only to construct and produce an extraordinarily viable, artistic, and effectual community as well as several thriving industries.

    The celebration of matrimony between refinement and wild abandon has never been so inviting, so irresistible. Tasmania is the hidden treasure. Dare to be tempted and greet the allure; join me for a truly inspirational experience.


    My early education and professional career experience is in the field of international wildlife conservation research. My unique background includes a Bachelors of Science in wildlife management from Humboldt State University and over 12 years employment as a conservation biologist. Peace Corps service as a wildlife specialist in Guatemala; research regarding mother and calf utilization patterns off the island of Hawaii which aided in establishing a Humpback Whale sanctuary for the Marine Mammal Commission; research regarding the nutritional needs of Red Howler Monkeys in Venezuela for the Smithsonian Institution; and Desert Tortoise protection and mitigation procedures in the Mojave Desert are just a few of the projects I worked on.

    Initially I entered college to become a professional wildlife biologist because of my dedication to wild lands conservation. I am still dedicated to wild lands conservation. I found the profession of a research biologist often devoid of the human element; an entity I see critical to conservation. I believe that conservation will only be achieved through participatory motivation and the community development that results.

    After a great deal of travel, and some soul searching, I returned to the Bay Area in 1993, where I was raised, to further my education by pursuing a Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration, which I completed in 1996. Since that time I have explored a number of career options. The one that seems incorporate all of my talents and interests is in the field of travel. I am at my best when I am in a process of learning and I love learning about others. I thrive on adventure, challenges, changing and unique situations. Also I am extremely flexible and easily adapt to different circumstances. What I came to realize is that the interaction between humans and their environment is as fascinating to me as the complex relationships found among other species. I strongly believe that human/human interaction and level of well being directly reflects human impact and the well being the surrounding environment.

    As a professional travel director I am able to influence and participate in the kind of experience that incorporates my values. As an avid writer and researcher, constructing balanced and invigorating itineraries to interesting and exotic places such as Tasmania, Patagonia, and Zimbabwe is another large part of how I spend my time these days. All of my itineraries include components of observation and research, self exploration and awareness, and community service so that when people travel they are experiencing, in depth, the place and culture to which they are traveling. My dedication to planetary sustainability and my interest in the role of travels' effects on opening minds and permeating borders is exercised through my involvement with both Rotary International and a growing group of travel industry professionals who have started an organization called PIRT or "Partners In Responsible Tourism."

    Essentially I am an ecologist in the true sense of the word, not so much in the environmental context anymore, though that is in my background, but in terms of holistic thinking and how individuals, organizations and systems are interconnected. Participating in the design and implementation of collaborative projects is my forte. Diversity, a primary tenet of any sustainable ecology, I practice through my work, my community involvement, and in my day to day activities.

    Click for more photos of Tasmania and see eight more of Ellen's fine shots.


    January is "Climate Change" month for the Northern California Chapter of The Explorers Club. I am putting information about those meetings in this newsletter rather than waiting until next month. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, you need to make train reservations by December 14 for the Reno meeting if you want the discount. Second, the San Francisco meeting is a week early so reservations for that meeting need to get in early in the month. Third, we don't have a Secretary and the stand-in (your Webmaster) will not be available. If a January newsletter gets produced, that will be wonderful. If there are problems, at least you saw the information here. As Larry McMurtry said: "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."

    Two World-Class Experts on Global Climate Change to Speak at January Meetings of The Explorers Club

    The Northern California Chapter of The Explorers Club has scheduled two dinner meetings during January 1999 where two world-class experts will make presentations about global climate change. Dr. Benjamin Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will speak at the University Club in San Francisco. Ben was the lead author of the controversial chapter in the International Global Climate Change Conference Report stating that there now appears ample evidence to suggest an anthropogenic component of the global warming we are experiencing. This first meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM on Friday, 22 January. The second of the chapter's two January dinner meetings will be held at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. Dr. Robert A. Wharton, Jr., Ph.D. FN-84, Vice President for Research at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., who headed the long term research project in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys will make his presentation. Dr. Wharton is quoted extensively in an article about this project that was just published in the October 1998 issue of National Geographic Magazine. The second meeting begins at 6:45 PM on Saturday, 30 January.

    This is the first time that the Northern California Chapter has scheduled a meeting in the Reno / Sparks, Nevada area. This dinner meeting was scheduled in a hotel facility with ample parking, which is located just one-half block from Amtrak's Sparks station, at a time on a Saturday evening to permit residents of Northern California who are winter sports enthusiasts to ski before and/after the meeting. Those who are less athletically inclined can enjoy a relaxing time just looking at the snow while visiting with other club members as they ride in comfort over Donner Summit on Amtrak's California Zephyr. Train 6, departs Emeryville, Calif. on Saturday, 30 January at 10:40 AM. It stops to pickup passengers in Martinez at 11:26 AM, Davis at 12:19 PM, Sacramento at 12:55 PM, Roseville at 1:17 PM, Truckee at 4:28 PM, and arrives in Sparks at 5:57 PM. Attendees can return to California on Amtrak's train 5 which is scheduled to depart Sparks, Nev. on Sunday, 31 January at 9:41 AM and is due to arrive back in Emeryville, Calif. at 5:30 PM. There are coordinated bus and train connections to Central Valley points at Martinez and Sacramento. There is connecting Amtrak bus service departing from San Francisco for Emeryville at 9:10 AM.

    By reserving space on these trains, attendees can avoid driving in the snow. Amtrak has blocked a group of seats for this event, but because group tickets must be purchased at least 45 days in advance to qualify for the very substantial group discount of $130, reservations (accompanied by a check in full payment) must be must be received by Jerry Athearn in Oakland no later than Monday, 14 December 1998. Use the coupon at the bottom of this newsletter to make reservations. Although transferable, once purchased, Sparks reservations and train tickets are not refundable. The Chapter cannot handle hotel reservations. Attendees desiring to make hotel reservations for the night of 30 January at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, should call direct to the hotel's reservations desk at 1 (800) 843-2427.


    Dr. Benjamin Santer is an atmospheric scientist in the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison's (PCMDI) principal mission is to develop improved methods and tools for the diagnosis, validation and intercomparison of global climate models (GCMs) (what we call a climate modeling infrastructure), and to engage in research on a wide variety of outstanding problems in climate modeling and analysis.

    The need for standards in both modeling and analysis has become increasingly apparent as more complex models are developed, while the disagreement among models, and between models and observations, remains significant and poorly understood. The nature and causes of these disagreements must be accounted for in a systematic fashion before models can be confidently used for climate sensitivity and predictability studies in support of global change research.

    About the Speaker

    Ben received both his B.Sc. (in Environmental Sciences) and his Ph.D. (in climatology) from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Dr. Santer joined PCMDI in August 1992. His research has been directed towards evaluating the performance of climate models and identifying human-caused "signals" in observed records of climate change.

    On May 27th, 1998, Dr. Benjamin Santer was informed by the Board of Directors of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that he had been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. The Fellowship was given in recognition of Dr. Santer's "originality, creativity, self-direction, and capacity to contribute importantly to society, particularly in atmospheric science."


    Dr. Robert A. Wharton, FN-84 will make the January 30, 1999 presentation of The Explorers Club at a meeting held in Reno, Nevada. He is Vice President for Research, and Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute's Biological Sciences Center in Reno. He has an international reputation for his studies of cold desert environments in polar regions and is particularly well known for his research of perennially ice-covered lakes in Antarctica. Dr. Wharton developed and led the NSF-funded McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project for five years which involved extensive field work. He has developed and led NASA/NSF supported studies of ice-covered lakes in the Arctic and Antarctica as terrestrial analogs of early Martian environments. Wharton developed and led a joint NASA/NSF supported project to test technologies relevant to the exploration of Mars.

    About the Speaker

    Dr. Wharton received his B.A (Botany) and M.A. (Biology) from Humboldt State University and his Ph.D. (Botany from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. As Vice President for Research, Dr. Wharton provides scientific vision and leadership for the Desert Research Institute's 400 faculty and staff through the development and implementation of business, marketing, and strategic plans. His research areas include polar ecology, microbiology of extreme environments, cold deserts, space exploration, the Arctic, Antarctica, Mars, and Europa.


    For our September meeting, Alzada Carlisle Kistner, MN-87, gave a talk titled Safaris Always Bugged Us, An Affair with Africa. This meeting was held at the Lafayette Court Hotel over in that uncharted land east of the Berkeley Hills. Although I missed Alzada's meeting (being with the Earl Explorers the same night). I made up for it at the Exotics Encounter part of the Golden GateAway when I got to chat with her and buy a copy of her book. I also got her to sign it under the watchful eye of her book-signing table mate, Joe Rychetnik, E-67 (who's signed book I already own; so little time, so many books...). Here is a photo of the three of us before I took my treasure home and found my favorite parts. After collecting rocks and lugging them out on my back, I envied her for collecting insects that weigh a lot less. I did not, however have rhinos charge me and our mountain lions are a different breed of cat than her lion lions. A favorite description is of her husband Dave as "...a species-describing, paper-writing machine with a life." Thank you, Alzada, for wonderful insights and values true to Explorers.

    THE 1998 GOLDEN GateAway

    The GateAway was held on Oct. 16-17, 1998, in San Francisco and environs. By all accounts, it was a fun and rewarding adventure.

    The Friday Exotics Encounter was held at the World Trade Club, in the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street. We were treated to a breathtaking panorama of the Bay, including the Bay Bridge. Most of the invited distinguished guests were there on Friday to mingle with the group. A notable part was the silent auction, which included a large list of artifacts donated by members and outside organizations. One, a gift certificate for a trip with Mountain Travel*Sobek, raised $2,000 for the Chapter, thanks to a very generous bid. A particularly interesting part was the 3D video of the Titanic brought and displayed by Ralph White.

    During Saturday, members hosted several Forays to selected sites around in the Bay area. By far, the most popular was the opening day of the Hornet, the carrier on which the Japanese surrendered in 1945 [I thought that took place on the Missouri -ed.]. Bob Fabry hosted more than 35 people for this foray.

    Another very interesting foray was the Museum of the Streets, led by Jim Prigoff. Jim toured his guests to see and hear about the murals of the City. In addition, Steve Smith took a group to the Golden Gate and the Marine Mammal Center, and there was a backstage tour of the California Academy of Sciences. The only foray that had to be canceled was the model train exhibit of member Dan Liebowitz, who broke his arm the previous day!

    The Saturday black-tie dinner was held at the Fairmont. IT was attended by about 220 of the most beautiful people on Earth. The evening included presentations by some of the most outstanding and accomplished explorers in the world. Under the guidance of MC Jim Fowler, we treated to illustrated talks by the following:

    o Eugenie Clark, world famous icthyologist
    o Gisela Dreschoff, famous polar explorer
    o Norman Vaughan, incredible nonagenarian explorer
    o Don Johanson, discoverer of "Lucy"
    o Ralph White, photographer of the "Titanic."
    o Wally Schirra, one of the original seven astronauts.

    It would be hard to relate the electric feeling listening to Norm Vaughan describe his summiting of Mt. Vaughan, on his 89th birthday. Or Don Johanson describing (to our relief!) that we are not related to the Neanderthals. Or seeing Eugenie Clark riding the dorsal fin of a whale shark. Or Ralph White spending more time on the Titanic than Capt. Smith did. Or Gisela Dreschoff carrying instruments into the polar regions to study the sun. Or Wally Schirra, speaking without any slides, describe the days and lives of the Original Seven. Jim Fowler did his usual wonderful presentation of the animals, including a very serious-looking Cheetah.

    The 1998 Golden GateAway was dedicated to the Illa Tiki expedition, underway as we met in San Francisco. The expedition sailed a few days earlier from Ecuador, bound for Mexico and a Pacific crossing, a 5-month adventure. During the GateAway dinner, we attempted to contact the raft by radio, but the propagation was not favorable and contact could not be made.

    We would like to acknowledge the great effort of numerous people to make the GateAway a great event:

    Martha Schmieder, Czarina (Event Chairperson)
    Robert Schmieder, Great Gupah (Chapter Chairman)
    Jerry Athearn, Bushwhacker (Reservations & Ticket Sales), Feelgood (Souvenir Sales)
    Ann Bessey, Catcher of the Wry (Speaker Coordination)
    Lesley Ewing, Artifacts (Silent Auction), Environmental, Safety, and Health (Decorations)
    Bill Isherwood, Voortrekker (Field Trip Coordination)
    Joanne Athearn, Logistics
    Virginia A. Franks, Welcoming
    Suzanne Johnson, Welcoming
    Steve Smith, Foray leader
    Jim Prigoff, Foray leader
    Dan Liebowitz, Foray leader
    Ann Hutchison, Foray leader
    Bob Fabry, Foray leader
    Mike Diggles, Event photographer

    Click for a collection of 76 photographs from the Golden GateAway.

    Click for an alternative viewpoint of the dinner by Joe Rychetnik.

    Click for Mort Beebe's photos from the Golden GateAway.

    Byrd's Famous Dog and Cat Men Meet at 1998 Golden GateAway

    Colonel Norman Vaughan sailed south with Admiral Byrd to Antarctica in 1928. He drove the first dog team to pull a sled loaded with supplies from the ship to the site of Little America on the Ross Ice Shelf. Norm is the last survivor of this first Byrd Antarctic Expedition. He climbed Mount Vaughan, an Antarctic peak named in his honor by Admiral Byrd, just three days before his 89th birthday. Now, almost 93, Norm has ambitious plans to climb and sled again. Vaughan never lets his age or the prospect of failure deter him. Those attending the Grand Gathering banquet of the 1998 Golden GateAway of the Northern California Chapter of The Explorers Club, held Saturday evening, 17 October in the Gold Room of the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill in San Francisco gave Norm a standing ovation at the end of his inspiring presentation. Here Norm (right) is shown meeting with Colonel John H. Roscoe, Ph.D., USMC (Ret.), (left), Admiral Byrd's scientific advisor during the late 1950's International Geophysical Year expeditions to Antarctica. Colonel Roscoe was responsible for overseeing the herds of "cats" (snowcats) carrying teams of scientists exploring Antarctic's uncharted snow covered glaciers and ice cap and (big D-8 Caterpillar tractors) pulling trains of giant sleds loaded with supplies needed to build inland research stations in remote parts of Antarctica.


    It has been my great privilege to serve as the Chairman of the Northern California Chapter of the Explorers Club. As the new year approaches, I have decided to retire.

    First as Secretary, then Vice-Chairman, then Chairman, I have worked with many of you to enhance the Club experience for all members. We upgraded the Newsletter. We developed the first Chapter roster, which was copied by other chapters. When I chaired the Chapter meeting at the ECAD in New York, I pushed vigorously for establishment of a Club web site, and that came into being about a year later. The next year I began the Saturday morning New Members' Reception at the ECAD, sponsored by the Chapters, and these were so attractive that the President took them over and renamed them the "President's Reception." In 1996, we created the Golden GateAway, designed to provide the West Coast counterpoint to the ECAD and an alternative for members who could not go to New York. The first GateAway drew 350 people and was financially successful. The second GateAway, last month, was not so successful, but was just as fun and rewarding. In between, we put on a "Planetary GetAway" with some very strange characters and a lot of fascinating presentations. During all this time, we maintained a vigorous schedule of monthly meetings, with many great speakers.

    While the membership remains relatively constant, we have what I consider a rather high rate of turnover. When I joined, in 1986, I believed this was a commitment for life. What I find is that many members become disenchanted and leave, and we are constantly struggling to maintain membership. My belief is that we are doing something fundamentally wrong. My feeling is that we need to attract more active explorers, professional field scientists, and young people.

    For my successor, I would like to nominate our Vice-Chairman, Bill Isherwood. Bill has been an extraordinary resource during my tenure. He not only arranged all the meetings, but he took a major role in both GateAways, coordinated outings, and covered for the Chairman when he was on an expedition. Bill's credentials as an explorer as without peer. Please come to the December meeting and vote for Bill Isherwood as the next Chairman.

    Please accept my appreciation to all who worked these years to build our Chapter. I think we have put ourselves on the map, and have been a role model for other chapters. And, most of all, it has been fun.

    See you at the meetings.

    Bob Schmieder, FN 86


    On September 25, two events took place in the same evening. At The Explorers Club, Northern California Chapter meeting, Bill Isherwood proposed to the membership that the Chapter "adopt" the Earl Explorers and it was passed unanimously. Meanwhile, Mike Diggles was attending the grand opening celebration at Earl Elementary School in Turlock where 1,200 people (including four sky divers) ushered the Earl Explorers into the world of education and exploration. Here are some of my favorite photos from that event:

    This "adoption" was covered in the following nice story by the Modesto Bee newspaper

    Earl Explorers are in the club [From the Modesto Bee, 10/13/98]

    The newly opened Earl Elementary School in Turlock has been adopted by the prestigious Explorers Club... Northern California [Chapter] as a member. The school was selected because its official mascot is the "Earl Explorers." School shirts show a boy in a spacesuit and a girl in a safari outfit with Earth between them. The Explorers Club is a 90-year-old organization whose members share stories and experiences about travels to different parts of the world. Membership is open only to people who "actively explore to advance the fields of research and education." Typical meetings include lectures on plant and animal species in remote areas of the world or cultural rituals rarely heard of in Europe or North America. The vote for membership was taken Sept. 25, the same day the school held its grand opening, which included skydivers landing on the school grounds. Details on the Explorers Club and photos of the school's opening ceremonies can be seen on the Internet at /mdiggles /EC1998 /EC98-12.html

    What we suggested in the October newsletter includes an item that has been approved (thank you Principal Marta Kyte and Vice Chairman Bill Isherwood) and which we are implementing right here before your very eyes. The Chapter and Earl have agreed that we will publish an article in every newsletter (both paper form and on the Web) with a student as the author. The first of these articles is printed below.

    [Emailed via Jane Coffey] The teachers have assigned one teacher at all grade levels to send you a column each month. The school's acceptable-use policy for publication and the Internet will not permit EC to use her whole name. Here's the first edition:

    Dennis G. Earl

    We moved into our new room at Dennis Earl yesterday. (*Note: August '98) It's a new school. We went on a bus to come to our new classroom. We are called Earl Explorers. Our school colors are burgundy and hunter green. We got balloons after we got off the bus. The colors of the balloons were burgundy, hunter green, and gold.

    My classroom is green. We have new burgundy chairs. We have a new school song. On the first day of school, we went into the cafeteria for the first time to read our motto. On the way to Dennis Earl School we drove by a sign and it said:

    "Best Wishes Earl Explorers"

    Third Grade
    Teacher: Mrs. Pat Adams
    Earl Elementary
    Turlock, Calif.


    From Pamela Logan, MN-97, President, Kham Aid Foundation. I'm back in Kangding with the tour group [including Dana Isherwood -ed.] after a successful trip that was not without moments of misadventure. We drove through the night last night to get here, arriving at 6:00 AM, because ongoing road repairs are causing the Traffic Dept. to close the road during the day. Because of various road closures due to landslides, we spent all our time in Ganzi (three nights) and Dege (nine nights) staying at four different monasteries where we were guests of the local rinpoche (incarnate lama) or monastery leaders. Also, we visited the famous Dege Printing House were we were given a personal tour by the director, and two different hospitals where Tibetan medicines are manufactured. We did two days of horseback riding, rode to one monastery on the back of a truck (a landslide prevented our minibus from getting in), and most everyone took advantage of the opportunities for day hikes. We ate a lot of Sichuan food. A couple of people even learned to like Tibetan tsampa.

    Keith Kvenvolden, FN-80, Does MBARI Seminar on "Coastal and marine organic geochemistry -- perspicacity and pertinacity in research," November 11, 1998. Sustaining scientific programs in times of change is often difficult and always challenging. An example of a USGS program, sustained in part by perspicacity and pertinacity, is the coastal and marine organic geochemistry effort. Three study areas have been particularly rewarding -- gas hydrate, hydrothermal petroleum, and environmental assessment Since 1980 we have closely followed gas hydrate discoveries worldwide mainly through DSDP and ODP drilling, measured compositions of natural and synthetic gas hydrate, established tentatively the size of the worldwide gas-hydrate reservoir, and tried to predict the possible role of gas hydrate in global climate change. In 1986 we discovered petroleum associated with polymetallic sulfide which was dredged from Escanaba Trough, offshore from northern California. Hydrothermal activity provided the heat for instantaneous petroleum formation and was the source of fluids for sulfide mineralization. Although not an economic resource, hydrothermal petroleum provides a proxy for understanding processes in the generation of conventional petroleum. The Exxon Valdez supertanker spilled North Slope crude oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, in 1989. Tracking the fate of this spilled oil revealed that, in addition to weathered products from the spill, there were other residues on the coastlines with geochemical characteristics indicating oil products that originated from Monterey Formation source rocks of California. These residues likely entered Prince William Sound as a result of the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964, which destroyed asphalt and fuel storage facilities around the Sound. Lessons learned in Alaska are now being applied in California. See: /itd /seminars /Nov_11_1998.html for a full description of this and other seminars at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), 7700 Sandholdt Rd., Moss Landing, CA., (831) 775-1700.

    Greetings form the Neah Bay war zone. Things are tough up here and we will be staying just as long as we can hold out. The Makah are trying their best to kill a whale and so far we thwarted their efforts. We will miss the big event in San Francisco. Here's our daily schedule: Patrol each day to guard the resident whales. Fix the boat. Patrol each night to protect the whales. Fix the boat. Travel offshore to scout migrating whales. Fix the boat. And so it goes. We were kicked out of Neah Bay last week and are at a dumpy little campsite and moorage just outside the reservation lines. Great support from Canadians and growing from the U.S. Our best to you. Steph Dutton, MN-98.

    Dan Cheatham, LN-89, had a nice article printed in the California Monthly (Sept. 1998) under Recalling Cal. He wrote of Sputnik and Sousaphones and the Cold War rivalry between the USSR and the USA at the World's Fair in Brussels. The Soviets had their satellite but the Americans had the Cal Band with it's crowd-drawing halftime-style performance.

    Tom Larson, E-52, was the topic of a detailed article in the Tahiti Beach Press (Sept. 1998) about his searches for families of GIs in Bora Bora during World War II. He continues his ongoing quest to find the Tahitian families of the American GIs who were stationed there between 1942 and 1946. The story of his "friendly invasion" is told in his booklet Bora Bora: History and GIs in Paradise, sold in all the Society Islands.


    Would you have paid $85 to attend our next monthly meeting? Normally, our Northern California Chapter has met on the first Friday in December, but our Vice Chairman of Programs, Bill Isherwood, decided to schedule our next dinner for Thursday evening, 3 December, to keep the cost of this meeting within reason. Due to a limited supply of desirable meeting places in the San Francisco Bay area and an ever increasing demand them, there has been rapid inflation in their basic charges for meals, room set-up charges, bartender fees, audio visual and gratuity charges, taxes, etc. Once, it was rare for large advance deposits to be required, but now it is common. Because the final head count must now be called in much earlier, and higher costs are associated with last minute "walk-in" attendees, our chapter is forced to change its meeting reservation policy. Unless otherwise advised, to qualify for the advance reservation discount your check must be postmarked at least one week prior to the meeting, and to qualify for the "somewhat-late" meeting price, your reservation must be called in, or sent by e-mail or facsimile, and your check must be postmarked no later by the Tuesday prior to the meeting. Because nearly all meeting places now require a "final" head count by Wednesday, and some charge more for those added later, all reservations received after this Tuesday cut-off and all who pay at the door will be charged yet another five dollars above the "somewhat-late" price. If you have made reservations and then find you must cancel, please call, e-mail, or send a facsimile to the person taking reservations and try to find a replacement if that is possible. When bringing guests, please give their complete name so that a name tag can be prepared. Do you know of good places where our chapter could schedule future meetings? Please send Bill details about them.

    Reservations for next three meetings


    Please return this reservations form no later than Monday, November 23, 1998 to:

    Jerry Athearn
    The Explorers Club
    Northern California Chapter.
    7037 Chabot Road
    Oakland, CA 94618
    Jerry's phone: (510) 653-2572

    Please reserve spaces for the Ellen Purcell talk, at the St. Francis Yacht Club on Thursday, December 3, 1998.

    $45/person... $50 if postmarked after November 26, $55 after Nov. 30 and at the door. Cocktails, 6:30 PM, Dinner, 7:30 PM, Speaker, 8:30 PM.

    Your Name: _______________________________________

    Your Address: _____________________________________


    Guests: ______________________________________


    Please return this reservations form no later than Tuesday, January 12, 1999 to:

    Jerry Athearn
    The Explorers Club
    Northern California Chapter.
    7037 Chabot Road
    Oakland, CA 94618
    Jerry's phone: (510) 653-2572

    Please reserve spaces for the Benjamin Santer talk, at the University Club on Friday, January 22, 1999.

    $40/person... $45 if postmarked after January 15, $50 after January 19 and at the door. Cocktails, 6:30 PM, Dinner, 7:30 PM, Speaker, 8:30 PM.

    YES____, sign me up for the Amtrak ride for $130 round trip (payment enclosed). Deadline for this discount is Monday, December 14, 1998, in Jerry's hands in Oakland!

    Your Name: _______________________________________

    Your Address: _____________________________________


    Guests: ______________________________________


    Please return this reservations form no later than Tuesday, January 20, 1999 to:

    Jerry Athearn
    The Explorers Club
    Northern California Chapter.
    7037 Chabot Road
    Oakland, CA 94618
    Jerry's phone: (510) 653-2572

    Please reserve spaces for the Robert Wharton talk, at the Nugget Casino Resort, in Sparks, Nevada on Saturday, January 30, 1999.

    $35/person... $40 if postmarked after January 23; $45 after January 27 and at the door. Cocktails, 6:30 PM, Dinner, 7:30 PM, Speaker, 8:30 PM.

    Your Name: _______________________________________

    Your Address: _____________________________________


    Guests: ______________________________________


    Date created: 10/02/1998
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