Friday, January 20, 2012
Jacques Cousteau...a blast from the past. I didn't even realize he was a forgotten icon.
I was telling my kids that their father was listening to a lecture by Alexandra Cousteau, Jacques Cousteau's granddaughter.
"Who is Jacques Cousteau?" They asked.
"You don't know who Jacques Cousteau is...was?" I was shocked.
"No," they shrugged.
I guess that's what a public school education gets you.
No...I just couldn't believe it. I'd grown up with Jacques Cousteau and Lloyd Bridges and Sea Hunt and The Under Water World of Jacques Cousteau. But...that was years ago.
Still, "Don't you know who invented the S.c.u.b.a. gear?" (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus)
Captain Cousteau was a pioneer in protecting the planet and preserving the oceans.
"If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect."
Jacques Yves Cousteau