Friday, January 20, 2012

A Blast



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

4 comments:

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I loved his TV specials. What an amazing adventure his whole life was!

Rena said...

I loved his shows also. It was one of the few "must-sees" for each week. To be honest, I'm not sure my kids would know who he was either.

Must.change.that. ;)

The Happy Whisk said...

I never hear that name anymore.

Kim Kasch said...

HW: I know. We never hear his name but he was a pioneer in saving the ocean and the planet. It's sad that good people are so quickly forgotten :(