Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SIr Edmund Tiffany Summits the World

This has already been an unusual week--but I've just met the most interesting person in the world. Now, you may be wondering who made me president of The Interesting Person Society, and the answer is: I did. And I'm president for life. It's in the bylaws.

But back to the most interesting person. I should mention that this is quite a distinction in a place that includes planetary geology rockstars like Pascal Lee, who travels everywhere with Ping Pong Lee the wonder dog, and the talented team from NASA Ames who will happily show you butt-shots of their Pacman-sound-enhanced K10 robot. But I nominate John Schutt, the HMP camp manager, geologist, mountaineer, and ....ANTARCTIC METEOR HUNTER. John has a long career of leading successful expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic, and has spent 29 consecutive meteor hunting seasons in the Antarctic, or a total of over 7 years on the world's coldest, most uninhabitable, inhospitable continent. John Schutt walks on water. Frozen water that provides a clear backdrop for meteorites down to a half centimeter in diameter that John spots with his eye from a moving snowmobile.....Its astonishing, really--John has been known to collect 1000 meteorites in a single season and has catalogued and recovered more meteorites than any other individual in history. These valuable specimens are collected and sent to the Antarctic Meteor Curation Facility, at the NASA Johnson Space Center, as part of the ANSMET program.

Although I have my hands full with being Intergalactic Federation King Almighty and Commander of the Universe-I think I may have found my new 20% project....

Congratulations to John Schutt on his new title: Most Interesting Person in the World!


Blogger KST Designs said...

I agree! I was fortunate enough to be part of expeditions to both Devon Island and Antarctica with John, and he was incredible at taking care of us! Just think of all the stories he could write....

August 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

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