Weston’s Cousteau connection at Kiwanis meeting Saturday

weston-kiwanis,hymna-coverThis Saturday, June 1, at Norfield Parish Hall, the Kiwanis Club will host Weston author Richard Hyman. Mr. Hyman’s book, Frogmen, is an inspiring true adventure of a young man who pays homage to one of the greatest explorers and visionaries of all time, Jacques Cousteau.

Saturday’s meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served and members of the public are welcome.

Mr. Hyman first worked for Jacques Cousteau in 1973, at the age of 18, just after graduating from Weston High School. He drove a supply truck for Cousteau from Los Angeles to the Canadian wilderness and worked with Cree Native Americans building a cabin for the Cousteau team to winter in when it filmed Beavers of the North Country.

Subsequent journeys included diving in Florida’s warm springs with manatee and off the panhandle with stone crabs.

Months later, he flew to Mexico’s Yucatán and boarded Calypso, a relatively small and unsteady wooden ship, and camped on the uninhabited Contoy Island to study and film The Incredible Migration of the Spiny Lobsters.

From there he sailed south along the 180-mile Belize barrier reef, filming the spawning of thousands of grouper, The Fish that Swallowed Jonah, and a receiving a visit from singer-songwriter John Denver.

On his final voyage, en route to Venezuela, he experienced treacherous dives to the USS Monitor shipwreck off North Carolina, skeletons inside wrecks off Martinique, and the death of Jacques Cousteau’s son, Philippe.

Mr. Hyman grew up in Weston. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Furman University of South Carolina, where he wrote a weekly environmental column for the school newspaper. During summer jobs, including an internship at NASA, he also attended Yale, Georgetown, and Fairfield universities, where he studied environmental engineering, writing and business.

His career has been in business, primarily in the telecommunications, technology and software industries. Frogmen is his first book.

The Kiwanis Club of Weston, an organization dedicated to community service, sponsors a variety of programs and events to raise funds for local organizations whose activities benefit the community at large. Its members work to support worthy causes in the community and surrounding areas through a combination of community service, philanthropy, and assistance to youth and citizens of all ages.

The club’s membership is open to all men and women living or working in the area.

For more information, visit westonkiwanis.org.

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