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Author to Share Tales of Diving with Jacques Cousteau in June 23 Talk at Maritime Aquarium


June 10, 2014 --
Author to Share Tales of Diving with Jacques Cousteau in June 23 Talk at Maritime Aquarium

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) June 10, 2014

Re-live a Weston, CT, mans inspiring experiences diving with famed ocean explorer/filmmaker Jacques Cousteau in a special presentation on Mon., June 23 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Richard Hyman will share some of the memorable experiences he documented in his book, Frogmen: The True Story of My Journey with Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Crew of Calypso. His talk will begin at 8 p.m. in the Aquariums IMAX Theater. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Aquarium members).

Cousteau was the inventor of SCUBA and a documentary filmmaker whose popular Emmy-winning television series from 1968-76 introduced a fascinated America to the undersea world.

In 1973, just out of Weston High School, Hyman had traveled to Los Angeles with his father, who was a business partner of Cousteaus. They asked Hyman to drive a supply truck up into the Canadian wilderness, where he stayed to work with Cree Native Americans who were building a cabin in which a Cousteau team would stay for the winter while filming beavers.

The connection led to Hyman eventually coming aboard Calypso as one of the few American crew members for three expeditions, including camping on an uninhabited island off Mexicos Yucatán Peninsula to study spiny lobsters. Subsequent highlights included sailing along the 180-mile Belize Barrier Reef, filming the spawning of thousands of grouper, and a visit to Calypso from musician John Denver, who would be moved to celebrate Cousteaus work and spirit in song.

Hymans final Calypso voyage, from Virginia to Venezuela in 1979, included treacherous dives on the USS Monitor shipwreck off North Carolina and finding skeletons inside deep wrecks off Martinique. Hyman also was onboard when news broke that one of Cousteaus sons, Philippe, had been killed in a plane crash.

In his Maritime Aquarium talk, Hyman will take the audience behind the scenes, inside the ship and under the sea with the legendary Cousteau team.

Moffly Media is exclusive magazine sponsor of The Maritime Aquariums 2013-14 lecture series.

Reserve your tickets for Richard Hyman in advance online at or by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Tickets also are on sale now (by phone only) for one event in the Aquariums 2014-15 series: Bill Nye the Science Guy on Mon., Dec. 8. Prices are $45 ($40 for Aquarium members).

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