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What's New?- Ronald Reagan Library "Titanic" Exhibit

May 1, 2017

I had the pleasure of filming a conversation with two of the most intriguing people:  Former Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman, and Ret. Navy Officer, Professor of Oceanography at RIU and discoverer of the Titanic wreckage, Dr. Bob Ballard.  They sat down together at the Explorer's Club of NYC  and recalled stories about Dr. Ballard's successful mission. 

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Dr. Ballard: "I learned a tremendous amount from mapping the USS Scorpion [lost nuclear submarine].  It taught me how to find the Titanic.  As I was mapping it, I found that the comet of debris was over a mile long. And that's where I got the idea, 'don't look for the Titanic, look for it's trail of debris'."   

 

Former Secretary Lehman: "There all sorts of technologies that came out because of your innovations in the underwater world.  But to me, one of the most important things that you accomplished in those years, was creating a whole new professionalism in oceanography within the navy.  Bob said 'you're crazy not to have a formal, with stature Oceanographer of the U.S Navy with a designation.'"  

 

Dr. Ballard:  "If you're going to be in the Navy as a career officer and there wasn't a chance to become flagged, why would you do it?"

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Excerpts from their conversation will be included in an upcoming exhibit "Titanic at the Reagan Library" scheduled to be shown at the Ronald Reagan Library at the end of May 2017.  If you happen to be in the Simi Valley area this summer, it's worth checking out.  

 

 

 

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