“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.” -Jacques Yves Cousteau
I can think of no two men this quote applies to more than Rick Macpherson and Al Dove. For the last five years, these two men have shared freely their extraordinary paths with all of us here at DSN. Their wit, intelligence, and unique perspectives have greatly enriched and elevated DSN. Through their selfless contributions they have both radically changed the online landscape of science communication and inspired us all to something extraordinary. Take the rest of the day to read their words here and be informed and inspired.
With a heavy heart and a loss of words, I find myself writing this difficult post and announcing that my friends Rick and Al’s are departing DSN. Rick and Al’s influence goes far beyond DSN. Through selfless commitment in various other areas, including their careers, they continue to inspire others to protect and love the ocean realm. Indeed, the growth of these roles and their importance take these committed men from DSN. No doubt both will continue extraordinary lives and we all will benefit.
I am comforted by the words of Henry David Thoreau,
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.