An Unexpected Surprise in My Mail

When Andrew Thaler (@SFriedScientist) asked me for my home address a few days ago, I was…well…concerned.  I have the tendency to be drawn to friends who are pranksters and Thaler excels at this talent.  But alas, what I received in the mail far exceeded by expectations.

Over a week ago, Thaler tagged in my a Tweet.

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O’ how I coveted my neighbor’s Life magazine.  In case you cannot tell that is February 15, 1960 issue featuring Picard, Walsh, and the Trieste on the cover.  The two men in the Trieste reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 metres (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth’s oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench.  This Life issue was published just weeks after this record dive (January 23, 1960).

I am in awe that Thaler parted with such a momento and gifted it to me.






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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

3 Replies to “An Unexpected Surprise in My Mail”

  1. Awesome! I remember seeing that, ‘way back when! It was awesome then, too, although that was not the word we were using at the time. “Neat-o!”

  2. What luck! I remember reading years later about the dive in “Sea Frontiers,” a subscription to which (and to “Sea Secrets”) my parents gave me to augment all the hours of tidepooling I did as a kid. You’ll understand when I say the Trieste dive held way more fascination for me than that “other” journey in the Summer of 1969.

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