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1981 in Review
Leuzinger High School Class of 1981 - Remembering Leuzinger Speaker John Goddard: The Real Indiana Jones
How would you like to climb the highest mountain, fly at the speed of sound, explore the ocean in a submarine, run a five minute mile, parachute from a plane, read the encyclopedia cover to cover, or play classical music on the piano? These are some of the dreams John Goddard had as a child, and at age 15 he included these on a list -- 127 things he would like to do or see or experience during his lifetime. Today, John has completed 109 of his goals. In high school, we were treated to the awesome adventures that John Goddard shared with us in Leuzinger's Rice Auditorium. He made us believe that the fundamental purpose for our being, the reason for your being, is to enlarge the lives of others. As a result, your life would be enlarged also. John is truly a model for goals and achievement. Here are some of his accomplishments: He climbed the Matterhorn during a blizzard that was so bad, not even the professional climbers would go along. He retraced the route of Marco Polo through all of the Middle East, Asia and China. He rode in the Rose Parade, visited the Great Wall of China, the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, and the everglades of Florida. He was the first man to explore the whole length of the world's longest river, the Nile. Two other men went with him on this 4,200-mile, 10-month trek (John says he had yet one more traveling companion -- he contracted a tape worm that he named Rodney). And what type of boat do you suppose they used for the trip? Each man paddled his own little kayak! He also boated down the Amazon, Congo and others. He was charged by hippos, crocodiles, a furious wart hog, and bloodsucking leeches in the Congo. He survived plane crashes, earthquakes, three rounds with quicksand, almost drowned twice, and had an appendicitis attack 200 miles from the nearest health care facility. He has faced death 38 times. He was bitten by a diamondback rattlesnake and lived! He became the youngest ever admitted to the Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles, and is a member of the Royal Geographic Society of England, the French Explorers' Club (only American), the Mach II Club, and others. He has lived with 260 different tribal groups. John says these tribes range 'from the head hunters of New Guinea, to the pygmies of Central Africa, to the hippies of Tempe ....' He has climbed Ararat, Kilimanjaro, Fiji, Rainier, the Matterhorn, and the Grand Tetons. He has been to 120 countries, learned to fly a plane, explored underwater the reefs of Florida, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Red Sea, and more. He has flown 47 different types of aircraft and set several civilian air-speed records including one at 1,500 miles an hour. He flew an F-106 to an altitude of 63,000 feet, making him the only civilian to pilot an aircraft that high, a record which he still holds. *** In 1940 at the age of 15, John sat down and wrote a 'life list' of 127 goals that he wanted to do before he died. Goddards list is below, with an asterisk (*) behind the goals that have been achieved... EXPLORE: 1. * Nile River 2. * Amazon River 3. * Congo River 4. * Colorado River 5. Yangtze River, China 6. Niger River 7. Orinoco River, Venezuela 8. * Rio Coco, Nicaragua STUDY PRIMITIVE CULTURES IN: 9. * The Congo 10. * New Guinea 11. * Brazil 12. * Borneo 13. * The Sudan 14. * Australia 15. * Kenya 16. * The Philippines 17. * Tanzania 18. * Ethiopia 19. * Nigeria 20. * Alaska CLIMB: 21. Mt. Everest 22. Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina 23. Mt. McKinley 24. * Mt. Hauscaran, Peru 25. * Mt. Kilimanjaro 26. * Mt. Ararat, Turkey 27. * Mt. Kenya 28. Mt. Cook, New Zealand 29. * Mt. Popocatepetl, Mexico 30. * The Matterhorn 31. * Mt. Rainier 32. * Mt. Fuji 33. * Mt. Vesuvius 34. * Mt. Bromo, Java 35. * Grand Tetons 36. * Mt. Baldy, California 37.Carry out careers in medicine and exploration (studied pre-med, treats illnesses among primitive tribes) 38. Visit every country in the world (30 to go) 39. * Study Navaho and Hopi Indians 40. * Learn to fly a plane 41. * Ride horse in Rose Parade PHOTOGRAPH: 42. * Iguacu Falls, Brazil 43. * Victoria Falls, Rhodesia (Chased by a warthog in the process) 44. * Sutherland Falls, New Zealand 45. * Yosemite Falls 46. * Niagara Falls 47. * Retrace travels of Marco Polo and Alexander the Great EXPLORE UNDERWATER: 48. * Coral reefs of Florida 49. * Great Barrier Reef, Australia (photographed a 300-pound clam) 50. * Red Sea 51. * Fiji Islands 52. * The Bahamas 53. * Explore Okefenokee Swamp and the Everglades VISIT: 54. North and South Poles 55. * Great Wall of China 56. * Panama and Suez Canals 57. * Easter Island 58. * The Galapagos Islands 59. * Vatican City 60. * The Taj Mahal 61. * The Eiffel Tower 62. * The Blue Grotto 63. * The Tower of London 64. * The Leaning Tower of Pisa 65. * The Sacred Well of Chichen-Itza, Mexico 66. * Climb Ayers Rock in Australia 67. Follow River Jordan from Sea of Galilee to Dead Sea SWIM IN: 68. * Lake Victoria 69. * Lake Superior 70. * Lake Tanganyika 71. * Lake Titicaca, S. America 72. * Lake Nicaragua ACCOMPLISH: 73. * Become an Eagle Scout 74. * Dive in a submarine 75. * Land on and take of from an aircraft carrier 76. * Fly in a blimp, balloon and glider 77. * Ride an elephant, camel, ostrich and bronco 78. * Skin dive to 40 feet and hold breath two and a half minutes underwater. 79. * Catch a ten-pound lobster and a ten-inch abalone 80. * Play flute and violin 81. * Type 50 words a minute 82. * Make a parachute jump 83. * Learn water and snow skiing 84. * Go on a church mission 85. * Follow the John Muir trail 86. * Study native medicines and bring back useful ones 87. * Bag camera trophies of elephant, lion, rhino, cheetah, cape buffalo and whale 88. * Learn to fence 89. * Learn jujitsu 90. * Teach a college course 91. * Watch a cremation ceremony in Bali 92. * Explore depths of the sea 93. Appear in a Tarzan movie 94. Own a horse, chimpanzee, cheetah, ocelot, and coyote (yet to own a chimp or cheetah) 95. Become a ham radio operator 96. * Build own telescope 97. * Write a book (About his Nile trip) 98. * Publish an article in National Geographic Magazine 99. * High jump five feet 100. * Broad jump 15 feet 101. * Run mile in five minutes 102. * Weigh 175 pounds stripped (he still does) 103. * Perform 200 sit-ups and 20 pull-ups 104. * Learn French, Spanish and Arabic 105. Study dragon lizards on Komodo Island (Boat broke down within 20 miles of island) 106. * Visit birthplace of Grandfather Sorenson in Denmark 107. * Visit birthplace of Grandfather Goddard in England 108 * Ship aboard a freighter as a seaman 109. Read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica (Has read extensive parts in each volume) 110. * Read the Bible from cover to cover 111.* Read the works of Shakespeare, Plato, Aristotle, Dickens, Thoreau, Rousseau, Conrad, Hemingway, Twain, Burroughs, Talmage, Tolstoi, Longfellow, Keats, Poe, Bacon, Whittier, and Emerson (not every work of each) 112.* Become familiar with the compositions of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ibert, Mendelssohn, Lalo, Liszt, Rimski-Korsakov, Respighi, Rachmaninoff, Paganini, Stravinsky, Toch, Tschaikosvsky, Verdi 113.* Become proficient in the use of a plane, motorcycle, tractor, surfboard, rifle, pistol, canoe, microscope, football, basketball, bow and arrow, lariat and boomerang 114. * Compose music 115. * Play Clair de Lune on the piano 116. * Watch fire-walking ceremony (In Bali and Surinam) 117. * Milk a poisonous snake (bitten by diamondback during photo session) 118. * Light a match with .22 rifle 119. * Visit a movie studio 120. * Climb Cheops' pyramid 121. * Become a member of the Explorer's Club and the Adventure's Club 122. * Learn to play polo 123. * Travel through the Grand Canyon on foot and by boat 124. * Circumnavigate the globe (four times) 125. Visit the moon ('Someday, if God wills') 126. * Marry and have children (has five children) 127. * Live to see the 21st century John's life list has grown to 600, and at this time he has achieved 520 of them. *** 'To dare is to do ... to fear is to fail.' This philosophy has characterized John Goddard since he was 15, when he listed 127 challenging lifetime goals--like exploring the Nile, climbing Mt. Everest, running a five-minute mile and playing Clair de Lune on the piano. John has logged an impressive list of records. He was the first man in history to explore the entire length of the world's longest river, the Nile, in a 4,160 mile expedition which the Los Angeles Times called 'the most amazing adventure of this generation.' He then matched that achievement and became the first man ever to explore the entire length of the Congo; he scaled the Matterhorn in a raging blizzard after several professional guides had refused to go along, and he has established numerous records as a civilian jet pilot, including a speed record of 1,500 mph in the F-111 Fighter-Bomber, and an altitude record of 63,000 feet n the F-106 Delta Dart. A graduate of the University of Southern California where he majored in anthropology and psychology, Goddard has studied obscure cultures in all parts of the globe. In addition, he has climbed 12 of the world's highest mountains, conducted 14 major expeditions into remote regions, traversed 15 of the worlds most treacherous rivers, visited 120 countries, studied 260 primitive tribes, and traveled in excess of one million miles during his adventurous life. A resident of La Canada, California, where he lives with his wife and two of his five children, Goddard does not believe in pursuing adventure for the sake of frivolous thrills, but used these experiences to achieve a worthwhile end. This end, for him, is scientific exploration, adding to the world's store of knowledge. 'Digging out the facts is the real challenge,' Goddard says in summing up his career. 'The adventure is exciting and enjoyable--but secondary.' Yet digging out the facts can be a hazardous occupation. Goddard has been bitten by a rattlesnake, charged by an elephant, and trapped in quicksand. He has crashed in planes, been caught in earthquakes, and almost drowned twice while running rapids. But his overwhelming desire to discover fresh knowledge and to complete his youthful list of goals has driven him on in spite of the danger. Honored by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of California's outstanding young men, Goddard belongs to the Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles (youngest member ever admitted), the Adventurer's Club of Chicago, the Explorers' Club of New York, the Savage Club of London, the Royal Geographic Society, the French Explorers' Society (only American member), the Archaeological Society, the Mach II club, the Sigma Chi Fraternity, of which he is a life member.
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