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Southern exposure

Sitting in his Spenard apartment, talking about Ernest Shackleton's polar survival story -- featured in a museum exhibit opening here next week -- 98-year-old Norman Vaughan's blue eyes twinkled at the question.

Did he ever get seriously cold on his own journey to Antarctica?

Why, yes, answered Vaughan, the last surviving member of Adm. Richard E. Byrd's historic 1928-30 Antarctica expedition -- in which Byrd flew the first plane over the South Pole after his men built "Little America," the first settlement on the continent.

More here.

More on Vaughan here and here.

Or read his books My Life of Adventure and With Byrd at the Bottom of the World.

In December 2005 Vaughan plans to spend his 100th birthday back in Antarctica.

February 8, 2004 in alaska, people | Permalink