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Fri Feb 5, 2021, 09:25 AM

Wallet lost 53 years ago in Antarctica returned to owner


A wallet lost by Paul Grisham while he was serving in the U.S. Navy in Antarctica in 1967 was returned to him after it was found decades later during a building demolition project. Photo by Goumbik/Pixabay.com


Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A California man said he was shocked when the wallet he lost 53 years ago was returned to him after being found in the place were he lost it: Antarctica.

Paul Grisham, of San Diego, said he doesn't remember losing his wallet while serving as a meteorologist in the U.S. Navy in Antarctica in October 1967, but the wallet found during the demolition of a building at McMurdo Station, the southernmost town on Earth, definitely used to be his.

New Hampshire man Stephen Decato, who formerly worked for an agency that does snow cap research in Antarctica, said his former boss got in touch last month to ask for his help finding the owners of two wallets found during the demolition of the McMurdo Station building.

Decato's daughter, Sarah Lindbergh, reached out to Bruce McKee of the Indiana Spirit of '45 nonprofit foundation.

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/02/04/Wallet-lost-53-years-ago-in-Antarctica-returned-to-owner/8351612475114/

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Reply Wallet lost 53 years ago in Antarctica returned to owner (Original post)
TexasTowelie Feb 5 OP
lastlib Feb 5 #1
diverdownjt Feb 5 #2
lastlib Feb 5 #4
LudwigPastorius Feb 6 #13
lastlib Feb 6 #15
aggiesal Feb 5 #3
lastlib Feb 5 #5
Gore1FL Feb 5 #6
mahatmakanejeeves Feb 5 #7
chowder66 Feb 5 #8
Kid Berwyn Feb 6 #9
RVN VET71 Feb 6 #11
Kid Berwyn Feb 6 #12
RVN VET71 Feb 6 #17
NJCher Feb 6 #10
LudwigPastorius Feb 6 #14
rickford66 Feb 6 #16
TomVilmer Feb 10 #18
PlanetBev Feb 11 #21
Demovictory9 Feb 10 #19
yaesu Feb 11 #20
C Moon Feb 12 #22
world wide wally Feb 12 #23

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 10:48 AM

1. "Wallet found in Antarctica, Cold hard cash returned to owner."

*cool* story, warms your heart.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 12:28 PM

2. It's like a time capsule...

I want to see everything in it for curiosities sake.

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Response to diverdownjt (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 03:01 PM

4. "What's in YOUR wallet?" Would be interesting!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 04:58 PM

13. Ice see what you did there.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 05:52 PM

15. It's snow joke--that cash was COLD for 53 years.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 01:59 PM

3. No cellphone? Geez, what kind of society did they live in? ...

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 03:02 PM

5. stone tools and animal skins, I'd say.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 03:35 PM

6. Probably got their cable TV over telegraph!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 5, 2021, 04:34 PM

7. That's a mighty modern looking credit card for being from 1967.

The blue one. Not a stock photo?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 02:30 AM

9. Thing is...

It could be anybody.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 01:11 PM

11. Now that is a beautiful and compelling photo!

The sled dog seated, waiting, in front of icy water and snow covered mountains, the helicopter in the background, approaching for whatever workaday reason.

There’s something about the simplicity of the composition that is very moving.

Also, it could be a still from John Carpenter’s “The Thing”!

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Response to RVN VET71 (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 04:35 PM

12. It is from Carpenter's masterpiece. Every frame is amazing...

Dismembrance of the Thing’s Past

By Dave Tompkins
The Paris Review, March 4, 2015

The Thing scampers across the Antarctic tundra in a dog suit. A Norwegian helicopter gives chase with bad aim and incendiaries. It’s in humanity’s best interest to kill the dog before it transforms into a “pissed-off cabbage” made of twelve dog tongues lined with thorny dog teeth. (Taking over the world requires imagination, psychedelic detailing, and a little hustle.) The dog, referred to by Thingsplainers as “Running dog-Thing,” is smart; it will go on to perform incredible feats. Like helping oatmeal cowboy Wilford Brimley build a spaceship. Like sticking Kurt Russell inside a fifth of J&B. Like replicating the frailty of the human mind in conditions of paranoia and subzero isolation. All of these, unbearable likenesses. Running dog-Thing has earned its customized bass lurk, composed by Ennio Morricone, which, in fairness to your ears and mine, could be an expensive John Carpenter imitation.

This opening sequence for Carpenter’s The Thing prompted cheers at BAM last month, as part of a retrospective of the horror director’s work. I whooped for my own dread, maybe rooting for the thirteen-year-old version of me who saw The Thing with my dad in 1982, after my parents’ divorce. I relished those early quiet moments at U.S. National Science Institute Outpost 31, before the dog exploded and everyone started side-eyeing each other’s ratty long johns. Before, if you’ll forgive me, things got messy.

Continues...

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/03/04/dismembrance-of-the-things-past/

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 10:39 PM

17. I had a feeling about that . . .

but I kinda hoped it was just an amazing photo some photographer caught on assignment in the Antarctic.

Aside: my own 13 year old horror and dread came from viewing the original “The Thing From Another World” with James Arness as the non-morphing monster. The movie barely showed the monster but when it did it scared the hell out of me. Then, in 1982, I went to see John Carpenter’s take, thinking that it would not match up well with the original -- and it scared the hell out me at age 37! It was like a punch in the face. No, like a series of face and stomach punches.

I love both. The early one for its classic “noir” approach to horror; the more recent because of it’s flash and bang -- and its closer adherence to John W. Campbell’s original short story. (Yeah, Carpenter moves the action from the North to the South Pole, but that’s a necessary decision, I think, to justify the amazing opening scene.)

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 07:15 AM

10. There are a lot of good people out there.

Eom

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 05:05 PM

14. He's going to be pissed when he finds out...


that some penguins maxed it out at a sushi bar.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 08:19 PM

16. I wintered over in 1970 - Navy Seabees

Sheltering in place this last year was a piece of cake.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:48 AM

18. Card found in the wallet about nuclear blast, chemical or biological attack

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Response to TomVilmer (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 11:45 PM

21. My father used to carry a nuclear attack card in his wallet.

If you’re old enough, you’ve heard it before. Popular in the 1950’s and early 60’s.

In the event of a nuclear attack:

Put your hands behind your head,
Put your head between your legs,
Now kiss your ass goodbye.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 02:05 PM

19. Remind me of the purse found behind a cabinet when school was renovated

Purse was returned to owner also

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 01:57 PM

20. While metal detecting a fiend I was with dug up a wallet from the 1950's, this was around 1979

It was in pretty good shape with some old bills & silver coins. I can't remember if it had ID in it

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 03:31 PM

22. Amazing story! I wonder if those old bills are worth anything.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 06:06 PM

23. I lost a wallet in East St Louis about the same time. 1968

I came back to me about 7 months later in the mail. I was shocked.
The $20 bill I had in it was still there!

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