*Important update: due to the progression of Parkinson’s disease, all requested presentations will be reviewed for acceptance on a case by case basis. Thank you for your patience.
The Lost Intruder
On November 6, 1989, a Naval Air Station Whidbey Island A-6 Intruder attack jet suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure and was lost in Puget Sound. Despite a comprehensive Navy salvage effort to locate the A-6 and discover why it crashed, the lost Intruder lay undisturbed and unfound at the bottom of Rosario Strait for 26 years. Peter Hunt describes the amazing odyssey of finding the jet he had flown as a young Navy pilot 26 years earlier, an experience that helped him navigate some of Parkinson’s disease’s harshest symptoms. Please email Peter to schedule a presentation on The Lost Intruder or the Andrea Doria. Peter is also available to speak on other topics, such as learning to thrive while living with Parkinson’s disease.
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Upcoming The Lost Intruder presentations:
Beneath the Sea Expo, Meadowlands, NJ. Sunday, March 29, 2020, 10:00 am
Foss Tugboat Museum, Tacoma, WS. Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:00 pm
A-6 Intruder reunion, San Diego, CA. Saturday, May 2, 2020, 7:00 pm
Past The Lost Intruder presentations/book signings:
Wed., 10 Jan. 2018, 7:00 pm: Anacortes Public Library
Sat., 27 Jan. 2018, 10:00 am: The Lone Star Dive and Travel Expo, Dallas, Tx
Sat., 17 Jan. 2018, 10:00 am: Our World Underwater D & T Expo, Chicago, II.
Sat., 10 Mar. 2018, 1:00 pm: Boston Sea Rovers, Boston, MA
Sat. & Sun., 24-25 Mar., 2018: Beneath the Sea, The Meadowlands Expo Center, Meadowlands, NJ (book signings only)
Sat., 14 April, 2018, 1:00 pm: The BBQ Joint (book signing), Oak Harbor, WA
Sat. (3:00pm) & Sun. (10:00 am), 21-22 Apr., 2018: Scuba and H2O Adventures Expo, Tacoma, WA
Mon., 7 May, 2018: Navy Divers Association (NDA) Reunion (PRIVATE), Swinomish Casino, WA
Tues., 8 May, 2018: Association of Naval Aviation luncheon, Whidbey Island, WA
Sat., 30 Jun. 2018: Chehalis Veterans Museum, WA
Thurs. 20 Sep. 2018: Oak Harbor Public Library, WA
Sat., 9 Feb. 2019: Long Island Divers Association (LIDA) annual film festival, Hofstra University, NY
Tues., 12 Feb. 2019: New York City Sea Gypsies Dive Club, Midtown Manhattan, NYC
The Navy League monthly luncheon, Whidbey Island, WA
Past venues for Andrea Doria presentations and/or book signings:
“Our World Underwater” Chicago, IL, 2014
“Boston Sea Rovers” Boston, MA, 2013
“DEMA” Las Vegas NV, 2012
“Beneath the Sea” Meadowlands, NJ, 2012
“Northwest Dive Expo” Tacoma, WA, 2012
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OR, 2012
Portland, OR (dive clubs), 2012
Eugene, OR (dive clubs), 2012
Salem, OR (dive clubs), 2012
Seattle, WA (dive clubs), 2012
Yakima, WA (dive clubs), 2012
Anacortes Dive & Supply, Anacortes, WA, 2012
“Fidalgo Writer’s Guild,” Anacortes, WA, 2012
DUI Dry suits “DOG Days”, Mukilteo, WA 2012
Sno-Isle Library, Oak Harbor, WA, 2012
Wind and Tide Book Shop, Oak Harbor, WA 2012
Whidbey Island Dive Center, Oak Harbor, WA, 2012
Beyond Artifacts: The Andrea Doria before “Technical Diving”
Setting the Hook, A Diver’s Return to the Andrea Doria offers a personal perspective of a unique period in the amazing evolution of wreck diving. Peter Gimbel’s 1981 commercially backed Andrea Doria expedition caught the attention of divers the world over. Travel back to a tipping point in the popularization of deep diving as the Andrea Doria is explored in a time before sport use of mixed gas or formal technical training.
The Andrea Doria: Ship and Shipwreck
What was it like to explore the “Mount Everest of wreck diving” a decade before the term “technical diving” was coined? The dramatic 1956 collision with the Stockholm and sinking of the Andrea Doria have long captured the imagination of maritime enthusiasts and divers alike. Join the author of Setting the Hook: A Diver’s Return to the Andrea Doria on a thirty year journey through the famous liner’s history above and below the waterline.