Jim Stark Blog

The Brilliant

The Brilliant, discussed in the book, The True Adventures of Jim Stark, is a sixty-two foot, two masted schooner. Eight of my fellow Sea Explorer scouts and I went aboard the Brilliant for a week-long cruise when I was fifteen-years-old. The boat, located at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, was built in 1932 to a design by Olin Stephens […]

P2V Truculent Turtle

Following World War II, the Army Air force, touting its long-range B-29, was striving to be the only military service to control all flying aircraft. The Navy, wanting to maintain its jurisdiction over maritime operations, designed the Lockheed P2V as a long-range patrol aircraft, yet, needed to demonstrate its endurance superiority. The Navy, therefore, established […]

Fun Marathon Facts

In 1976 25,000 people had run marathons. Thirty-four years later in 2010 ½ million people had started and finished a marathon, 41% of them were women. The fastest official marathon time is 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 23 seconds, set by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang. The slowest was set by Lloyd Scott wearing a 110 pound […]

Life’s Motto

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!’” Hunter S. Thompson