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Chris Johnson

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NIKU VII
« on: June 23, 2012, 08:47:12 AM »

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Jeff Victor Hayden

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2012, 09:06:47 AM »

If that amount of kit doesn't find something nothing will.  ;)
This must be the place
 
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Randy Conrad

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2012, 09:48:05 AM »

In a matter of days...the long awaited journey begins and the 75 year mystery will be answered! Whether we find anything or not is yet to be foretold. However, each and everyone of us has played a unique part in this upcoming voyage! For many of you, like myself, it started years ago when a shoe part was found, and many of us took to the forum as our getaway per say. For many of us, Amelia has spirited us into broadening our horizons, and telling us not to give up!!! Then came the expedition teams and the voyages to Niku. There was those long days and nights, when many of the team members spent countless hours cutting all that folage and digging into the rocky reef looking for anything. Almost twenty years later, and many expeditions, things are popping out of the sand, and artifacts are being discussed. We now have airplane skin, shoe parts, compact mirror pieces, bottles, and freckle cream jars, and rouge. There are those smoking gun parts that we have in our midst, but still no gun (such as the landing gear). As the team over the years came into new evidence and artifacts, so did they encounter the hardships of living on an unhabited atoll. The painstaking heat, snowcrabs and hermit crabs, sharks, and anything else imagineable. There were those times of sadness, as we learned as a whole on the passing of Karen, but remember her passion for her field of work (not only at Tighar but around the world). Finally, twenty years later we have come to this point in the journey. As for Ric Gillepsie...its nice to see him at the helm of this mission! He deserves it!@ It seemed just like yesterday that he was asked about Amelia, and now he has the excellent opportunity to answer the biggest mystery question of the century. For many of you like myself, I wish I could have had the big bucks, but any denomination would have helped in raising the funds for this voyage. I would have liked to been there, but I don't know if the ship would hold all us Amelia enthusiasts. Anyway, my point in all my writing madness this morning, is to conduct a blessing to our wonderful friend Ric, and the tighar team and ship crew that will make this voyage happen. Ric...for many years now God has blessed you with many blessings. The ability to see things that most people had laid to rest and given up on. You've taken your God-given talents and applied them to finding new ways and means on locating the Electra. Along the way, God has blessed you with a outstanding team and placed you in the midst of so many friends. We are thankful that many of us after so long, we're given the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. for this historic conference, but to see for ourselves the artifacts and the theories at hand. Yes, you encountered most of us. From the wittiness of Collin Cobb (you gotta admit this guy is a hoot!!!), to the outspoken Thomas King, Anthony Mckenna, Irv, Tom Swearigen, Martin Moleski , Skip, Lonnie, Monty, and the list goes on. Let's not forget Julia!!! As much as we debated her theories, most of us have to admit she has the beauty of Amelia inside of her. Which is a spirit many of us possess in our hearts. Always searching for something! As we await the countdown, most of us will dig out that old bottle of wine, or cold brewski in the fridge, or might take that trip to the pub....and then celebrate all the accomplishments!!! If you find something my friend...Its double cheers to you and drinks around per say. Whatever the case....we toast you with many blessings on your journey back to Niku, and we pray to God that you will have safe travels during this time! Bon Voyage Ric and Crew!!!! (Hold Glasses up High Guys!!!) GOD BLESS TIGHAR AND GOD BLESS YOU!!!
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2012, 09:59:31 AM »

Thanks Randy, but I'm just the guy who blows the whistle, waives the pistol, shouts "Follow me!" and goes over the top - and is usually the first one to get shot.

We'll do our best out there.
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2012, 10:39:13 AM »

Thanks Randy, but I'm just the guy who blows the whistle, waives the pistol, shouts "Follow me!" and goes over the top - and is usually the first one to get shot.

Sometimes from behind.   ;D
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richie conroy

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2012, 11:00:25 AM »

Thanks Randy, but I'm just the guy who blows the whistle, waives the pistol, shouts "Follow me!" and goes over the top - and is usually the first one to get shot.

Sometimes from behind.   ;D

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Tom Swearengen

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2012, 03:21:51 PM »

All of us, no matter what theory we believe or not believe, wish Ric well with the Expedition. I'm pretty certain the they will find something, and my personal hope is the Electra.
Randy speaks more eloquently than I, so I'm jut second his best wishes.
Tom
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Randy Reid

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2012, 11:24:52 AM »

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Thanks Randy, but I'm just the guy who blows the whistle, waives the pistol, shouts "Follow me!" and goes over the top - and is usually the first one to get shot.

Well, just so long as you don't shoot yourself ;D

anyhow, good luck,
the other Randy(not nearly as eloquent)
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Tim Collins

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2012, 07:36:32 AM »

For what it's worth the days and dates on the itinerary don't match up. 
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2012, 07:59:12 AM »

For what it's worth the days and dates on the itinerary don't match up.

Yeah, we just spotted that.  We'll fix it.  The dates are right.  Some of the days of the week are wrong.
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Monty Fowler

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2012, 11:27:33 AM »

Thanks Randy, but I'm just the guy who blows the whistle, waives the pistol, shouts "Follow me!" and goes over the top - and is usually the first one to get shot.

We'll do our best out there.

Shouldn't that be - First one out of the boat and into a bottomless pit of ... nahhh, we don't want to talk about it.  ;D  I know, my bad.

LTM, who remembers what Martin Sheen said about getting out of the boat,
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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2012, 12:49:54 PM »

Thanks Randy, but I'm just the guy who blows the whistle, waives the pistol, shouts "Follow me!" and goes over the top - and is usually the first one to get shot.

We'll do our best out there.

Shouldn't that be - First one out of the boat and into a bottomless pit of ... nahhh, we don't want to talk about it.  ;D  I know, my bad.

LTM, who remembers what Martin Sheen said about getting out of the boat,
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That's for the Marines. Ric was Army
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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2012, 01:18:36 PM »

Ric,
please tell me: How long will it take that anyone who is interested in NIKU VII will know that something was found? (If something was found) I guess there will be an update every day. Do you post quickly: There seems to be a plane down the reef or will you say nothing till you're back again?
Good luck to you and all the guys being at Niku!
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Gary LaPook

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2012, 02:24:16 PM »

Thanks Randy, but I'm just the guy who blows the whistle, waives the pistol, shouts "Follow me!" and goes over the top - and is usually the first one to get shot.

We'll do our best out there.

Shouldn't that be - First one out of the boat and into a bottomless pit of ... nahhh, we don't want to talk about it.  ;D  I know, my bad.

LTM, who remembers what Martin Sheen said about getting out of the boat,
Monty Fowler, TIGHAR No. 2189 CER

That's for the Marines. Ric was Army
Actually Sheen was in the army but the guy who said "never get out of the boat" was a navy guy after he got chased by a tiger.

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Leon R White

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Re: NIKU VII
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2012, 03:13:36 PM »

Is anyone ready to go on the record for the final time before the dives?  There are lots of posts, facts, data, hypothises, opinions, debates and questions already.  Who is up for their final statement on the outcome of the trip?

I'll start.

I predict they will find aircraft wreckage of at least one non military, pre-war aluminimum aircraft, on or near the beach of Niku (within say 2000 Yards) submerged or not. (the wreckage, not the beach)

I  predict they will find evidence of an electra type aircraft (real or japanese version).

I believe they will find evidence of the electra from AE, and that it will show evidence of having had a controlled (or uncontrolled) landing on or near the island of Niku.  This evidence will be smoking gun level: unique markings, parts, assemblies, features, locations and condition that some of us will accept as indicative of proof. (Not proof mind you, I don't want to have one of those discussions again, just indicative of proof.)

I believe there will be sunburns and tense moments with at least one member of crew or passengers thrown overboard while at anchor (watch out Ric).

I believe some previous or current forum members will offer alternative explanations on what happened to AE and FN, based upon the newly discovered information. These explanations will seek to offer alternatives to AE and FN ever having been on the island, or they will refute something supporting the AE and FN Niku theories.

I'll bet that one or more new sea going pessimists, never seen by science before, will be seen and recorded.

I'll bet the Bevington Object is not found. 

I pray that all concerned remain safe, that they enjoy the moment, regardless of outcome, and that no gear or patience is lost (at least not lost permanently).  If any of these things occur, I promise not to define Valid again.

Godspeed Ric and team, one and all.

Leon




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