Saturday, April 05, 2008

Robert Peary: Dare to Dream

Robert Peary realized his dream of reaching the North Pole on 7th April 1909. As a child, he use to go for long expeditions and when young, went for hikes for 25 miles every week. When he made his first attempt to reach North Pole, he faced darkness and minus Fahrenheit temperatures upto 63 degrees. He learnt how to build igloo, drive dog sled and keep warm with animal clothings. With several more attempts, in his eighth attempt, Robert Peary raised finance and saw his dream come true. However, a Fredrick Cook claimed that he had reached before Peary. Here's the NYT article 'In Triumph or not, In Cook they Trust' . The press demanded both the men provided evidence but Peary had stronger financial backers and he won the battle.

On web, there are battle for Polar fame. Robert Bryce, in his 1997 book, “Cook & Peary: The Polar Controversy Resolved,” presents evidence that Cook was inept at taking astronomical readings and that those he submitted were fabricated by a sea captain in his pay. Mr. Bryce wrote that “Cook was one of the greatest observers of the Arctic,” but that he did not discover the North Pole.

Well, Whatever! It is quoted, 'If you dare to dream, you can do it.' And it always happens, When you do it, you are always facing some or the other controversy! Lessons learnt are the best experiences in life. And here's on How to create a Genius in your Child (an article from Guardian of Angels). “Weave ‘Emotional Literacy’ into the fabric of daily life in you and the kid and take the flight steps to E-IQ with the added SQ.

- Ilaxi Patel
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