Capitaine Cousteau Brought the Life beneath the Seas into Our Living Rooms

Dear Editor:

This June 25 marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, oceanographer, inventor, author, and filmmaker.

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Jacques Cousteau charmed and mesmerized us to the mystical wonders of the deep seas. His dulcet tone was soothing and sympathetic to the frailty and wonderous mystique of the sea, while, simultaneously, sharing our awe and fascination for the oceanic beauty and the perfect, syncopated harmony of nature below the surface of the earth’s seas.

Our eyes were amazed at the wonders that lay beneath the waters while we were soothed by Capitaine Cousteau’s comforting words. It was as if that great French singer, Maurice Chevalier, had taken us on a journey beneath the surface to entertain us with his fine voice.

Even the name of Cousteau’s ship, the “Calypso,” reminds us that Capitaine Cousteau’s adventures into the depths of the world’s oceans were magnificent, mystical, magical; and, indeed, truly musical.

Jacques Cousteau’s documentaries brought the spectacular world that lays beneath the seas into our living rooms. He showed us that life on this planet is intricately stitched together in a splendid biological and ecological mosaic; and, more importantly, we, as humans, are part of that breathtaking tapestry of life.

John Di Genio