MARQUETTE - Inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition, a Michigan couple signed on for a 23-day Antarctic journey retracing the legendary explorer's movements.
Scott Holman of Bay City will return to his alma mater of Northern Michigan University to recount the voyage on Tuesday, April 16. "Exploring: An Antarctic Adventure" begins at 7 p.m. in Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building. The public is invited to attend the presentation free of charge.
Shackleton's 1914-16 expedition is billed as one of the greatest survival stories of all time. It was the subject of a recent A & E miniseries starring Kenneth Branagh, as well as a NOVA program on PBS.
When the expedition ship Endurance became locked in the Antarctic ice, Shackleton vowed to bring every man home alive. Against virtually impossible odds, including a 700-mile journey in an open boat through some of the worst seas in the world, he did just that.
Holman and his wife, Martine, crossed the same rough waters. They also "experienced extraordinary wildlife and witnessed nature's sculpting of the glaciers and icebergs of the Antarctic."
Platform Personalities is sponsoring the presentation. In addition to being an NMU alumnus, Holman is also a member of the university's Board of Trustees.