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"Why, do you suppose, did all these other people choose this trip?"
"Don't know. You take a poll."
Thus it was that I went around, notebook in hand, asking people "why." The passengers, from Scandinavia, England, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and the majority from many of the United States, contributed answers both entertaining and serious.
James Ramsey Ullman, the ship's most distinguished writer, a mountain climber and historian of the conquest of Mt. Everest, joined the cruise, "Oh, because it's there, the Antarctic, and I can get there sitting down." He, who has climbed so many mountains and whose latest book, And Not to Yield, made my palms sweat reading it.
"Interest in birds and slightly demented," said Malvin Herz, publisher of medical magazines in Minnesota, whose elfin wife Jo is a hard-core bird watcher.
"Geology, the history of Antarctica and birds," said Mrs. Clarence Crockett of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. "My husband is the student geologist."
"Never been here before," said Frank Masland, a charmer with the bushiest eyebrows aboard, who shaves because otherwise "I'd be Santa Claus."
"I am curious green," said Topsy Waters, an ebullient granddaughter of Mary Roberts Rinehart.
"Something new," said Mrs. Bitten Clausen of Nordborg, Denmark, who had gone on six hunting safaris in East Africa with her husband before he died and now runs his electronics factory with 10,000 employees.
"Escaping from letters—the bore of correspondence," said sprightly Miss Pamela Furness of Farnham, Surrey, England. "And I hijacked her," she went on, sticking a finger at the red parka of Miss Alison V.G. Cunningham of Ilminster, Somerset, England. Both of them are experienced birders.