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EXPERTISE
History - General
History - Maritime
Oceanography
Science - General
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH:
BIOGRAPHY
Alís background is a mixture of science, economics, technology and education. Al was an electronics instructor while in the U.S. Air Force, a Programing Instructor at New York University, and a Computer Systems Engineer and Instructor at IBM.
His teaching experience includes a two-year assignment at IBMís International Education Center in La Hulpe Belgium where he lectured on a variety of management subjects to students from a variety of countries,
His lectures on Data and Computer Security involved travel to locations in Western Europe and Singapore.

He has worked as a Certified Personal trainer for World Gym and received two first place trophies as a body builder in a senior division. Now, after cruising, he is trying to get back in shape

Over a period of 10 summers Al has given a variety of enrichment lectures at Sunrise Senior College which is associated with the University of Maine. His penchant for research has enabled him to give lectures in a wide range of subjects: Gypsies, Pirates, Privateers, Canals, Transatlantic liners, Oceanography, Salt, Lord Nelsonís love affair and tattoos.

Al has provided enrichment lectures on nine different cruises for four different cruise lines. His PowerPoint presentations include pictures and imbedded videos to support the narrative wherever possible.

His audience, laughs, argues, learns and in one case fell off the bar stool.
He is looking forward to developing more lectures and doing more cruising.


PRESENTATIONS
1. LIFE OF A BRITISH SEAMAN IN THE 17th CENTURY:
Though a hard and dangerous life, it was often better than life ashore. We examine all the factors that relate to a seamanís life aboard an English ship of the line.

2. MAGNIFICENT AND WONDEROUS CANALS OF THE WORLD:
Examines the reasons for canals, kinds of canals and a look at some famous canals such as: the Suez Canal, The Canal du Midi in France, the Llangollen Canal in England, The Corinth in Greece, the Grand Canal in China and others.

3. THE HUMAN DRIVE TO CHANGE ONEíS PERSONA:
Attempts to prove, that regardless of ethnicity, social status, geography and time, people will contrive to change their self-image, the way they look, and how they are perceived by others.

4. THE UNREALIZED SIGNIFICANCE OF SALT IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND:
Examines the influence of salt on the development of civilization, its' impact on language, taxes, national wealth, myth, diet and exploration.

5. PRIVATEERS, WERE THEY PIRATES OR PATRIOTS?
Looks at the differences between pirates and privateers. The most famous privateers were Queen Elizabeth's "Sea Dogs" who are famous for not only looting Spanish ships but for major explorations, helping defeat the Spanish Armada and the settling of North America by England.

6. LORD NELSON, ENGLANDíS MOST FAMOUS ADMIRAL:
Reviews his role in the defeat of the French, and Spanish navies during the Napoleonic Wars. Discussed are the tactics at; The Battle of St. Vincent, the Battle of The Nile and the Battle of Trafalgar.

7. LADY EMMA HAMILTONíS SCANDELOUS AFFAIR WITH ENGLANDíS MOST FAMOUS ADMIRAL:
Considered one of the most beautiful women of her time. She was the muse of artists and and poets. She followed a path that led from the gutters of London to the palace of Lord Hamilton. Lord Nelson won many battles, but he gave his love and lost his senses to Lady Hamilton.

8. GREYHOUNDS OF THE SEAS- PART 1:
Looks at the evolution of ocean crossings from sail to steam, from wood to iron and steel, from paddle wheel to screw propulsion, from basic accommodation to luxury. All part of a relentless quest for speed, safety and comfort at sea,

9. GREYHOUNDS OF THE SEA - PART 2:
Highlights the great English, French, Italian and German ocean liners of the 20th century and the race for the "Blue Riband" among ships that continually raised the bar, changed history and often ended up tragically destroyed or forgotten.

10. HISTORY OF THE GYPSIES
They came out of India over a thousand years ago and have been a source of mystery and an object of fear, misunderstanding and persecution ever since.

11. THE DECLINE OF EARTHS FISHERIES:
Reviews the ocean food chain and looks at how over fishing, fishing practices, technology, population growth etc. are causing the extinction of whole species of fish.

12. HISTORY OF THE PANAMA CANAL:
A story of political intrigue, gunboats, revolution and the struggle to overcome disease, geology, engineering and logistics problems to finally link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Under budget and ahead of schedule.

13. THE OCEAN EXPLORERS - A look at some famous explorers and expeditions. We tell the story of the lost Franklin Expedition and how a British Shipís timbers came to be made into a desk and reside in the White House.

14. THE GOLDEN AGE OF PIRACY
A look at how movies and books have influenced the way we perceive pirates. We review the reasons for piracy and the rules by which the pirates lived and governed themselves. We discuss the foibles and misdeeds of some of the most infamous pirates and visit some of their safe havens including their Pirate Republic on New Providence Island, (Nassau).

15. FINDING NORTH AMERICA: A two part presentation.
Part 1 - The first part looks at the Vikings. We talk about their culture, their ships and their exploration which resulted in the discoveries and early settlement of Iceland, Greenland and North America. We discuss Sweden's special relation with Herring.
Part 2 - The second part reviews the search for the Northwest Passage and the resulting search for the lost Franklin Expedition. We learn how the timbers of a doomed ship came to be made into a desk which resides in the white house as a gift from Queen Victoria.

16. DENMARK, DEFINED BY ITS' STRAITS AND SEAS:
We look at The Straits of Denmark and Denmarkís bridges and tunnels, We come to understand the importance of Denmark's fisheries and the importance of their effort to limit overfishing and fight pollution of the seas. We review "The Battle Of Copenhagen" during the Napoleonic wars and the "Battle Of Jutland" during WWI. We finish on a happier note with Hans Christian Anderson and Fairytales.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
I have lectured aboard the following ships. All sessions were well attended and received positive feedback. In a few cases the attendance overflowed the room and had to be moved to a larger venue.
1. Royal Caribbean - Adventure Of The Seas
2. Celebrity - Summit 2x
3. Princess - Island Princess
4. NCL - Epic 2x
5. NCL - Star
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Caribbean Princess B913 Eastern Caribbean Cruise 7 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Saturday, April 6, 2019