Melissa Sagen

  Electa “Exy” Johnson’s love for the sea began in college when she boarded a schooner and sailed around France. On that voyage she met a crew member who became her future husband, Irving Johnson. After their marriage in 1933, the pair took up the life of sailing and would create a crew of enthusiastic...

By Melissa Sagen Listen to the introduction to Bjorn O. Staib’s lecture on his expedition to the North Pole and view some of their hardships traversing the Arctic. Besides the goal of reaching the North Pole, the expedition had scientific objectives. Organizations in Norway and U.S. asked for reports on ice formations, temperatures, communication issues,...

By Melissa Sagen “Like a hungry small boy sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, an astronomer at a total eclipse of the sun is there to get all he can while he has the chance. The boy is determined to stuff himself with as much turkey as possible while it lasts, and the astronomer is eager...