connect with the hour glass
If you ever get the chance to visit the headquarters of The Explorers Club on Manhattan’s Upper East side, and can get past the giant stuffed polar bear and a sled from a 1909 North Pole expedition, be sure to look at the flags. These sometimes-tattered scraps of colorful cloth have extraordinary stories to tell. There, framed behind glass, are flags that have accompanied the club’s members to the top of Everest, the bottom of the ocean, even to the surface of the Moon on every Apollo mission (a smaller flag was carried on Apollo 11). The Explorers Club counts as members such luminaries as Dr. Sylvia Earle, Captain James Lovell, James Cameron, and many, many more names you’d likely recognize. The club’s library even holds the original application for membership of one Theodore Roosevelt, in which he lists as a qualification, “President of the United States.” He was accepted.
Originally published by Jason Heaton on Hodinkee.