“FROGMEN” – The True Story of My Journeys With Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Crew of Calypso by Richard E. Hyman
FROGMEN is an inspiring true adventure of a young man who pays homage to one of the greatest explorers and visionaries of all time. Richard Hyman first worked for Jacques Cousteau in 1973, at the age of eighteen. He drove a supply truck for Cousteau from Los Angeles to the Canadian wilderness and worked with Cree Native Americans building a cabin for the Cousteau team to winter in and film Beavers of the North Country. Subsequent journeys included diving in Florida’s warm springs with manatee and off the panhandle with stone crabs. Months later he flew to Mexico’s Yucatán and boarded Calypso, a relatively small and unsteady wooden ship, and camped on the uninhabited Contoy Island to study and film The Incredible Migration of the Spiny Lobsters. From there he sailed south along the 180-mileBelize Barrier Reef, filming the spawning of thousands of grouper, The Fish that Swallowed Jonah, and a visit from singer songwriter John Denver. On his final voyage, en route to Venezuela, he experienced treacherous dives on the USS Monitor shipwreck off North Carolina, skeletons inside wrecks off Martinique, and the death of Jacques Cousteau’s son, Philippe.
Bio: Richard Hyman grew up in Weston, Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Furman University of South Carolina, where he wrote a weekly environmental column for the school newspaper. During summer jobs, including an internship at NASA, he also attended Yale, Georgetown, and Fairfield Universities, where he studied environmental engineering, non-fiction writing, and business. His career has been in business, primarily in the telecommunications, technology, and software industries. FROGMEN is his first book.