Then I drove back to Providence, RI, the location of the 2006 Old Antarctic Explorers Association's reunion--my final excuse for making this trip in the first place. The reason for this event being in Providence was that it was near the former Navy bases that supported the Antarctic Program...Quonset Point Naval Air Station, where the squadron VX-6/VXE-6 had been based, and the Davisville Seabee base where the Naval Support Force Antarctica had been headquartered. In December 1972 I drove up to Quonset Point to catch my military C-141 flight...for my first visit to Antarctica. (I'd been selected to winter over at McMurdo in 1974 as a public works officer, and this was my indoctrination trip. The assignment was later cancelled because, as I was told by the detailer, that some of the Antarctic work was being turned over to civilian contractors. The rest is, well, history.
I didn't document the meeting sessions very well, but the opening ceremony included this presentation by a local corps of Revolutionary War re-enactors, and a ringing of bells as the names of the folks who died in Antarctica were read off.
One of the presentations was by yours truly...my Antarctic History lecture which I'd created for the Sunday Science Lectures at Pole during the 2005 winter. And later I would present revised versions during my 2008 winter as well as a later Polar Technology Conference.