Sir Edmund Hillary not quite off topic

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Subject: Sir Edmund Hillary not quite off topic
From: "John & Ruth Walter" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 17:47:50 +1000
We were fortunate to meet the great man at the World Ornithological Congress in Christchurch NZ in 1990. His biographer commented he was a very approachable down to earth man. We can vouch for that - he approached us. We who were mere amateurs amongst all the professors and top ornithologists from all over the world, he honoured us for a chat over a morning tea session at the congress. I think from memory he opened the Congress. In the 50's when I was working in NZ at Wanaka the locals always joked that Ed Hillary 'ran' up Mt Aspiring before breakfast in training for Everest.
A great man, there should be more of them.


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