Bought a Portland Pudgy
last year in Montana and towed it back to Jersey with the bike.. Was told owner was well known so did some research
and found this.. a good read,,
“Georges de Giorgio is one of the true global explorers of our time. His father was Italian Count of Santoponte and his mother was of Chilean indian/Spanish decent. Georges was born in a car wreck in France
on the way to Italy
in 1928. George’s father moved the family
at the age of 4 where he grew up working in his father’s wooden ship boatyard.
In 1947 at the age of 17, Georges joined an American Expedition to Antarctica becoming the youngest person to ever spend a year there. Georges lived a month alone on the Palmer Peninsula plateau, was the first to cross from the Atlantic to Pacific by dogsled with a joint British/American party, and has a mountain named after him, de Giorgio Mountain. The expedition also was accompanied by two women, this is the first time women had wintered in Antarctica. Did Georges really sleep with 50% of the women on a continent? (yes)
Because Georges was Chilean, his presence secured the Chilean claim to Antarctica. So Georges returned the next year as technical adviser for a Chilean government
Georges then spent the next 30 years sailing the world’s oceans. Georges was the navigator on the ship Mischief for the famous English
explorer HW Tilman. He also hunted for Sir Francis Drakes lost
treasure on Robinson Crusoe Island.
Georges was on a boat offshore
when the 1960 Chilean Tsunami hit. His boat survived landing in a field while all others were smashed on shore.
Georges lived and raised his children
in Acapulco. He was the Harbor Master for the 1968 Olympics
, a dive master, worked numerous years for Alter Hobi molding Hobi Cats, and won the San Diego
to Acapulco sailboat race
Georges chaperoned the Olympic Gold Canadian Synchronized swim team in the 1984 Olympics
in Los Angeles.
Georges was friends with Marlon Brando, Cliff Robertson, and also dated the actresses Stephanie Powers and Irene Papas. Georges has met Nobel Prize winners Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Nerudo, and Gabriela Mistral. Georges was Chiles first motion picture actor having roles in La Caleta Olvidada, Love Has Many Faces, and The Big Cube. [He also stars in 2-3 other movies].
Georges is also fluent in three languages French, Spanish, and English
. He was recently featured in a documentary on the expedition to Antarctica called The Ends of the Earth, Finn Ronne’s Antarctica (The Ronne Family Explorers of Antarctica
For the past eight years, George worked at the Lewis and Clark interpretive Center and Cascade Historical Society in Great Falls. George truly is the most interesting man in the world…”
There is a ton left out of this biography, but George keeps dropping bombs on us. I’m not sure if there’s anything he hasn’t done, any where he hasn’t been, or anyone he doesn’t know. This man was smuggled out of Chile into England
, I believe. He was trapped in a snow storm on a mountain, for four days, at the age of 11 with three other boy scouts (one with a broken leg). He learned to fly a plane back in the 30s before he even knew how to drive a car. He still bikes everywhere and goes for daily hikes, and is knowledgeable about history