Past Programs

June 2021

Caribbean Reef Life with Mickey Charteris

Mickey has been diving for over 20 years, most of that time professionally, either as an Instructor, Divemaster or underwater videographer. His early video work was featured on The Discovery… Watch the program here!



Sinatra’s Tailor with Mark Thompson

Sinatra’s Tailor is the remarkable coming-of-age story of Umberto Autore, set in Italy during WWII.  Orphaned at the age of four, Umberto’s grandfather who can no longer care for Umberto deposits… Watch the program here!



May 2021

Retracing the Footsteps of a World War I Photographer with John Heinsen

In Nov. 2015, filmmaker John Heinsen began a journey to connect with his grandfather's WWI experience in France via his wartime photographs from 1917.  As an German Army Photographer, Walter… Watch the program here!



West Africa’s Voodoo Vibes and More with Elisa Kotin

Is Voodoo still practiced today? Is Voodoo a religion? What are misconceptions of voodoo? Is it safe to visit countries where voodoo is still practiced? Elisa is no stranger to… Watch the program here!



Cold War and Cold Water with Dr. Robert Williscroft

In the 1970s, with the Cold War in full swing, a secret mission was launched with submarine and saturation diver assets to pull off an intelligence coup in the Sea… Watch the program here!



My Life as a Crash Test Dummy in Antarctica with Jeff Bozanic

With water temperature stable at 28.6oF, ice sheets 7-25 feet thick, and air temperatures plunging down to below -40oF, Antarctica provides a harsh environment in which to scuba dive. Yet… Watch the program here!



April 2021

Building Swimming Pools and Relationships in the Arctic Circle with Paul Graves

From 2010 to 2015, Paul traveled to Inuit villages, across the Arctic Circle of Alaska, designing indoor swimming pools at local schools so that the village elders could help ensure… Watch the program here!



Explorers of the Far West: The Mountain Men with Roger McGrath

The Mountain Men were the aristocrats of the wilderness, independent, proud, and regal in the manner of barbarians. They wore buckskin hunting shirts, ornamented with leather fringes and colored porcupine… Watch the program here!



Treasure Hunting and Archeology with Bryan Kresie

Bryan Kresie, member #1186, started out relic hunting and metal detecting as a kid, which evolved into a history degree with an anthropology minor. In between teaching in Korea, he… Watch the program here!



On the Road to Uncover an Extraordinary Holocaust Survival Story with Michael Nelson

In 1938, after Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), German Jewish teenager, Eddie Willner, was sent to Belgium to escape persecution from the Nazis. That was the start of a seven-year… Watch the program here!



A Life Aquatic with Kim McCoy

While many people are defined by a single event or passion in their lives, Kim McCoy has lived a diverse and interesting life of continuous adventure, much of which revolves… Watch the program here!



March 2021

Cambodia's Legacy with Bill Morse

Cambodia has a long history of other countries' wars affecting the citizenry, including the United States and North Vietnam. They also experienced one of the world's most heartbreaking genocides committed… Watch the program here!



Strange Technology with Joe Valencic

Joe joins us to talk about strange and unique adaptations of technologies to further scientific research and a few less-scientific applications. Joe's work extends to miniature camera systems, drones capable… Watch the program here!



Running Across the USA with Type 1 Diabetes with Don Muchow

Don Muchow is a Type 1 diabetic, Ironman finisher and super-ultra distance runner. In 2018 he became the first person to complete the 339-mile Relay Iowa as a solo runner.… Watch the program here!



Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy with Francis Gary Powers, Jr

Gary's recent book, Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversal Cold War Legacy, helps to set the record straight in regards to the fake news that… Watch the program here!



February 2021

Atlas Obscura with Dylan Thuras

Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura will highlight how to uncover remarkable “hidden gems” — the obscure experiences or locations that every destination possesses. Atlas Obscura has built a huge following… Watch the program here!



Serpent Handlers of Appalachia with Eric Streit

Deep in the hollers of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee, small congregations of rural churches prove their faith by speaking in tongues, handling venomous snakes and drinking poison. Snake… Watch the program here!



Motorcycling in Myanmar with Ken Freund

  Ken Freund, member #1046, talks about his experiences in the exotic country of Myanmar. His journey across and around this little-visited country was beautiful and engaging. It was all… Watch the program here!



Saving Jaws with Cristina Zenato

Cristina will share with us how her desire to protect sharks, started with a personal passion for a small group of Caribbean Reef sharks and how it goes beyond the… Watch the program here!



Adventure on the Devil's Road with Todd Bruce

Documentary filmmaker Todd Bruce and his film crew (his son JT the director) spent two months and over 5,000 miles exploring the length and breadth of the Baja peninsula to… Watch the program here!



January 2021

The Orangutans of Borneo with Carl Palazzolo, DVM

Join Dr. P as he describes what it is like to go to Borneo and work with the our distant cousins, the orangutans (this is an Indonesian word meaning “man… Watch the program here!



Avoiding Regret: Treading the Offbeat Path in Deceivingly Familiar Territory with Sandi Hemmerlein

Sandi Hemmerlein spent the first 18 years of her life staring out the windows of her parents' house, not allowed to walk out the door, wondering what was happening "out… Watch the program here!



Saving the Giraffes of Northern Kenya with Jenna Stacy-Dawes

Giraffe are one of the most iconic African animals. Unlike lions, cheetahs, leopards, and elephants, giraffes are uniquely African, found nowhere else. Historically their range extended over large portions of… Watch the program here!



Discovering an Ancient Egyptian IKEA Manual with Greg Downing

Greg traveled to Gebel El Silsila in Egypt doing digital documentation for a French documentary called "Lost Treasures of the Nile." Along the way a few important archaeological discoveries were… Watch the program here!



2020201920182017Archives
December 10, 2020- An Artist's Adventures in Gyotaku with Dwight Hwang
December 3, 2020- Haitian Vodou with Mike Clark
November 19, 2020- LIVING IN SPACE: How Space Stations Have Blazed the Path to Settling Space with Rod Pyle
November 12, 2020- Scott Warner- Dredging Northern Alaska
November 5, 2020- Annual Business Meeting: Session 2
October 22, 2020- Hiking the AT and More as a Type 1 Diabetic with Rich Mayfield
October 15, 2020- Running for My Life in North Korea with Jay Nunn
October 8, 2020- Journey to the Adventurers' Club with Reymundo Perez
October 1, 2020- Annual Business Meeting: Session 1
September 24, 2020- From Cairo to Capetown on Bike with Quincy Lee
September 17, 2020- Paddling Down the Mekong River in Cambodia with Leon Shoenfeld
September 10, 2020- Lost Tales and Mysteries with Dave Finnern
September 3, 2020- Deep into the Amazon with Alec Shumate
August 27, 2020- Herding Reindeer with the Nenets with Matt Allison
August 20, 2020- In Search of Beringia and Devil's Island with Pierre Odier
August 13, 2020- Alaskan Dogsled Expeditions with Phoebe Piper
August 6, 2020- From Lawyer to African Safari Operator with Alan Feldstein
July 30, 2020- Tomorrow's Air Museum with Robin Petgrave
July 23, 2020- Flying the U-2 Spyplane with Rob "Skid" Rowe
July 16, 2020- Flying the Most Feared Warplane with Troy Johnson
July 9, 2020- From Fighter Pilot to Test Pilot with Col. Hank Reed
July 2, 2020- Filming Legendary Locations with Eric Streit
June 25, 2020- World's Most Traveled Person with Bill Altaffer
June 18, 2020- Below the Surface with Andre Navarro
June 11, 2020- A 3 Year Trek Around the World with Kevin Lee
June 4, 2020- Expeditions and Advocacy with Jim Dorsey
May 28, 2020- Summer Vacation in Northern Iraq and Pakistan with Marc Weitz
May 21, 2020- Adventures of a Deep-Sea Explorer with Richard Slater
May 14, 2020- Being the Adventure with Mike Escamilla
May 7, 2020- Chuck Jonkey's Exotic Worlds and Sonic Safaris
April 30, 2020- Earthwalk 2019 and the We Are Mother Earth Initiative with Jenny Carrington
April 23, 2020- Misadventures in the Ancient Himalayan Kingdoms with Kendall Hudson
April 16, 2020- Classic Adventure with Rob Quist
April 9, 2020- Bryan Kresie- Bagging Local Peaks
April 2, 2020- Buying a Sailboat with Matt Nadu
March 26, 2020- Diving Southern California with Stew Deats
March 19, 2020- Inaugural Broadcast
March 5, 2020- Robert Owens- Adventure, Endurance and Mental Toughness
February 27, 2020- SOLD OUT! 3rd Annual Tiki Night- In The Footsteps of Karl von den Steinen
February 13, 2020- Paul Pfau- Ghosts of Everest's Past
February 6, 2020- Courtney Gillenwater- Both Sides of the Fence
January 30, 2020- Mad Mike Hughes- More Adventures with Rocket Man
January 25, 2020- Movie Night - Ice Station Zebra
January 23, 2020- Cheri Hunter- Tibet Adventures in the Eastern Grasslands: Festivals, Fairs, and Rituals
January 16, 2020- George Retelas- Eleven: The Story of 11 Men From Air Group 11
January 9, 2020- Jeffery Goddard- Growing Up With The Real Life Indiana Jones
December 12, 2019- President's Annual Christmas Party
December 5, 2019- Quincy Lee- Cairo to Cape Town by Bicycle
November 21, 2019- Member Showcase: Short Stories and Artifacts Presented by our Members
November 14, 2019- Bobby Green: Vintage Auto Racing


November 7, 2019– Annual Business Meeting– Second Session


November 2, 2019- 2019 Night of High Adventure at the Bowers Museum


October 24, 2019- Matt Kresling: The Madagascar Journals


October 17, 2019- Pierre Odier: Adventures in Southern Nepal and Bangladesh


October 10, 2019- Dawson Bloom: Scottish Archeology


September 12, 2019- Jim McEachen: Beyond Everest- Adventures in the Lesser-Known Himalaya


September 5, 2019– Andrew Medina: A Tryst in Triage (On Fingering the Afflictions of Paraguay)


August 29, 2019 – Alec Shumate: Summer Fury: Combat Art with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing


August 22, 2019- Jake Roberts: Kayaking Uganda and Climbing Mt. Kenya


August 15, 2019– Franky Ortega: Jumping into Normandy– 75 Years Later


August 8, 2019– John Grasson: The Lost Ships of the Desert


August 1, 2019– Evan Bozanic 1173:Rebreathers in Diving, Aviation, and Submarines


July 25, 2019– Man’s First Landing on the Moon!


July 18, 2019- Kate Liszka: Exploring the Amethyst Mines of Pharaoh


June 13, 2019- Dean Torrance: The Adventures of Jan and Dean


June 27, 2019- Greg Downing: Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China


June 20, 2019- David Veeneman: Mutiny on the Bounty: Fact or Fiction?


June 6, 2019- 75th Anniversary of D-Day: With stories from our members.


May 30, 2019- Richard Higbie: Blimping and Ballooning in the 1950s and ‘60s


May 23, 2019- Alec Shumate: Forbidden Frontier- The Matis Tribe of the Brazilian Amazon and a Field Report from a Flagged Expedition


May 16, 2019- Members Showcase: Short Stories From Several Members


May 9, 2019- Neil Mandt: Augmented Reality


May 2, 2019- Scott Warner: Prospecting the USA


April 27, 2019- Steve Elkins: The Lost City of the Monkey God


April 25, 2019- Allan Smith: The Marine Raider Memorial March


April 18, 2019- Alec Shumate:Paddling Down the Mekong River in Cambodia


April 11, 2019- Elisa Kotin: The Best of Seven Continents


April 4, 2019- Lance Miller: Leadership Lessons from Ernest Shackleton


March 28, 2019- Christoper Bartlett: Papua New Guinea – Above and Below


March 21, 2019- Second Annual Tiki Night


March 14, 2019- Archaeologist Brian Fagan: The Attacking Ocean


March 7, 2019- Alan Feldstein: Saving Cheetahs!


February 28, 2019- Linda Abrams: The First Women to Fly


February 21, 2019- Katherine Partain: Leading Nuclear Audits


February 14, 2019- Matterhorn


February 7, 2019- Mad Man Mike Hughes: Rocketman!


January 31, 2019- Chuck Jonkey: The 1937 film “Forbidden Adventure in Angkor”


January 24, 2019- Jim Biesterfield: Mommy Dearest


January 17, 2017- Karen Heath Clark: Sailing The Mediterranean


January 10, 2019- Col. Greg Raths, USMC (ret.): Nine Lives as a Fighter Pilot


January 3, 2019- Michael Lawler: Cruising to Yemen Through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea

December 13, 2018
Rick Bartow Retrospective
By Dr. Amy Scott
Things You Know But Cannot Explain


December 20, 2018
ACLA President’s Holiday Party


November 29, 2018
An Open Night
Doug Westfall
The Pan Am China Clipper


December 6, 2018
An Open Night
Don Ray
 Did the U.S. Army fire and detonate
a nuclear artillery round in Laos or Vietnam late in 1968? 


November 8, 2018
A Member Night
Scott Warner 1184
Dredging the Bering Sea for Gold


November 15, 2018
An Open Night
Steve Kaye
BIRDS
The Next Adventure


November 22, 2018
DARK
Thanksgiving


November 1, 2018
Professor Kate Liszka
King Tut
Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh


October 27, 2018- Night of High Adventure


An Open Night – Members and All Guests Welcome
A Celebration of the Life and Contributions of
Shane Berry, ACLA Member 1093


October 11, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Decoding the Mystery of the Designs on Mimbres Pottery
Ancient Pueblos Culture in New Mexico
Speakers Tony Berlant and Evan Maurer

Curators of the Mimbres Exhibit at LACMA and authors of the book on the Exhibition
Referred by David Hayen, Esq.,1203


September 27, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Wayne White 1194
Chief of South Pole Station
This – Is – Gonna’ – Be – AWESOME!


October 4, 2018
Gentlemen’s Night
Membership Meeting


September 13, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Sid Hallburn 1125
Self Defense Tips for Women


September 6, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
An ACLA and Explorer’s Club Night
Pierre Odier 988
Remote Corners of Gujarat India 2017

For members of both clubs and their guests.


August 30, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Lynn Redman 1198
A midwestern rancher tours India in 1993; can’t get a decent steak anywhere…


August 16, 2018
A Ladie’s Night
Teddy Roosevelt
John Ashbaugh


August 23, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Dr. Milton Love
 Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute, UC, Santa Barbara


August 9, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Jeff Holmes 1146
SE Asia WAY off the beaten path


August 2, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
David McAlexander 1199
SAMs (Surface-to-Air Missiles)
Dodging Aerial Death from Vietnam to Desert Storm


July 12, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Marco Rocchio
The Story of Coffee from Ethiopia to Guatemala 

Referred by David Hayen, Esq.,1203


July 19, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Dave Finnern
Member 1065
Sunken Mysteries Of The West


June 28,
A Ladies’ Night
Justin Chapman
Traveling from Capetown to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia


June 21, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Dr. Megan O’Neil
Associate Curator LACMA
New Discoveries at the Pyramids in the Ancient City of Teotihuacan, Mexico

Referred by David Hayen 1203


June 7, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Valerie Lezin
Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum

Referred by David Hayen 1203


June 14, 2018
A Night Open To All
Robert Quist ACLA Member
Cuba 2010 and Again 2017


May 31, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Yosemite NPS Firefighter
Larry Ypez
Bear Attack Survivor


May 24, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Dave Berman 1201
600 Years of the Universe Through Glass

From Galileo to Alvan Clark & Beyond


May 17, 2018
A Ladies’ Night – Everyone Welcome
I N  M E M O R I A M
Bob Silver 728
Party


May 3, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Alec Shumate
The Vanishing Art of Travel Sketching


May 10, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Nick Ut
From Hell to Hollywood

Interview by Mark Edward Harris


April 26, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Ed Reynolds
200 Countries and Driven 1953 MG in 48 States


April 19, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Rich Mayfield
Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Florida to Maine, Part 1


April 12, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Phyllis Hansen
The Art of Pioneering:
Paintings and Tales of Early California


April 5, 2018

A Gentlemens’ Night
Andy Medina
Clash of Giants – Cold War Espionage


March 29, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Kendall Hudson
SOLD OUT!
Tiki Culture in a Coconut Shell


March 22, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Rusty Nelson
Storm Chasing and Image Mastery


March 15, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Eric Drummond
Giant Rubies Discovered in Greenland


March 8, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
The King of Redonda, Michael Lawler Member 1195
Spanish Discovery of Hawaii before Capt. Cook


March 1, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Member Showcase
Bring an Object that Relates to an Adventure.


February 22, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Casey Sheppard
7 Life Lessons from Solo Traveling


February 15, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
“Hot Rod” Kurtz, Navy Aviator
First Night of War
Or, ejecting from a damaged jet over ocean


February 8, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Brian Kresie 1186
Bang Bang!Ft. Irwin National Training Center preparing troops to deploy overseas


February 1, 2018

A Ladies’ Night
Both ends of the frozen world
The Antarctic – Wayne White 1194
The Arctic – Francis Luta


January 25, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Natalie Gibb
Exploring Yucatan Underwater Caves


January 18, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Bill Altaffer 1095
B  U  L  G  A  R  I  A


January 11, 2018
A Ladies’ Night
Dr. Michelle Rich
Pre Columbian Archeology Discoveries in 7th Century Guatemala


January 4, 2018
A Gentlemen’s Night
Jay Foonberg 1126
Havana Cuba for Adventurers Club

July 13, 2017- Eric Streit #1166 - Catholic Sicilian Culture of Death


July 20, 2017- July 20 - Steven Wright - 21 Day Wilderness River Trip Down the Grand Canyon


July 27, 2017- Elisa Kotin - A Journey Through the Real Indonesia


August 3, 2017- Member Spotlight - The Awesome Members of ACLA


August 10, 2017- Andrea Donnellan - The Big One


August 17, 2017- T.J. Korst - Egyptology


August 24, 2017- August 24, 2017 – Transpac with Mike Lawler 1195 and Happy Birthday Bob Silver 728


August 31, 2017- Scott Tracy Griffin - Tarzan on Location


September 7, 2017- September 7, 2017 Yes a Ladies’ Night Erin Johnson Atlas Obscura Night


September 14, 2017- Eileen Finklestein - Remote Bolivia by Horseback


December 14, 2017
A Gentlemen’s Night
President’s Annual Holiday Celebration


November 30, 2017
A Ladies’ Night
Ken Corben
Creatures of Light
Deep Sea Science and Dives


December 7, 2017
A Ladie’s Night
Dave Rader
Theodore Roosevelt


November 9, 2017
A Ladie’s Night
Barbara Schultz
How Amelia Earhart financed her flying


November 16, 2017
A Ladies’ Night
Terrence Finnegan
A Delicate Affair on the Western Front


November 23, 2017
Club Dark
Thanksgiving


November 2, 2017
A Gentleman’s Night
Showcase of the Awesome Members
of ACLA

Club General Business Meeting Precedes Program


October 12, 2017
A Ladie’s Night
Ken Freund 1046
Motorcycles Across Russia


October 19, 2017
A Gentlemen’s Night
Member Spotlight
Plus Rabbi Shifren
International Masters Ocean Championships


A Non-Club Event
Sunday, October 22, 2017
International Masters – Ocean Championships
At Duke’s of Huntington Beach

September 21, 2017
Marthe Cohen
A Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany

Referred by Steve Bein 1057


September 28, 2017
Shane Berry 1093
Ecuador and Galapagos
Independent Exploration


October 5, 2017
Allison Brown
Staying Fit for Adventure

The Adventurer’s Club thanks Martin Bloom 1147 for this speaker.


September 7, 2017
Erin Johnson 
Atlas Obscura Night

The Adventurers Club thanks Eric Steit 1166 for referring this speaker.


September 14, 2017
Eileen Finklestein
The Kindness of Strangers: A Travel through civilized and remote Bolivia

The Adventurers Club thanks Alan Feldstein 1094 for referring this speaker.


August 31, 2017
Scott Tracy Griffin
Tarzan on Location, Director of Special Projects – Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

The Adventurers Club thanks Stewart Deats 1168 for referring this speaker.


August 17, 2017

TJ Korst – Egyptology: Fact/Myth


August 24, 2017
Bob Silver 728 Birthday Bash
– and  Transpac 2017 with Mike Lawler 1195 Mike and Barbara’s Exhilarating Sailing Race


August 10, 2017
Andrea Donnellan – The Big One


August 3, 2017
Member Spotlight – The Awesome Members of ACLA


July 27, 2017
Elisa Kotin – A Journey Through the Real Indonesia


July 20, 2017
Steven Wright – 21 Day Wilderness River Trip Down the Grand Canyon


July 13, 2017– Eric Streit #1166 – Catholic Sicilian Culture of Death