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Covering Antarctica

Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 15, 2006 at 1:29 am |
November 15, 2006 1:29 am

When you’re a globetrotting foreign correspondent, one of the first things you learn is to pick up the local paper to get the lay of the land. And a news junket to Antarctica is no different.


We bring you the Antarctic Sun, a weekly published by the National Science Foundation out of McMurdo Station and dedicated to covering the news and people who work down there every summer.


My favorite piece in a recent edition was by South Pole correspondent Tom Lohr, who reported that the “polies” — that’s what they call the guys who tend the place in the dark over the long Antarctic winter — have been fighting the blues waiting for their first air deliveries of fresh fruit and other niceties. (The temperatures have to climb above minus-50 degrees Fahrenheit for the Air Force LC-130 cargo planes to come in.)


Their relief? Only one of the greatest video games of all time — Tecmo Bowl.

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