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Chester County Edition

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Vol. 9 No. 5

Diving Into a 50-Ton Passion Former Banker Now Dedicated to Whale Conservation, Videography By Alysa Poindexter Dan Knaub may seem like an ordinary guy from Central Pennsylvania, but underneath that cap and behind that cheery disposition is a man with an extraordinary job as a marine biologist, videographer, and activist birthed from a fascination with some of the largest creatures on Earth: 50-ton whales. From full-time banker to full-time founder and president of the Whale Video Company—amongst many other notable titles—Knaub’s zeal for whales has allowed him to take a dive into a thriving career centered on these gigantic yet mysterious ocean dwellers. He has created more than 50 programs on humpback whales used by some of the nation’s largest whale nonprofit organizations, including the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and the Cetacean Society International (CSI). It was Knaub’s first deployment trip to Vietnam in 1959—only days after officially gracing adulthood—that he had his first whale encounter. “I was 18 years and 2 days,” said Knaub. “I figured it was a great time to see some things and do some things before I went to college.” He had no idea that some of those “things” would include witnessing a pod of sperm whales between San Francisco and Hawaii on a journey that please see PASSION page 15 Dan Knaub has spent many hours on the open water over the course of hundreds of whale-watching trips.


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Take Time to Remember A few solemn thoughts to ponder and share this Memorial Day: “Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” – Daniel Webster “Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this day passes: Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of

American youth.” – W.J. Cameron “I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that halfmasted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that

the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.” – Benjamin Harrison

“These heroes are dead. They died for liberty—they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless place of rest. Earth may run red with other wars—they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

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Robert D. Wilcox n Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese carrier planes, without warning, dropped the bombs on Pearl Harbor that were to involve the United States in the largest war the world had ever seen. Two days later, Donald B. Wren went to the recruiting station in Chicago to enlist. He says he’ll never forget that day. The freezing-cold wind blew strongly down the severalblock-long line of men waiting to enlist. Then, for Wren, it was off to Santa Ana, Calif., on a troop train for basic training. For many of them, who had never been farther than Chicago, that was a life-changing experience. And after five days and nights, they arrived at Santa Ana. After much training, Wren was chosen on May 19, 1942, to become an aviation cadet. That was followed by months of flying training, after which he won his wings as a pilot and was assigned a crew of five other men and shipped to Baltimore, where he picked up a brand-new B-26 Marauder twin-engine bomber from the factory. The B-26 was already called the “Widowmaker” due to its high rate of accidents during takeoff and landings. It had to be flown at exact airspeeds, particularly on final approach and when one engine was out. Its usual approach airspeed of 150 miles per hour then had to be strictly maintained or it would stall out and crash. Wren and his new crew then flew to Miami. The next day was Christmas, when they were awakened at 6 a.m., given a bag of oranges and a pat on the back, and sent off on the long flight to Europe via South America; Ascension Island, a tiny dot halfway across the Atlantic; Africa; and finally to England, where they were assigned to the 554th Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group. There Wren was to fly 97 combat hours on 29 combat missions, participating in the Normandy and Air Offensive European campaigns. Many of those missions were knocking out bridges in preparation


for the D-Day invasion. Did his crew suffer any casualties? “Yes,” he says quietly, “we sure did. My co-pilot was killed, our bombardier suffered flak damage to his right eye and was removed from the crew, our flight engineer ‘went to pieces’ and was grounded, and a flak burst below the belly of the plane put enough metal in our waist gunner’s butt to land him in the hospital. “Then, on my 29th mission, on May 31, 1943, we were shot down and had to bail out over France. My radio operator and I had had ‘double E’ training (escape and evasion), so we made it to the trees, where I spent

Captain Donald B. Wren in 1950.

the next 13 days hiding out in the countryside under fir trees whose branches swept the ground, in hedgerows, and in haystacks. “Food consisted of the carrots, green beans, peas, and radishes that could be ‘liberated’ at night from local gardens, but my weight went down to 137 pounds. “I awakened one morning with a French milkmaid standing over me. She turned out to have family in the French underground, so she ran off to get her father. And from then on, the underground took care of me.” Wren buried his uniform clothes and was given appropriate civilian clothes, a French beret, a work card, and even wooden-soled shoes. The only thing he kept was his dog tags. He and other evadees were transferred from one farmhouse to another. Once, after spending 30 days in one room, alone with nothing to occupy his time or mind, he climbed out of a window and was on his own.

While walking down a dirt path, he heard a motorcycle with two Germans aboard approaching. There was no time to hide, so he kept walking. The motorcycle stopped in front of him, and the Germans looked him up and down. “I felt sure that they could read a sign on my chest saying, ‘I am an American,’” he says. “They asked the way to a nearby town. I couldn’t understand more than the name of the town and had no idea where it lay, but I kept my mouth shut and pointed straight ahead. When they left, I scampered back to the room I had left. Somehow, the room no longer seemed boring or confining.” There were other close scrapes. Once he was eating in a small restaurant with the underground when some German officers came in and shook hands all around. “I just shook hands and grinned,” he says, “and my rescuers got me out of the place quickly.” After 93 days behind enemy lines, the Allied troops went by, and Wren was safe at last. He met up with his radio operator, and they got an old German motorcycle operating again. They drove from one American camp to another, gathering up food supplies that they could take to the people who had cared for them. They finally reached an American airfield, and a flight took them back to England. Since they had been behind the lines, they were promptly flown to the U.S. for intelligence debriefing. Later, he was a flight instructor and saw combat in Korea and Vietnam. “But that,” he says, “is another story.” Wren retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 1976, and later he and his wife, Mariann, came to Central Pennsylvania to enjoy life in a retirement community, never far from thinking of the hazards he faced as a B-26 pilot in Europe in our nation’s greatest war. Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in WWII.

My 22 Cents’ Worth

Should Seniors Get Discounts? Walt Sonneville


hy should seniors get discounts? The practice of senior discounts is widespread. They are offered, for example, at fast-food establishments, museums, movie theaters, Amtrak, Southwest and United airlines, Disneyland, some colleges and universities, and, thanks to the “Golden Age Passport,” seniors receive free entry into national parks. From mid-life through the “Golden Age,” median income declines as we get older. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2007 the median income of households headed by a person 45 to 54 years old was $65,476. Median income for householders 55 to 64 years old declined to $57,386. For those 65 years and older, it fell to $28,305. But don’t seniors have offsetting “compensation” through paid-up

mortgages and minimal clothing and transportation expenses? They do, but they also have higher healthcare expenses. The average annual expenditure for healthcare in the period 2005-2007, according to the Census Bureau, rose from $2,792 for individuals 45 to 54 years of age to $4,967 for those 65 to 74 years of age (prescription and nonprescription drugs are included). Poverty knows no age distinction, so why not allow discounts to others? It happens that discounts are offered to easily recognizable groups—for example, the military, children accompanying their

parents for lodging and meals (“kids eat free”), and the aged. Senior discounts can create an awkward moment when patrons are offered a discount at the cash register but hesitate to admit they are in their senior years. They would hope to be carded when purchasing alcoholic beverages— an unlikely event—or asked if the adult daughter “is your sister?” Deference is extended to seniors in considerations other than discounts offered by retailers. Some electric utilities will suspend turning off power to seniors with past-due accounts during extremely hot or cold periods. The IRS and AARP

have programs to assist low-income seniors in tax preparation. Meals on Wheels provides food to seniors with limited mobility. Interestingly, that organization, in its 2008 study, found that “seniors age 80 and over were less likely to be food insecure compared to 60- to 64-yearolds.” One program that does not discriminate by age is Medicare. It provides benefits to needy children, disabled individuals, and low-income seniors. Walt Sonneville, a retired market-research analyst, is the author of My 22 Cents’ Worth: The Higher-Valued Opinion of a Senior Citizen, a book of personal-opinion essays, free of partisan and sectarian viewpoints. A Musing Moment: Meditative Essays on Life and Learning was released in January 2012. Contact him at

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Popcorn Popular Long Ago Ancient peoples weren’t watching movies, but archaeologists have determined that folks were munching popcorn in Peru some 6,700 years ago. Researchers from Vanderbilt University and Peru’s Academia Nacional de la Historia discovered the remains of ancient corncobs, husks, stalks, and


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Corn was first cultivated as a crop in Mexico about 9,000 years ago, and it spread to South America within a few thousand years, where it evolved into different varieties

over time. Ancient Peruvians apparently ate their corn in several ways, and although it wasn’t a big component of their everyday diet, the researchers say they did eat corn flour and popcorn, even before the development of ceramic pottery (and the microwave oven).

Generations Partner for Living History Project Sunrise Senior Living of Exton has partnered with Exton Elementary School for a living history project, which brings together two third-grade classes to learn the importance of philanthropy and to provide companionship to the residents of the senior living community. Students recently came to Sunrise to pair up with their new senior friend and share memories together, giving students the opportunity to interview a

resident. The students and residents spent time together showing pictures, telling stories, and seeing what they had in common. Over the next few weeks, the students will be working hard on writing their senior friend’s biography and will come back to Sunrise to present the resident with their printed biography.

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prizes for winners. The carnival has been a tradition for almost 40 years. Making the day possible were area chapters of AMVETS, AMVETS Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, The Salvation Army, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution, Military Order of the Cootie Auxiliary, Knights of Columbus, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

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Informative and Fun 50plus EXPO a Success By Alysa Poindexter Facts, fitness, and fun were all offered during the annual Chester County 50plus EXPO held on March 15. Boomers and seniors were impressed by the balance of plentiful information and fun. Despite the ambush of bitter cold handed down from Father Wind on Exton, Pa., guests of the EXPO warmed up alongside more than 90 exhibitors at the Church Farm School. Having been to last year’s EXPO, enthusiastic husband and wife Ray and Barbara Champ of Marshalltown returned to take advantage of the wealth of information at the event, visiting vendors who provided them with more knowledge on health as well as adult living. “The investment group and colon cancer screening were interesting—nice people,” said Barbara Champ. Diagnosed with heart arrhythmia, Champ also sat down for the blood pressure screening available.

“[My] blood pressure tends to run low and I wanted to have it checked,” she said. “They told me that I have a skipping beat, which I am familiar with, so they’re on the ball.” Her husband specifically searched for information on adult living communities and was impressed with what he learned. “I have a brother who is 10 years older than me and he is contemplating senior retirement communities,” he said. Many of these exhibitors radiated the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day as they were decked out in jolly colors of green while their products were surrounded by Irish-themed decorations, adding further liveliness to the spacious gymnasium. Zumba—the dance fitness program—was only one of the many free exercise demos offered during the EXPO. With Latin and dance rhythms booming throughout the gym, Zumba participants from the event crowded in, lined up, shook their hips, and did little kicks as directed by a fitness instructor.

In addition to healthcare information, the EXPO showcased many local businesses providing advice on home and financial management, activities for seniors, local attractions, senior transportation, news, and radio stations. “I think it’s a good time to socialize,” commented Exton resident Marie Taltoan. Taltoan seemed to take in almost every aspect of what the EXPO had to offer, having her blood and glucose checked as well as learning more about Chester County. “It’s very informative,” she said. “I would advise [others] to come and be aware of things being offered in the county. It is a good event for senior citizens.” On-Line Publishers will host two more spring 2012 50plus EXPOs: May 8 at the Overlook Activities Center, Overlook Park, Lititz, and May 30 at Hershey Lodge, West Chocolate Avenue and University Drive, Hershey. For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit

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Coatesville Area Senior Center – (610) 383-6900 22 N. Fifth Ave., Coatesville –

Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. – Warwick Walkers, Warwick County Park May 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Family Fishing, Nottingham County Park May 25, 8 to 10 p.m. – In Search Of: The Native American Moon, Springton Manor Farm

Chester County Library Programs Oxford Library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford, (610) 932-9625

Great Valley Senior Center – (610) 889-2121 47 Church Road, Malvern

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli, (610) 296-7996 Mystery Book Club – Call for dates/times

Mondays, noon to 3 p.m. – Bingo May 10 and 24, 11 a.m. – Canasta May 17, 10 a.m. – Learn to Knit Lacy Scarves

Phoenixville Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville, (610) 933-3013

Programs and Support Groups Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Wellness Community of Philadelphia: Support Group for People with Cancer The Cancer Center at Paoli Hospital 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli (215) 879-7733 May 1, 11:30 a.m. West Chester University Retirees Luncheon Old Country Buffet 1090 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown (610) 269-1503 May 1, 2 p.m. Grief Support Group Phoenixville Senior Center 153 Church St., Phoenixville (610) 327-7216 May 2, 6 p.m. Memory Loss and Dementia Support Group Sunrise Assisted Living of Paoli 324 W. Lancaster Ave., Malvern (610) 251-9994 May 5 and 19, 5 to 10 p.m. Bingo Nights Marine Corps League Detachment 430 Chestnut St., Downingtown (610) 431-2234 May 7, 6:30 p.m. Exton PC Club – Digital Imaging: Movie-Making Miracles Chester County Library Struble Room 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton (484) 876-1221 May 8, 11 a.m. New Century Club Meeting (Women’s Charity Club) Days Hotel 943 S. High St., West Chester (610) 436-9158


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Downingtown Senior Center – (610) 269-3939 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown

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May 8, 7 to 8 p.m. Cancer Support Group: Double Hope of Chester County Calvary Fellowship Church 95 W. Devon Drive, Downingtown (484) 319-8167 May 9, noon Family Caregiver Support Group Sarah Care 425 Technology Drive, Suite 200 Malvern (610) 251-0801 May 9, 5 to 7 p.m. Mother’s Day Bash/Fashion and Finance Event Residences at Chestnut Ridge 2700 Chestnut Parkway, Chester (610) 447-0710 May 14 and 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Adult Care of Chester County 201 Sharp Lane, Exton (610) 363-8044 May 15, 6 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sunrise of Westtown 501 Skiles Blvd., West Chester (610) 399-4464 May 16, 6 p.m. The Social Butterflies: 50+ Men and Women Rocco & Anna’s Ristorante Italiano 302 Main St., Parkesburg (484) 667-0738

May 19, 10 a.m. Poetry Reading and Discussion Group Westminster Place Community Room 320 W. First Ave., Parkesburg (484) 321-1630 May 23, 6 to 8 p.m. Medicare 101 Presentation by APPRISE Program Kennett Area Senior Center 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square (610) 444-4819 May 25, 7:30 p.m. Concert: Oboe and French Horn Tel Hai Retirement Community Chapel Beaver Dam Road, Honey Brook (610) 273-9333, ext. 2154 May 26, 7:30 p.m. The Social Butterflies: 50+ Men and Women – Star Party Marsh Creek State Park Upper Uwchlan Township (484) 667-0738

May 5, 5 to 8 p.m. – Roaring ’20s Dinner Dance May 6 and 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Dance Extravaganza May 24, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Program on DeCluttering Your Home

Oxford Senior Center – (610) 932-5244 12 E. Locust St., Oxford – Phoenixville Area Senior Adult Activity Center (610) 935-1515 153 Church St., Phoenixville West Chester Area Senior Center (610) 431-4242 530 E. Union St., West Chester – Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.

May 29, 7 p.m. Medicare 101 Presentation by APPRISE Program Chester County Library Exton Square Parkway, Exton (610) 280-2615

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May 30, 5:30 p.m. Medicare 101 Presentation by APPRISE Program Surrey Services for Seniors 28 Bridge Ave., Berwyn (610) 647-6404

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They Led Three Lives W.E. Reinka n early 1950s television, Richard through Penn State, where he studied Carlson starred in I Led Three Lives. architectural engineering, not music. Each episode started with a dramatic His engineering knowledge stood him voiceover: “This is the fantastically true in good stead as he helped work out the story of the Herbert A. Philbrick, who, kinks in another inventor’s basic blender for nine frightening years, did lead three design. Voila! The Waring Blender was lives—average citizen, member of the born. Communist Party, and counterspy for Hedy Lamarr shocked European the FBI.” movie-goers by skinny dipping in the I always thought if we could count 1933 Austrian-Czech film Ecstasy. In “average citizen” as one of our lives, we Hollywood she is remembered as much all could claim at least two—for instance, for turning down what became Ingrid average citizen and housewife or average Bergman roles in Gaslight and Casablanca citizen and pipe fitter. as for starring in such pictures as Samson It may be a stretch to call celebrities and Delilah and The Strange Woman. average citizens, but But the woman if we do, several from Louis B. Mayer once past and present have called “the most led three lives, just beautiful girl in the like Herbert A. world” was not just Philbrick. another pretty face. Take Dorothy Back in 1942, Rodgers, wife of Lamarr shared a composer Richard patent for a “secret Rodgers, who always communication PHOTO: DAVE BONTA fought being system” that was Fred Waring exhibit at Penn State. summarized as “wife designed as a and mother.” She guidance device for wrote books on home decorating and U.S. torpedoes. The invention, based on invented a toilet cleaning “jonny mop,” “frequency hopping,” was so far ahead of which she sold to Johnson & Johnson. its time that the military couldn’t use it Jamie Leigh Curtis, daughter of Janet until the 1960s. In today’s digital age, it Leigh and Tony Curtis, and a movie star helps keep cell phone calls secure. in her own right, holds the patent on a Even ardent baseball fans may have disposable diaper that comes with a trouble recalling journeyman catcher moistened baby wipe attached. Moe Berg. A defensive specialist, Berg New Yorker writer Ian Frazier often got in just 662 big-league games during writes about fishing, but his patent is for 15 seasons in the 1920s and ’30s. a different kind of pole—one that Berg’s I.Q. might have been higher removes debris stuck in trees. than his batting average. He graduated Ever yearn to write, but say you from Princeton with honors, and then haven’t the time? Draw inspiration from earned a law degree from Columbia Edward Streeter. Streeter retired from his while playing big-league ball. Players 37-year banking career in 1956, a couple used to joke, “Moe Berg can speak seven of years after his novel, Mr. Hobbs’ languages, but he can’t hit in any of Vacation, hit the bookstores. Later it was them.” transformed into a hit movie starring One of those languages was Japanese, Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O’Hara. which might explain how a ball player But Streeter already knew about who hit only three homeruns in his first Hollywood. You see, back in the ’40s, he 10 seasons got selected, along with bona made time to write Father of the Bride fide stars like Babe Ruth and Lou despite his daily commute to New York’s Gehrig, for a 1934 traveling all-star team Fifth Avenue Bank. that visited Japan. Berg charmed his Anyone with more LPs than CDs hosts into letting him take home movies remembers the choral harmony of Fred from the top of Tokyo’s tallest building, Waring and His Pennsylvanians. Waring movies some say were used to plan played in orchestras to put himself Jimmy Doolittle’s Tokyo bombing raid.


Once America entered World War II, Berg’s fluent German led to missions for the Office of Strategic Services, predecessor to today’s CIA. One of his greatest spy triumphs was discovering

that Nazi Germany’s nuclear research lagged behind the American atomic efforts. In any language, Moe Berg would have made Herbert A. Philbrick proud.

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from page 1 beginning of his Whale Video Company. “You would think someone who went on During six months in 1988, he took tens of thousands of trips would be 175 whale-watching trips, recording immune, but it’s as if it is their first everything he saw. According to Knaub, time—there is something magical about a lot of planning goes into a whalea whale,” he said. watching trip and capturing video, That magic seems to have Knaub including anticipation of bad weather, completely captivated as he has made being prepared for seasickness, preparing several connections with the whales he backup equipment, and knowing how to has videotaped, knowing about 100 on spot a whale. sight. In “It was Knaub’s their amazing videos, there stories that is a distinct got me away enthusiasm from not only banking,” from the Knaub said. whale Quite a watchers, few of these but from the whales have whales as become well. The celebrities videos show amongst Salt blows near a calf. whales whale blowing ring watchers and bubbles and breeching, which is when fanatics. The most notable are Salt and whales launch themselves out of the Colt. water in an incredible display. Salt, a humpback whale, was the first “Humpback whales are 50 tons of whale to be treated as an individual and fun,” he laughed. given a name. She is the most sighted Knaub’s videos—digitized and whale in the whale world, being spotted annotated by him—have become known every year. Marine biologists estimate as the world’s largest video that she is 43 to 44 years old (most documentation archive of dolphin and humpback whales live to be about 75). whale behaviors. They serve as some of Salt is also a mother of 12 calves and the first notations of certain whale eight known grand-calves. Scientists are behaviors. able to keep track of whales by their “We have about 500 [whales] markings and scars. Many are even identified on video,” Knaub said. “[The] named after such markings. whales have names and personalities and Colt is a 30-year-old humpback whale an interest in us.” who is well known for his singing talents; His vast collection of videos caught he has been dubbed “the Frank Sinatra of the attention of Google, making Knaub the whale world.” one of the official contributors to Google “Colt has a little black mark that Earth and Google Ocean. Knaub also looks like a handgun,” laughed Knaub. has videos posted to YouTube that have When it comes to selecting names, “you accumulated thousands of views. have to use your imagination.” Knaub said that it simply takes one Both Colt and Salt are whales that are trip to excite individuals about whales. available for adoption through a CSI

program that Knaub helped to establish. Through this organization, your donation goes toward protecting whales against inhumane hunting, known as whaling, and toward environmental conservation. Those who choose to adopt are sent a package that includes a DVD of the adopted whale that displays Knaub’s fascinating whale videos. Whale fans are also able to take direct action by signing petitions against the hunting and consumption of whales or by contacting state legislatures on the CSI website. “If we tell you about them and show you stories about their personalities, it’s like they become friends,” Knaub explained. Knaub also takes his vast knowledge to senior communities and elementary schools across the nation, giving lectures that drown out the negative stereotypes whales are often given: that they are dangerous creatures responsible for the decline in fish and other ocean life. “My company wants to show the beautiful side of whales,” he emphasized. Knaub remembered an example of such a side when a mother whale briefly left her calf by his boat for a few hours. “Why would a mother want to bring its calf to us even when they are treated badly? They are more trusting than most people will be. “They deserve our protection.” Interested in getting involved with a few of Knaub’s non-profit organizations? Whale adoption and cetacean preservation information can be found on the CSI website at www.csiwhales or by calling (203) 770-8615. To donate to a whale and dolphin charity, visit the WDCS International Charity page at or call their toll-free number, (888) 699-4253. For more information on the preservation of all animals, visit or reach them at (202) 296-3860.

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would be the beginning of his military career as well as the spark for an infatuation that would evolve to greatly influence his life. “They just fascinated me,” Knaub said of the whales. He always believed he would be in the banking industry, having pursued it very early on. After he attended the US Naval Academy, Knaub acquired a BS in accounting from Elizabethtown College and his MBA in banking from Shippensburg University. He was able to work in Harrisburg with two large banking institutions. However, Knaub’s interests began to float back into the world of whales after discovering whale watching—a practice of observing whales in their natural environment—in Provincetown, Mass., during a 1985 trip with a group of friends. It was not until the very last day of their three-day journey that they were able to witness their first whale. “It was foggy,” Knaub recalled, “and then someone [on the boat] with the microphone announced, ‘There’s a whale!’” What he witnessed that day was the tail—also known as the fluke—of the whale, which would become a notable symbol in his company’s logo. “After eight hours on the boat we thought it was the most amazing thing.” The following year, he brought his wife along to whale watch and they both witnessed two humpback whales that came directly up to their boat, slapping their flukes in the water—an action called lobtailing. “They really excited me and fueled my passion to be a marine biologist,” Knaub said. Having brought along his personal camera, many other whale watchers would ask Knaub for copies of his videotapes. “That was the light-bulb moment for me,” said Knaub. It would also be the

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