Cetacean Society International

Whales Alive!

Vol. V No. 1 January 1996


UPDATE ON CONNY RESTORATION

by Paul Knapp, CSI Board of Directors


Thank you so much to everyone who helped with the November 8th fundraiser for the restoration of CONNY - the life-size ferro-cement model of a sperm whale built by the Cetacean Society International in 1976 (then the Connecticut Cetacean Society). Special thanks to Len Specht and all the staff of the Science Center of Connecticut for cosponsoring and helping in every way, to Kim Marshall of the Whale Conservation Institute for her wonderful presentation about sperm whales, to Robbins Barstow for all of his work of coordination and guidance, to Don Sineti and Tom Callinan of the Morgans for their beautiful music of the sea and whales, to Bob Victor for his detailed support about how to refurbish CONNY (and engineering it in the first place), and to Ken Thickman who was looking for an Eagle Scout project and has been such an important catalyst to get us going on this. Much thanks to the many others who helped in ways too numerous to mention: it was a real group effort!

The latest figures show that $450.00 cash has been raised, plus about $500.00 worth of in-kind donations of materials and services. Work on CONNY has been stopped by the cold weather, but will resume as soon as possible in the spring. More CONNY updates to follow!

If anyone would like to obtain the video with the underwater sperm whale footage that was shown at the program, it can be ordered by calling 1-800-621-0660 (VISA or Mastercard), or by writing to WTTW/Chicago, 5400 N St. Louis, Chicago, IL 60625. Ask for the episode "Sounds of Discovery" of The New Explorers series. The cost is $39.95 plus $5.00 for postage, etc. ($44.95 total) Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.


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