Robert Victor (above right), the professional engineer who, as a volunteer, oversaw the original construction of the whale model in 1976, received a "Cetacean Citation" for his dedicated contributions to CONNY's refurbishment this past spring. Science Center Operations Director Ed Forand presided, with Trustee Richard Wasserman.
A special eulogy to sperm whales was delivered by surprise guest "Mark Twain" (in costume, above left); and CSI President William Rossiter (above right) gave a citation also to Eagle Scout candidate Ken Thickman of Glastonbury, for his initiative and assistance in bringing the new CONNY project to fruition. CONNY was rededicated to the continuing mission of raising consciousness about whales and their need for permanent global protection. After the ceremonies, guests had the opportunity to view Robbins Barstow's new documentary video on "The Building of CONNY".
Photos by Robert Victor, Jr. and Lea Brown
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