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The Connecticut Forum Presents Explorers & Adventurers; Discover Your Spirit of Adventure With Robert Ballard, Susan Butcher, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Tom Whittaker & Diana Nyad.

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HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 11, 2000

The Connecticut Forum invites you to discover your spirit of adventure Friday, February 4, 8pm at The Bushnell.

The Connecticut Forum has assembled a world-renowned panel of inspiring individuals who have explored our planet's tallest peaks, deepest oceans and beyond. The panelists include:

Robert Ballard, the marine explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic and author of Exploring our Living Planet and The Discovery of the Titanic. Dr. Ballard is president of the Institute for Exploration at the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium.

Susan Butcher, four-time Iditarod Champion and foremost representative of Dog Sled Racing worldwide since 1982. A professional musher, dog breeder and trainer, Ms. Butcher was the first person to take a dog team to the summit of Mt. McKinley.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, marine environmentalist, architect, film producer, and son of Jacques Cousteau. During the 1960s, he organized the award-winning television series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.

Tom Whittaker, founder of the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group. Mr. Whittaker was the first disabled person to summit Mt. Everest in May 1998.

Diana Nyad, a member of the National Women's Sports Hall of Fame, Ms. Nyad is a long-distance swimmer holding the world record for her swim between the Bahamas and the Florida shore.

"Within each of us lives a spirit of adventure and will to succeed. In sharing their stories of struggle and triumph, this panel of extraordinary individuals will captivate and inspire us to greater achievement," said Richard Sugarman, founding president of The Connecticut Forum. "The Connecticut Forum is dedicated to making a difference in our community by exploring topics and issues that shape the world we live in."

Founded in 1992, The Connecticut Forum is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to promoting the free and active exchange of ideas in Forums, which inform, challenge, entertain, inspire and build bridges among all people and organizations in our communities. The Connecticut Forum also has established The Forum Community Institute, providing outreach programs such as The Connecticut Forum Student Board, Forum Conversations, Student Exchange Events and more. For information or press passes, contact The Connecticut Forum at 860-509-0909, or online at www.ctforum.org.
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