An Evening with Jim Whittaker, an American Legend
On May 1, 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mt Everest - a climb of 29,028 "feet toward the heavens to plant a flag" as described in the May 2003 issue of National Geographic .
"Whittaker came home to national headlines, a parade in his hometown of Seattle, and a Rose Garden tribute from President Kennedy. The American conquest of Mount Everest made the covers of Life and National Geographic (the Society was one of the trip's sponsors), and Whittaker was voted Man of the Year… Show more
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