John Fairfax. They don't make em like that anymore

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    So, my oldest son texted me today to check out this guy on Wiki.

    "John Fairfax
    (21 May 1937 – 8 February 2012) was a British ocean rower and adventurer who, in 1969, became the first person to row solo across an ocean. He subsequently went on to become the first to row the Pacific Ocean (with Sylvia Cook) in 1971/2."

    Ok interesting enough, BUT:

    "Early life[edit]
    Fairfax was born 21 May 1937 in Italy to an English father and Bulgarian mother.[1] As a child he was expelled from the Italian Boy Scouts for opening fire, with a revolver, on a hut containing other Scouts.[2] Soon after, he and his mother moved to Argentina where, aged thirteen, he left home to live in the jungle "like Tarzan", surviving by hunting and bartering skins with local peasants.[2] Also as a teenager, he read of Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo's famous row across the Atlantic Ocean (then the only ocean to have been rowed) and knew that someday he would row across the Atlantic.

    At the age of 20 Fairfax attempted "suicide-by-jaguar". He kept a revolver with him just in case he changed his mind which he did in the end and shot the jaguar and sold the skin. He was later apprenticed to a pirate and also briefly managed a mink farm.[3]

    Travels in the Americas[edit]
    In 1959 he flew to New York City and drove across America to San Francisco. When he ran out of money, Fairfax decided to return to his mother in Argentina by bike. He got as far as Guatemala and then hitchhiked on to Panama. After a brief spell as a sailor on a Colombian boat he returned to Panama where he fell in with pirates and ended up spending three years smuggling guns, whiskey and cigarettes. After a dramatic escape from the pirates and the authorities, he returned to Argentina on horseback."

    I gotta find a good book on this guy
  2. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Once you've failed at "suicide-by-jaguar", you've got to come up with more spectacular stuff. Falling in with pirates and stuff like that. Not easy, these days, to find pirates to fall in with. Maybe if some of these Wall Street types could come up with a franchise, it'd be easier to do. There'd be a separate line on your income tax return: Income from Pirate Activity
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  3. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    I suppose attempting a mass murder at a young age might make suicide by jaguar the logical next step...the pirate thing seems like such a normal pass time for such a soul...
  4. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 12, 2014
    Watford, UK
    Presumably he had some kind of certificate of apprenticeship from the first pirate, so his job interview with the Panamanian ones would have gone smoothly.
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