LOWELL THOMAS, Pawling, N.Y.
Narrator and explorer
"Fright depends on thought. If you've no time to think you are not afraid. Danger is not a thing long drawn out. Two Frenchmen and I crashed in a small plane on our way to Africa. We had no time for anything but reflex action. Our lives saved, we stood there weak in the knees."
This is an article from the May 30, 1955 issue
THEON WRIGHT, New York City
President Adventurers' Club
"Two things petrify me. The first is a single engine plane that sputters in flight. The second is a crazy man. And I'm talking from actual experience. The crazy man was violent and unpredictable. I didn't know what he was going to do. He was more frightening than a violent wife."
RAYMOND C. SCHINDLER, Tarrytown, N.Y.
World famous detective
"A holdup. I was held up in Los Angeles. Up went my hands, my knees shook violently I and I stammered 'Oh no.' With the gun in the hand of that degenerate-looking young jerk, nothing was worth more than my life. I did just what comes naturally, but believe me, I was plenty scared."
COMDR. EUGENE P. WILKINSON, USN
In command of atomic submarine "Nautilis"
"I grew up in Holtville, Calif., then a town of 1,500. New York bewilders me. The thing I that frightens me most is driving a car in this dense traffic. It makes me yearn for the peace you find at sea. When the sun comes out of the ocean, it always reminds me of sunrise on the farm."
KATHRYN CRAVENS, New York City
Author, adventurer, foreign correspondent
"In Brazil's 'Green Hell,' savages sent curare poisoned arrows whining in my direction. During World War II I was escorted out of forbidden Russian territory with bayonets at my back. I've visited leper colonies; been shot out of a cannon. What frightens me most? BOREDOM!"
SASHA SIEMEL, Green Lane, Pa.
"My specialty is hunting jaguar with only a spear. That's dangerous enough, but what actually frightens me the most is the Piranha. They're killers. I saw two men blunder into a school of these fish. They were reduced to skeletons in three minutes. I made the same blunder but got away in time."
RUSSELL AITKEN, New York City
Big game hunter
"Crazy Sunday drivers. Speeding in their souped-up cars, they are a greater danger than all the rhinos, lions and Cape buffaloes I've encountered in four major safaris. A good rifleman can stop a charging tusker with a leg shot, but there's no way to stop a maniac who jumps the white line."
PETER FREUCHEN, Copenhagen, Denmark
"They say that nothing frightens me, that I once sawed off my frozen leg. That's not true. I only chopped off my toes with a chisel. The doctor sawed the leg off. Ice cap crevasses frighten me most. You can fall 1,000 feet or more. I once fell and hung by my sled traces, swinging back and forth."
JACQUELINE COCHRAN, Indio, Calif.
Flier and adventurer
"Snakes. They petrify me. I was once night flying at 14,000 feet over a hilly country. The engine failed, but I was afraid to bail out because I thought there were rattlesnakes on the ground. So I deliberately crashed and wrecked my plane at 4 a.m. There I sat with the cockpit closed until daylight."
CLYDE BEATTY, Fillmore, Calif.
World famous animal trainer
"Lions and tigers in the same act. They're natural enemies. But I don't dare show fright. Once, while working 32 lions and tigers in one ring, 28 got into the worst gang fight I ever saw. A tiger knocked me down and was clawing at my throat when a lion sprang on him, enabling me to escape."
LEWIS COTLOW, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Big game photographer
"I've just come back from eight months in Africa. I have been chased by a 450-pound gorilla. A rhino over-turned my jeep. A mother elephant charged me. I lived where Mau Mau were killing white men. So what frightens me? Walking alone through New York's Central Park at night."
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