Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

Jacques Cousteau

Stan Freberg here. When you think of underwater exploration, only one name comes to mind: Jacques Cousteau. Be right back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Growing up, anything underwater was the last thing Jacques Cousteau was interested in.

He wanted to be a pilot, but an auto accident ruled that out. To build up his strength, he started swimming. A friend loaned him a pair of goggles, and suddenly a whole new world opened up. But he wanted to be able to breathe underwater, without the restriction of a heavy diving suit.

No problem. He just invented the "Aqualung," nicknamed "Scuba," which stood for "Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus." With it, he shot the first underwater color photography.

His film, "The Silent World," brought him the first of 3 Oscars, and inspired millions of young people to think about the environment, and how we treat the oceans.

Just before he died at 86, Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau said, "Ideas live longer than people."

Stan Freberg here.

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