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Chad Kaiser

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Light Hearted Ep 20 – Chad Kaiser pt 2; William C. Williams at Boon Island pt 2; Ted Panayotoff, Hunting Island, South Carolina

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Chad KaiserJoin hosts Jeremy D'Entremont and Cindy Johnson. First up is part two of an interview with Chad Kaiser, general manager of the New Dungeness Light Station in Sequim, Washington. Chad is also a lighthouse preservationist and one of only a handful of qualified lampists in the country who are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to work on historic Fresnel lighthouses lenses. It’s Chad’s work as a lampist and preservationist that is discussed in today's interview.In the history segment we learn more about William Converse Williams, longtime keeper of bleak and isolated Boon Island Lighthouse off the southern Maine coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s. When he retired, author Robert Thayer Sterling observed of Williams, “To walk about his front yard without risk of being washed into the sea is a pleasure, and with that comes contentment.” William C. WIlliamsNext we travel down the East Coast to South Carolina, where for the past two years, Friends of Hunting Island State Park have been hosting tours of the Hunting Island Lighthouse and the other light station buildings at Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort. Ted Panayotoff runs the public tours at Hunting Island Lighthouse, and they are discussed in today's interview.Hunting Island Lighthouse, USLHS photo by Ralph Eshelman


8 Aug 2019

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Light Hearted – Ep 2, Chad Kaiser, “Light at the Edge of the World”

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Chad Kaiser (New Dungeness Light Station Association)In episode 2 of the podcast, host Jeremy D'Entremont interviews Chad Kaiser, general manager of the New Dungeness Light Station in Sequim, Washington. Chad is also a lampist (Fresnel lens expert) and preservationist, and a "part two" of this interview will be heard in a future episode.Chad and Jeremy (why does that sound familiar?) talk about the remoteness of New Dungeness, which is at the end of a five mile sand spit, and about the "keeper" program that offers individuals, families, and groups an opportunity to spend a week at the station while performing maintenance duties and providing tours.Jeremy and co-host Cindy Johnson tell the story of the Pharos of Alexandria, the world's first great lighthouse, and a model for many lighthouses that followed.Jeremy and Cindy discuss a 1971 movie, The Light at the Edge of the World, starring Kirk Douglas and Yul Brynner. The film was based on a novel by Jules Verne. It’s one of the rare adventure movies ever made where a lighthouse keeper is the hero. There's another trivia question and a chance to win prizes. Congratulations to Nancy McDowell and Jen Lewis, winners of the trivia contest in episode 1. The correct answer was that Hannah Thomas of Plymouth Lighthouse in Massachusetts was the first woman keeper in America in 1776.


6 Jun 2019

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