Ahoy, Capt. Phillips
Three for three.
That’s the scorecard to date for the Herald-Star, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series that welcomed Capt. Richard Phillips as its speaker, addressing hundreds of area residents who turned out for his presentation at Steubenville High School on April 3.
The career merchant mariner was a most engaging speaker, very down to earth and humorous, as he recounted his story of the Maersk Alabama he captained being captured by Somali pirates in April 2009.
His five-day ordeal became a book – “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs and Dangerous Days at Sea,” which became the inspiration for the Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips.”
It turned out to be a terrific evening that began with a VIP reception held at the Bayberry House Bed and Breakfast.
What you see on today’s community page are photos from the reception that gave people a chance to have pictures taken with Phillips after getting copies of his book or the movie autographed.
Phillips’ message was that “You are stronger than you even know.”
So, we’ve heard Phillips now and had the opportunity the past two years to welcome two other great presenters, including former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, the agent who jumped onto the back of the limousine during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
He came to the area in November 2012 with Lisa McCubbin, who co-authored his book, “Mrs. Kennedy and Me.”
After that, it was Tony Mendez, whose rescue of six American diplomats from Iran was documented in the book “Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History,” as well as the film “Argo.” He came to town with his wife, Jonna, last April.
So who will the next speaker in the series be?
Can’t wait to find out.