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Documents signed by de Jean-Michel Cousteau (1972)

Documents signed by de Jean-Michel Cousteau (1972)

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Oceanographer activist Jean-Michel Cousteau negotiates the conditions for a Sea Museum project in France, in 1972.

  • April 27, 1972. Letter from Living Sea Corporation to Louis Merlin regarding the Sea Museum project in France.
  • A typed page in French, with the signature of Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Commander Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
  • 21 cm x 29.7 cm.
  • Excellent condition, except the lower left corner is stained.
  • Unique piece.

Extracts

(...) Given the European market, the location of your project and many other considerations, based on my personal experience of European and American public attractions, I confirm that I believe it is a good idea to make Bonheurville an attraction park with different themes, probably three, one of them being on the sea theme.

(...) Therefore, if this park were named after my father (I spoke to him, he agrees), we would like to have control over the quality of the sea theme.

(...) Attached, you will find the first results of the “Jacques Cousteau's Living Sea” event, which took place on board the Queen Mary cruise ship.

  • August 29, 1972. Another letter from the Living Sea Corporation to Louis Merlin about this same Sea Museum project in France.
  • Two typed pages in French.
  • 21 cm x 29.7 cm.
  • Great condition.
  • Signature of the representative of Jean-Michel Cousteau.
  • Unique piece.

Extract

(...) from December 11, 1971 to July 31, 1972, 932,984 entries were registered, generating revenue of 2,397,684 dollars.

  • Attached is a spreadsheet in English showing the entries and corresponding recipes for the attraction "Jacques Cousteau's Living Sea" aboard the famous Queen Mary cruise ship in Long Beach, California, and a newspaper article in French with the title "le commandant Cousteau partisan d´un musée de la mer sur un terrain à vague".
  • November 14, 1971.
  • In average condition.
  • Yellowed, torn paper and some drafts.

Both Jean-Michel Cousteau (born 1938) and his famous father, Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910 - 1997), are two exceptional personalities in the history of the discovery of the oceans. They were also pioneering ecologists in raising awareness among people, and especially children and adolescents, about the need to preserve the environment. The books and films produced by the Cousteaus fascinated many generations around the world.

Jean-Michel Cousteau created the Ocean Futures Society in 1999:

Our mission is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people
Around the world to act responsibly to protect yourself by documenting
The critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the
The vital importance of the ocean for the survival of all life on our planet.

Born in Toulon (South of France), he also spent 20 months, from 1981 to 1983, with his father and family in the Amazon. At the time, the Amazon region of Manaus had very few inhabitants. In 2006, the environmentalist returned to the region and found it with 2 million inhabitants, affecting the Rio Negro and the Amazon River.

When you look at the Amazon, which I call the root of the ocean, we see that these rivers are distributed across nine different countries.

In short, for Jean-Michel Cousteau, it is urgent to learn to manage these resources in the same way as managing a company, to enjoy profits without wasting resources.

If you spend more than your income, you will go bankrupt. At this point we currently find ourselves. Nobody wants to get there. The Amazon is a treasure that you have in your country.

This set of documents is also interesting because it shows the development of a large project, including the negotiation part. Here it is understood that Cousteau's name, a prestigious brand with restricted usage rights, cannot be used in any way.

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