Smithsonian Institution Archives

Alfred C. Glassell Oral History Interviews, 2002

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Covers Glassell's life, work, interests, friendships, and accomplishments, including: childhood, early education, interest in stamp collecting and fishing as a young boy; fishing in Louisiana, off the coasts of Texas, Florida panhandle, Rhode Island, and the Bahamas; background in the oil and natural gas business; service during World War II; tuna fishing tournaments in Nova Scotia with the U.S. Tuna Team; fishing off the coast of Long Island and the Bahamas; friendship with F. G. Walton Smith, marine biologist and founder of the University of Miami Marine Institute; scientific expedition to the Indian Ocean with Yale University on the vessel Argosy; origins of the Argosy; account of the capture of the 1,560 pound black marlin (also known as the Mighty Marlin) off the coast of Cabo Blanco, Peru; induction ceremony into the Fishing Hall of Fame at the International Game Fish Association; account of how he met his wife, Clare Attwell; first trip as a young boy to the Smithsonian Institution to see the stamp collections; involvement with the formation of the Smithsonian National Board; reflections on the leadership of S. Dillon Ripley, eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian; donation of the Mighty Marlin, at the request of Leonard P. Schultz, Smithsonian ichthyologist, for the Life in the Sea Hall at the National Museum of Natural History; views on development, funding, and government appropriations for the Smithsonian; education program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; first acquaintance with Clyde F. E. Roper, Smithsonian marine biologist; scientific expedition to the Bay of Panama south to Ecuador with the University of Miami Marine Institute; and friends inducted in the International Fish and Game Hall of Fame, including Julio Sanchez and the baseball player Ted Williams.