Bolling Byrd Clarke on: The Ordeal at Advance Base
Q: When did you know about your father's ordeal at advance base? What did
you know about it and how did you find out about it?
BBC: I knew nothing about my father's ordeal until after it was over. My
mother, I'm sure knew that something was wrong, as they did at Little America
because of the weakness of his signals coming through when he used the hand
generator. Something was wrong. They knew it, they must have let mother know.
She must have known it but she didn't tell us. She wanted to spare us that
worry and it wasn't until he finally was rescued that she told us.
Q: What do you remember about that and how concerned were you?
BBC: I was very concerned about this. In fact, I was old enough when he left
9-10, when I was concerned the whole time, I was old enough to know the dangers
of what he was going to have to go through just being in Antarctica. So I don't
think I did very well in my studies. I was constantly preoccupied with what my
father was going through. I remember mother trying to soothe my fears and not
to worry things would turn out okay.mall child,
jumping on the rubber sides of it. It gave wonderful lift.