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In Memory of Jacques Yves Cousteau
1910 - 1997

The following is a tribute to a great man, a man with vision and drive, a true explorer and lover of life and the undersea world. Jacques Yves Cousteau gave so much of his life to invention and discovery to create a path for all to follow. Look upon these photographs and reflect. They are possible because of his life's work of which we are all familiar with. Thank you for adding to my wonder. Your soul, your life and your work will never be forgotten.

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From: Liz P. (LizardQueen80@aol)
Date: Tue Oct 26 20:12:36 1999

I've been fascinated with his work since I was a little girl at the wee age of ten. I had to do a research paper on a famous person, and since I am absolutely in love with the ocean and everything in it, I chose my topic as Cousteau because of this very love that we both share. He has been my idol ever since, and I my heart hurt the day he died, as a small part of me died too. I sincerely feel like the greatest man to ever live has left us, but only temporarily, as I believe he has returned to his home: the sea. All of us who love and respect him will see him down under in the "Big Blue" as we continue his mission and carry out his dreams through our own, as I know I will. You will be missed dearly by all, Mr. Cousteau. My deepest regards to his friends and family, especially to his son Jean-Michael. With love, honor, and admiration, Liz P.

From: Angel Clanton (ARC.okc.cc.ok.us)
Date: Wed Sep 29 11:19:25 1999

Who do we see a Renaissance Person, Today? How do we compare him or her? My group decided that Jacques Cousteau was our renaissance Person, because of all of his accomplishment he made. His travel brought knowledge to everyone in many ways. You can say that he touch a part of everyone in some way. His underwater discovers taught that everything around us in living in some form, but if you don't know how than we just don’t care. He opened up mysteries of the seas and ocean that scared others. He was a pioneer of his time and our. Thank you for helping us to understand and opening of our eyes.

From: Karen C. Stevenson (Celebrat@warwick.net)
Date: Sun Sep 5 18:51:25 1999

A loving tribute to a gentle man... Thank you for making such a loving tribute to a gentle man. I have long admired Jacques Cousteau. It was he that aroused my interest in science. It wasn't until I had watched his shows that I had developed a real interest in science and the nature of things and the beauty of the undersea world. Thank you again! Karen http://acelebrationofnature.com

From: carlos (carlitossilva33@hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Jul 23 15:00:22 1999

Merci! Mrs Cousteau, gracias a usted se que es a lo que me quiero dedicar cuando sea major, usted fue toda una inspiracion para mi y muchas mas personas, gracias Carlos silva (pereira, colombia)

From: coyote boat captain (botle in the ocean wawes)
Date: Wed Jul 21 04:28:16 1999


From: Terral (IUndrstndU@aol.com)
Date: Mon Jul 5 15:22:00 1999

This Man, This Inspiration...What a blind fool I've been for so many years, while amongst us strode this giant; yet my eyes were so downward cast that I did not understand the heights to which he inspired us. But now I am awake, and the light of This Man, This Inspiration, shines upon me. Thank you, friend I never knew.


From: Cristina G. (ara_bela@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Jul 1 09:04:14 1999

What a great man you were...I miss your presence and dedication. Who's going to lead me through?

From: aspasia (aspa84@hotmail.com)
Date: Sun Jun 20 09:42:39 1999

To a special man............I'd like to dedicate this page to the only man that has made me realize what the underworld life is about. Without him all this would have been something unlivable for me. I am a diver thanks to him and I’d like to spend the rest of my life doing what he has done for the underwater world. I shall do everything possible to finish or at least continue what u have done. Thank you for everything u have given to us the new generation .We shall see to it that all your unfinished dreams become true .Thanks again u shall always be in our hearts. Always......

From: Mike Garman (divemag@aol.com)
Date: Sun Jun 13 02:09:21 1999

I have been diving some twenty five years and I have never been to far from the oceans. I used to dream of diving with the Cousteau team. My heart goes out to all the friends and families that this great man has touched. Without Captain Cousteau most of the world would not be diving, and the oceans wouldn't be respected as they are today. He will be missed. Thanks again Capt. Cousteau. Sincerely Mike Garman x

From: Jon Christenson (pezcore737@aol.com)
Date: Wed Jun 9 21:12:59 1999

A tribute to a great man id like to thank Jacques Cousteau for giving us the key to the under water world, I’m 14 years old and ever since I was 8 I wanted to scuba dive and explore the oceans because he inspired me. He was a great loss to our world but I’m sure he is in a better place right now. even though the day he died was a very depressing day but it was also a time to honor him and thank him and wish him luck in his new life for all that he did for the world. He has inspired me so much that I took scuba diving lessons and I am going to be and environmentalist, adventurer and explorer just like him. I really wish I could have met him, but I’m going to live my life to the fullest like he did with his and then some day I will meet him, but until then he will be in my heart and soul. God bless to the Cousteau family for their loss of a great man who will always be remembered and will go down in history. with lots of love to them, Jon Christenson

From: rkallens (j2guccigrl@aol.com)
Date: Sun Jun 6 19:39:20 1999

I find it amazing that one man could do so much for biology, his brilliance will live on forever.

From: Edwin Negron (jarykha@prtc.net)
Date: Sun May 30 20:55:09 1999

Soy un admirador del trabajo del señor Cousteau ya que este dedico su vida al estudio y a enseñar las maravillas del mar. Asi como yo busque este sitio me gustaria que la juventud se interese en aprender del trabajo y la vida de este hombre, tan importante a la humanidad.

From: Virginia Healy (Ginnerh@aol.com)
Date: Thu May 13 16:59:40 1999

What a wonderful tribute to such a great man. If each of us did only one little thing to preserve our world, what a better place we'd have. No, we will not forget this man of true greatness......

From: A. Emory
Date: Mon Apr 26 19:52:07 1999

Thanks to the brilliant mind of captain Jacques Yves Cousteau, we were able to further explore the sea. We are forever grateful to this wonderful man and his curious nature. His memory will live on forever.

From: Claire
Date: Thu Apr 15 19:10:17 1999

A wonder-filled, wonderful hero! For You...Hello my Hero, A life created is a precious one. Mr. Cousteau, you are FAR more than "precious." You are truly in the palm of God's hand, now. You're love, compassion, devotion, and life were far greater than anyone else's. People have so much opportunity these days, but let it go to waste. You, Angel, were far too noble for that... All my respect, and gratitude go to you now, and always, for realizing the glories of our world, the sea. This world (the sea) was created "full of life" to God... and people were scared of it. Then you were born... Now, Angel, people live it! Carry on in your new life, and know how much we love you! Sincerely in you~ CLB

From: Amanda (ramarl@erols.com)
Date: Wed Apr 14 21:25:18 1999

What an eye-opener! Thank you so much for availing me the opportunity to view such comments of love and admiration. I had always viewed Jacques Cousteau a great pioneer that opened the doors to ocean exploration but I now have come to see him as an idle; a magnificent savior that unleashed the wonderful powers of the ocean floor. As a thirteen year old Cousteau has brought my thoughts to higher levels, allowing me to reach my greatest goals and accomplish tasks I would never dream possible. I believe that this tribute holds some weighty ground indeed. Thank you for sharing this gift with the world.

From: Jonathan Alix (joalix@moncourrier.com)
Date: Wed Apr 14 16:22:13 1999

Ave Monsieur Cousteau. Bien que vous ne soyez plus ici bas, je tient à vous remercier et surtout à vous féliciter pour avoir sauvegardé et protégé notre ocean. Non seulement vous avez incité des gens comme moi à pratiquer avec enthousiasme la plongée sous-marine, mais vous avez aussi permis la prise de conscience de l'importance des plans d'eau à la grandeur de la planète. Vos ouvrages, quels qu'ils soient, sont des bibles pour toute personne qui se soucie de la nature et de sa survie. Je suis un étudiant en aquaculture et je termine cette session ma deuxième année. Je désire exercer ce métier en grande partie grâce à vous, car la sauvegarde des espèces surexploitées me tient vivement à coeur. Encore une fois MERCI et sachez que vous êtes un exemple à mes yeux. D'un simple admirateur, Jonathan Alix.

From: Mrs. Stahlman's Class
Date: Wed Apr 14 14:02:29 1999

Our class will never visit the ocean. Jacques Cousteau's work and pictures have given us the next best thing. We have been able to see what we have been talking and learning about. Many thanks to him and his memory. Mrs. Stahlman's 5th Grade

Date: Mon Apr 12 13:27:28 1999

I love Jacques. I am glad you made this wonderful site for Jacques! Not a lot of people pay much attention to him now that he has passed away. So it’s great that you do! I especially like your pictures of underwater. They are great! I will try to be a frequent visitor. E-MAIL me and let me know if you get anything new. Catch-Ya later.

From: Cees Reinders (cj.reinders@castel.nl)
Date: Wed Mar 17 17:33:55 1999

Different angles When young people get older, I think they will view the world around them at different angles. Lots of people have one` so called` master angle which is dictated by their current life situation. But I think we all have latent angles to look at the world the same manner as Cousteau did. We all know most of his work, lets try looking at our world and the people and animals in it the same manner, and try to make this your latent master angle!

From: Stuart Reeve (139892@swansea.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Mar 12 04:55:10 1999

Merci! Cher Jacques, Je n'oublirai jamais de quelle facon tu a dedie ta vie a proteger les autres. J'ai toujours reve de rencontrer une personne avec autant de savoir et de sagesse et sans toi je ne serai jamais devenu etudiant en biologie marine. Puisse ton ame reposer en paix et ta sagesse etre repartie dans chaque Homme.

From: Misty (MistyEcho@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Wed Mar 10 15:01:10 1999

Tribute to Jacques Cousteau I think Captain Cousteau was(and still is) the best person on Planet Earth. I loved him very much and my dream is to do what he did when I grow up. I miss him very much, but I know that he did what he could. He helped us very much, and he has made underwater exploration possible. I wanted to meet him someday. I still remember where I was when he died, and at first I thought that I wasn't hearing right. Nobody can take over his place and he isn't replaceable. I just want to say thank you for what you did, and for what you have done for me. This is for you, Captain; wherever you are out there.

From: Marcelo Cabeda (dbw@zaz.com.br)
Date: Tue Mar 9 09:49:46 1999

Ecology Once in a time our Commander Cousteau said: Ecology needs scientists instead technocrats.

From: Tara (kaos46@email.com)
Date: Mon Mar 1 23:27:11 1999

Jacques Cousteau was a great man who opened the doors to a whole new world. I am 15 years old and have wanted to be a marine biologist for as long as I can remember. Cousteau is my role model even though he is gone. I wish I could have had the chance to meet him. My condolences to his family. Bye!

From: Sophia Tait
Date: Wed Jan 13 16:08:27 1999

Dear Cousteau, I am 12 going on 13 and I want to thank you for the SCUBA!!!! I am going to try your invention this summer, I cant wait. I am going to be a Marine Biologist when I graduate from college so I can discover some animals or shipwrecks, that know body knows about, with your SCUBA invention. I wouldn't be doing this if you never came up with the idea. I hope you are having a great time in heaven! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!XOX Your greatest admirer, > Sophia Marie Tait

From: Rob Maurer (mortarmixr@aol.com)
Date: Sun Jan 10 00:46:27 1999

The Sea, We live in a time when virtually every inch of land on earth has been mapped out, explored, and exploited. Only a fraction has been set aside to be preserved. Not so the oceans. Something like 99% of the ocean floor has never been seen by human eyes. We've been to the moon and sent back pictures, but the sea remains a mystery. The great ocean explorers of our time have done much to remind us of that. It is my confidence that one day soon not just the earth but also the sea and all that is in it will be free from any threat, and the human family will truly be able to enjoy our marvelous home. Yes, an eternity of discovery, lifetimes such as lived by Cousteau, await all who pay attention to the One who made earth and sea. He purposes to pour endless blessings upon, not just the living, but also those who have fallen asleep in death. Yes, Cousteau himself will no doubt see the sea again. We are humbled by and grateful to Almighty God.

From: Stacie Tarpley (bsanders@locnet)
Date: Fri Jan 8 22:54:13 1999

Mr. Cousteau was a very brilliant, and terrific man. My heart goes out to his friends and family. I am 19 and I have followed Mr. Cousteau ever since I was 15. He is very fascinating. I wish I could have known him personally! I remember him every day.

From: Jiri Moninec (moninec@seznam.cz)
Date: Mon Jan 4 14:34:22 1999

Thank you, Captain Cousteau! I'm a young diver at the age of seventeen and I want to be like you. Good bye.

From: Antoine Sanfuentes (reefscape@mindspring.com)
Date: Fri Jan 1 17:44:39 1999

We are only visitors on this Earth. Cousteau allowed us to explore the depths of the oceans as well as our fantasies. At every opportunity I spent my time wading, swimming, snorkeling and eventually scuba diving, to experience what Mr. Cousteau so eloquently brought to me eyes. We must all remember that as guests we must respect this vast big blue ocean and when we go to only leave bubbles.

From: Bob Unger (jawjaboy61@aol.com)
Date: Thu Dec 31 08:14:21 1998

What can be said about this man. I’ve admired him from a young age. He is the reason I became a diver. He taught people to look below the surface of the water and realize there is life beyond the shoreline. He will be greatly missed by all those whoever knew him and knew of him. You, my friend taught me a respect of the sea and all living creatures in it, and now it is my passion. God’s speed to you Captain Cousteau, may you continue your mission in a different realm, though your gone from this world, you will never be forgotten.

From: Laura Packer (bard@full-moon.com)
Date: Tue Dec 15 09:11:48 1998

Good-bye Cpt. Cousteau: When I was around 6 or 7 I was a great fan of "The Undersea World" and other nature shows. I wrote Captain Cousteau a letter, full of drawings and admiration for his work, and he wrote back, including a picture of the Calypso, and a signed photo of himself. His kindness and compassion were clear to me, even then. Thank you, Captain Cousteau, on behalf of all the world's living critters, and on my own behalf too. You are missed.

From: Courtney
Date: Wed Dec. 9 20:34:03 1998

I think Jacques Cousteau was a great man and led a very interesting life. I'm 16 and decided to do my French ISU on him and my choice proved to be a rather fascinating one!! His work will be remembered long after life. have a good afterlife Mr. Cousteau!

From: Miles Macedon (Mace 1593 @ aol.com)
Date: Tu. Dec. 1 00:03:22 1998

I’ll miss Mr. Cousteau dearly. I’ve been following his adventures for at least 20 years now and think it is still the best thing in entertainment to this day. I hope that his work will be continued for the sake of the world and especially for our young people who have been so encouraged by his life and work as is evident by all the very moving tributes to him from young people. May God continue to smile on his family.

Date: Thu Nov 5 14:50:21 1998

I think you were a very interesting person. I am seventeen. I learned allot about you and your work. I wish more people could take the time to study your work. I am still learning about you and I will continue to learn about you.

From: Gary Van essen (Dredlv@aol.com)
Date: Fri Oct 30 03:57:26 1998

My Dearest Mr. Cousteau, We miss you...We need more people who think like you! I have been an admirer of yours since I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of watching your under seas adventures. Your death saddens me more than I can say. Your care for the Earth and your understanding of its complexities and unseen connections are something that I too wish to share with others. I have always felt that you should have been made president of the World. There is no one else who I would trust with this mission. Though it be a hard road to travel, I hope to follow in your footsteps. When I read the "Cousteau Almanac" I knew that you understood how everything that happens to our world effects everything else. If we kill the Oceans, then we kill ourselves. I miss you, and I hope that your influence will help our people to realize that we need to understand how our world works, and stop trying to manipulate it. You will always be a Saint to me. Please help us keep our oceans alive!

From: HECTOR (necozoe@coqui.net)
Date: Fri Oct 16 22:36:22 1998

Cousteau : The Owner of the seas. He was not only a discoverer or an inventor, he was and still is an instructor to the entire world. We the lovers of the sea and SCUBA divers must always thanks Cousteau and his foundation for letting us discover that beautiful, peaceful, and interesting world under the sea.

From: Carmelo Tugas (melontugas@hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Oct 2 07:20:27 1998

A beautiful man, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. For years, he has dedicated all that he could ever give to the protection of the world's oceans, this tribute proves that he will never be forgotten. I only hope that the people who have supported and followed him all these years, would not hesitate to carry on the legacy of his commitment to the sea. Thank You!!!

From: Julia
Date: Mon Sep 14 16:20:15 1998

I am 15 and a great admirer of Mr. Cousteau. In a sense he changed my life. A while ago I had to write a report on him. I got so hooked on him. It was hard (almost) to believe that one man could be so dedicated to protecting our oceans. I felt like I knew him after that report. Which made saying good-bye so much harder. But now Mr. Cousteau I don't think about the bad, God put you here to save the oceans. And you did. God too put me here for a reason. And now I know what it is. I am going to help as well. Anything I can do for these wonders of the world I will. Thank you Mr. Cousteau, thank you for helping me realize my dreams and goals. Thank you.:)

From: James R, Davis (jimdandy45@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Aug 20 19:00:31 1998

I would just like to say that every time I see a TV show about some wonderful underwater adventure I imagine I can hear Jacque's voice. His Narration’s were a part of my growing up as much as a good whooping! (ha ha ha!!!) God bless him! I hope his son continues in his underwater footprints! With love and sincere admiration for his whole family. Jimmy Davis.

From: Ken Miller (krskmil@aloha.net)
Date: Fri Aug 14 05:41:32 1998

Jacques Cousteau is a name that will always make a person think of the ocean. The wonderful legacy of information that he shared with all of us during his lifetime. And now it will remain in our world history for all the years that follow so that the younger generation can also learn what we learned first-hand from this wonderful teacher to all. Forever, he will be remembered.

From: Kingluis (kingluis@hotmail.com)
Date: Wed June 17, 19:37:57, 1998

What a loss!!!! I felt real bad when I came to know about the death of Jacques Costeau. He was a person that was a soldier, a scientist, a technician, explorer, adventurer, and ecologist. It’s because of him that nowadays we can dive. I really want to thank him for all the things he gave to us.

From: supercontant (supercontant@hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Jun 8 19:42:47 1998

By loosing Cousteau, the world lost her most passionate sea lover. He opened the eyes of thousands of young persons to the magnificence of the sea. He conquered lands like no one ever did. His achievements are enormous, but seem so little compared to what is left to do. He knew one single man can not save the whole world, but he knew he could get allies. He inspired a new generation of marine biologists who, like me, will take from here the bottle and the cameras to continue the work of the greatest sea man ever...Jacques Cousteau.... Supercontant.

From: Tommy Steffen (Hektor@bigfoot.de)
Date: Fri May 22 04:07:49 1998

He was one of those who helped other people to understand life and save our planet. Thank you Jacques Cousteau.

From: Ralph Cramer (ejex.cramer@t-online.de)
Date: Wed May 20 16:45:27 1998

Its nice to see, that information about people like Jacques Cousteau are also available on websites. It helps to show also to my children what nature can show. TV does not show enough, as I think, or at times children like to see their favorite comics. With your help it could be possible to see what otherwise will get lost in our minds.

From: Bruno Cappello (cappello@planete.net)
Date: Tue Mar 31 12:20:33 1998

Happy to see his spirit live on. I was a diver on board the Calypso for two years. I'm happy to see JYC's spirit live on. Keep the Earth clean for future generations! Don't give into the short term money grabbing temptations! Best regards, Bruno

From: Laura (laura.parkes@fairbanks.org)
Date: Mon Mar 30 23:04:45 1998

I am a great admirer of Jacques Cousteau. I want to be just like him when I grow up. He was a man of great confidence and leadership. He knew what he had to do to teach the world to conserve our environment and he knew he had to do this. He did a wonderful job in showing people that they need to protect our oceans and use its resources wisely. I will always miss him and will always admire him.

From: Sarah Oliver (esmith@mci2000.com)
Date: Tue Mar 17 17:33:33 1998

I am a 17 year old in junior high school. I am doing a report on a leader in ROTC and I chose Mr. Jacques Yves Cousteau because I have learned so much from his experience. since eighth grade I have wanted to be a Marine Biologist, and because of him and people like him who respect the beautiful sea I will learn so much more. Even though my counselors say we don't need another marine biologist I will never give up. Thank you for opening my eyes to the most beautiful thing in the world our Oceans and Lakes. Love Sarah :)

From: Kristen (Dolphin100@aol.com)
Date: Sun Mar 15 17:05:47 1998

Reading one of Jacques Cousteau's book last year made me realize who I am; the person I am and the person I want to be. I thank him for all the inspiration he had provided through out his lifetime. Even though you have passed away your memory and soul linger with us.

From: Terry (terry@wildside.gen.nz)
Date: Thu Mar 12 05:32:29 1998

As a kid I would watch his TV documentaries in wonder, later I became a scuba diver and found out what a great world we have under water. Thanks to this great person I have loved the sea and the animals in it for many years now.

From: Rebecca
Date: Mon Mar 2 17:48:59 1998

I would like to say thank you to Jacques Yves Cousteau. You have shown and guided so many. I know you have passed away but I also know I will never forget you. I send my condolences to all Jacques family members. I am very sorry that this happened because I always dreamed that one day I would meet him in person. We'll all miss you Cousteau. Rebecca(14)

From: Brian Lee (Tir-Divers@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Mon Mar 2 19:24:35 1998

I owe my whole life to this man. I have been a diver since I was 10 and it has been my whole life since then. I owe him a thank you. THANK YOU!

From: Jonathan Czinder (rseal@liso.com)
Date: Sat Feb 21 18:51:42 1998

Hi, my name is Jonathan and I am 13 years old. I have always loved what Jacques has done to increase our knowledge of the sea. I used to be afraid of the ocean, especially sharks! Now sharks are my favorite because I understand them better and I know that they are our friends. I went snorkeling for the first time this summer. I got real close to a shark and many other wonderful animals. This has really encouraged me to want to learn more and more about the ocean. We have spent thousands of years studying our solar system and we don't even hardly know our own planet. I greatly appreciate the door Mr. Cousteau has opened. I have started to do research regarding Mr. Cousteau for a history fair that I am entering. I would like to interview someone who might have known him. What a lucky person to have known him! He will be remembered always! Jonathan.

From: Zach Zale (Zuckuss03@aol.com)
Date: Wed Feb 18 09:42:36 1998

Mr. Cousteau rules! You are our hero Mr. Cousteau!! We love you! We are your biggest fans even though you are deceased!

From: chris schur (cschur@leading.net)
Date: Thu Feb 12 19:34:53 1998

Good bye Jacques Ives Cousteau. You are gone but not forgotten. Your memorial will cause you to live permanently in our hearts and the lives you touched. The films, photos, and TV specials will always reflect your life and love; even though they were only the tip of the iceberg.

From: Bob Krause (bkrause@fastrans.net)
Date: Tue Jan 20 09:04:25 1998

We (divers and non-divers alike) owe so very much to him...! We must all do our best to keep our Mother Ocean alive and well. She has given us life, and should we let her die, we will die as well. Along with the beauty, wonder and bounty that the ocean gives to those of us lucky enough to see her deep wonders first-hand, comes a responsibility to lead the way in