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The Childhood Fantasy That Launched A Life At Sea

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Gabriel Spitzer
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KPLU
Kevin Wood, along with the book that captured his imagination as a child, went on to a career at sea.

Most of us abandon our childhood dreams, and Kevin Wood was no different. As a boy he’d been enchanted by ships and he wanted desperately to sail the seven seas. Then he did the sensible thing and went to college on a normal career path.

But one summer on a visit to Key West, he encountered a docked tall ship. The next thing he knew he was training to sail, dropping out of college, and beginning a life at sea.

Wood did get around to going back to college. These days he has a second career as a climate scientist at the University of Washington, a job that allows him to still be on ships for weeks or months each year. He joined Gabriel Spitzer to talk about turning his childhood dream into a way of life. 

Gabriel Spitzer is the Host and Senior Producer of Sound Effect, KNKX's "weekly tour of ideas inspired by the place we live." Gabriel was previously KNKX's Science and Health Reporter. He joined KNKX after years covering science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago. There, he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Having also lived in Alaska and California, Gabriel feels he’s been closing in on Seattle for some time, and has finally landed on the bullseye.
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