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John Goddard
(29 Jul 1924 - 17 May 2013)

American adventurer who studied anthropology and psychology before embarking on a lifetime of adventure and exploring, inspired by a list of goals he wrote when he was fifteen. He wrote two books describing his travels.

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On the afternoon of October 19, 1899, I climbed a tall cherry tree and, armed with a saw which I still have, and a hatchet, started to trim the dead limbs from the cherry tree. It was one of the quiet, colorful afternoons of sheer beauty which we have in October in New England, and as I looked towards the fields at the east, I imagined how wonderful it would be to make some device which had even the possibility of ascending to Mars. I was a different boy when I descended the tree from when I ascended for existence at last seemed very purposive.
— John Goddard
In The Papers of Robert H. Goddard: 1898-1924 (1970), 9.
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You need a plan for everything, whether it’s building a cathedral or a chicken coop. Without a plan you’ll postpone living until you’re dead.
— John Goddard
In 'John Goddard: 108 Adventures Down, 19 To Go', Life magazine (1986), 9, 22.
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