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August 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 37, No. 8   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Before the Internet, You Called Bob Goddess to Go Diving

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Bob Goddess, 80, the founder of the renowned Tropical Adventures, and once a leading dive travel agency, passed away May 5 at his Fiji Islands home. Tropical Adventures, based in Seattle, represented over 64 live-aboard dive boats and resorts in over 24 countries in its heyday.

Before the Internet, if you wanted to dive internationally, the only way was to call Bob or Carl Roessler or a few other travel agencies specializing in diving. As the Internet began to bloom, he sold Tropical Adventures in 1996 and moved to Taveuni, Fiji, where he organized the Rotary Club, built a library, and instituted projects for clean water, schools, health care, and scholarships....

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