I met Michael Palin, the other half of the Monty Python fish-slapping dance, in New York on Sunday.
After Monty Python, he went on to write travel books and make travel documentaries for BBC, and was president of the Royal Geographical Society. On Sunday he was hosted by the Explorers Club to give a presentation about Erebus, a warship-turned-Antarctic-and-Arctic-exploring-vessel in the 1800s. He's written a new book about the ship (U.K. edition; U.S. edition) whose audio book I'm enjoying. He was kind and funny and his talk as well as a quick tour of the Explorers Club made the trip to New York for an evening worth it.