For 13 years, mountaineer Helmut Simon had basked in the glory of his unique encounter with history. \nIn 1991, the 67-year-old German discovered Otzi the Iceman, the perfectly preserved body of a Neolithic hunter, emerging from the Similaun glacier, 3,200m up the Austrian Alps. Wherever he went in his beloved Alps, Simon wore a badge identifying himself as "Discoverer of Otzi." \nBut earlier this month, Simon's body was found in a stream in these same mountains. \nOn Oct. 15, the pensioner departed alone from the village of Bad Hofgastein, near Salzburg, up the 2,134m Gamskarkogel peak. His wife, Erika, who usually walked with him, did not go. Foul weather should have deterred the experienced climber, who did not even take a tent with him. \nHalf a meter of snow fell in the three days following his disappearance. Last Monday, Simon's wife returned to Nuremberg and rescuers gave up their search. \nSimon and his wife had made the journey to Bolzano to visit Otzi several times a year. While scientists learned about Neolithic man by examining Otzi, Simon developed an affection for the 5,300-year-old and came to call the iceman his "brother." \n"Being a discoverer is like being the author of an important invention," said Simon's Italian lawyer, Armin Weis. "It becomes your identity." Simon died just weeks before his lawyers were due to launch a case for him to receive a US$250,000 reward from Italian authorities for his discovery. \nRumors in the villages around the Austro-Italian border suggested Simon may have walked deliberately to his death. Other locals fear Otzi -- like Tutankhamen -- claimed Simon's life in revenge for disturbing the mummy's peace. \nThe body of the iceman is under renewed scrutiny this time by experts seeking to prove its value in cash rather than archeological terms. \nThe iceman is one of the best and oldest preserved human bodies because of an extraordinary combination of events. After apparently falling into a crevasse and dying of hypothermia, the neolithic hunter was quickly covered by snow which preserved his body intact. \nIt appears that Simon found him at the precise moment the body emerged from the \nmelting glacier and before it decomposed. \nUnder Italian law, Simon was entitled to receive up to 25 per cent of the value of his find. Since he was only recognized as the official finder of the mummy last year, legal proceedings will begin on Nov. 5 to determine the size of the reward. \nThe Otzi mummy, kept in Bolzano's south Tyrol museum of archaeology, has made about US$2 million per year for northern Italian authorities since 1998. \nSimon turned down an offer from Italian authorities of US$50,000. His lawyers claim his family's reward should be four times as much.
African-American entertainer Dooley appeared on local television show Super Entourage (小明星大跟班) a few weeks ago and was told by the crew that they wanted to do a skit in blackface. Dooley, whose real name is Matthew Candler, tells the Taipei Times that Super Entourage wanted to perform a rendition of the wildly popular “Ghana Coffin Dance,” a meme that has taken the world by storm. Instead, he showed them videos about the racist origins of blackface and slavery in America, and they agreed to drop the makeup. “[I told them] about the history [behind blackface] and [said] you decide
June 1 to June 7 In February 1988, Robert Wu (吳清友) set aside NT$17.5 million to purchase two Henry Moore sculptures from London’s Marlborough Gallery. He never bought the pieces. Feeling slighted that the gallery manager initially looked down on him as a Taiwanese, he decided that night to use the money to open his own art space back home. “Without selling any art, that money could support the gallery for four years. If I feature one artist per month, that provides a stage for at least 100 artists,” Wu said in the book Eslite Time (誠品時光) by Lin Ching-yi (林靜宜).
With listicles of local attractions including Costco and numerous children’s playgrounds, I was not expecting much. Opened on Jan. 31, the Taipei MRT’s Circular Line, or Yellow Line, made life in the nation’s capital even more convenient. But judging from Internet search results, it hasn’t opened up many new tourism opportunities, unsurprising as the route mostly crosses densely populated areas and industrial parks. Places like a sports stadium with rainbow colored bleachers perfect for Instagram selfies wouldn’t do it for me either, and it’s pointless to list attractions at the connecting stops that have existed for years. As a history nerd, there
Captain Wynn Gale — a fifth-generation Georgia shrimper — is on the side of the road on an April morning, selling shrimp at the same street corner where his dad sold shrimp. “How’s the pandemic treating you?” I ask. “Sales have dropped off by about two-thirds. No out-of-towners coming through on the I-95. No local traffic.” He sighs. “I’m going to tough it out. I can survive with what I’m selling. But that’s all I’m doing. Most shrimpers don’t have 401k retirement plans, you know?” Gale would rather be out on his boat, a 1953 trawler he had for nine years but recently