ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Cmdr. Robert E. Peary scans the horizon near his igloo at Camp Jesup near the North Pole in April 1909. After staking his claim as the first person to reach the Pole, he wrote, “when I knew for a certainty that we had reached the goal, there was not a thing in the world I wanted but sleep.” Before breaking camp the next afternoon, he found time to pen a postcard to his wife: “My dear Jo, I have won out at last. Have been here a day. I start for home and you in an hour. Love to the ‘kidsies.’ “

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