Inspire Friday Issue No. 3

Exploding geysers in Yellowstone, pushing the limits with Alex Honnold, the entrepreneurial spirit behind Nike, remembering Walter Boyne, and more…

Exploring a geologic wonderland. In this third episode of our America’s Treasures: National Parks series, we go to Yellowstone, home to the world’s most famous and ever-fascinating geysers (and so much more). Discover how an ancient volcano created one of the planet’s most exotic and diverse ecosystems – and America’s very first national park. Watch now.

Climber Alex Honnold on human limitations. In this fascinating two-part podcast interview, professional rock climber Alex Honnold talks about the limits of human performance and his preparation for free-soloing the 3,000-foot granite face that is El Capitan, a historic feat documented in the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo. An inspiring take on pushing the limits no matter what your endeavor is. Listen here.

A story of perseverance. MFF president and film producer Shaun MacGillivray calls this book “one of the best entrepreneur stories of all time.” In Shoe Dog, Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, chronicles how hard it was to create one of the world’s most iconic brands and how he spent years in debt, grinding away while growing revenue at 100% for years. The book reads like a movie and is an inspiring page-turner. Perfect for today’s times. Available on Amazon.

Power behind the protest. If you’re looking for a more historical theme for your next getaway, we recommend checking out this list from the National Parks Conservation Association of 7 sites across the U.S. that honor the long history of Americans fighting for their civil rights.

Remembering an American renaissance man. Walter Boyne was a bomber pilot, historian, novelist, and former director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. In this piece, company co-founder Greg MacGillivray remembers working with Walter on the films To Fly! and Flyers and appreciates what a creative, innovative force he always was. Read it here.

Surfers, sand, and cheap French wine. In the summer of 1968, three surfers – Bill Hamilton, Mark Martinson, and Keith Paull – lived with filmmakers Jim Freeman and Greg MacGillivray in a two-story cottage in Biarritz, France while filming the surf film The Sunshine Sea. The cottage was located just down the road from a small-wave surf spot at La Côte des Basques. Every day, they would rise early, check the surf, and decide where to drive to shoot some footage. Besides great surfing sequences, the team also filmed a hilarious sequence in Bayonne, where they run the bulls much like in Pamplona, Spain. With Jim filming from a high angle with a telephoto lens and Greg filming down low with the characters running from the bulls, they were able to get a sequence that showed these 19-year-old surfers having the time of their lives, even while getting flipped by the horns of a gigantic bull. Every day was an adventure. From the photo, you can tell that Greg and the gang also learned how to drink cheap red wine for the two months they were filming there.

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