• Short Summary

    A 35 YEAR-OLD FURNITURE SHOP OWNER STEPPED INTO THE BLACKNESS OF AN ALPINE POTHOLE IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AT THE START OF FOUR MONTHS OF LONELINESS HUNDREDS OF FEET (100 METRES) UNDERGROUND.

  • Description

    A 35 YEAR-OLD FURNITURE SHOP OWNER STEPPED INTO THE BLACKNESS OF AN ALPINE POTHOLE IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AT THE START OF FOUR MONTHS OF LONELINESS HUNDREDS OF FEET (100 METRES) UNDERGROUND.

    IN A FEW DAYS A SLIM BLONDE UNMARRIED MIDWIFE, WHO LIKES DANCING AND HORSE RIDING, WILL LEAVE HER HOBBIES BEHIND FOR THREE MONTHS ISOLATION IN A POTHOLE IN THE SAME AREA. SHE WILL TAKE WITH HER A PAINTING OUTFIT AND A TAPE RECORDING OF HER FAVOURITE MUSIC.

    BOTH M. ANTOINE SENNI, FATHER IF A THREE-YEAR-OLD SON, AND 26-YEAR-OLD JOSIANE LAURES ARE HOPING TO HELP SCIENTISTS WHO ARE STUDYING THE EFFECTS OF PROLONGED ISOLATION AND THE PROBLEMS OF LONELINESS IN SPACE.

    THE RESULTS WILL BE SENT BY THE SUPERVISOR OF THE EXPERIMENT, M. MICHEL SIFFRE, TO THE AMERICAN AUTHORITIES FOR USE IN FUTURE SPACEMAN EXPERIMENTS.

    M. SIFFRE, 25-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF THE FRENCH POTHOLERS' INSTITUTE, HOLDS THE UNDERGROUND ENDURANCE SOLO RECORD. HE STAYED UNDERGROUND FOR TWO MONTHS IN 1962.

    WHEN M. SENNI WAS LOWERED INTO THE POTHOLE HE TOOK WITH HIM A 200 LB (90 KILOGRAM) BLOCK OF WOOD WHICH HE WILL CARVE DURING HIS FOUR MONTHS UNDERGROUND.

    NO CONTACT WILL BE MADE WITH M. SIFFRE OR MLLE. LAURES UNTIL THEY RETURN. BUT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO CALL THE SURFACE BY TELEPHONE WHEN THEY WISH. BEFORE THEY GO TO SLEEP THEY WILL CALL UP THE SURFACE CAMP AND GUESS THE TIME. THESE CALLS WILL BE RECORDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA819DD5YLT5S2NOXF99MPCKU57
    Media URN:
    VLVA819DD5YLT5S2NOXF99MPCKU57
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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