Meet Russ Gordon, continued...

 

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...with his family in the warm waters off the Pacific Coast of Mexico. He was immediately befriended by a pod of dolphins who fed him squid, anchovies, and taught him how to hold his breath for long periods of time.

For the next six years, Russ plied the Pacific Coast from San Diego to Panama with his aquatic family, while rumors of his existence fueled passionate discussions in every fishing village along the way. It was said that he could easily keep up with the rest of the pod—that he had actually developed webbed feet. (If you see Russ at a concert, please don't ask him to take off his shoes.) Sightings were rare, but frequent enough that the tale of the dolphin boy continued to spread. It is said that he once saved a young Mexican girl from drowning in a serious rip current when he carried her out of the surf and placed her gently on the sand. One witness stated that the moment he became aware of onlookers, he quickly turned and disappeared beneath the waves.

At age 12, he was caught in the nets of a fishing trawler owned by an etymologist—Dr. Paul Pimsleur. Pimsleur took him in and raised him with his own family, learning his ways and studying his Dolphin language. That relationship prompted Dr. Pimsleur to put together the first in his series of now famous language study courses—the Pimsleur Method—his premier in the series being, "The Pimpsleur Approach to Basic Dolphin."

Pimsleur became a wealthy man, but Russ, well, he disappeared late one night from his California home after everyone else had gone to bed. Some say he had become quite depressed—that Pimsleur had taken advantage of his good will by not paying him the monthly European quid he'd requested. Pimsleur was heard later to say, "Oh...quid! Dang. I thought he said squid."

He was not seen for several years until one warm summer night when he surfaced in Ashley Pond, where he was heard singing old dolphin spirituals and splashing water at the ducks.

Stay tuned—Russ developed friends around town and even opened up a music store featuring the songs of famous dolphins, such as, "Winter," who starred in the movie "Dolphin Tale," and many of his other salt water friends, including the famous "Jumper" from San Diego's Sea World.


Below: The only known photograph of Russ during his dolphin days—taken shortly before his capture—seen here with his aquatic family and his buddy "Jeepers" following at his heels, traveling north off the coast of Baja California...


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