First Solo Transatlantic Rower and ‘Lone-Wolf Explorer’ Dies at 74

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"At 9, he settled a dispute with a pistol. At 13, he lit out for the Amazon jungle. At 20, he attempted suicide-by-jaguar. Afterward he was apprenticed to a pirate." —From the adventure story that is John Fairfax's obituary, in today's Times; he was the first man to single-handedly row across an ocean. [NYT]