King of the Coral Sea: The Forgotten Odyssey of Michael Formenko | Shorewords!
From athlete to renegade: Michael's tale
Join Shorewords host, Lesley Ewing, in conversation with Robert DeMayo, explorer, traveler and writer. In the 1950’s, newspapers in Australia regularly reported about Michael Formenko, first as an amazing athlete and later as a renegade who paddled a log canoe along the Australian coast to Dutch New Guinea. Now, some 60 year later, Robert uses the lens of the Odyssey to tell the almost forgotten story Michael’s travails as he received hospitality from strangers (known to Ulysses as xenia), struggles against storms, escapes crocodiles, and flees the police.