Krov Menuhin

Krov Menuhin Bio

Krov Menuhin Born Melbourne Australia 1940 Underwater filmmaker, professional diver, pilot, soldier, conservationist and writer, Krov Menuhin has pursued aContinue Reading

Krov Menuhin

Born Melbourne Australia 1940

Underwater filmmaker, professional diver, pilot, soldier, conservationist and writer, Krov Menuhin has pursued a life of adventure, exploring the earth’s extremities and, he says, “experiencing the oceans and the atmosphere first-hand”.

image1-5Menuhin moved to the Bahamas in his teens and took up deep-sea diving, which, along with flying, later became a vocation and a lifelong passion. After leaving university in 1961, he served for three years with the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, the famous Green Berets.

Recognized as one of the foremost underwater cameramen in the 1970s and 1980s, he produced, directed and filmed what the BBC calls ‘the worlds first whale film’ the Valdes Bay of Whales in 1972 and won top honours for his work at the World Wildlife Film Festival. In the 1980s, he became the first to film the Blue Whale underwater and directed the French television adventure series, USHUAIA staying with them until he retired in 2010.

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Krov with some of his underwater cameras

Menuhin is now the Chairman of the Hans Hass Award for excellence and contributions to man’s understanding of the oceans, one of the most prestigious in the Marine world.

Early life and military service

Krov Menuhin was born in Melbourne Australia, his mother, Nola was the daughter of Australian pharmacist George Nicholas, inventor of Aspro. His father was Lord Yehudi Menuhin, violinist and conductor and one of the 20th centuries greatest musicians.

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Yehudi and Nola marry at Caxton Hall, London

Nola and Yehudi married in 1938, had two children, Zamira and Krov before divorcing in 1947. In 1954 Nola, Krov and his step-father moved to the Bahamas where he formed a life-long passion for the ocean, starting SCUBA diving at the age of 14 in 1954 and working as a diving instructor all through his late teens for Gardner Young one of the most eminent pioneers of the tourist diving industry.

Krov was educated in the USA and Switzerland, then attended the University of Denver Colorado for 3 years with a major in Journalism.

While at University Krov raced sports cars from 1958 until 1961 driving a Porsche RSK  and Porsche Super 90 in Sports Car Club of America races as well as the International Bahamas Speed Weeks in 1961.

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In 1961 Krov volunteered for service with the US Army’s Special Forces, the Green Berets. Sent for training with the U.S. Navy, he was honour graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Underwater Swimmer’s School.
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After Graduation from Special Forces Training at Fort Bragg Krov was posted initially to the 10th Special Forces at Bad Tolz Germany.

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Krov teaching Winter Warfare 10th Special Forces

Other military schools include combat engineer, parachute school as well as HALO (High Altitude-LowOpening) parachute school (High altitude parachuting from 30,000 feet 10,000 meters) and instructor in advanced Training at the Special Warfare School Fort Bragg.

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Krov diving instructor 10th Special Forces 1964

Menuhin was an instructor of guerrilla warfare, winter warfare and of underwater operations.

Menuhin was honourably discharged from the US Army on 31 August 1968.

1965 – 1971 As well as attending Flight School and flying commercially, Krov worked as a journalist for Oceans Magazine of France, pioneered small powerboat voyages through the Bahamas, ‘Invitation to Boating Magazine’ and worked as a professional commercial diver with Big John McLaughlin for the Ocean Systems division of Union Carbide on the world’s first working dive using Neon gas to replace much of the Helium normally used when they recovered a B-52 Bomber that crashed into Lake Michigan      

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My first aeroplane ‘pedro’

FLIGHT SCHOOL

The GI Bill of Rights for all servicemen who served during the Vietnam War enabled entry to flight school. 1967 Graduation brought a Commercial pilot’s certificate with an instrument rating, single and multi-engine land, single and multi Engine Sea (amphibian), helicopter and rotorcraft and Douglas D.C.3.

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Krov piloting DC-3

 

Menuhin flew for various Airline companies in the Bahamas 1968-1971 including Island Flying Service flying Grumman Goose and Widgeon and Colony Airlines that included flying as the pilot for the Government and the Police Patrol.

In 1968  Krov obtained an FIA flight competition licence,  competing in the King’s Cup Air Races in the UK and passed the French glider pilot’s license in 1980.

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Krov with his Maule amphibian in Alaska

Krov with Tiger Moth: King’s Cup Air Races

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Krov flying his Maule Amphibian over Mt. McKinley Alaska

Krov ultimately earned a U.S. Airline Transport licence with an endorsement for DC3. Plus an Australian Commercial Helicopter licence. Krov has accumulated 3000 hours flying experience much of it flying the Maule amphibian for the French Television program ‘Ushuaia’ in the Arctic from Frobisher in the East to Point Barrow Alaska in the West and throughout Central America and the Caribbean.

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Krov flying his Maule amphibian over the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal

 

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Subjects for Ushuaia covered all aspects of the environment including this fire fighting Martin Mars water bomber. Photo by Krov Menuhin ©

Marriage and Film Career

In 1967 Krov Menuhin and Elizabeth Ann Christoffers married. [8 For much of their life together they worked as a team making documentaries of underwater wildlife. In 1982 they had a son, Aaron.

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In 1971 the Menuhin’s teamed up with Andreas and Maria-Isabel Pruna to make their first film in Argentina, the first film ever made at the Valdes Peninsula about the Southern Right Whale and considered by the BBC to be ‘the worlds first whale film’.

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Krov filming Right Whale’s head
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Krov filming Southern Right Whale

Giants of the Vermilion Sea followed, screened 5th May 1974 on BBC 2 as part of The World about Us Series during the filming of which Krov was the first to film Blue Whale underwater.
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Krov on decompression stop
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Krov filming close relation in Central America
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Krov filming the Mayan city of Tikal Guatemala
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Krov filming in Tikal, Guatemala

Between 1971 and 1982 the Menuhin’s worked primarily with the BBC Natural History Unit, with expeditions to Argentina, Central America, the Red Sea and Mexico’s Baja California, co-producing, directing, filming and writing a series of Natural History films.

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Krov preparing to film the Grey Whales in Scammon’s Lagoon, Baja California

In 1982, with their son Aaron, they followed with a series of Anthropological films, South Seas Voyage, in the South-West Pacific from Vanuatu, through the Solomon Islands to Papua New Guinea for HTV and Channel 4.

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Krov on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu filming the tribe that considers Prince Phillip to be their leader

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Krov and Ann prepare to dive to find the sunken island of Tolamp in Vanuatu

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Krov with Aaron aboard their Zodiac in Rabaul Harbour Papua

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Krov flying a powered delta in the South Pacific

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Ann Menuhin diving on the wreck of the SS President Coolidge finds the famous ‘Lady’

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Krov and Ann with Aaron, Rabaul PNG
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Krov and assistant Colin Tozer preparing a take-off from the Zodiac, ‘aircraft carrier’ offshore Baja California

In 1983 Menuhin was voted a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

From 1983 to 2010 Menuhin worked as program conception, director, aircraft pilot, underwater cameraman and the diving supervisor for a weekly adventure television series proposed and presented by Nicolas Hulot titled Ushuaia for French television TF1 Group.

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Krov filming Nicolas Hulot off Belize Central America
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Krov lighting Jelly Fish off Mozambique for Ushuaia 2010

This program ran for 27 years, initially Ushuaïa, le magazine de l’extrême, then becoming Ushuaïa Nature. Very little in the natural World escaped their cameras. “C’est en grande partie grace a lui (Menuhin) qu’Ushuaia aura fait rever pendant 25 ans des millions de telespectateurs” –

“ It is in great measure thanks to him (Menuhin) that for 25 years Ushuaia has been making millions of television viewers dream” Nicolas Hulot.

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Krov Menuhin with Nicolas Hulot the architect of the Ushuaia television program.
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Krov in Borneo 2008
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Krov with Amazon Dolphin 2009
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Krov shooting stills off Nassau 2004
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Krov surrounded by the finest underwater film crew he has ever had the privilege to work with. Pierre Le Normand, Cyril Tricot, Yann Hubert and Laurent Ballesta in Sulawesi Indonesia

In 1990 Menuhin was chosen by the Rolex Watch company to be on their jury of their Rolex Awards for the Spirit of Enterprise.

1992-1994. Menuhin conceived and planned the largest marine project ever made for television at that time. The 26 million dollar, “Unknown Oceans Project” for Canal+ of France. For this project he had two, 2 man acrylic submarines built, the Deep Rover II, both capable of diving to 1000 meters. Designed by Graham Hawkes at Deep Ocean Engineering and advised by Dr. Sylvia Earle these submersibles were totally revolutionary.

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The Deep Rover II Submersible. Two-place with a 1,000 Meter working depth capability

Menuhin left in January 1994 as a result of a disagreement with management about decisions they were making that he felt would imperil the project. Within the next year the project came to an end.

In 1994 Krov and Ann were divorced.

1994 -2003 Menuhin returned to the Bahamas and worked with conservation groups to preserve the unique features of the marine environment as well as making short films to assist in this undertaking.

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Krov with Maule Amphibian off Belize

2003 until 2010 Menuhin returned to France to live and continued to work with USHUAIA Nature.

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Without question the key member of the Ushuaia Team Pierre Le Normand with the man who allowed us all to realize our dreams, Nicolas Hulot

In 2004 Menuhin was once again chosen by the Rolex Watch Company to be on the Jury of the Rolex Awards for the Spirit of Enterprise.

2009 Festival Mondial Image Sous-Marine 2009 à Marseille asked that he be President of the Jury, group A Films.

2012 A book to commemorate 25 years of Ushuaia (Nos annees Ushuaia, 25 ans d’emerveillement), was published and laid much of the success of the program on Menuhin’s contribution.

Krov has produced, directed and filmed 8 major one-hour specials for BBC and Channel 4 UK he has as well directed and filmed 6 one-hour specials for French and Japanese Television and directed and filmed over 30 Ushuaia feature programs as well as working as a freelance cameraman for numerous productions. Krov has as well written the scripts and narrated over 30 films and when he retired from directing took on the responsibility of supervising the diving operations of Ushuaia Nature.

Next Phase

2010 Menuhin retired from filming and in 2015 moved back to the Bahamas where he married Karen Baugh-Palin and where they both live. Karen, is a highly respected author enjoying enormous success writing historical mysteries, the ‘Heathcliff-Lennox’ series. karenmenuhin.com  Krov’s son Aaron is now a qualified lawyer as well as an accomplished artist and musician he is Married to Merle, nee Fairhurst, a neuro-scientist and they have four children, Arthur, Vera, Ava and Edgar and live in both the UK and Germany.

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Krov and Karen in Cali, Colombia

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Krov and Karen

Menuhin continues to be active in marine conservation and is Chairman of the Hans Hass Award for excellence in and contributions to man’s knowledge in the ocean.

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Krov at home in Nassau Bahamas having returned to the country that inspired his life in the ocean.

Hans Hass was the first person to make documentary films underwater and with his wife, Lotte Hass pioneered the concept of husband and wife teams that Krov and Ann Menuhin continued.

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Krov with Professor Hans Hass, his wife Lotte and daughter Meta

As a result, Hans personally asked Menuhin to take over the award in his last years. This award has become one of the most prestigious in the marine world with past winners being among others: Dr Sylvia Earle, James Cameron, professor Chi Weicheng and Laurent Ballesta. The Hans Hass Award has teamed with the Blancpain Watch Company and created the Blancpain Fifty Fathom Award. Krov is also on the Advisory Board of the Historical Diving Society USA.

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Krov and Leslie Leaney, publisher and executive editor of the Journal of Diving History as well as an executive director of the Hans Hass Award, present the Hans Hass Fifty Fathom Award to Laurent Ballesta. Other committee members are Ernie Brooks, Laurent Ballesta and Michael Jung.

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Krov continues to dive, here with an Azimuth semi-closed system

In September 2017 Krov Menuhin was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.https://krovmenuhin.com/2017/10/04/inarguration-into-scuba-diving-hall-of-fame-september-28th-2017/

In 2019 Krov and Karen decided to move to the UK in order to be closer to their families and now live in the Cotswolds not far from Oxford.

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Three generations of Menuhin’s, Aaron, Arthur and Krov on board Krov’s boat ‘Bedlam’.

 Film credits: One-hour specials with BBC

Each of the BBC films were distributed world-wide through BBC enterprises reaching audiences of 200 million.

  1. Valdes Bay of Whales (sold to Public Broadcasting Service – PBS – renamed Prospect of Whales and used by PBS as national fundraiser): Producer, Specialist Cameraman and Co-Director with Andreas Pruna. Broadcast on BBC 2, 5th May 1974
    2. Mayan Connection: Producer, Director, Cameraman, Writer and expedition leader. Broadcast on BBC 2 on 23rd November 1975
    3. The Reef at Ras Muhammad: Co-Producer, Director, Cameraman, Writer and expedition leader. Broadcast on BBC 1 on 20th August 1979
    4. Giants of the Vermilion Sea: Producer, Director, Cameraman, Writer and expedition leader. Sold to PBS Boston. Distributed in the USA on the PBS network. Broadcast on BBC I Note: during the filming of this project Menuhin was the first ever to film Blue Whale underwater.

One Hour specials with HTV, Channel 4 and Discovery Network

South Seas Voyage, was a series of one-hour specials with HTV Ltd. England. Sold to PBS, USA. Broadcast on Channel 4 U.K. Broadcast as well on the USA Discovery network. Menuhin was also the expedition leader. These were principally anthropologically oriented films.

  1. Cults, Custom and Missionaries: Co-producer, Director, Underwater Cameraman, Writer and presenter.
    2. Gods, Kava and Sunken Ships: Co-producer, Director, Underwater Cameraman, Writer and presenter.
    3. The Day of Tikopea: Co-producer, Director, Underwater Cameraman, Writer and presenter.
    4. Copper, Copra and Volcanoes: Co-producer, Director, Underwater Cameraman, Writer and presenter.

BBC

On the Edge of Paradise this film looked at the problems common to each individual Nation in the Caribbean. Menuhin was cameraman, both surface and underwater. Broadcast on BBC 1 November 8th 1981.

Australia

Pilot film (not broadcast) for Australian Broadcasting, ABC: Exploration North: Menuhin worked as cameraman surface and Underwater and flying a 1932 Tiger Moth bi-plane 2000 miles through the outback.

French TV

The following films were made for French Television, including TF1 and Antenne 2;
′Raise the Aloise′ – Director/Underwater Cameraman.
′Debussy, La Mer and Clouds′ – Underwater and Helicopter cameraman.
′Les Poneys Sauvage′ – Underwater Cameraman
′Le Defis des Ocean′ were 6 x 1 hour films about the ocean for TF1, RAI (Italy) and NHK (Japan). Menuhin was cameraman and director of special marine sequences on the following 3 films.
′Fishing on the Grand Banks′
′The Story of the French Frogmen′
′The Submarines of IFREMER′

Worked with Christian Petron‘s Cinemarine as free-lance cameramen

USHUAIA

This lead to work with USHUAIA magazine for 25 years. Ushuaia became the most popular adventure/natural history magazine program in France as well as one of the most popular general programs on French television. Also sold to CBS in the USA.
Ushuaia episodes 70,71,72 were filmed in China and Mount Emi-Shan and included Hang-gliding. In Outer Mongolia, the activity was Ballooning.
Ushuaia episodes 36 and 45. Filmed in France: Horseback riding in The Camargue and in Marineland was swimming with Dolphins.
Ushuaia episode 30. Located in the Turks and Caicos Islands where they were Diving and flying in Menuhin’s amphibious aircraft. The program was a tribute to Krov and Ann’s film work.
Ushuaia episodes 51, 158 and 123. Based around Vancouver in the Submersible Deep Rover and One Atmosphere Diving suit and Dr. Paul Spong.
Ushuaia episode 76. Seattle and diving with Giant Octopus.
Ushuaia episodes 105 and 106 Filmed in Belize and Guatemala at Tikal. Flying in Menuhin’s airplane, diving the Blue Hole and horseback riding through the jungle.
Ushuaia episodes 96 and 99. The Maldives and diving with sharks and underwater fauna.
Ushuaia episodes 65 and 66. The Cayman Islands swimming with Stingrays, flying Menuhin’s aeroplane and making a submarine dive.
Ushuaia episodes 79, 80 and 81. Argentina, the Valdes Peninsula filming Whales and other underwater creatures. Diving in Patagonia.
Ushuaia episodes 58 and 59. Location Chile/Argentina – Cape Horn and Beagle Channel.
Ushuaia ‘Temps Fort’ 1990. portrait of Dr. Paul Spong.
Ushuaia Special portrait of Dr. Phil Nuytten 1992.

Ushuaia Foundation

The following 3 films were made for the Ushuaia Foundation in 1990 and 1991 in Canada and Alaska. Only certain segments were broadcast on the television programmes
Exploring Alaska
Vancouver Island
The Crater of New Quebec

Ushuaia Nature

Adventures sur le Canal du Mozambique. December 29, 2010. Diving Supervisor.
Un Jour la Terre s’est noyee. December 29, 2008. Diving Supervisor.
D’un Ocean a L’Autre. December 26, 2007. Diving Supervisor.
Les deniers hommes libres. July 2, 2008. Diving supervisor.
La terre des Tribus. August 3, 2009. Underwater Cameraman.

Other film work

A demonstration film for KODAK to introduce their cine-film 7292.

Prizes and Awards

World Wildlife Film Festival for best Marine documentary.
Best underwater documentary for Giants of the Vermillion Sea and The Reef at Ras Muhammad.
Tulon Festival Silver medal for Raise the Alose, Silver medal for Giants of the Vermillion Sea and Bronze medal for Copper Copra and Missionaries.
Prix de la Marine National for Passion Des Epaves.
Antibes Festival, Gold medal T.V.Documentary for Passion des Epaves and Silver medal 16mm category for Passion des Epaves.
Winner of the 1983 Bronze Award – Athens International Festival of Underwater Films

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“Second child born to celebrated violinist”. The Courier-Mail (2172) (Brisbane). 19 August 1940. p. 1. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
Menuhin, Yehudi (2001). Unfinished journey ([New ed.]. ed.). London: Pimlico. p. 212. ISBN 0-7126-6809-8.
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33 comments on “Krov Menuhin Bio

  1. Paul Tieten

    Krov: I used to fill your parents’ car with gas in Los Gatos and you were seated in the back seat I recall.Looked you up after watching your father in a two part film on the violin, which I once played, poorly, at LG high school.
    Barry Coates was a classmate of mine and I also hunted quail and deer near your parents’ home in the hills.
    As with your father, you have had quite an eclectic life. Best, Paul Tietzen, White Rock Canada

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  2. KrovMenuhin

    Hey Paul,
    Good to hear from you! My wife and I are in the Cayman Islands where I have been inducted into the ISDHF -International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame- a long way from violins! Guess I didn’t want to give my father any competition!
    I have fond memories of Alma and Los Gatos, Barry and his father Carl.
    All the best, Krov

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  3. Charles M. Drabek

    Krov: I think I remember you being in my Literature course taught by Wayne Rollins at the University of Denver in the school year 1960-1961. Does that sound right?
    Charles M. Drabek, Univ. of Denver 1964
    Rempel Professor of Biology, Emeritus
    Whitman College

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    • KrovMenuhin

      Dear Professor Drabek,
      Good to hear from you and being in the same literature course at Denver University in 1960/61 is certainly a distinct possibility. As it turned out and due to my ‘educational resistence,’ the University of Denver, in it’s profound wisdom, asked me not to bother to return. This failing I have tried to remedy in my life!
      I don’t think that I failed biology as the subject has been so much a part of my life.
      All the best, Krov

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  4. Jeff Zekas

    17 May 2019 Hello, i found out about you via youtube and your film “The Island of Tikopia”. (Jean Shinoda Bolen mentions Tikopia in her book, “Like A Tree”). Your biography was interesting… You’ve had an amazing life! My life is quite boring, in contrast to yours: career civil servant and father of 5 kids. As an aside: my oldest son, Joseph, was also in U.S. Special Forces and recently retired. Best wishes from Veneta, Oregon, regards, Jeff Zekas

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    • KrovMenuhin

      Hey Jeff,
      Many thanks for the words and I wish you and all your family the very best, particularly Joseph, a brother in arms. Krov

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      • Hello Krov,
        John Todd here…remembering our time in the Bahamas and Ft. Lauderdale. Currently living on the Lake Michigan shores which I’m sure you recall from your deep dive in cold water many years ago. Fun catching up with your published bio. Your adventures continue….write on!

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      • KrovMenuhin

        Hey John,
        Living in the UK, having left the Bahamas so as to be closer to my son and 4 grandchildren. My wife Karen is writing ‘cosy crime’, Google and I continue to Chair the Hans Has Award for excellence in the ocean. I do remember Charlevoix, very cold water and DUI ski-mobiles! Good hearing from you and all the best, Krov

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  5. Michael Greenberg

    Krov, I am hoping you were not in Nassau for the storm. If you were and need a house for you and your family to escape to as my guests, I am offering. I will see you at DEMA. Jerry is attending. Michael Greenberg.

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    • KrovMenuhin

      Thank you very much Michael! My wife Karen and I are now living in the UK, having moved from the Bahamas last year. Looking forward to catching up at DEMA. All the very best, Krov

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  6. Bink Wilson

    Good morning Krov.. I entered the Army in Oct. 1962 and took my basic training at Fort Jackson .s.c.. You were my rack mate and slept on the top rack. Our company was e-19-5 with Lt. John Dunkleberg and m/sgt Elvis Oswalt , a short fellow with a rather large voice. One evening you said to me that you were getting out of there and didnt say why.. Next morning you were gone. No one new where. I often wondered if you were telling me the truth about your Father being a famous Violinist or just pulling my leg. While going through some of my fathers papers after he passed ,I found a copy of the Philadelphia Inquirer the front page announcing the reelection of FDR and on the back page an announcement of your birth with picture of your father holding you. Mystery solved, you were right.. Anyway, if you would send me an email address or mailing address I would be more than happy tonsend you a copy of the article.. Best regards, Bink Wilson

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    • KrovMenuhin

      Hey Bink,
      Good to hear from you but a question, where did I go to that evening in basic? I do remember finishing Basic & AIT on the way to Specia Forces but then you’ve read my bio. My email is I live in the UK with my wife a writer and am retired from Natural History Film Making.
      Cheers, Krov

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  7. Hi, Krov
    Lee Gilbert here. We met in Denver. through our mutual friend Pam, drank at the Ratskellar, partied, played with cars (and sold them at Kumpf Motors), until you joined Special Forces. I moved to Asia many years back, and now live in Singapore with my wife Praema. I enjoyed reading An Unusual Life (an understatement to say the least), and wish you all the best. Cheers, Lee

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    • KrovMenuhin

      Hey Lee,
      Good to hear from you! My wife Karen are living in the UK and enjoying children and grandchildren when the damn Isolation will permit! Love Singapore, my nephew lived there before moving to Shanghai. We do the Australia flight every so often so if it suits, send me your address and phone and perhaps we can connect. All the very best, Krov

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      • Lee Gilbert

        Krov
        Glad to hear you are happy and among those you love.
        We have family in Barnett and in Danbury, who we hope to visit apre COVID.
        Contact:
        hp +65 9760 1492 or
        home 6368 7326.
        Lee

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    • KrovMenuhin

      PS. my email:

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  8. Cherie T.

    What an incredible life. Quite a legacy.

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    • KrovMenuhin

      Thank you Cherie T. If the hysteria over this damn Coronavirus calms down I can get back to my children and grandchildren and continue the ‘legacy’! Cheers!

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  9. Denis Willicott

    Hi Krov and Karen, Just a quick hello in these strange times, hope your are both keeping safe.
    I’ve not been teaching learners not since March 20th, my garden has never looked so good.
    keep safe
    Denis

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    • KrovMenuhin

      Hey Denis,
      Good to hear from you and I hope you can get back to teaching when this madness blows over! We are well and getting ready to drive to Germany to see the kids and grandkids when allowed!
      All very best, Krov

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  10. Fred Van Horn

    Krov,
    Fred Van Horn and Hubert Sneed thinking about old times. 10th SFG and other early training together. Stay well.

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    • KrovMenuhin

      Hey Fred and Hubert!
      Just had the 80th with family and friends in the South of France, life continues with new adventures. Living in England with Karen and enjoying life. Son Aaron who lives in Holzkirchen, near Bad Tolz with lovely wife Merle and now 4 grandchildren. I visit the Kasern at Tolz from time to time as well as Lenggries for old times sake.
      World seems to be going to hell in a hand basket, whatever the hell happened to common sense? I choose to enjoy the time I have remaining savouring the best of my vintage.
      Send news, God bless and keep well but don’t go overboard with this Covid-19 overreaction!
      Love to all, Krov

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      • Fred Van Horn

        Krov,
        Thanks for your note. Read your bio. Congrats on putting together a full and productive life well lived. I stayed Army for 33 years. Spent a lot of that time on jump status and in strange and interesting places. Retired from the Army in 95. Spent the following 21 years as chief paper pusher and eventually president of Georgia Military College. Married (same wonderful lady) for 52 years. One daughter and two grandchildren. Hope you and your family enjoy many more happy, healthy, and interesting years. Thanks for staying touch. Next time you pass through Bad Toelz tip a beer to old friends and good memories. Fred Van Horn, Milledgeville, Georgia

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      • KrovMenuhin

        Hey Fred,

        Send me your email address and I’ll send you a photo of the 10 SFG Memorial statue at the Flint Kasern in Bad Tolz.
        Best, Krov

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  11. Several years ago, Mark Futch (now deceased) sent me a link showing filming at Cocos Island. The link is no longer working. I was sad to hear of his death, as he was a friend and sometime instructor in my Maule Amphib. if there is anyway I could obtain a copy of that scene, I would appreciate it. I would be willing to pay for it.

    Thanks, Rick Marshall

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    • KrovMenuhin

      Hey Rick,
      Unfortunately the French Production Company wants to market these films so they have forbidden the free use. I shall look into where they can be purchased.
      Best, Krov

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  12. Rick Marshall

    By the way, I served in the 82d Airborne at the same time Krov went to special forces School at Fort Bragg

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    • KrovMenuhin

      If you Google the links below and go to the time code there are sequences of my Maule inCentral America, sadly none of Mark’s epic trip to Cocos.
      These are from when I was directing and flying for Ushuaia a French TV program.
      Best, Krov

      If you go to U-Tube and dial up Krov Menuhin there are more as there are on my web site
      As you know

      Airborne All the Way!

      28:11 on TCR

      1:14, 4:17, 46:23

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      • Okay, thanks. if you ever get to south Florida, we can take a Maule ride over the Everglades. The most important thing in airborne: Mental Alertness, sergeant.

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  13. Rick Marshall

    Previous message sent before name completed.

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