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Underwater Historical Explorations StaffTom O'Brien

Thomas Edward O'Brien was born 9/9/50 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in the Chicagoland area and attended South Dakota (Huron). Career first started as laboratory technician for economics laboratory (EcoLab). Promoted to administration as Manager of Production Control. Promoted to Superintendent of Shipping and Receiving.

In 1984, opened Thomas Alarm Systems. an IBEW union electrician for low voltage systems, fire alarms, burglar alarms, closed circuit TV, card access, phone systems and voice data network cabling. Tom is licensed through the city of Chicago, the State of Illinois as well as multiple counties in the Tri-State Area of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Tom is now presently semi-retired and consultant for the company while residing in Florida.

Underwater Historical Explorations StaffBrian Ulman

I'm the "B" in TBT&J, born 02/27/71. I'm a third generation master carpenter. Starting with rough framing and siding, at age 12 after school and summers. By age 17, I was a framing forman on 4,500 square foot homes. I was the top architecture and mechanical drawing student at my high school, finishing several college level classes before graduation. In my family, after school, weekends, and summer vacations, were time for work, not video games!

By age 20, I started building trade show exhibits for a large display company in Chicago. Soon after, I was the top producer and made Shop Forman. Building complex geometric shapes including metal fabrication expanded my skills. At age 28, I started my own cabinet and millwork installation company, working on some of Chicago's largest and most expensive homes. Some of my work was featured in Chicago Home and Garden Magazine.

In 2004 I decided to build a custom motorcycle to compete in the bike shows. In 2005, I took" Best of Show" at the American Iron bike show at the Sturgis Rally, The bike was featured on the cover of American Iron Magazine. Bluff Road Choppers is now my company name. Our current project is a custom ‘55 Chevy and we are building to compete "On the Lawn" at the prestigious Pebble Beach car show.

"Do it right or go home" is my motto. For those skills, I was chosen to be the engineer for TBT&J.

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Captain Tim Wicburg

  • Capt. Tim 43 years old.
  • Licensed captain since 1993
  • Licensed 100 ton master captain
  • Ran private charter. And commercial.
  • Running 115’ supply vessel for oil rigs in Gulf of Mexico 06-08.
  • Was previously commercial fisherman with annual 290 days at sea for 6 years from 1986-1991.
  • Fished alongside the doomed Andrea Gail on the Desire For Swordfish.
  • Also provide transport for private yachts.

Underwater Historical Explorations StaffCaptain Jon Hazelbaker

Hammerhead Marine Services, L.L.C., Ft. Myers Beach, FL
April 1999 – Present
Founded in 1999 to provide Commercial Diving and Marine Construction consultation to the Marine Contracting Industry. Services include; Project planning and estimating, subcontract procurement and evaluation, labor union negotiations, site visits and change order negotiations.

Stolt Comex Seaway, Inc., Houston, TX and Columbus, OH
March 1994 – March 1999
Vice President/General Manager
SCS, Inc. is one of the world’s largest diving, marine construction, ROV and shipping companies. Duties included overall management of the Midwest office that served approximately 18 states. Also served as Project Director of larger Company contracts shouldering overall responsibility for project execution and success. Other duties included estimating, contract and labor union negotiations. The Midwest profit center generated revenues in excess of $7 million annually (1998) and employed approximately 50 field and office personnel. SCS, Inc. is a public company traded on the NASDAQ exchange.

Commercial Diving Service, Inc., Columbus, OH
August 1969 – March 1994
Founder, President and Corporate Treasurer
Responsibilities included all facets of corporate management as well as project estimating, supervision contract and labor union negotiations. Additional duties included project management on the larger marine construction projects, performing technically demanding dives, deep tunnel penetrations and implementing the company diver training program. Logged over 12,500 hours working time underwater on commercial diving projects between 1969 and 1996. Negotiated the stock sale of this company to American Oilfield Divers, Inc. of Lafayette, LA in 1994. AOD was subsequently purchased by Stolt Comex Seaway, Inc. in 1996. Both companies were publicly held and traded on the NASDAQ exchange.

Association of Diving Contractors International, Inc., Houston, TX
1990 – Jan. 1997
Board of Directors, 2nd VP, 1st VP
Held a position on the Board of Directors for 7 years. Founded and served as chairman of the Midwest chapter for 2 years –1990 - 1992. Chaired the National Committee on Underwater Bridge Inspection Standards for 4 years – 1990 – 1994.

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Kevin McGregor, Major (Ret) USAFR

  • Born in Chicago, Illinois 1955
  • Moved to Denver, Colorado 1957
  • Grew up in Denver, Colorado Currently, Resident of Alaska
  • Newspaper delivery boy for the Denver Post.
  • Attended John F. Kennedy High School, graduated 1973
  • 1973-1975 Arapahoe community College. Assoc degree -Law Enforcement & Admin.
  • 1975-1979 Metropolitan State College. BS Law Enf and Admin, Minor-Professional Pilot.
  • 1974-1977 Littleton, Colorado Police Dept, Cadet and Dispatcher.
  • 1977-1978 Federal Express Cargo Handler, Stapleton Intl,Colorado
  • 1978-1980 Cimarron Recreation Flying Club Mgr & Flt Instr. Arapahoe Cty Airport, Co
  • 1979-Assisted NTSB in Cessna 172 crash belonging to club. Cause-pilot error.
  • 1979-1980 Copilot, Rocky Mountain Intensive Air Care, Stapleton Intl,Co
  • 1980-1985 Active Duty USAF,T-37 Instructor, Asst Safety Officer, Laughlin AFB Del Rio, TX
  • 1985-Accident board recorder T-37 spin accident, Del Rio, TX
  • 1985-1988 Active Duty USAF, C-141 Aircraft Commander, Travis AFB, CA Flew Top Secret clearance.
  • 1988-1997 USAFR C-141 Aircraft Commander, Assistant Safety Officer,Travis AFB, CA.
  • RETIRED as a Major from the USAFR in 1997.
  • 1988-present. Delta Airlines. B-727 Flight Engineer, L-1011 Flight Engineer, presently Boeing 767 ER international Co Pilot (based at JFK).
  • Legendary 1948 DC-4 crash in Alaska
    • 1989, start investigation
    • 1994, first attempt at on site visit.
    • 1995, Solo trip to glacier ice falls.
    • 1996, High landing zone (Cub Valley) and south ridge climb.
    • 1997, located wreck
    • 1998, Re studied glacier and debris site. Obtained NPS permit-4422 ID/retrieval
    • 1999, confirmed and documented its existence.
    • 2000, Flew with NBC Dateline flew in helicopter over site.
    • 2003, Revisited the debris field. It is disappearing under the rocks as the glacier melts.
  • Mountaineering:
    • Climbed 34 peaks over 14,000 feet in Colorado, 4 in California.
    • Mt. Rainier, WA twice
    • Mt. Olympus, WA
    • 2 attempts at Popcatapetl in Mexico
    • Climbed Kala Patar (just west of Everest in 1986). 18,200 feet.
    • Numerous expeditions to Mt. Sanford, AK.
  • Diving: Open water Cert. over 200 dives
  • Traveled all 7 continents, 45+ countries

Underwater Historical Explorations StaffPat Clyne

As chief videographer for Mel Fisher's expeditions, Pat Clyne has been involved with the Atocha and Margarita recovery projects for over 35 years.

A native of New York, Clyne began studying photography in 1966 while involved with aerial photo mapping and reconnaissance missions in the Foreign Technology Division of the U.S. Air Force. After attending the Coastal Diving Academy in New York, he teamed up with world famous Treasure Hunter Mel Fisher while on a shark hunting expedition to Key West.

He eventually became the captain of one of Fisher's largest salvage vessels. During the search for the lower hull section of the Atocha, he played a major role in recording archeological data and mapping the artifact scatter pattern. As a licensed pilot, Clyne compiled aerial photo mosaics in the search for the main section of the Atocha which was scattered over many miles.

In 1980 he opened the Treasure Salvors Photo Lab and developed a portable underwater photo grid track for assembling a photo mosaic of the Margarita hull structure. This mosaic was featured in National Geographic magazine. Clyne's photographs of the search and recovery of the 1622 Spanish Galleons have appeared in many major magazines in the U.S. and abroad.

In 1982, Clyne opened Paradigm Video Productions, which he still operates today. He has been involved in the production of many documentaries that can still be seen on T.V. which includes among others, two National Geographic specials, an A & E documentary, The Learning Channel, History Channel, Science Channel, and a number of treasure specials aired nationally on network TV (ABC, CBS and NBC).

He has also been involved with the production of a series of BBC documentaries on diving and marine salvage. His work abroad has included foreign markets in Germany, Japan, Russia and Italy.

Pat Clyne is listed in "The Who's Who of Scuba Diving" compiled by the Academy of Marine Sciences & Underwater Research. Clyne currently resides in Key West Florida where he has since retired as senior Vice President of all of Mel Fisher’s companies as well as the Public Relations Director and Media Consultant for Mel Fisher Enterprises. Clyne is still a consultant to that organization.

As a lecturer, he is engaged by the Washington Speaker’s bureau as a Keynote Speaker for corporate gatherings, conferences and banquets. He travels extensively as well displaying these magnificent Treasures, while telling the story of Mel Fisher's fabulous 16-year adventure.

Pat Clyne is the President of the Institute of Marine Archaeological Conservation (IMAC) and is actively engaged in various political conferences and debates involving the interests of the private salvor in researching and recovering our maritime heritage. His many debates include discussions which were heard nationally on NPR radio, as well as broadcast internationally on the BBC as well as many other radio affiliates here and abroad.

Pat Clyne’s video production company, Paradigm Productions, is still active in documenting underwater discoveries of special interest for TV specials.

Underwater Historical Explorations StaffMark Casey
Vice President and Station Manager

Mark Casey is the nephew of SSGT William Kittiko, one of the airmen who perished aboard the B-26 identified by UHE. He is writing a history of the event. Mark was named Vice President/Station Manager in February of 2014. He’s responsible for the station’s news, digital, and technical operations. He joined KPNX-TV in May of 1999 as News Director and became Vice President/News Director in 2007.

Casey has worked in journalism for 40 years in a variety of reporting, producing and management positions. He was a radio and television reporter and photographer for stations in Iowa and Minnesota in the late 1970's before moving to the assignment desk at Cap Cities-owned WKBW-TV in Buffalo in the early 1980's. After leaving Buffalo, Mark joined COX Broadcasting where he spent 11 years at three stations, as an Executive Producer and News Director. He rejoined Cap Cities - now Disney - as News Director of WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, in 1995. Prior to joining Gannett, he was Vice President of News for what was then FOX-owned WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mark was part of a team that was awarded a 2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, regarded one of the most prestigious prizes in broadcast, documentary and digital news – the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. The team won for their investigation into wrongdoing inside the Phoenix Fire Department.

Mark’s news teams have also been recognized for overall journalism excellence being named Best News Operation (North Carolina, and Ohio), winning a national Associated Press and Headliner Award for coverage of Hurricane Hugo and winning multiple regional Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Awards.

Casey graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Journalism and earned a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. He’s a past member of the Advisory Committee to the School of Journalism at W.V.U. and is active mentoring students there.

Underwater Historical Explorations StaffTracy Miller

Tracy headed up our Research department and was responsible for locating the next of kin for the MIA crew members. She spent countless hours pouring through old documents researching a host of websites and many, many hours on the phone. Her efforts resulted in the UHE group coining the phrase "We did not find the gold but we found the treasure!" Tracy also served as a part of the surface support crew during the initial search and salvage effort and later she participated in the dive crew during most of the underwater forensic investigation work.

Tracy was born January 1, 1960 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. She spent a lot of her youth sailing on Lake Erie out of Port Dover, Ontario with her parents. She was SCUBA certified at that time. She backpacked all through Europe from 1979 through 1980 with her two best friends, stopping to work in different countries along the way. In 1983 she moved to Fort Myers Beach, Florida and then assisted her parents in sailing the family sailboat from Canada to Florida through the intercostal waterway. At the age of 40 Tracy went back to school and received her LPN license while raising two her two boys, Adam and Alex. When the B26 opportunity came up she was put in charge of research and the task of finding any living relatives of the crew members. Of all of her accomplishment and adventures Tracy cites the successful location of the living relatives of three of the crew members a highlight in her adventurous career. "It was an honor for me to be able to give these people closure to the passing of their loved ones."

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