You too can become part of Alby folk-lore by writing to us - because we'll immortalise your mail on this page. Minimal editorial intervention is our policy. Of course, if you want to send a private e-mail, that's OK too.
Here is what some other visitors have had to say from April 1997 to March 1998...
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 18:54:10
From: Robert Wilson <email@example.com>
Your Site is a LEGEND!!! I'm running it in 21cTv in The Australian on
Good on ya's
[It actually went in two weeks later. The hits on this site jumped
from about 65 to 400 within two days.]
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 23:03:45
From: Roland & Sonja <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You will be happy to know that I finally looked at your site.....not bad. However, I did note that it seems that only 2 people went "in search of Alby". Alby may be crusty, useless waste of space but at least he acknowledges all participants in his escapades in the credits.
My reply to Roland: Dear crusty dude, if only you had looked a little more closely, you would have noticed that you were mentioned further on (it was dramatic effect, you know...) you were introduced as the non-believer that arose amongst our ranks. Anyhow, that's out of date now... this evening I've scanned a photo of all of us on the salt lake (you are especially mentioned), plus the "In Search Of" mural. You might like to think of a prize, and then perhaps, non-believer, we might consider you in the credits when we all become famous for reintroducing Alby to the masses.
[You can read about our friend Roland in the "In Search of Alby" section. That's what friends are for, eh?]
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 07:54:59
From: Mark Widman <email@example.com>
Organization: Michigan State University
Hi Rob and Shortbread,
I'm in school at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. The Travel Channel on our cable shows Alby's shows, but not on a regular schedule. I watch them whenever I happen to find them on.
Do you guys know if Alby's shows and movies are available in the US, or if the National Television & Film Archives in Canberra has them in a tape format that is compatible with US VCR's?
[The answer is covered in the main page under the "World Safari I/II/III" section.]
Date: Sat, 3 May 97 15:19:16
From: "Stephen M. Harmon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Guys, To say that Americans do not appreciate Alby is to sell us short. We love Alby. As the best couch potatoes in the world, as the leaders in mindless consumption and uncritical acceptance of media messages, we are able to watch the "cursed one" on one of our 3,457 cable TV channels. Seriously, though -- Alby resonates with the "Uh Oh! NOW I'm f%#*&#d!" crowd. Your web page pays homage to the hero of adversity travellers everywhere!
[Because these were early days, we asked Mark how he came into contact with us...]
Date: Wed, 07 May 1997 08:14:18
From: Mark Widman <email@example.com>
I used Alta Vista to search for "Alby Mangels". Your site was the only one I found that was really devoted to Alby. The other hits were mainly just mentions of his name in television listings, etc.
I was able to get a partial schedule of when Alby's shows are broadcast on the Travel Channel here in the States. I have been recording them as often as I can. I haven't yet come across any of his World Safari movies, but I'm hoping they'll show them someday. About a month ago the Travel Channel had an "Alby Marathon" where they showed Alby shows for 24 hours in a row, but I didn't know about it in advance to set up tapes. Also, I did watch part of the "Lake Kariba" special, but again I didn't have a chance to tape it.
I'm always happy to hear news about Alby, so if you guys have anything new, drop me an email.
[We also asked Steve the same question...]
Date: Thu, 8 May 97 12:01:16
From: "Stephen M. Harmon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Calders, I think it was a Yahoo search on "Alby Mangels." If not, it was an Altavista search on the same string. Again, thanks for your great work. I am using a color printout of your page to spread the legend. Steve
[Shortbread's wife Lynda claims no responsibility for this page, Steve.]
Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 19:37:29
From: Bob <email@example.com>
Organization: Frontier Internet
Here is my dilemma...I'm trying to find out where to get Alby's Videos! I looked for the address for the National Television and Film Archives and couldn't find it anywhere!!! Do any of you guys still have the address??? I would greatly appreciate it! I checked out a few on-line australian phone books, but to no avail.
Us Alby fans in the USA need your help!! Thanks alot!
[Bob became confused because I had mis-typed the name of the organisation that distributes the videos in Australia. See the World Safari I/II/III section on the main page for details.]
Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 22:53:00
From: Murray Rundle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi Guys, I really liked your page. Also I can tell you... my wife saw Alby in the roadhouse at Port Wakefield a few years ago. He dropped in to buy a steak sandwich. Keep up the good work
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 19:24:27
From: Mike Longmire <email@example.com>
F*$^' beaudy !!...
A fitting tribute to one of Australias few living legends. A true icon, a shining light, a man to which others (such as Malcom Douglas) can only aspire to imitate.
I was pleased to see a healthy respect paid to the great mans humorous approach to doco making.
Subject: Alby "Oh, No, the boat's just blown up" Mangels
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 14:24:43
From: "Nixon, Anthony" <Anthony.Nixon@cvg-grp.com>
I've just had a look at your Alby site ... I love it.
As an Aussie working in the US I almost felt like I was home again reading about Alby's daring exploits. It is refreshing to see a true Australian icon treated with the respect he deserves.
I think you should seriously consider a similar tribute to the Leylands .... I have particularly fond memories of the time my family missed a Leylands episode because of a reasonably significant blackout in Brisbane. I must have been about 10 at the time and was devastated. Fortunately, so was the rest of the town and the outcry was so huge that the TV station (I forget which) repeated the episode the following evening. Says a lot for Australian cultural standards, doesn't it? (I think the episode was the one were the spinafex gets wrapped around the tail shaft and the venerable old land cruiser goes up in smoke ... nail biting stuff, that ... I can almost hear the theme music now).
BTW, your link to "Judy I" appears to broken (not that I was particularly looking at the pictures of the girls, mind you).
Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 21:09:10
From: Kate Juliff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Congrats! You have been listed in Australians Abroad http://www.coolabah.com/oz
See http://www.coolabah.com/oz/new.html and http://www.coolabah.com/oz/culture.html
If you'd like to add a 1.5k logo with "As listed in australians Abroad" see http://www.coolabah.com/oz/linkme.html
Kate and Richard
Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 15:36:25
From: email@example.com (Hoffmann, Martyn)
Organization: JM Consulting Group
You've done a splendid job on your site. I wasn't aware Alby was as big as you say he is. His Advebnture bound series have been doing the rounds in US on Trevell channels.
I was trying to locate him on the web, but I see I should give up and go look for him on foot!
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 1997 10:58:21
Saw your site - was very interesting and well put together. I'm surprised that Alby does not have a site of his own and also that you guys couldn't reach him! I get to see adventure bound on cable - The Travel Channel, and am astonished at some of the things that poor old alby has been thru. Anyways just wanted you down under guys to know that people in the US watch and enjoy Alby's exploits...
Thanks for the great site!
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 97
From: "dave" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi, You're website's awesome, I'm glad to see that there are other Alby fans out there! I too have tried without fail to track him down. I asked the guy who owns the local video shop whether he knows where Alby is, he said he talked to him on the phone once and found Alby to be something of an "a*%hole". He also told us we were gluttons for punishment when we hired "beyond the horizen" oh well... Anyway the big news came when my friend Nicole told me that it wasn't Alby that was windsurfing in ws3, but her uncle!! Remember how we only saw the feet? hmmm...the plot thickens..... dave
[Sounds like a vicious rumour to me!]
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 14:45:08
From: Tony Locke <email@example.com>
Isn't it funny how whenever Alby comes to a creek - he immediatley has to stop and take of his pants! It obviously inspired Kevin Kostner to do the same in Dances with wolves (infamous butt shot in dam). Funny Site! Tony
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 1997 15:40:04
In a message dated 97-06-13 01:12:07 EDT, you write:
<< Thanks for sending off an email to us. Interestingly, the vast majority of the mail we get is from Yankees - I'm telling you, the local population just don't appreciate this local hero. >>
The things that I'd really like to know are how he got started, what did he do before he took off on his journeys - ex. he knows how to sail a boat, fly a plane ( I saw the episode where he got the helicopter license, and then crashed it), etc. He must have an incredible background to begin with before he even started out on his journeys. He does lead one heluva life, tho, and I'm glad someone is documenting it, because no one would believe where he went, what he's done and all the things that happened to him...
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 97 22:23:20
From: Nathan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Could you please give us more information about your merchandise? ALBY RULES!
[Finally someone asked the question! - the answer is, there is none. What, do you want us to get sued under the Trade Practices Act? Still, if the demand was high enough and it paid for our legal costs...]
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 08:37:28
From: "Dinycat" <email@example.com>
Please tell me how old Alby Mangels is, if he is married, his education, and whether or not he has retired from adventuring.
[We told you about "Chick-pulling Ability", didn't we?]
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 1997 17:46:40
Thanks for the write up, but what is it all about guys?
Curious why you did the page
>From Alby Mangels, currently in Africa contactable at the e-mail address below (private & confidential).
[Yes, if you've ventured this far into the
depths of the Web Site then you've reached its secluded climax - contact
from the Legend himself. We'll wait to hear back from him before we publish
any more details. Are we excited (does Jack Newton swim in circles?)]
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 01:59:37
Hey guys, I just got through watching a one hour documentary on Lake
Kariba. That was my first experience with the man. I've found my new idol!
The man is awesome. I wanted to know where I can get the books or movies
in America anywhere? I live in California and if you know how I can get
hold of anything please mail me back and let me know. Thanks for the great
page guys! And the inspiration.
Date: 07 Jul 1997
From: "West, Adam (MFPDC)" <West.Adam@mfpdc.com.au>
Boys, read this and weep.
I think it is in WS1 where Alby and his nephew are romping down at the Coorong in South Australia.
They did not do all of this on the Camel's back.
They actually had a base camp, an old, stone cottage right on the water front, not far from the very small township of Policeman's Point ( I think).
Now, a mate of mine's father [See mail from Des Mundy, 10th July] owns half of the humpy, the other half is owned by Alby.
Proof of this is that a pair of his famous shorts are permanently hanging from the veranda!
This could be a link to find the whereabouts of the legend, I'll follow it up if you want.
Date: 08 Jul 1997
From: Wetjens Dimmlich <firstname.lastname@example.org>
An Alby web site? I have to see this...
Alby was actually in Bolivia filming his next adventure while I was there - can't wait to see it. Loved his Zimbabwe special filmed in Lake Kariba which is about as wild as Lake Eildon.
[Did you pick the sarcasm? See explanation on 4th August, 1997]
Date: 10 Jul 1997
From: Des Mundy <Des.Mundy@lga.sa.gov.au>
Please pass on my warmest regards to Alby.
Along with two other great mates we once co-owned a shack with Alby at Woods Well on the Coorong.
>From Des, Kevin(KB) and Bobby
Date: 13 Jul 97
From: Jennifer Boardman <email@example.com>
As one who was mesmerized by Alby's exploits for the 10 or so years I worked for him promoting his movies.... its really quite something to see that the adulation that still abounds....
Just like an eveready battery....he never gives up!!
Date: 16 Jul 1997
Great web page !!! It's wonderful to see a bunch of people as into Alby as I am. In the USA we get the "Adventure Bound" series on the Travel Channel. I've been hooked since the first time I watched it. The man is a true legend, prehaps the greatest adventurer the modern world may ever know. Maybe you guys should devote a portion of your page to Alby's wonderful fashion sense. :) Keep up the great work and good luck on your search for Alby. Keep us informed.
Date: 25 Jul 1997
Hey Guys, I too am interested with Alby Mangels. He is the man!!! I'm from the US and watch Adventure Bound on the Travel Channel. I didn't know that it was parts of World Safari. My favorite shows are from South America. Do you know if he ever came to North America or the US? It is a dream of mine to find Alby too. Keep up the good work. I love the site and hope you add more. Good Luck. Jason M. Brewer, Charlotte, NC
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997
From: "Wetjens Dimmlich" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As for lake Kariba and it's similarities to Eildon (big man-made lake about 2 hours from Melbourne)- well it's an artificial lake that's holds a major part of Zim's water supply and it's where all the wealthy and middleclass (white) Zimbabwe folk go houseboating and water skiing etc... (sounds familiar to people who know Eildon) and is about as perilous as a trip to Melbourne Zoo or Werribee Park.
But there's no denying that for entertainment value Alby is an Aussie classic. Though as someone who has been to many of the same places as Alby I hope people don't take his shows too seriously and keep in mind that if Alby is axle-deep in mud you can be sure that there is probably a perfectly good bitumen road just out of camera shot...
Still... I'm looking forward to his next South American film.
Hope you catch up with him one day... Cheers.
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997
God, this guys shows are great. I don t like the bed and breakfast, 1st class tours of any country. I love the outdoors, sailing, "roughing it". GREAT GUY!! GO ALBY!!!
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997
Hey Guys, Why do you think that Alby hides where he lives and hangs out? He loves people and he loves meeting them, so why is he a recluse in Australia? Thanks for writing me back the last time. I would love to see a copy of his book. Could you send me the info on trying to find it? Take it easy and good luck! Jason M. Brewer Charlotte, NC, USA
[Unless you've got access to the public library in Eastwood, NSW, Australia - then good luck in finding his book. Look under a friend's coffee table maybe.]
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 1997
Hey Guys, thanks for the great site, But where is the merchandise? Let
us know when you get some.
Jason Brewer Charlotte, NC USA
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997
From: "David A Walsh"<David_A_Walsh%PKF@pkf.com.au>
Well well well,
I had a good laugh at your fixation - well done, an informative, well constructed site. You write like you speak - that's what made it enjoyable. I could imagine shortbread telling me the stories "live' as I read them.
Good to see you take the p#$% out of his situations
Hard to believe you've not been able to find him ???
Anyway I'm going back to check the pictures of his women.
[I think our friend Dave has misinterpreted the nature of the site if he thinks we're poking fun ;-)]
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997
From: Matt Fraser <email@example.com>
I watch Alby every week here in the US...I think they're running 20 episodes on the Travel channel. Just happened upon his show "Adventure Bound." Its hilarious. (although I'm not sure I understand Alby, maybe its just the simple fact that Alby "isn't playing with a full deck".... Anyway, love your site. I would love to find some videos to buy, but don't know how to get them. Kim
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997
From: "Joy Ragan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi, I live in the U.S.A. and I'm a big Alby admirer. Would y'all happen to know of any way to contact him? I'm homeschooled and if he's ever in the South-Eastern United States I'd love for him to speak to my local group.
Far out page, man!
Thank you, Jennifer
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997
From: jrbaril <email@example.com>
I love your site. I first learned of Alby while watching the T.V. series "Adventure Bound". Ever since I first saw him on T.V., I've been a faithful viewer of his show. I can't help but think the world of him, and it is a dream of mine to someday meet him. Since this probably won't happen, do you know where I could get a copy of his movies in the U.S.?
Hope to hear back from you,
Jay Roland Baril
[No, sorry, you'll almost certainly have to get them from Canberra, Australia... see the main page.]
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997
From: "Nick D'Amato" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Saw your page on Alby Mangels. I was wondering if you had found him yet. I had some clues that might help you out. The "Travel Channel", a cable TV channel here in America, is running a series called "Adventure Bound with Alby Mangels". You didn't mention a TV show, on your page so it sounds like it is composed of bits from his films.
It's my favorite show and some of my friends watch it and we will even call each other on the phone during episodes sometimes, to remark on the goings on in the show.
Anyways, at the beginning of the show, Alby comes on and tells us where he's going to go and what's going to happen.
At the end of the shows after he wraps it up he comes and often gives a plug for the the American travel office of the particular country he has just visited in case the viewer wants to go there too. They look like recent film spots judging from his age, and the newness of the show over here. The show is an hour long and runs once per week.
I think this is an arrangement with the Travel Channel, i.e. he is sponsoring travel for different countries. I have heard of a travel company called "Adventure Bound" in Australia that plans safari's and so forth. They advertise here but it has not been mentioned in connection with any of the shows yet to my memory, but it might be a clue.
I didn't understand what you ment about him getting a "bad rap" by the public?? How could anyone not like Alby?! He is so genuine, and sincere, my girlfriend likes him too. Are there some things we haven't been privvy to over here yet? Just curious.
One other question. Has Alby ever gone anywhere up in the Artic? Just curious. If you find him, let me know, I'd like to send him a fan letter in the e-mail.
Thanks for putting up the page.
I live in Ohio, United States.
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997From: Jim Kaiser <email@example.com>
Without a doubt, your site pays proper homage to a living legend. I can't seem to convince anyone else of that - American viewers to the travelchannel probably have probably noticed that Alby does a quick intro before the show and summary after the show ("If you think you'd like to visit (insert country), grab a pencil,...") He wears his "nice clothes" for these spots; same clothes, every spot. Any idea of the location he is standing while he does these...some kind of overlook or bluff? Am I to assume correctly that there is a World Safari 4 on the way?
Jim K. = Lexington,KY
[Answer: don't know & don't know, respectively. Don't get these intro's in Australia.]
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 1997
From: Richard Bull <r.bull@unsw.EDU.AU>
U2R2 SICK SICK PUPPIES!! You have forced me to reassess the great ones work with particular reference to the new data I have unearthed in these ground breaking pages. The most balanced appraisal yet of one of Australia's finest!
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 1997
From: "Nick D'Amato" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi again Andrew, Thank you for responding to my letter.
I'm pretty sure the endorsements that Alby is giving on the travel channels are paid spots. You might contact the Travel Channel, they might have the number of his agent, or a contact number. The date stamps on the episodes correspond to the copyright date of the film of that trip. There are about 4 different years it seems. 1986 is one, I think 1989 is another, and there is a later one. He is always the same age in the epilogues.
I don't think that Alby faked too much of his show. 99% of the 'stunts' weren't worth the bother in my opinion. I've been on trips around America and I can tell you that things go wrong all the time. Just because he didn't carefully edit them out like all the other safari shows do, shouldn't infer that he created them. A more likely possibility is that he discovered that people liked his fiascos and he played them up a few notches in later movies. That is the impression I got anyways.
I'll check a few places and see if I can come up with any info, but I don't think Alby does much in America, his commercial spots were probably filmed abroad and sent over. Most of our remote wilderness areas aren't much of a challenge compared to his trips. I think Alaska and the Yukon might be an interesting challenge for Alby though.
I'd love to see some of those parodies. :-)
Thanks again, NED.
P.S. You can call me either NED or Nick, doesn't matter.
[Either NED or Nick is referring to some "comedy" sketches I told him about, that certain local "comedians" have performed in at Alby's expense. Alby is, of course, funnier than all of them.]
It sure is nice to know that there is a web site for this very intriguing person. I watch his show on the Travel channel constantly. Besides a lot of courage what does it take to do something like this or some kind of safari. National Geographic is another amazing adventure no matter what the topic but how do they hire people to do this kind of work. I would also like to know how to purchase episodes of Adventure Bound or any other video footage. Please e-mail me back, I'll be looking forward to hearing from you.
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 1997
From: Dan Tabacheck <email@example.com>
After seeing your web page I searched no furthur for a page on ALBY. Is there really merchandise on ALBY, if so HOW DO I GET IT?
[Maybe one day, sorry.]
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 1997
From: <better not publish this until I get permission!>
Good Day Mates
Just want to find out why you started this web site and if you really are looking for Alby, or is it all per his instructions? the reason I'm interested is because he's my uncle.
Look forward to your response.
[How about that! First Alby, then Rick: the victim of Alby's pranks in World Safari III! The search gets tantalisingly close, but no donut... because we still don't have regular contact.]
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997
From: Steve Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I loved the site!! I have just recently discovered Alby Mangels through his television show, "Adventure Bound" which airs almost nightly on a travel channel here in the U.S. >From the first time I saw the program, I thought that Alny was a man among men, and respected him greatly. He seemed to be a really cool guy. Anyhow, since the first time I saw the program, I have told lots of my friends, and we often sit around and watch the show together. Cool Site! Keep it up!! P.S. I haven't seen the videos, I am going to look at the University I go to and see if they can order them for me. Thanks for the info!!!
A fellow Alby Fan.
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997
From: "Chris Kivi / Daryn O'Shea" <email@example.com>
Alby mangels is one of the most exciting humans on earth. I envy and want to be alby but am thankful to have relived his experiences through his films. I constantly watch his Adventure Bound shows in the us and really want to contact him, If I ca. please froward his email or adress so I may speak yo him, as he is an adventurer with the spirit I possess. Thanks for youer website. sincerely,
chis kivi Charlotte, NC USA
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997
From: "max december" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My name is Max. I've been watching Adventure Bound for a long time. It's very IMORTANT that you contact me a.s.a.p.. My email is email@example.com also my phone is 417-627-0032 and you can find me on icrn in chatroom #punkrock. I live in the U.S..
[His information must be good... this is urgent!]
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997
From: "max december" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I need you to contact me a.s.a.p.. I emailed you before, I think I have what your looking for. Contact me as soon as you get this.
[Oops, must pay more attention to e-mail and less to work... reply sent a couple of days later... what could it be???]
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997
From: "max december" <email@example.com>
After thinking about it I guess there was not any real urgencey. Where I live Adventure Bound comes on six days a week. I didn't know if they broadcasted it where you are or not. If they don't I could tape it for you, if you want. Also, I'm very intrested in what you found so far. So if you would email me all details on your search for alby. I'm in the process of trying to getting transferd to one of offices in Sidney. If that goes though my plans are to start searching for him too. Is there some way I can contact you though some sort of chat line? I was also wondering what the time diffrence is between both of us, do you know? Please email me soon I hate waiting.
thank you, Max
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 97
From: Rob Mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Max is on some serious drugs. Please explain.
[Now now, Rob, there's no call for that!]
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997
From: "Harvey Lucas III" <email@example.com>
Dear Shortbread and Rob, Great website. Ever since my first episode
of Adventure Bound (the one in which Alby crashes his chopper, his caravan
goes over a cliff, and he runs into a pole chasing roos) I have been on
a quest to find information on The Legend.
Regarding your mission to locate the elusive Alby, I suspect the sooner you start selling merchandise, the sooner he will go on safari looking for you.
By the way, I have a copy of "Journey to the Vanishing Gorillas" (1994), although it is on the US system. Please notify me if you have you a compatible sytem and I will be glad to mail you a copy. To whet your appetite, the episode opens with Alby and the beautiful Lucinda broken down in southern Botswana en route to Rwanda. According to Alby, the animals in the area are "extremely aggressive...and nowadays the hunter often becomes the hunted." As a result, Alby tapes a kitchen knife to the end of a stick and sets out on a 10km walk to the nearest village. Truly beautiful.
[You are a kooky dude, Harvey.]
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997
From: Noah Roderick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Rob and Shortbread, My name is Noah Roderick and I attend Western Illinois University here in the good ole US of A. I watch "Adventure Bound," whenever humanly possible. I have a dream of seeking adventure in this small world as inspired by Alby. He's something of a hero, a legend and a running joke at our house. I came across your page in a feeble attempt to contact him and tell him what a big fan I am. I searched all mediums I could. I even obtained the e-mail address of an Ausie named Albi Mangels. I had no idea what an elusive character he is. I have another motive for finding Mr. Mangels. My father is the chairman of an international human rights organization. Who would be better to testify on human rights abuse witnessed than our friend, Alby. Anyway, I have an idea for fiding him. Instead of going straight for Alby, have you tried looking for Rick or any of his contacts? You probably already have, but that's the best I could come up with. Please let me know if you discover his whereabouts. Actually, If you can, write back with anything. I woud certainly appreciate a response.
Still searching, Noah
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997
From: Sharon Reihart <email@example.com>
I just returned from Oz less than two weeks ago. I've watched Alby on our Travel Channel in America for the last 6-8 months now. What's really strange is that I wondered what the odds would be of me actually running into Alby while I was over there. WELL! Guess what! On my flight from Adelaide to Sydney, who do you think was right beside me across the aisle!!?? YES! Alby!! I got his autograph and the guy next to him took our picture with my camera. (Still don't have the film back from the developer yet) I'll email you a scan when I get it, if you want. Anyway I chatted with him for a little while. He was on his way to Africa once again. Said Rick was already there. I asked him about Beau and Matilida and he told me they were currently on a trip through the desert. When we landed in Sydney he even offered to help carry my luggage, but I politely declined (am I dumb or what!). This could have been the beginning of a great friendship. Oh well.
BTW...loved your site!
Sharon -- "Don't accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are strange." -- Robin Morgan
P.S. Forgot to mention the date I spoke with Alby was October 17th :)
[Do we want the photo?! Does Bill Gates pay 2% tax?]
Date: Mon, 03 Nov 1997
I don't know if his nephew's last name was Mangels, but there is a Rick Mangels in the U.S. Try this: Rick Mangels Danville,CA 94526 (510)831-8637 WTXP26A@prodigy.com
Maybe this will help you find him, if this is in fact his nephew. Just watched the Kangaroo Island episode, and thought I'd see if there were any internet sites for Alby. Nice Page!
[Relative? Don't know...yet.]
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997
I will come to Australia next week. I am a great fan of Alby, so if you have any recent news about him, I am glad for all information. What about his nephew Rick Snel? Does he know where Alby is? Do you know where Rick is living?
[See e-mail above (13th Oct). It came from Zambia, I'll tell you that much.]
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997
From: Kris Engvall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I did a web search to find your page. When I was a boy over 20 years ago I went the the theatre and saw a film called "TREK" this was the story of an adventurer that traveled all over the world. It made a great impression on me at that time and still does. I recently was reintroduced to Alby's work thru the "Adventure Bound" Series here on Cable's TV Travel Channel. What I would really like to find is where I can buy a Tape of "TREK" in VHS format. Please reply to my home mailbox of email@example.com
Kris Engvall Washington State USA
[This is intriguing... hope we can find out more.]
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997
From: Noah Roderick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Rob and Shortbread, Thankyou so much for the reply! I wasn't expecting it. I hadn't looked, in depth, at the "Dear Rob and Shortbread" section of the page, so I didn't see that you had actually contacted the man himself. However, I was disappointed that I'm being screwed out of the e-mail address. But maybe another time. Anyway, I was so honored that you actually wrote back that I've got all of my friends watching "Adventure Bound" now and looking at your page. I even got one of my friends to put a link to your page on his. Don't be suprised if you get a few letters from them. Don't get us wrong though; we're not computer junkies. In fact, I barely know how to run this damn thing. On that note, I must bid you goodbye for now.
P.S. My friends want to know how much Fosters you people actually drink.
[The answer is: we actually drink "Mule Bitter" in Australia, not Fosters.]
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997
From: Randy Mangles <email@example.com>
Hey Rob and Shortbread!
My name is Randy and I'm a friend of Noah Roderick, a guy that e-mailed you a few days ago. He introducecd me and some of our friends to some of the Alby Mangles epics on the Travel Channel and they were great! Once I get out of school, I'd love to go on a search with my good friend Noah for Alby! Noah of course thought of me when he first heard of Alby since my last name is Mangles (spelled differently, I know, but I feel a close bond with this Australian superman nonetheless). Anyway, my mother described him as strikingly handsome. Better look out dad! Say, what do you guys do for a living? It's probably somewhere on the page, but it's a big page! Not as big as Alby though, I bet! Eh? "Adventure Bound" is such a great show! Maybe I should change my name to Alby and change my last name to "Mangels" instead of "Mangles". Oh, that's too silly. I can only hope to be one-tenth the man Alby is. He should run for president! I'd vote for that lovable scamp! Okay, I have to go now, but write me and Noah back!
Alby rules! Randy
[I'm sure we could arrange a meeting between Alby and Randy's mum. And she'd only have to change her name by 2 letters. BTW, this letter is a crock.]
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 1994
From: Jeff Wood II <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wow I hoped Id find something like this, What an interesting guy Alby
seems to be. I Watch his "show" Adventure Bound on the Travel
channel every othet night starting on Monday morning at 4am. I work the
graveyard shift and the TV is always on. I quicky learned that the show
is both entertaining and insperational. Sightings: Ive do some traveling
in North America and unfortunetly haven't seen him. (But why would he be
in borring old North America when he hangs out near all the cool southern
Pacific stuff) As for the "curse", if you travel alot you quickly
learn that not all things on trips go as planned, but for most people there
isn't a camera running on you most of the time. I mean this guy was on
the trail for something like 20 years.. so of course he's gonna have a
few jeep crashes, rotor-craft mishaps and confrontations with the suspect
law enforcement officials of third world countries, it just goes with the
territory.... so to speak. Hey if you guys ever decide to go on another
Alby search let me know, I won't get borred after the second half hour
of the video [next time Roland can stay at home, you're on!] and
plus it sounds like a semi-valid excuse for me to see Australia. Keep up
the good works guys.
--Jeff Clearwater, FL USA
[Jeff, you've got something seriously wrong with the date on your computer! Something to do with tax evasion?]
Date: 21st Nov, 1997
From: Rick Snel
Good Day Rob & Shortbread
Rick here again, won't give the game away, but we are busy post-producing a brand new 12, one hour series for Alby. In fact we have completed 10 episodes of the new series. An interesting hint, the docos are no longer post-produced in Australia. I am currently also post producing my own series "In Search Of The Ultimate Destination."
Hope this offers a few leads.
Take Care, Rick Snel.
[Thanks for getting back to us, Rick. We at the "House of Alby & Rick" are of course willing and able publicists!]
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997
From: Dan Tabacheck <email@example.com>
I believe that in your "danger" section you forgot to ad one thing. I was watching "Adventure Bound" on the Travel channel the other day and Alby and Michele, I believe were traveling the skeleton coast in Africa via camel. They had 5 camels 4 adults and one baby. ( I do not know if any of the older ones were Beau and Matilda). One night before that section of the trip lions started to follow them and the little camel kept wandering off. Well, when Alby woke up he could not find the baby camel, he walked up over a small ridge and seen the lions finishing up a snack of his baby camel. Michele seemed very broken up as well as Alby. I think I also seen Alby crying when he told the owner of the camel what happened.
Hope this helped. Dan
[Folks, if ever there was an "innovative filming technique" in an Alby film, this was it. Trust me.]
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997
From: Nigel No-Mate <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Shortbread, Any progress on Alby so far? I've managed to transform him into somewhat of a pop icon here on campus! I was a bit disturbed however when I asked one of my friends from New Zeland who he was and he had absolutley no idea. What's more, he didn't even know if Alby was a male or female name! I mean come on! Were talkin' about the Don Juan deMarco of our century. Actually, more like Don Juan deAdalai, right? I was just curious if this was normal for a New Zelander. I also wrote to give my heart felt sympathy on the passing of Micheal Hutchence. He will be missed. The worst part about it is we'll never get to see he in Bono in a fight. Who do you think would win? My money would be on Bono I'm afraid(Irish prejudice). Well that's all for now. Later.
[I think Noah was confusing us with people who are actually interested in Michael Hutchence or Bono.]
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997
From: Nigel No-Mate <email@example.com>
Dear Shortbread, I've been checking the page in these past couple of days looking for Rick's letter. I'm very interested in what he has to say. I hope it's longer than the last message and I hope it's a little bit more coherent than Alby's("what's about all of the guys?"). Did you understand what he was saying? I'm sure he was just in a hurry because he's probably a very busy man. What does Rick do for a living now? Curious, what do you do for a living(you don't have to answer that if you don't want to)? Anyway, I wrote to discuss the AB in the Amazon Basin. I had seen it once before, but this time it struck me kinda funny. It just seems to me that he was more grief stricken when Sam died then when his current chick, Judy nearly bit it. I'm not trying to imply beastiality or anything, I'm just wondering where the priorities of a man with the monumental sensitivity of Alby really lie. I was hoping you could enlighten me as you are wiser and more knowledgeable of the man. The only thing I can say is that like John Shaft,"he's a complicated man and nobody understands him but his woman!" (I can fill you in if you don't know who or what Shaft is.) Well, that's all for now. I'll be awaiting your wisdom. Thanks!
BTW: I didn't really care about Michel Hutchence either, it just seems that he had that same build and look as Bono and it would make a good boxing match. Also, what does fair dinkum mean?
[Fair dinkum = true blue = Alby]
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997
From: "Howser, Terry" <Terry.Howser@cybex.com>
Just wanted to let you know that I actually did a search on "Alby Mangels" to see if I could find some info. I was led to your site.
I am familiar with Alby from his 1-hour specials that air on cable in the US (I think that they are on Animal Planet or The Learning Channel). My kids like watching him, as well. I am intrigued by his zany sense of purpose (reference the trip thru the jungle with Paco!!!).
Thanks for an interesting and informative site!
Terry Howser Huntsville, AL, USA
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997
From: Patharkins <Patharkins@aol.com>
Hey all !! Great site. I really enjoy watching the Adventure Bound Series on the travel channel here in New York. I too have made a fruitless effort at tracking down the Thunder from down under. I'll keep monitoring your site and when I am on the travel trail as I often am, I'll keep my eyes open. And my electronic pen at the ready to let you know. Thanks for the site and hope to hear more from you soon!!!
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997
From: Sydnee90 <Sydnee90@aol.com>
Dear S & R
Thanks so much for you info on Alby. I've been hooked on his adventures since I saw him on the Travel Channel while living in Tennessee. The bad news is, I've since moved to Indiana and DO NOT GET THE TRAVEL CHANNEL!!! I'm very cranky about this and my cable company knows it. Anyway, I was net surfing and found your page. GREAT!! I have my pen pal in Sydney searching for info about Alby all the time. I'll visit you again and keep up the good work.
An Alby Mangels Fan Club Member!!
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997
From: "TJ Fryatt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My name is John Fryatt and I am 16 years old, I look up to Alby as an inspiration and yes he is a legend. I only look up to 3 people in this whole world, my mother, Michael Jordan and of course Alby. I graduate high school next year and after saving up 500 dollars or so i am going to travel U.S. Then head south and go to Mexico, and South America. After that return home for a while gain some more money and then get enough to take off on plane or i would love to get my own ship and then take off for africa, then travel china europe, japan, and then sail to phillipines, and finish off at australia. after that i should have a good amount of time to track alby down and finally meet a legend.
[Alby, whatever misadventure this kid suffers - you will be responsible!]
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997
From: Nigel No-Mate <email@example.com>
Dear Shortbread, I've just been to the web-site, and I still see nothing new. I'm very exited to hear what Rick has to say. I feel that your long journey to be in regular contact with the man is coming to an end. Soon, you too maybe exaiming the fresh dung of gorillas in Africa or escaping from Devil's island along side Alby! When are you going to post the letter on the page? If you aren't please forward it to me. Noah
[Relax freaky boy. Look up - it's dated 21st November.]
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997
From: Mattydred2 <Mattydred2@aol.com>
Very nice guys. I've looked up "Alby Mangles" a few times with no luck. I don't know why your website showed up this time. I've been dying to get some more info on the man but came up empty handed each time. I live in the US and hope they will deliver those tapes all the way over here. Just wanted to say thanks for the great site and for getting me hooked up with MORE ALBY, which ,incedently, you just cant have enough of. Later on cats.
matt glenellen .youngstown, ohio. usa
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997
From: "K.Latser" <Klatser@hotmail.com>
Hi, that's a good page that you have started, I am from Holland and i can only find a few information about Alby here. There was a short series on tv, but they stopped. Good Luck, Bjorn
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997
From: Brice Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Sirs: I couldn't agree with you more....he's the last of the real men explorers/adventurers....along with Jacques Cousteau etc. Take it from me...a fellow-Aussie living in America...it's refreshing to see Albie on the Travel Channel at night. I watch him religously. I hope I can meet him one day...and buy him a cool one. Do you have his contact/address?
Major Brice E. Robinson U.S. Air Force Combat Vet, Panama, Desert Storm 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews AFB, Maryland (Home of AIR FORCE ONE)
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997
From: Cock of the Roost <email@example.com>
Dear Andrew, Have you just dropped off the face of the earth or what?
I went to the page one last time to check on the letter from Rick that
you talked about and it wasn't there. I need some more info to tell people,
or Alby will cease to be an American Pop icon. I'm getting my buddy, Newt
to make me a page, and Alby will be a large part of it. Are you p****d
off, or have you just lost interest? Shall I have to pick up the torch?
Please, throw me a bone here! Noah ************************************************
Have you ever had a dream? Just pack up and go? Well, I did.
I'm Alby Mangels. Join me now for "Adventure Bound."
[Chill out, Cock, I'm back.]
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997
From: David Mashek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
How in the name of god did Alby manage to fullfill the dream of millions like himself, and me, to travel the world and see so many wouderful things starting out with only 400.00 dollars. Where did his adventure begin, and where is it going to end. Your biggest fans Dave and John.
ps I look forward to your reply
[Dave and John, when you see the mail from Noah, then you'll realise you're not the biggest fans. Close, but no donut.]
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997
From: Sydnee90 <Sydnee90@aol.com>
Thanks for getting back to me, I really appreciated it. Where do you live in Australia? My husband and I were there exactly 8 years ago today. We truly loved it. We were on our honeymoon and had a baby 9 months later and named her Sydnee!!! We also have 4 yr. old twins, so our traveling days are on hold. That is why I really adore Alby. He truly has lived the average person's dream. I asked my pen-pal in St. Ives, Australia to try to find out info on him for me, but that was before I found your web site. OH HAPPY DAY!!!
It's -10 degrees F. here with 2 inches of snow. You're having your summer. Wow, I think I should go look at my Aussie pictures or maybe your Alby website!! Happy New Year!!!
[What a sweetie! The answer is Ermington, Sydney, by the way.]
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 1998
From: leif ryding <email@example.com>
My name is Leif Ryding, I´m a writer, journalist and filmmaker
from Sweden. (You can get some information about my latest film on following
During the late sixties I was working for an adventure magazine in Sweden and among many different missions I sailed in a yacht from Sweden to the Caribbean. The name of the yacht was "Klaraborg". In a documentary I saw in a TV-channel made by "Alby ", the speaker said that "Alby" almost started his life as an adveturer at Klaraborg. I remeber when I was working for "Woman Day" (!) as a photographer in Melbourne in the beginning of the seventies; when sitting on a train from Sydney to Melbourne, I read in the newspaper that Klaraborg just had arrived Sydney. Klaraborg sunk during a hurricane outside Australia a few years later. I am working on a script for a documentary about "Klaraborg" and her destiny. For that purpose I need to get in contact with Ably. I would like to ask you if you have a clue how to get in toutch with him.
Sincerely Leif Ryding
[This is the first of many fascinating letters from Leif, re. the "Klaraborg", a yacht built in the 1850's that Alby sailed on during WS1.]
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 1998
From: "andre" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good to see some people also think that Alby is a f@#$%@ national hero! I've not met or ever even seen the man. If I ever did, he'd probably think I was a cockhead anyway. Alby and I have one thing in common though, his life and my goals..
If your ever up Townsville way, drop me a line.
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998
From: leif ryding <email@example.com>
Dear Andrew or "Shortbread",
Thank you for your rapid reply on my mail. I have sent a mail to the National Film and sound Archive concerning the "World Safari I" you mentioned in your reply. Unfortnunally they didn´t have that video on their list any more, but they forwarded my message to a company in Melbourne, that gave me en short note last night thet thay will get it for me.
As I told you last, I was involved when Klaraborg was rebilt from a pile of boards to a proud ship. I got involved at the end of many years of reconstruction, when the project "Seven Seas" were dried out of money. I sold the idea to a publishing company, who for a small sum of money bought the option of the trip from Gothenburg, Sweden to the Canary Island. Together with one of the crew members we also succeeded to get some money for a docu of the trip. Unfortunally the photographer got drowned outside Portugal. Anyhow, we came to the Canaries at christmas 1968. I wrote my articles and then I left the beautiful ship. But I got another misson from my publisher; I had to cross the Atlantic in a rotten piece of wood, they called a sailing yacht. After three weeks crisscrossing the Atlantic (non was able to navigate) in heavy weather we finally were found by the US Coast Guard and the ship was toed in to Antigua as a limb duck. After a short time in Antigua I went to Dominica were many Swedes lived at the time. There I met the crew from Klaraborg again. Thay had just started to make tours with tourists. After a year in Dominica (a year that is described in my last documentary) I returned to Sweden and made some interviews whith parents and other relatives to the "boys" at Klaraborg for the purpose to in the future make a documentary. (It was said that Klaraborg and the crew would return to Sweden after some years in the Caribbean.) Early 1970 I went to Australia, partly for writing for Swedish papers and magazines, but also to work as photographer at Womens Day in Melbourne. I started my visit in Australia by stopping in Sydney to write some articles and do some other jobs. The very same day I left Sydney for Melbourne the Klaraborg arrived Sydney. I read it in the morning paper when sitting on the train. I tried desperately to get in contact with my friends onboard - unsuccessfully. I returned to Sweden after about a year and a half in Australia. During the years I have got small framgments of information about what happened to Klaraborg and her destiny. I got very surprised when I saw "Alby´s" documentary where the speaker stated that Alby was on Klarraborg. I really hope that I got a copy of that video. I have just started the preparation och is doing the research about Klaraborg and her history. As I rememer from my notes, the last of the original crew member were Ove Linnér and Ingemar Janum, I suppose. They were probably onboard when the lady sunk outside WA during the 80s. I´m sure that Alby or/and somebody else is able to help me with some information. OK "Shortbread" time in Sweden is now twenty to two in the night and I suppose you have just have get out of bed for a new exciting day. It would be nice if you can forward my letter to people that can inform Alby about my intentions. I suppose he is very busy, especially if he is doing the editing - I know. Time to go to bed. Hope to hear from you soon.
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998
Hello Mr. Mangels,
My name is Bonita van der Wal. I have just found out about your e-mail address. A couple of years ago, the Dutch television broadcasted your documentaries which were fun, entertaining and very impressive. In fact, as from that moment Australia was on my list of countries to visit.
As plans are getting firmed up for later this year, could you give us some suggestions of what to see (current plan is Northern Territory/Darwin, the Red Centre, Melbourne and Cairns).
Looking forward to hearing from you, best regards, Bonita van der Wal
[Well, this isn't exactly Alby's e-mail address, but it could be the next best thing, I suppose.]
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998
From: Adam Portmann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My name is adam. a friend and myself have just finished watching the WS trilogy and were considering doing our own site paying homage to the great man. Having long been a fan of the Alby phonomenan, I have always wanted to somehow pay him back for providing me with such entertainment and bewilderness.
Well done with your site I don't think I'll bother competing with you guys your doing a fine job. I was overjoyed to find that some other people were obssessed with Mangels mania. Anyhow I hope you one day meet Alby if you do send him over to Perth to meet some loyal fans.
Keep Up the good work.
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 98
Just read your website on Mr. Mangels and found it very informative. I too am an avid viewer of Adventure Bound and wondered about his background. I regret not discovering his series sooner but now I've hooked on to his ventures and look forward to watching them on the Travel Channel. He brings a realism to his "field studies" that hasn't been presented by other travellers. Anyway, it's good to know that there are others out there who appreciate Mr. Mangels' works as I do.
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998
you mentioned that you are a big fan of Alby's. Did you ever meet him ? You were not in one of his films by any chance - your name rings a bell. And did you become friends ?
It is time for me to go - work, you know !! I hope to hear from you and Lynda again soon - again, thanks for writing me - bye now ! brgds, Bonita
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 1998
From: Greg Bruyer <email@example.com>
Dear Shortbrad and Rob,
After sitting through all three World Safaris I wondered if there was any info on Alby and what he was doing now. Thank you for providing me with this information. Two words come to mind. Champagne Comedy. ("The Late Show")
Well done. Greg
P.s. I am a Multimedia Developer and if you need any graphic work don't
hesitate to ask.
[We did indeed ask, and the "headline" graphic is the result!]
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 1998
From: name and address withheld for obvious reasons!
I have access to Alby Mangles's own personal scrapbooks and related
slides, letterheads B/cards for Rick and so forth the slides are currently
being used as talismen by friends around the world (I hope they are looking
after them). This is fair dinkum I am also wishing to catch up with Alby
so I can personally give him these personal artifacts which I have procurred
from an Ad agency that did his cover artwork for the WS3 back in 1989 funny
enougth he seems to owe them some cash and I have also heard there are
some prominate Adelaide advertiser journalists in search of our estimeed
role model. Anyway I am fair Dinkum bout this and I have more pics I can
scan in for you although I am worried the Ad agency will find out.
p.s you are right about the book it's a must.
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998
From: Keenan Ivory Roderick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Shortbread, How's the Australian summer? I'm writing for two reasons. First of all, if you're still in contact with Rick, why don't you write him and see if he'll varify the e-mail address(Alby's) that I gave you. I figure if anyone knows, it would be him. [I'm sure it's a crock, Alby doesn't have an e-mail address - Shortbread]. Or you could just give him my address. Secondly, for Christmas, my friends had an Alby shirt made for me. They took the Albysam picture from your page and put a quote from Adventure Bound on it. Since the program is still on the computer at th U of Illinois, I had them make another one for you. The wheels are in motion. So if you could just give me an address I could send it to, I could probably have it to you in about a month(depending on how busy the dorks who made it are). Please accept it as a gift from me and on behalf of the American public for Alby. Finally, I am an Art History minor and I do enjoy performing improvizational comedy, so you weren't that far off on your assesment of me. Goodday. Noah
~Soylent Green is made from people! It's people!Peoplllllllle!!!~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hi, my name is Gerald Griesel
I live in Johannesburg South Africa and met up with Alby in Hout Bay Cape Town in 1992/93. I have tried for about three years to contact him and have found this site about him. If you should hear from him or get an e-mail address, please would you be kind enough to send it to me. Alby and I travelled to the West Coast of South Africa with an idea to start a diamond mining documentary.
Many thanks GERALD GRIESEL
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998
Hi-- Just like to say I liked your web site. My hubby(a Brit) and myself, a Yank, with travel in our souls, but reality in our lives, love Alby's adventures. We watch him on the Travel Channel and remark often about his women/animals/and ability to get into trouble. He lives the life everyone dreams about, but never gets the chance to do. Thanks for the info.
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998
From: Elisa Helm <email@example.com>
We found your web site last summer. It is very well done and we have enjoyed it.
My 11 year old daughter first showed us the funny Alby Mangles on the travel channel last summer. It airs here in San Diego very late at night. We are all wondering just how old Alby is now and how recent these shows are. The last one was somewhere in the Caribbean with Alby and an older Rick on a sailboat. Alby's latest babe was a dark, island native girl (We were surprised to see him deviate from his usual preference for fair hair). There was some sort of business on deck with a homemade beer, everyone hated it but the dogs lapped it up.
We are interested in knowing if Alby is still alive or have his old ghosts caught up to him and successfully tipped his trailer off of a cliff? With the amount of females he takes up with, we would not be surprised if eventually a fatal attraction takes him down.
Our entire family continues to watch Alby on the Travel Channel. Thank you for sharing the fun with us!
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998
From: "Kaj Timrén" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tack för fina Tv program Vi har nyss sett avsnittet om resan i Anderna.
hälsningar Kaj Timrén Örnsköldsvik Sweden
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998
From: "L, M, N & D Crane & M Hutsell" <email@example.com>
My wife and I think Alby is GREAT! As a Computer Science major, I think your site is FANTASTIC! One of the best I have ever seen. We watch on the Travel Channel here in the states. Now we are going to look for the videos.
Thanks again. Cheers,
Martin & Lee Ann Crane
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998
From: Kathy Morell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi Bob and Shortbread,
My husband and I are also another infatuated fans of Alby's, and we love your web site devoted to him. You guys have some great information about the hero. A crazy idea just came to my mind. We should all get together someday and form an Alby Mangel's fan club. The goal of the club would be to travel around like Alby does. Maybe we'll all be lucky enough to meet the man some day.
I was wondering if you could help me with something. I tried to write to email@example.com about the World Safari videos, but the mail was returned due to the wrong address. Do you know any other source where I may get these videos? I also searched on Amazon.com for Alby's book, but it was unsuccessful. Can you shed any light on this pursuit?
Thanks very much for your web site and any info you might be able to offer. Hope to hear from you soon.
Alby is the Greatest!
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998
From: "JW" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alby Mangels is the greatest. I watch his show on the Travel channel in America whenever I can. Do you know if any place in America has the books and videos about him? My favorite quote by him is "This is great!" Me and my friends think it's so funny because of his accent. [What's that supposed to mean? - Shortbread] Are his videos even considered documenteries? p.s. could you e-mail me on any other development on Alby. and what is the e-mail address he mailed you from?
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998From: Tom Raven <email@example.com>
Hey Guys, what an excellent site,Alby is the greatest human being on the planet, he is an inspiration for every one. Alby, live long and forever enjoy the travel and adventure.
If you guys have anyway of contacting him, pass on my thanks for a great series. I am in Sweden and we just got the world safari on TV, i was blown away. I am English. Maybe pass this on to his friend, and yes, more people the world over should know that Alby is a real adventurer...........
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 1998
From: Jim at Deirdre's Address <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was just sent the pages of your website of the Australian Legend ALBY by a friend in Sydney. I live in California, USA. I first saw Adventure Bound on the Travel Channel when I lived in New York City!
You left out some classic Mangels quotes. When Alby was in Machu Pichu with Michelle and he says,"I usually don't try to get too close to the girls, but there was something special about her. I didn't mind getting close to Michelle, she fit into my lifestyle just fine!" Is that a classic Mangels quote or what!
I travel a fair bit, and I always ask the Australian females about Alby and not many seem to care for his womanizing ways. You get that. My friend from Sydney acquired some vintage Alby photos since she works for one of Murdoch's newspapers. There is one of him & Sam on the Gretta, him & Michelle on a camel, him & Judy Green on a beach, & one of Alby's friends auctioning off Alby memorabilia, including a pair of Alby's trademark speedos! MY friend tried to track Alby down & nobody knew his whereabouts. His shows are entertaining & funny. He's funny when he's not trying to be. People either get it or they don't. You could start Alby Hysteria all over Australia to a new generation! Enjoyed the web pages.
My name is Jim & I'm using my friend's e-mail address.
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998
From: email@example.com (Kenneth Phillips)
Hi my name is Melissa and I live in Virginia. I really love your website, my boyfriend and I watch Adventure Bound on the Travel channel almost every night. The US really does appreciate Ably. We think he's great.
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998
From: Deiter630 <Deiter630@aol.com>
Dear Rob & Shortbread, I must say..."Great job on the web site." I will admit that not many people are knowledgable enough to know the legend that is Alby Mangels. Personally, he is my hero. I, myself, love to travel and I have admired his talents and energy from his show Adventure Bound on the Travel Channel. And in the spirit of his mere existance...my friends and I have planned our own little meager adventure that we humblely call "the Alby Mangel's Week". We (4 guys from NC, USA) plan to journey to the Outer Banks of NC (I know...not very far) but we are bringing only 50 dollars each and one shirt, one pair of shorts, etc. And of course we will bring a camera. We are packing extremely light and taking only what we need to survive. It will be a blast. It is the cheap way to follow in Alby's tremendous footsteps. What do you think, ehh? Anyway...I loved your web site and have bookmarked it. Hope you contact the MAN himself soon. I personally would like to know what he is up to these days. Thanks again mates!
Mike Joyce (Winston-Salem,NC)
PS. One question...."Of all his accomplishments and adventures to foreign lands, he must know several languages. How many (and what) do you suppose (or know) that he speaks?" ---Get back to me on that, would ya? Talk to you later
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998
From: NO12C1 <NO12C1@aol.com>
I really admire Alby! It takes some serious guts to do what this guy has done for as many years as I've been alive! I hope you catch up to him soon. I hope to happen upon myself one day...I won't hesitate to try for a photo & autograph! Enjoyed looking at your site and will check further later. Keep up the good work!
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998
From: "Paul" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Nice page boys, but lets face it, Albys a wuss......... Troy Dann's the man !!! :-)
[The damned cheek of it! Troy Dann is the new Australian outback adventure kid. He's got a few years to prove his crustiness yet.]
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