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 1998 to March 1999...
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998
From: Spud1978 <Spud1978@aol.com>
My favorite episode of alby's is the one where he's in peru, especially because i've been there this summer and it turned out classic as well! except i didn't buy a crapped up $90 car and i didn't get attacked by terrorists. alby's a man after my own heart, and if he needs a kid to be a victim (in case rick's fed up) then i'll volunteer for the position! alby is greatly appreciated here in america...more than he thinks...hey alby, how about a classic adventure in alaska? Damian
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998
From: "Jerry R. McKenney" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello! I have been a huge Alby Mangels fan for about two years now since I saw his first show on the T.V. I have tried to find out more about him but everyone around here has their head in the clouds. Anyway, I just got a new computer and figured I'd try to look him up. And to my delight I found this page! Alby is a zigging fellow and I was glad to find that the Aussies appreciate him. I'll try to spread it about here in Texas. I'm in high-school at the moment, but I plan to travel myself when I get out of college. When I get loose, look out! Yours, Jessica McKenney AKA Zelda McMuffin
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998
From: MANGELS@webtv.net (JOEL EWING)
I NEVER THOUGHT I'D FIND ANY INFORMATHON ON THE LEGEND. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP I'M A DEVOTED FAN AS YOU CAN SEE FROM MY MAIL NAME.
I HAVE ABOUT 20 ONE HOUR MOVIES I RECORDED. I'LL SEND YOU COPIES I KNOW HOW HARD THEY ARE TO FIND. I WAS SHOCKED TO FIND THIS WEB PAGE. MY ADDRESS NAME IS MANGELS I WILL SEND YOU COPIES FROM SPOKANE WASHINGTON IF YOU E-MAIL ME AND TELL ME HOW TO SEND IT. I WANT TO KNOW WHY ALBY AND RICK'S LETTERS WERE SO SHORT. IT'S HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT ALBY HAS A COMPUTER. IF THEY E-MAIL YOU E-MAIL THEM BACK AND FIND OUT WHERE WE CAN GET COPIES OF THE NEW MOVIES. AND DO.ALBY OR RICK HAVE A PERMANENT HOME, THEY SHOULD TELL YOU. BE PERSISTENT. PLEASE E-MAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW. YOU MADE MY DAY WITH THS WEB PAGE.
[If it doesn't read correctly blame me this letter could have been written in Hebrew or Ancient Greek because there was no punctuation I edited it so that you could read it without getting too lost.]
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998
Fellas, on behalf of the entire continent of North America...i want to be among the first to wish a Happy Anniversary to this masterpiece of a web site and central hub of information regarding the adventure bound Alby Mangels. I notice that the web site was created on April 12, 1997. In one short year, you have managed to gain contact with nephew Rick twice (with vital info for us all) as well as an "authentic yet confusing" message from Alby himself. I'm eager to see what Year #2 will bring for us all. Keep doing this service on behalf of the world, please. With that said, i'll raise my Oil Can in a toast...
JIM KAISER Lexington,KY
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998
Dear Rob and Shortbread,
Nice job on the website - very interesting! I recently had an Australian visitor to my home in the U.S. Naturally, I asked him if he knew about Alby Mangels. He said "oh yeah, he's a fraud." I asked him what he meant and he said that unlike the character he portrays on camera, Alby likes to frequent 5-star hotels. He also mentioned something about one of the girls suing him after a car crash.
Please let me know if you have any more info on this "5-star hotel" charge. I'd like to believe it's not true! Also, do you know anything about the lawsuit? Did it involve Lucinda?
Anyway, sorry to ask about these unpleasant things, but it was pretty hurtful for me to hear them and I hope I can get more info to make my own judgment.
Matawan, New Jersey, USA
[Allegations like these shall not remain unanswered! Here is our considered response, reproduced in full...
Can I say on behalf of Rob and myself that your situation is very common. Fear not, we will set the story straight for you in a response worthy of your heartfelt letter, because our web site was created for people just like you!
Some of the facts as you have heard them are undoubtedly true. But what matters most is how you *interpret* those facts. For example: "Alby likes to frequent 5-star hotels." Interesting statement; let's analyse it a bit more closely. Now Rob reckons that he sighted Alby at the Carlton Crest hotel in Sydney back in February. "Carlton Crest" sounds pretty classy right? Well, not exactly, it's one of the cheaper nice hotels - my company uses it, so I know. Not exactly the Intercontinental. Now where does your friend expect Alby to stay while he's in Sydney trying to flog his latest movies to Channel Nine? In a caravan park? He was also frequently sighted drinking in the bar of the Grand Hotel in Glenelg, South Australia. Hardly 5-star. Did you know that Lucinda was a Bond girl? Read this quote to your "friend" and watch him weep: "On the set of 'License to Kill' I stayed in a luxury hotel and I was ferried by limousine to and from the set in a beautiful old casino. When I filmed with Alby we spent most of our time living in a clapped-out van overlooking a cliff on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia or in a cave on nearby Wedge Island. We were really roughing it. There was no hot water and we literally had to clean our own makeshift toilet in the sandhills with a shovel."
Judy Green (not Lucinda), a "Sale of the Century" model, sued Alby after the prang he had in the remote Brazilian town of Manaus during World Safari II. She sustained serious head injuries. So the story is true. But it's not the full story, and the *only* implications from the story is that the "Curse of Alby" is no myth! For a start, Alby, Judy and the cameraman were all injured (there is more information about this under "Danger... Acco" on the web site), and a number of people were actually killed in the bus that hit Alby's jeep. This was major news in South America in 1986 (a Peruvian friend of mine distictly remembers the incident). He tells me that the drivers on that road are completely mad and people die frequently. Alby explained the 'ensuing' events this way: "I couldn't get any Third Party insurance on the vehicle in South America and the only option Judy had was to sue me." All of that malarky is clearly behind them by the next movie when Alby is filmed saying goodbye to Judy before heading off to Africa.
But really I digress from the key issues here. You see, it's the Curse of Alby and the dodgyness and the close scrapes and the foolhardiness that makes Alby special. If you want to see fair dinkum documentaries well obviously you watch David Attenborough. If you want entertainment then Alby's your man. It has become fashionable in Australia to dismiss Alby as a fake... so your "friend" isn't even being original or clever. Sure Alby did some dodgy stuff - but it's so obvious it's funny (see "Innovative Filming Techniques" on the web-site). That's what makes him a legend. Part of the enjoyment of watching his films (especially WSIII) is working out the logistical impossibilities. To mark him as a fraud is to completely miss the point. Some people just don't get it. That's why we made the web site... to redress that cultural imbalance and slam those denigrators of a phenomenon of our times.
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998
From: "charles J Munn III" <email@example.com>
Well, I can see that I certainly am not alone in my appreciation for the man that is Alby Mangels. I, too, watch him in "Adventure Bound" on The Travel Channel, here in the States (I'm in Columbus, Ohio).
Were the WS series' movies, or one-hour episodes? It seems that the "AB" shows are indeed taken from WS.
I knew that I wanted to see the world, but I was gearing myself up for a life of mediocrity and complacency. But after coming across his show, and now your web site, I find searching the employment sections very depressing (not much adventure in telemarketing <G>).
So now I need to know, how can I be an adventurer, too?? And do I need a cameraman that appears not to be there? (I've noticed that, unlike, say Michael Palin's shows, Alby makes no reference to his cameraman. It just seems odd, that's all; you know, when he says, "Michelle and I...")
Well, that's a bit long. Sorry 'bout that. <G>
Charles Munn III
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998
From: Michael McGregor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Congratulations on such a unique web site guys! It f*!#'n rocks! Also thanks for the info on the page, i am actually using some of the info to give a seminar comparing a past Australian explorer/adventurer to a present one (i.e. Alby). Hope you don't mind me grabbing a few pictures..... Good luck finding the man himself and keep up the good work!
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998
From: Graeme Lever <email@example.com>
dead set legend....I love it!
See you at Woolies
[Even business associates have time for Alby!]
Subject: You guys are Gnarley
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998
From: RogerThati <RogerThati@aol.com>
Excellent site dudes. Alby rules. We get him here in Maine on the travel channel and that's the only channel worth watching unless you are into murder, negros, and moronic murder stories about negros and murders.
Keep up the good work.
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998
[Re: return mail 17th April...]
Thanks very much for putting these things in the right context. I'm now in a better frame of mind to enjoy Alby - who's now on 5 nights a week here!
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998
From: Michael McGregor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thanks for the note, i did end up using a fair bit of stuff from your page as well as some of my own observations from his videos. What i had to do was basically just a self-interest seminar on whatever topic i felt like, which turned out to be Hume & Hovell from the 1800's, as well as our mate Alby "Modern Australian Explorer OR Jinxed Reckless Aussie Legend". I got a great response from the audience, especially to the scene where Alby supposedly scares Sam away from a croc (i used the footage to show some of his setup situations). Btw.. it was for a Chemical Engineering subject, and i think the hits on your page may go up for a while......... : )
Thanks again for the help......... and do you know any more about the new series with Alby and Rick???? I can't wait for it now!
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 1998
From: "B. Peet" <email@example.com>
We love Alby, and have a bet going about his age. Could you please enlighten us? Thanks! Betsy
[He turns 50 on November 16th this year]
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998
From: "charles J Munn III" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hey guys, It's me again. Still watching and loving "Adventure Bound," and I got a couple of good quotes. First, after the old Dodge goes over the cliff, and then the burial--"Crashes to ashes, Rust in peace."
The other is after Alby gets a chopper to find the camels, and gets back to camp--"I was so happy to see Rick again. I wondered who the girl was [Heidi], and what she was doing out here. I had to smile. Not only was he in good shape, but he had also gotten female company, right out in the middle of nowhere. I was really impressed; he was learning fast." Sounds like the nephew is starting to be like his dear old uncle, eh?
At least we finally got to see the cameraman, if only briefly--when the jeep crashed. I like how the camera just happened to land at an angle we could see the wreck, and how the cameraman checked if Alby was okay, then got the camera!
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998
From: "JONATHAN SIMON" <JHSIMON@worldnet.att.net>
I am happy to see that I am not the only person to appreciate the work Alby has done. Around here (Miami) no one has heard of him (that I know of). Here is an obviously intelligent person who is capable of being a "respectable, productive member of society" yet he chooses not to chase the almighty buck and do what the F*%# he wants (so he sells his productions, I do not think he planned on it when he set out 25 years ago).
This guy lives in one week what most live in one year. I seriously doubt he will have any regrets when his day comes. Anyway I to am considering doing the same (travel around the world) minus the production. Alby is one of a hand full of people I would like to meet, and who I respect.
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998
From: Bonnie Baril <email@example.com>
I would just like to thank you guys for having such a wonderful site. I last visited it this past fall (October), and I see you guys have done some more work on it. I love it. I've got it bookmarked now so I can easily check out any updates on Alby. Keep up the good work and God bless!
Jay Roland Baril ICQ# 6554595
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 98
From: alexis <ANTHONAR@miamiu.acs.muohio.edu>
I love this page! I am a student at Miami University in Ohio. I watch this show more than any other. It is my dream to go on excursions like Alby has. I looked for this site to get more info about how he got started and about his other travels. I would appreciate any extra news about him. I would also appreciate it if you could suggest any other contacts I could make regarding world travel. Thanks Alexis Anthony
Date: Sat, 02 May 1998
From: David Toole <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Confession 1: I didn't really want to know anything about Alby that he hadn't already revealed in his shows. I just wanted to know what became of the lovely Michelle.
Confession 2: There was a time when I wished I was Alby. That, of course, was when he was travelling with Michelle.
Confession 3: After watching Alby years ago on one of the five million American TV channels we get here in Canada, I now watch him on until-recently-undiscovered American travel channels through my semi-illegal satellite dish that seems to present me with Adventure Bound day and night. I'm older and wiser now now, and I still lust after Michelle. Funny, though, Alby just seems to get funnier and funnier. I'm sure it isn't intentional.
Confession 4: I greatly enjoyed your photograph of Michelle.
Confession 5: Even without the photo of Michelle, I'm sure I would regard your Web tribute to Alby as an Internet classic.
Confession 6: I have Alby on the TV as I write this. But it's one of those damned episodes without Michelle!
So how about it guys. Isn't it time to start the official Michelle Web Page?
Thanks for a job well done.
[It's all about priorities, Dave. Get some!]
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998
From: David Toole <email@example.com>
[Continuation of letter above, after our response...] You might have something there. Undoubtedly Michelle--when she comes to her senses and realizes the great loss she has suffered by taking her life in a separate direction from Alby's--will read your Web pages in an effort to console herself and engage in a bout of self-flagellation over her ill-advised choice. She will then see my last email, which you have kindly posted on your responses page, and in an attempt to lift herself out of her state of misery will realize the benefits of becoming a Web Queen. Of course, she will eagerly email me, and I'll be in business. Isn't life grand? And to think before the Internet I'd have to trek around the world to find her. Hell, Alby could have done the whole thing from his keyboard!!
All kidding about Michelle aside, I'm reading through your Alby material for the third time and still getting a kick out of it. It's very clever.
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998
From: Barbara R Bowers <NovMoon@compuserve.com>
I love the adventures of Alby Mangels. As to finding him , I wish I knew, but really had a thought when I was at the beach today.
I think Alby may be overwhelmed with all of this publication. I feel he wants us to learn about Mother Earth and to respect her and that all of the dangers where not to impress us but to make us understand that Mother Earth must be respected.
I am sure right now he is in a place where he most feels at home. Some small place in Africa living like a bushman. It breaks my heart when I see how things have changed in the world and how others feel they must take. Alby does this for me, he shows me parts of the world we have never seen before, and teaches and reminds us to stay intouch with those things that seem to be evaporating from the earth. Someday I hope to go to some of those places and plan it in my furture, but if I only make it to one place Alby has been I will feel like a very lucky person. As far as finding Alby I think he lives in our hearts he and touched us with his humor and aventures, he dwells is all of us who listen. That yes this gets your metabolism, and yes what a way to live, and yes he gets all of the chicks, but he is a teacher in life and how we all should respect the enviroment. Sometimes I dream at night of going on a surfari with Alby myself, and thats how I visit him. Thank you for this wonderful websight and I hope you view this letter for others to see. NovMoon
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998
From: "ikillfire" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Shortbread and Rob, I watch Alby's Adventure Bound series everyday. I truly agree with you he is a fantastic person. His sense of adventure, humor and compassion for all life makes him a wonderful human being. If you guys or Alby for that matter ever make it to Las Vegas be sure to E mail me. It would be great to show you the town. GREAT SITE!!!!! Fellow Adventurer, Dava
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998
From: "Nancy Kenyon" <email@example.com>
I live in a small city in central California, and can only dream of ever meeting Alby. However I reserve an hour of each day to be with him on "Adventure Bound". I thouroughly enjoyed your web site and will visit again in hopes of finding out if you have found the elusive Alby!!
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998
Dear Rob and Shortbread,
Hello guys. I am sure you don't remember me, but I just have a couple of
questions for you. Just to stir up your memory...I wrote to you previously from
my other screenname, Mikhail72@aol.com. I am an American who is planning his
own little Alby trip to the outer banks of North Carolina. Still don't remember,??
oh well.. Anyway, to get the authenticity of the Alby trip, I went online to
see if I could acquire all 3 WS tapes. I was finally lucky and was given the
tapes from BetaFilms or someone. I watched them over and over and documented
the journey that Alby took. And...as a result, i authored/designed an Alby
Webpage. It is very neat, and will prove to be a great addition to the
string-o-knowledge on this great adventurer/ great man. However, the question
that I have for you is....in the area of pictures...I used some the ones that
you have on your site (mainly the pics of the girls). I was wondering if it
would be ok if I used them (keep in mind that the site is not up yet)? And
another thing...once I get the site up, I was hoping that you may add me to
your links of Alby. Not to much to ask ehh? Just wanted to check with you guys
first. Another question: You have checked out/ or have that book of Alby's
journeys, right? well...does it say anything about how old Alby is? When he was
born? Where he grew up,etc? I think that that would something that Australians
and Adventure Bound viewers would like to know also, dont you think? Well..that
is all I have for you now. Email me back ASAP. Then, once I get the ok from you
to use you scanned pictures, I will email you the hyperlink to my Alby Site.
Ok? Take care and talk to you soon.
Michael Joyce (aka Deiter630@aol.com, or Mikhail72@aol.com)
[There's some good news for Alby fans. And yes we should provide you with more background information. Stay tuned.]
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998
From: "charles J Munn III" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The water pump dance with his mate Pete. 'Nuff said. :)
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998
From: Hunter Schaeffer <email@example.com> Organization: Earth ;-)
Alby Mangels rocks! ;-)
Unfortunately for me, I purchased a home recently and the local cable company does not carry the Travel Channel (on which Adventure Bound airs). :-( Thanks for providing your site to the rest of us!
Hunter Schaeffer, Atlanta, Georgia firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com)
PS- ****Do you have any more info on the new episodes od AB, or Rick's new show? **** (Please reply if you have any info on (When & Where) the new shows might be available in America (oe mail ordered from Australia)?)
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998
From: "AL A BELCHER" <ALBEE35@prodigy.net>
I am an American who thinks adventure bound is great! Will there be new shows if there aren't any already,and what is Mr. Mangels up to these days. Iam curious as to how he and his team or ''mates'' get to where they go with what I think are very limited funds at best. I would really appreciate an email address or any other correspondence possible with Alby Mangels and adventure bound. Thank you ALBEE35@PRODIGY.NET
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998
From: "Peter Lennox" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Awesome site! Keep up the search for the elusive Alby. I guess you guys are aware how popular the "Alby merchandise" would be if you could somehow produce some. How about a t-shirt with a big pic of Alby on it? I don't think he would have copywritten that pic of him with that chick on the plane for example...
BTW: I'm having an Alby Mangels World Safari party at my place on the 10th of July. Interested people can email me! (I live in Melbourne). I've also found copies of all 3 videos and the book at my local library. The importance of this last bit is just to brag.
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998
From: "Ray Rehberg" <email@example.com>
Excellent job on the web page. I enjoyed it to the fullest. I started watching adventure bound one day and got hooked. Oh by the way Im Ray. Im employed in the U.S. Coast Guard and Have been traveling around the Caribbean for the past 3 years and also in the Great Lakes. Been all around the US , Canada and Central and south America. Thanks again for the web site and hope to hear from you soon. Rayman@Sault.com
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998
I am writing this on behalf of my sister who is visiting from Florida. She is a huge Alby fan, and was wondering if there is a fan club or if she can obtain a picture of him. Also she is asking about the Alby merchandise. Where can she purchase it? Any reply will be of great help. Thanks, Cat Diesel@AOL.Com
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998
From: "gyings" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have become a recent fan of Alby Mangels. I get to see his "Adventure Bound" television series via the Travel Channel. I think he's great. I got interested in it when I was flipping through the channels and came across his show on "The Coorong". I have some friends who live near Adelaide and when he mentioned Adelaide, I ended up watching the show. Have been watching him ever since. He's not hard on the eyes, either. Quite a woman's man. Wouldn't mind seeing him in a centerfold. Ginny PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998
From: Craig Burt <email@example.com> Organization: Arbor
Alby Magels is the dumbest tree hugger I've ever watched. He is quite silly and mindless. We would laugh him out of our country if he came here(USA). His ego is large but his IQ is as small as those ridiculous tight shorts he wears.
[Our first ever hate mail in more than a year on the web and after 2700 visitors. Feel free to send him a cheerio.]
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998
I recently seen your shows at 6.00pm est on the Travel Chanel. I wish they could put you on at 9.00pm so I could watch all your shows. You have one of the best shows on TV, Thanks.
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998
Hello, My Mother is 71 years old and watches Adventure Bound every day and just loves Alby. I would love to surprise her with an autograph picture of him. I noticed that Alby and Rick check in here once in a while, so guys, if you read this you would make her very happy. Thanks and hope to hear soon. I enjoy the show, also... e-mail... Mocknbrd@aol.com
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998
From: "Eric Hauser" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Shortbread & Rob,
Hey there. My name's Eric and I live near Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Just found your Alby site a few weeks ago and wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much I've enjoyed it. The Travel Channel here in the US runs episodes of "Adventure Bound with Alby Mangels" daily at 6pm and every night when I get home from work I tune in. I can't get enough Alby. My girlfriend hates him and can't understand why I watch his shenanigans. I just get a kick out of it. The other day the episode when Alby and Rick try to find thier lost camels in the Outback was on - the one where Rick drives the Dodge off the cliff, but manages to jump to safety right before it plunges off the cliff - and somehow manages to get a perfect camera shot of the truck crashing. Great fun! The other night I had a dream that I ran into Alby in some airport somewhere. Very strange. Unfortunately I don't think any of the World Safari films are available here in the states. Oh well. Do you think that the Adventure Bound has parts of WS in it? I wonder ... What do you think Alby is doing these days?
Where in Australia do you guys live? I'd love to visit your country some day. Have you ever been in the US? If you plan on travelling here let me know and maybe I can give you some info, especially about the East Coast.
Anyway, keep up the good work. Write back if you get the chance. Seeya later! Eric
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998
I really enjoy watching Adventure Bound (and Alby's chicks). But what about Rick's girl Jean or Gina. What's happen with her? and how can I find out more about her?
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998
From: Jeff <email@example.com>
Rob and Shortbread,
I love Alby's "Adventure Bound" program. I've been watching his show here in the States for sometime now on the cable travel channel. This guy is just the greatest modern adventurer.
He definitely has a following here in the USA! A few of us talk about him/ the show at work and lament the fact we ARE at work and he's running around the world having a great, if not precarious, time of it!!
I did'nt know much about him though but figured out as much as posible from the show. Thanks for the informative sight and keep up the efforts to locate Alby. (sure would love to e-mail him!!)
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998
From: Richard Speir <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My boss, Vic Spencer, whom I'v known for nearly 20 years now, has always told me these seafaring yarns about a slightly crusty ship named the Klaraborg, her randy captain, Ove Linner, and various and sundry crew, most of whom turned over like a revolving door. Vic served as ship's carpenter during his stay onboard.
He's in the process of getting set up on the internet, and would like to establish correspondence with fellow sailors who survived the "Klaraborg Experience".
He sailed from Brazil to Tahiti in 1974-1975, experiencing some 110 days at sea, between Panama and Tahiti, punping for dear life on the very pump you mention in your web page. Great stories, also, about Capt. Ove's relatives on board.
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 1998
From: Wimwan Vadakan <email@example.com> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
hello.i'm writing here from the us of a, and just wanted to tell y'all what an orgasmic experience it was to find such an exquisite and dedicated web site to the legend of all legends, mr. alby mangels. I've only recently discovered the wonders of Alby via the travel channel that we get here in the states. But i'm not satisfied with the frequent repeat episodes and edgy time slots , so i really am dying to own the damn world safari videos so ican wake and sleep to Alby on my screen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. My friends and family want to commit me, but they just don't understand. they think hes a fraud with all his set up shots and trick scenes, but i explain hes merely a great entertainer, with hot girlies.anyhow.....bye
yours in obsession, troy v. laguna beach, california.
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998
From: "Justin Broomhead" <Justin_Broomhead@bates-dorland.co.uk>
Dear Guys, First I want to congragulate you on a legend website. It brought back many a childhood memory. The reason I'm writing to you is to seek your expert advice in matters pertaining to Alby. I'm working in London in an advertising agency, with a fellow Antipodeon as my art director. W'ere trying to verify a fact for a TV commercial, and we think it may have been contained in WSII. The fact relates to elders in the PNG highlands shake each others schlongs rather than hands as a sign of greeting. We have since found out from many a crusty old proffesor of anthropology that tribes man in parts of PNG wear elaborate schlong protectors to show thier virility.On the other fact they were very unhelpful, I presume they thought we were taking the piss out of a subject the've studied for the last half century. Can you guys remenber if Alby mentions anything about shaking them as a greeting, or if he did it. If you could get back to me on this even if it did'nt happen I'd be extremely grateful. I'll take you for a few pints on my return to Sydney at Xmas. Cheers Justin
[Answer - unfortunately - is "no".]
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998
I'm a huge fan of Alby's show. I love its spontaneity and the fact that he really is left to his own devices to get through each expedition. He's the most resourceful human being on earth!
I work for in the Adventure Learning division of an internet educational company (www.classroom.com). We send expeditions of educators (archaeologists, biologists, etc.) out to various locations (and on mountain bike, no less) around the world. They then get out their laptop computers and utilize a mobile satellite dish that fits into a suitcase to get onto the internet from wherever they're at. They examine the flora, fauna, and culture of the regions they visit and post their findings and photos as well as teach curriculum to schoolchildren worldwide via our Web site.
They also interview local children and post their "Kid Profile" on the site. Last time, for our "MayaQuest" program, schools from various regions began getting up collections and having bake sales to help a little Guatemalan girl they'd "met" through our Kid Profiles. The girl cannot attend school unless she can buy her own school supplies. She was 9 and was in first grade. It was doubtful she could continue because her family was so poor. Well, the kids were so upset by this, they starting sending their proceeds into our office with letters asking us to please help get school supplies to the little girl. Some of them sent school supplies, some sent checks, and others sent toys (including Barbie dolls to replace the little girls' only toy...a headless doll). It was really great to see these kids so inspired to help a little girl they didn't even know. We gathered everything together and had the U.S. National Guard, who was in the area, deliver the items from the students, along with a note letting her know how many friends she'd made.
The 3,000,000 students who participate in the program in schools around the world are able to send questions to the team and various field experts by emailing the team on location. They go absolutely bonkers for this program and, being a longtime environmentalist, I'm thrilled to be a part of it. The Quest team is multicultural, super-entertaining, and an all around blast work with. It's the best job I've ever had and everyone I know is jealous of me (which is why I won't let them know the name of the company, lest they kidnap me and then apply for my job!)
Anyhow, to make a long story short, we've got upcoming expeditions slated for Africa and also Australia. I was wondering if there was any way to get in touch with Alby Mangels to see if we could get the team to meet him on one of these expeditions. The kids would love it and I think the he and the Quest team would hit it off. Most of them have been doing expeditions for at least a decade so they'd have a lot of stories to share. Any ideas?
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998
Great Site!! I can't believe it exists! I am an avid viewer of the "Adventure Bound" series on the new Travel Channel and have seen every single episode currently in domestic circulation. His journeys are (and you have to admit) thrilling. It takes a lot of guts to do the kind of stuff this guy did. The episode that just played tonight was "The Atlantic Crossing" This was a potentially brutal voyage that was accomplished with two guys, two girls, and two dogs on a catamarran. Come On! This man is a great adventurer. "They take bathes by hanging off of the back of the boat at full speed. My hat's off! Most people would never be able to make it with him on one of his adventures. I of course, would jump at the chance to join him on an adventure. Preferably, back to Machu Picchu. ALBY MANGELS!!!! PLEASE CONTACT ME! Anyhow!! One of you had scoffed at the idea of Alby coming to the U.S. As a matter of fact, the "Adventure Bound" series has prologues and epilogues that were filmed in the U.S. I know the location of the film shoot. Here is a huge hint. It is in the South East. If you still can't figure it out, or more importantly, if you have current Alby health and well being information, send it my way. Look me up Alby! CSS
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998
From: "Alan and Lesley keating" <SvcofProcess@email.msn.com>
I am so glad that I found your website! I am an ex pat Brit living in the U.S., and I am rapidly becoming a fan of our Alby! I am fortunate enough to work for myself, so I generally gat to be at home around 4.00 p.m., which is the time "Adventure Bound" airs here in California.
At first I wasn't too sure about Mr. Mangels, but he really begins to grow on you after a while doesn't he? The first episode I saw was the one with "the old Dodge" going over the cliff. I was glad to see your coments about the camera angles, because I was highly sceptical.
I would love any additional info you can let me have about Alby, do you think there is any chance of finding his book in the U.S.?
Thanks for the site, Alan Keating.
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 98
From: "moore" <email@example.com>
I love the site and was surprised to find info on my favorite adventurer Alby. I have been watching his tv show adventure bound on the American travel channel. I would like to get the WS series and the book. My question is what king of catamaran does Alby use in the movie and how long is it. And also if you have any pictures of the catamaran please email me thanks.
William Moore, SanDiego,Ca,USA
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998
From: "Jonthan Doten" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Mr. Calder,
Hello, it is me Jonathan Doten. I hope that I didn't startle you by calling you at your home. The reason I called is because I am interested in Alby's adventures and his philosophies on life and would like to learn more. I to share a lot of the those same philosophies and like talking to people who also want to adventure out. I guess my question to Alby is how can I get envolved with some of your organizations and causes. Right now I am currently in Japan studing (I am from the U.S.). I have also been to Africa and want to see more. Also how can I get a hold of WS1 2 and 3. I would like to see them. I would also like to say that Advendure Bound is one of my favorite shows and to say a job well done. Well, I suppose I should go, if either one of you could write me back that would be wonderful.
Thankyou and venture forth
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998
From: "Dana A. Luke" <email@example.com>
Hi, I'm the #1 fan of Alby Mangels here in the State of Maine! I've been watching Adventure Bound on the Travel Channel for the last few months and Alby has totally captivated me. I've done a little bit of adventure travel myself in the Philippines (wonder if Alby's been there?) but of course it's nothing compared to the Master of Adventure Travel. I plan to make my own Alby T-shirt and maybe some Alby short-shorts. Ha ha. My brother and I watch Alby every day, then call each other on the phone to discuss the show. My favorite Alby babes are Lucinda and Jean (actually, Jean was with Rick, but I think he maybe shared with his uncle!). What's Lucinda up to now? What a cute face she had... Now, to the main topic... Alby's K9 friends. Poor Alby, he just can't seem to get a dog with very much brains. I remember Jack because he was always doing something stupid or dangerous, like trying to swim out to a departing ferry boat (Alby wasn't on it!) or trying to jump off a moving train in New Zealand to chase some deer (Alby caught him at the last second). Then, there was the white bull terrier... always attacking other animals (I remember him gettig kicked by a large bull). Of course, there was Sniffles the Poodle, technically not Alby's dog, but brain-dead just the same. But, Alby loved them all just the same. My favorite Alby moment so far was the one where they're stuck in Brazil in the mud with the Jeep. What a mess! Alby, if you ever read this... you're the GREATEST. Your show is the BEST nature show since "The Undersea World of Jaques Cousteau". You have the ability to make me appreciate nature and the conservation of it without coming off as holier-than-thou... plus, you practice what you preach. Keep on adventuring, because I'll be watching. If you ever get to Maine, look me up - and feel free to bring the dogs!!!
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998
From: Roland & Sonja Simpson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Shortbread (a.k.a. Alby's Webmaster)
I just sat down and flicked through some of your Alby e-mail. It is comforting to know that despite this never ending stream of apparent support for the site, you will eventually use up your 5mbs.
You be good now, I'll see you guys at Netball on Wednesday night.
[The crusty one strikes again.]
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 1998
From: Bill Rowlett <email@example.com>
Rob and Shortbread, You guys rule. I first saw the Alby site back in 97 when it only had a couple hundred hits on it. Now it has 3439 and is growing all the time. I think that you two deserve a hand for helping others have the Alby Experience. I was with my brother in law when we found the site back in June of 97. We had been watching hours of Adventure Bound that his Grandma had taped for us and thought "Hey Alby might be on the WEB" well he was, through your site. If I remember correctly you had the only site with any info about Alby. We were the ones that asked about merchandise. I now have an E-mail out to Noah in hopes of getting a couple T-shirts. Thanks guys for all you do and keep up the good work.
Bill Rowlett ( An Alby fan forever )
Date: Sun, 6 Sep 1998
Hello, I've visited your site and wish to thank you very much for puting such a cool guy into the spot light. I don't see why people like clinton get put on TV for being an adulterer or why there are hunting shows on TNN while there are the unapreciated geniuses out there risking their lives to really live. Alby is an amazing person and if at all possible I would like to be put into contact with him or in any way have this short insugnificant spot of jabber forwarded to him. Thank you very much. Sincerly James firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 09 Sep 1998
From: Chris Broad <email@example.com>
I am currently trying to get some videos of Alby Mangels' adventures, but one question first, Seeing them on TV in the 80's the phrase 'adventurebound' rings a bell, what relevence does this have to World safari?? Please help!! BTW, thanks for telling us where we can get WSI, II, and III
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998
From: "Herm Ziegler" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Recently, the Travel Channel, a relatively new cable subscription t.v. channel in the States has been airing several Alby Mangels adventures. He is a welcome voice for conservationism and education, unfortunately juxtaposed to an Aussie "Crocadile Hunter." There is a bad message given by the croc hunter, catching wild animals to dominate them for the amusement of millions of viewers. Yes, the croc hunter releases the stressed, untagged animals, but only to brag about how he luckily escaped death. Alby, on the other hand seems to be a genuine educator, naturalist, and ethnographer and has much more good to offer. However, I wish that Alby presented another side of zoological parks. He stated the downside of zoo animals in captivity, which I agree needs improvement in several areas. Furthermore, he presented zoos simply as display houses for animals and as captive breeding programs. Alby said zoos weren't the answer to threatened species. I agree, and also know that Zoos don't exist nor do they pretend to exist as the sole answer to real problems of habitat encroachment, poachers, and disease caused by human by-products. In fact, when it comes to resources on ecology, and efforts to preserve and protect species, zoos have much more to offer than breeding and displaying animals. Good zoos take part in worldwide efforts to address problems where they occur in animals' natural habitats, not just operating in the vacuum of an artificial park. Indeed, some of the world's foremost advocates of habitat protection, university professors, and rational thinking members of public, collaborate with, work for, and support good zoos. While we all make decisions for ourselves about what environmental causes we support, it is important not to shoot ourselves in the foot by alienating good zoos. A good zoo is an accountable, resposible, and progressive zoo, that is part of a bigger environmental picture. I thank Alby for being instrumental in showing us a great deal of that picture. - David Ziegler.
[This letter would have to get the 1998 Alby-Mail of the Year Award!]
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998
I have watched every episode of Adventure Bound the Travel Channel has to offer (and will watch again and again for sure!) One thing I am wondering--what is next? What is Alby working on now? And is it possible to communicate with the man himself, via e-mail or otherwise? He is a very interesting personality and I look forward to seeing more of his travels on television here in the US. Thanks much!!
Mike H. Texas, USA
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998
Guys, You've done an excellent job with your web sight. I and my (unfortunate) wife have also become great fans of Alby. Our son Luke has only one more year of high school after which he will become an orphan (of sorts) as we too have decided to chuck it all and go in search of our own adventure. We plan to sell our land and home, buy a sailboat and start out in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, from there who knows where? I have wanted to do something like this all my life and my poor wife (Virni) has reluctantly agreed. I hope to cross paths with Alby someday and perhaps as we both want to visit Australia I'll cross paths with you too. America had adventurers such as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, men whom I have admired since childhood. But in Alby's case I think if I look hard I can see a little of myself for in some ways I too have led a "charmed" life. I've had my small share of adventure and close calls, but now I hear the sounds of distant shores calling and come "hell or high water" I'm going to answer the call. GOD BLESS ALBY MANGLES! Derrill Dunkling Alabama, USA
[We've always said he was a bad influence on the easily-led.]
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 1998
hallo we are mangels too - Jörg and Britta
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998
From: "Carl" <email@example.com>
I too enjoy the Adventure Bound show's and was wondering if you have a list of the work Alby has produced ( Book's, Film's ). Where copies may be found. Would enjoy meeting him someday. Carl
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998
From: Roland & Sonja Simpson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The really dumb thing is....you guys give these looney bins your address details.
If he turns up on your doorstep with an axe in one hand and a backpack on his shoulders, don't come crawling for help from me!
Have a pleasant day, Rol.
[Crusty Roland makes a return - always the understanding type... I gave out my home address to someone who said they were planning on sailing to Sydney one day, Alby-style of course.]
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998
From: Peter Moore <email@example.com>
First up, let me say congrats on an absolutely brilliant site. Alby is a legend and it is important that the whole world knows about him.
In my own small way I have been trying to bring attention to the impact Alby has had on all our lives. I'm a travel writer by trade, and it's a direct result of watching WSI, II & III in my formative years. My first book, No S&*^ting in the Toilet, acknowledges Alby and the next one, The Wrong Way Home, out next May is dedicated to Vic - an unsung legend if ever there was one. The third, which I am researching from November, will be dedicated to Judy.
Anyway, I just thought I'd let you know that I'm writing an article for Max magazine on Alby. It will be in the December issue in their Deadset Legends section. Keep an eye out for it. Also, Angela Catterns is talking about doing a segment on 2BL on Alby soon, and I was wondering if you guys would like to be involved. I fill you in with more details when I get them. [We did - Shortbread chatted on radio about the web site on 6/10/98.]
Finally, are you guys planning anything special for the big guy's 50th birthday? I'll be in Central America on the day, but I'll try to have a cold one for him.
Once again, keep up the good work!
PS I flew to the US with United in May this year. Guess what was on the video? Yep Adventure Bound! Legendary!
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998
From: "Andrew Dare" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
After growing up watching WS films at school, local rec centres and wherever but not really appreciating them fully, I happened across WSII at the local video store ($2/wk!). My South African born, but Aussie for the last 10 years, girlfriend had never seen an Alby film, so we borrowed it and had a great day watching the original adventure man doing his stuff. I did a search for his book on the local library system and there are over 10 copies in the public system in WA. [Take note!]
After reading the teaser on what happened to Michelle (in response to the proposal), my girlfriend has demanded that we find a copy of WSIII!
Keep up the good work guys, and lets all hope Alby doesn't mellow out and take the easy USA cable TV money at the expense of good old fashioned Aussie humour and tacky film!
Cheers, Andrew Dare
Date: Wed, 07 Oct 1998
From: HSBC Asset Management <email@example.com>
My husband and I listened to the radio last night and all our dreams came true......other people find Alby as hyterical as we do. We have fond memories of Sunday nights in hysterics over Alby's shows. We watch for the comedy content......and Alby's fantastic, hysterical voice overs
My favourite eposide is where Alby's beloved caravan has been toppled over the cliff.....Alby quotes.....in a droning voice..."it is really sad". My husband loves the camels and the eposide where Alby and his uncle get pissed in the kitchen of the uncle's home in Adelaide.
Bring back Alby! Keep up the home page!
Kimberly & Steven Donegan TOORAK
[Sydney radio announcer Angela Catterns interviewed a travel writer called Peter Moore on 2BL on Tuesday night (see his email from 29-Sep-98), who talked about Alby and our web site, and invited people to ring in with sightings, etc. Shortbread phoned in as well. The hits on the site jumped about 800% compared to a normal day.]
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998
From: Preston Sturkie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I love the show and watch it always. can you tell me about his sailboat like made by, size age pictures, etc. thank you,
preston sturkie alabama, usa
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998
Hey guys, Thanks for informing me on the new page. I am, personally, very excited to finally be able to get some literture on Alby. I had tried to find things on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Nothing.
Hopefully i will be able to make my page a little nicer. But midterms are just around the corner and you know how that can be? Anywho, I will try soon to correct those spelling mistakes and maybe....maybe....I can get those pictures loaded right.
And nice revision to the page by the way! I went on to check something out about a week ago and I noticed the change. Very nice, indeed. Please get in touch with me when anything else changes. Or, if by any chance, you want to just "shot-the-bull" (chat) feel free to drop me a line. Take it easy. Peace. Michael
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998
From: Audra Dax <ADax@classroom.com>
Howdy! Thanks for the link to Alby's new site. Not much up there yet, but good to see he's getting a web presence. By the way, if you guys haven't tuned in lately, AfricaQuest is in full force (http://africaquest.classroom.com). The gang is riding through 120 degree heat at Lake Turkana, battling tick infestations, drinking blood, and getting a million hits/day on their Web site. What fun! Anyhow, thanks again for keeping Alby "on tap" for the rest of us. I hope I can hook him up with our Quest team for AustraliaQuest! Cheers! A. Dax
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998
Hi guys from America! So delighted to see an Alby page! I could be his biggest fan. We receive Adventure Bound on our travel channel here in the USA. Alby's adventures, you see, partially inspired my son to join a Peace Corps-type organization...when he graduates he will also be Adventure Bound. I notice that you have access to Alby via his E-mail. Is there a way I could send you a card for Alby to sign for my son? Here's wishing you all the best! John
and... Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998
Thanks for the tip Shortbread! I'm on my way to Macbiz...it's like an Adventure trying to track down Alby. We just finished watching the episode where he and Michelle decide to go toward Angola even though there was a raging civil war and 5,000 dead. What a guy..." I decided to go for it." said our hero and off he went. I'll let you know if he and I link up. Best, John (Alby's biggest fan!)
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998
Hi there! My name is Terry.
I have not even read the Alby page yet, but I was so darn excited to find one that I had to email you immediately!!! Im here in Austin Texas and work for Dell, email me anytime. You know, when I searched last time, I couldnt find anything on him. I even contacted the producers at Discovery Channel here in the US to no avail!!! Man, let me read the page, Ill get back to you!!!
He is so great! He is like the Cousteau of land :) When I grow up Im gunna be just like him hehe, Im 28 :) I dont know what to ask, as I havent read the page, trying to hurry here, but I wonder how to get ahold of the shows Ive missed, hope he sells them somehow...
talk to you after I read it, Terry
and... Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998
All, I am sending this to all four of you, as I am just sooo damn excited to find info on Alby and his adventures. For years, since the age of 15 I have set myself up to be an adventurer. My idea was to experience and do every sport, every activity once, to travel to every country and to capture the experience with a 8x10. Now almost 29, I have done quite a bit, but not nearly as much as I would like. Reasons are as varied as life itself, but the two main reasons being Marriage at 23 and money :)
I still cannot figure out how Alby makes money, or enough to do all these travels....it is amazing to me. *sighs*.... I can only hope to make enough money at Dell in the next years to fulfill some dreams....but it is hard.
If any of you, including Alby, ever wish to come to the US, I live in Austin , Texas and welcome you. You are welcome to come spend time here with me in Austin, travel to Mexico from here or Central America....wherever.....I have an extra bedroom and quite a bit of computer experience if you need as well. :)
Well, just thinking more about this is making me want to move to Australia for good. If anyone out there has a job offer let me know...:) hehe (halfway serious :)
I have GOT to find a way to travel year round and make a living :) Terry
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 1998
From: erik <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org CC: email@example.com
[A letter to Alby]
Well I'd just like to meet the man himself and hear the stories first hand whilst "sucking a few tinnies ". Maybe we could get together for a BBQ and invite all the internet fans in Sydney over. I have been skiing with "The Cool Dudes " a few times and a good time was had by all. Shortbread is really good at telling stories too [steady on, Erik]. It would be great fun !
Let's do it this summer .... can we ...... please...please .... please. ?????? [Well, someone had to come right out and grovel, didn't they?] So next time you happen to come to Sydney .... Who ya gunna call ?
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 1998
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (david serdinak)
I'm writing this at my son's home. I watch your shows religiously and find you VERY entertaining. I'm a 73 year old woman from the U.S. and find your adventures fantastic. I just wanted to take the time to thank you for countless hours of enjoyment and entertainment. If most people had a person they could meet once in their lives, it would be a powerful or rich person. My wish would be to meet you. Thanks and Godspeed.
[Forget "target marketing".... Alby is the mass marketer's dream. Even senior citizens!]
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998
From: "Tad" <email@example.com>
This man (is he a mere man) is a true legend. You site is a tribute to the cult that Alby is. Had the Labor Party used some common sense and lured Alby as their star recruit they'd be in government right now. They should have made him the shadow foreign minister and stood him against Alexander Downer. With Alby as foreign minister there would be instant rapport between him and Bill Clinton. Australia could solve its balance of payments problems by exporting chick pulling techniques. I can just imagine that incredible shirtless body with those stylish shorts sitting in the parliamentary front benches or even addressing the UN! Actually forget about Alby for Foreign Minister - it's Alby for Prime Minister!
[Background: the Liberal/National Party coalition was returned to government on October 3rd. I'm not sure he would make a good Labor candidate, being a lover of free enterprise, not only of conservation!]
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Markus Spann)
Hi! A friend of yours told me your e-mail address. I think his name is Michael Joyce. I wrote to him because i want to know the name and the interpret of the titlesong from the TV-series World Safari. He couldn't help me, but he gave me your address. Maybe you can help me. Yours Markus
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998
I think it's time Alby traded in his Jeep for a "Rover" on his next adventure.
Great web site guy's
Great info on his dog and his chicks.
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998
hello guys, As a devoted Alby fan from Toledo, Ohio USA, I must write and tell you I love his stuff. And, for just looking up "Alby Mangels" under search, I was pleased to find your cool page. Unfortunately, my computer is so slow it took 20 minutes to load your home page alone, so will surf more later. I have been watching this man-among-men for probably 2 years and try to watch every show on The Travel Channel. Being unemployed like I am, having a bit of money, and also being an anthropologist, it is very hard to NOT buy a sail boat and cruise off somerwhere and immitate Ably's grand style and compassion for the environment and cultures. Getting paid would be nice but not a necessity. Well, I also saw he is/was running for prime minister, well damn if he doesn't get it.
Ryan Boeding: Toledo, Ohio USA
[Yeah, right, and I'm the campaign manager.]
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998
From: "Stephen Cole" <email@example.com>
Hi Steve Cole here. Give me a call if you're the Shortbread I'm thinking of.
[It is I, Steve!]
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998
From: Stuart Sarjeant <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thought you might like a bit of info concerning the "Adventure Bound" series now currently shown on the Travel Channel here in the US. The Discovery networks recently bought the Travel Channel and have really been improving it. So much so that they are going to be carried by the satellite programmer "DirecTV" starting Dec. 1, 1998. This means an additional 3 million or so new viewers for Alby. Get ready!
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998
From: "James Dalton" <email@example.com>
I just had the good fortune to visit your Alby Mangels site. Andrew, you are one kooky dude. It has changed so much since I last saw it. You must have put in quite a lot of work. Love the montage and the humourous wise cracks which permeate your description of the great man's life from beginning to end.
Has he taken you out to dinner yet? You must have been very impressed to have such gratitude from the man himself. I'd say it's only a matter of time before Alby Mangels does a "Rob and Shortbread" web site. His humble assessment of himself only confirms his legend status, I must admit
On a different note, we'll have to have a round of golf in the near future. ...[followed by other non-Alby-related stuff]...
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998
From: "robbie" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi guys, loved your site on Alby Mangels, downloaded every single bit of it and mailed it to a dutch friend of mine who happened to live in Brisbane.Our hero turned 50 this week, so congratulations to him. His native country didn't forget about him. He is still on national tv here. Every friday evening, prime-time. I must admit that I was a bit sceptical about the guy, but now I find his show very entertaining. As you point out his filming technique is simply unique, the chicks, his nephew Rick , dogs ,camels: there is only one travel programme like this that I know of. At the moment he is searching for mountain-gorilla's , after 'doing' Botswana and Namibia (at least on Dutch tv). Do you know of any new things this Evel Knievel of adventure tv is working on right now? I hope for a trip to Afghanistan, a real challenge to travel without a chick! Anyway, thanks for a great webpage!
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998
From: ken <email@example.com>
My wife and I just finished watching Adventure Bound with Alby on The Travel Channel. We really enjoy the program and were wondering if we could find any info on Alby. I put his name in the search engine Dogpile and your site came up! Thanks for all the information. Ken
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998
Hi: I too have enjoyed Adventure Bound, until in one program I heard Alby being severely critical of missionaries who went to minister to tribes in South America, and then heard him openly promoting witchcraft, demonism and occultism in the very next program!
What? Missionaries are not allowed to spread their faith to those in South America, but Alby is allowed to spread his in my living room? What hypocrisy! What arrogance! The tribesmen made their own judgment, that the love of Christ the missionaries told them of was better than their old ways of hatred, tribal warfare and cannibalism. Who is Alby to question their judgment?
The tribesmen chose freely to receive the Gospel from the missionaries. And I choose freely to reject Alby's religion in my living room.
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998
From: WPBP43B@prodigy.com (MR CHUCK J JOHNSON)
Rob & Shortbread,
You are the men!!! We can't believe it, your hard work as paid off! It must feel great. And to think that your hero now intends on taking you to dinner! At his web site he even said that you guys know more about him than he knows himself! You guys must be dancing on the ceiling over this.
Alby has been an inspiriation to us every since we began watching World Safari on TCC here in the US. Alby's personal touch on his films makes us feel like we know him as a friend.
I was so happy to read that Alby plans on continuing his expeditions to share with all of us. At young age of 50, we've got plenty more World Safari to look forward to, and Alby's best years may still be in front of him. So far as the 5 star hotel stories go, what do they want him to do when in the city? Pitch a tent in the street?
Good work men! You perservered, and you succeeded! Cheers to you! We travel a lot, and although we may not make it to your neck of the woods for several years, when we do, we'd love to buy you dinner too.
Chuck & Glenda Johnson Roscoe, IL USA
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998
From: Sahra Stolz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Your site rocks! I too searched in vain for an Alby related site about a year ago when my boyfriend was desperately trying to remember Alby's dog's name (Sam). Now I work with an absolute Albiophile (ironically, his name is Sam too) who has me searching again for anything Mangels - it's so fantastic to be able to point him towards your truly excellent and most comprehensive site!
As christmas is coming on, I must tell you my boyfriend and I recently picked up a copy of WSII at Dimmey's Variety Store in Richmond (Melbourne) for $3.99. If you don't live in Melbourne, Dimmeys is an ancient landmark building selling tat for bargain basement prices - it's like the ultimate $2 shop before anyone else thought of them.
take care guys - thanks again for the site and have a merry christmas
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998
From: JLee_Campbell <email@example.com>
My wife and I have just discovered your site--great job! Alby is far from underappreciated by us; we named our son born 2 May 1998 Albert Lee and call him Alby, in large part due to our love for _Adventure Bound_. I'm fond of uttering mock Albyisms like, "After that bolder rolled over and crushed my leg, climbing up the steep, rocky face of the mountain was much more difficult." We especially loved the episode featuring Alby's dad and uncle: what fun family! We hope there are more films in the pipeline. Again, thanks for the site.
Lee Campbell Dept of English Valdosta State Univ
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998
From: Sydney Lever <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Forget Larry Ellison ... Alby is the best!!!!!!
[They come in all shapes and sizes, don't they. FYI, Lawrence J Ellison is my yacht-sailing billionaire head honcho... he won the ill-fated 1998 Sydney-Hobart yacht race which started the following day... 6 people died on other yachts during the race, and Oracle Australia's managing director broke his foot on Larry's yacht Sayonara - which I'm sure did not impress LJE one bit]
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998
From: "mick clarke" <email@example.com>
I remember seeing the world safari movie 1 at Lefevre High School hall - it'd have to be over 15 years ago yous guys are right Alby is a true Australian legend and its a pity more people dont realize it .All the best in your efforts, just read your site and it's pretty cool... regards Mick Clarke
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999
From: CJHorse <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi, I'm Horse. It seems that you have misspelled the name of your hero. His name is not Albertus Zwier Mangels but rather Zwier Albertus Mangels. [Oops - that escaped through the cracks for 20 months!] As for the Daff, I have just picked it up from its hidy hole last week. I intend to be restoring this thing one day, except for the fact that it is extreamly rusted out. However the pictures are still on the car and the spear hole is still there!!! I imagine that the cost of restoring this vehicle is going to be great and I am unsure whether Alby will be financing it or not. Anyway, just thought that I would let you all know.
Love to hear a response, Horse
[That's a story worth following up!]
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999
From: Clem Devine <email@example.com>
Hi Andrew, Yes I had a good laugh when I came across your web site about 12 or so months ago. Alby has been a regular visitor, checking out progress on the boat. A mutual friend is building his next boat. I did not get in touch at that time because it looked as though you were having plenty of fun. Alby is a great bloke - he even invited me down to his property for a party with some women! but I had to refuse! because I was busy with the boat. Best of luck
Regards, Clem Devine
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999
My name is Karen Bagley and I live in South Carolina. I am 40 years old. November 5, 1997 I was hit head-on by a law enforcement officer going 55 miles an hour and was very sick for several months. I could not get out of bed for a month and the Travel channel had just been added to our cable system. That's when I discovered Alby Mangels. I have been mesmerized ever since. I am fascinated (to say the least) by Alby. I think he's wonderful. I have never been any where other than SC and Alby gave me the spirit of adventure and fun. I have been watching and researching him ever since. I am hoping this summer to do some travelling and hope one day to be able to go to Australia. I was so excited to find your web site, I'm going to read some more ------------------ thank you.
Subject: THE Dead Set
Legend beaten at tennis by a teenager! No!
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 1999
From: "Daniel Weadon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
G'day Fellas, I was sitting at lunch the other day extolling the virtues of Him and His (your) website, when the bloke next to me said that he knew Him!!!! This bloke grew up in Port Lincoln SA (home of the big white pointers!), and said that he had once played a game against of tennis against Alby Mangals (yeah...maybe), when he was fifteen and Alby would have been about 40 years old (go on...), and said that he beat Him (bulls**t!). Anyway this fella at work is VERY fit having just competed in the eco-challenge in Morocco (a bit of an adventurer himself) so I guess it just might be true. Whaddayouthink? (Have I overdone the brackets?)
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999
From: "Steven Paguia" <email@example.com>
I've recently become an Alby fan, and although she won't admit it, my girlfriend has become an honorary one (Alby's chick pulling reputation seems to be standing in the way). Anyway, we have a question whose answer thus far has alluded us.
Did Alby ever use any insect repellent or sunscreen (bugs and sun never seemed to really bother him)? If so, can you let us know what kind? This would be great to know for our own future outdoor adventures.
Well, thanks guys for the great website, we both (although my girlfriend will only grudgingly admit to it) enjoyed and will continue to enjoy it very much. Oh by the way, we went onto Alby's official website but were unable to get any further than the homepage. Do you know if there is something wrong, or was it just our system.
Thanks from two US fans,
Steve and Susan
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999
From: "Humphris, Belinda Jane - HUMBJ002" <HUMBJ002@students.unisa.edu.au>
Just a short note - LOVED your Alby home page. It brightens my life on a daily basis!!
but..... the information you may be more interested in is that Alby is indeed alive and well and living in suburban Adelaide. I have his details etc and a friend just last Saturday helped him round up his sheep and dog that had escaped out of his backyard on to the streets!!! Gotta love that Alby style.
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999
From: Susan Otteson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
So, it's like this...I was working in the lab and decided to turn the TV on to help pass the time. Not having cable TV at home, I enjoyed a little channel-surfing. Let's see...QVC, ESPN, shirtless blonde man riding a camel, MTV--WHOA! Back that up a minute. Who IS this guy and what is he doing? Check the cable guide: The Travel Channel--Adventure Bound with Alby Mangels. What kind of a name is Alby? I wondered.
Well, after a few minutes I was hooked. Between the naked torso, Aussie accent and crazy stunts--wild and adventurous Southern California chick that I am--I was definitely pulled! Possessing a love of nature, the outdoors and truly rugged wilderness travel--and having embarked on some admittedly foolhardy but exhilerating expeditions myself--I immediately felt an affinity for this heretofore unknown man. Here was a true kindred spirit.
That's when it all started. The purchase of a satellite dish. The daily frantic searching of the cable listings for Alby. All worked ceased the minute I heard the words, "Have you ever had a dream..." The unimformed souls who dared speak to me during the show were shocked to hear me snarl, "QUIET!"--a departure from my usual sweet demeanor! My four-year-old son soon learned to take advantage of this situation, discovering that I would say "yes" to all manner of things he wanted if he asked during an Adventure Bound episode. He is now an Alby fan also (although probably for different reasons). So then I began to wonder how long this guy had been around. None of my friends knew of him. He really ought to make a movie, I thought (heh, heh). Maybe even write a book (heh, heh, heh). I wonder if anyone else in the world thinks he's as great as I do? (Snicker, snicker). Hey, a web-site would be neat...
Boy, do I feel foolish and insignificant. Where have I been during the last 25 years of Alby's escapades? I've got a lot to catch up on. Thanks, Rob and Shortbread, for making it easier! You've done a great job. I've enjoyed reading the letters from "fans" like myself, those whose hearts resonate with Alby's adventures.
I just have one request: Can I come with you when he takes you out to dinner, you lucky dogs?! I'm great company, have good stories, I'll bring you souvenirs from California...I'll buy the beer...I'll, I'll...(I'm groveling).
Keep up the good work!
One more thing...
Here's why Alby is so appealing:
"Now I see the secret of making the best persons, It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth" --Walt Whitman
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999
From: Dr David Peterson <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999
From: "Philip D. Mallows" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alby is perhaps the only true adventurer alive today. Philip
[All the other ones suffered "The Curse", maybe?]
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 1999
Hello from America, guys. I feel like Captain Ahab in search of Alby. I sent letters to his Macbiz address but to no avail. We wanted him to write to wish our son well before his departure on a Peace Corps type adventure....Oh, to hear from Alby...has anyone heard from him lately? We'll find him...we'll find him .... Regards, John
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999
From: "Aaron Larrow" <email@example.com>
I just got the travel channel 24 days ago and I believe I have watched Alby at least 20 of those days. I feel very cheated that I never heard of him before. If I were to die tomorrow I do believe I would have missed out. I never had a hero when I was a child but I certainly do now. Bravo Alby for your conservationism,bravery, and truely intense documentaries. Thank you,
Aaron Larrow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Massena, New York
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999
From: "Robert Reardon" <email@example.com>
Why is Michelle Alby's favourite?
[Because there are no bones in ice cream]
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999
From: Christina Yoo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I just had to take a moment to thank you for the great Alby Mangels page! I've been watching him on the Travel Channel in his series "Adventure Bound." I find his adventures quite amazing and I'm very glad there are other dedicated fans such as yourselves! I'm sure his popularity is spreading far and wide now that the Travel Channel has become so popular. There are many folks, like myself, that will have to be satisfied with living out our adventures through others, such as Alby. He is quite a character! He is someone that you would add to the list of the people you would most love to meet in your lifetime---at least I know I would love to shake his hand and personally thank him for sharing his wonderful adventures with the world.
>From your webpage it appears you have had the pleasure of at least emailing Alby, but have you yet been able to actually meet him? I hope you have finally been able to! :o)
We are very luck indeed that there are people like Alby Mangels in this world. If there were more people like him, the world would most assuredly be a better place. He may "think" his just plain ordinary, but we all know different.
Take care guys and thanks again for the nice webpage. Good luck to you in all you do, and if you could send a friendly hello [hello!] to Alby for me, I would be quite appreciative.
Christina Yoo Wellington, Ohio USA
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999
From: Van Leeuwen John <email@example.com>
What a waste of 5 Mb.
Regards John van Leeuwen
Senior UNIX Systems Engineer
Phone : (02) 98431083
[You can't even trust your own colleagues. But calling and abusing him will not make him a better person, OK? Well, if you must.]
Followed later by:
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999
From: "Roland & Sonja Simpson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good on'ya John!
Roland A Simpson
Date: Thu, 11 Feb
From: "Sara" <email@example.com>
We searched the whole page, and there are no pictures of Sniffles. Whatever happened to Sniffles? Are there any pictures of him out there? Please, please find out. My boyfriend is beside himself that Sniffles isn't on TV anymore.
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999
From: "Alan J. Frumkin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you so much for an extraordinary compilation of information on Alby. I live in Houston, Texas, and have set my TV to turn on automatically to the Travel Channel when Adventure Bound starts every day. I watch every rerun with the same fascination as the first. My only sadness is that the Travel Channel may not have purchased the whole series...or maybe "that's all she wrote?"
And I'm more Alby's age than yours. Actually, I think it would be great to visit Australia and meet Alby in some forum. Maybe a convention of his fans! Sign me up as a volunteer! (Preferably, a paid volunteer!)
Please keep me on your email list of new additions to your website, or anything I can help with.
Alan J. Frumkin Houston, TX (USA)
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999
From: "Gerry and Lynn Coleman" <email@example.com>
Pass on the word to Alby....... Hope you are well. Enjoy Adventure Bound. Come on up to my neck of the woods and I'll show you all about a temperate rain forest. I've been places where no man has ever set foot, in the wilds of the Olympic Rain Forest in northwestern Washington state USA. It is truely amazing country.
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999
From: "Randy P. Morley" <RPMorley@pnh10.med.navy.mil>
I have just now started watching The Travel Channel and I am amazed at how Alby gets around. He does seem to be able to pick up chicks out of nowhere. I am impressed with the dialogue, the scenery and tha fact that Alby is human, he gets cold and hungry and hurt just like the rest of us. Hey Alby, come and hike the Appalachian Trail and visit the mountain folk in the villages and in the valleys of eastern United States. If you ever come to rural Tennessee, I will throw out a blanket for you. RPM
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999
From: Aaron Mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I just wanted to relay my appreciation for your very thorough site dedicated to a truly inspiring person!
I have been watching Alby's "Adventure Bound" for quite some time now. Even if it's one that I've seen a hundred times before I watch with the same delight as the first! Alby is a true hero that embodies the spirit of travel. I commend you on constucting a sight with so much information and detail! It is a welcome sight among all the trash that fills the internet these days.
I know exactly what Alby means when he gets those "itchy feet!" There is nothing as gratifying, and sorrowful, as completing an adventure. No matter how short the journey is, I always feel like I really accomplished something when it is all said and done.
I have been contemplating taking a long trip to Oz and wandering around a bit. Could you give me some tips, (as locals) on travelling around Australlia? Are motorists hitch-hiker friendly? I ask this because cars rarely stop for hitch-hikers in America anymore.. Are there alot of Hostelles with reasonable rates? Any tips on relating to locals? (I would like to avoid getting into any scrapes.. I don't quite share Alby's ability to get out of things I get myself into!!) Any information would be appreciated, especially from local people.
If you are still in contact with Alby, let him know that a hippy in Northern New Mexico,USA owes him a debt of gratitude for instilling in me a truly adventurous spirit and a yearning for the road! Every time I feel that itch I hear those eternal words, "Have you ever had a dream?... Just pack up and go..." and in no time at all I have my ruck at the ready, map in hand, and as much fuel in the old VW as I can afford! And it's all because of the legend that Alby Mangels is!
Also, congratulations on completing your search! I can imagine locating him was an adventure in and of itself!
Thanks again guys! If you ever find yourself in America, feel free to contact me and I'll do what I can to help you have a good adventure! Below is a link to my site with some pictures of Northern New Mexico, USA. Hope you enjoy the views!
Best Regards, Aaron Mitchell - PEACE!~pass it on!~
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999
From: "Sam Wilkinson" <email@example.com>
My name is Tom Wilkinson and I live in B.C. Canada. I lived with Alby for a few weeks in about 1974 in Mooloolaba, Queensland. We were preparing his newly aquired 43' sailboat for the trip to Adelaide. He impressed me then as someone that was fun to work and live with, as well as learn. I am planning a trip to Australia soon and would like to get in touch with him again. Can you help me? Tom
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999
From: Laura <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In the Adventure Bound show (episode in Peru) with Alby Mangels, what happened to the horse he was riding that fell into the hole? Was it hurt, what happened? I really love horses and need to know what happened to that one.
[Answer: the mule (actually) lived to carry another load.]
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 99
From: "anne-claire collee" <Anne-Claire=Collee%Users%IVM@ivm.vu.nl>
Hello, This is great, finally I feel like there are more people like me. Just this weekend I was talking with a friend of mine, also a ''Alby- diehard', about us two being the only two alby-fans in the whole world. We actually talked about getting on the internet. Now we don't have to anymore. What a great day. I hope you'll keep the spirit alive. Do you by any chance know how to get the original Alby-tapes? In Holland they broadcasted a couple of new episodes last year. But, as stupid as people can be, they put a dutch, supposedly funny voice under it, stupid stupid stupid!!! The whole show was ruined!
Anyway, good luck in the future, I hope Alby will stay in touch
Bye for now, Anne-Claire Collee, Amsterdam Holland
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999
From: "Diana Serrao" <email@example.com>
I have been browsing as you probably realise....and came up on your name..Should I dare to believe that this is the Alby from Travel Channel fame???
If it is indeed you I would like you to know that your programmes are an absolute HIT with me....Enjoy each one..they come on cable here in Trinidad at 8pm our time ...
Have been recently following your trip through the West Indies with keen interest as I live in Trinidad..(and Tobago)...
This will only be of interest to you if it is really you...If I have made a mistake I am sorry and apologise for disturbing you...
You do keep the viewer forever interested by the way you present each new adventure....you do it with taste ..as there are some presenters who poke fun at people of other nations which is very distasteful as I believe we all have a vital role to play on this earth no matter where we come from...
In the travels through the West Indies you have interjected views on your homeland of Australia .....Queensland and the work you do there in selecting animals which you wish to keep....those who have been hurt or abandoned....I admire you very much indeed....
Have enjoyed thoroughly the programmes as you always do them with a human interest....flair....
The South African.....South American......and the Australian tours..have been particularly endearing....
Of course Alby ....this letter is all subject to you being the Alby I do hope you are....:-)))))))
A bit of humour..intrigue....sadness....joy..and always hope....
Thankyou.........and fingers crossed and a silent prayer....
:-)))) That it is ALBY MANGELS....TV.FAME....
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999
After the Caribbean, what happened to Snowy? We love animals too! Kathy & Carol
and later after my dumb looks...
Hi again! Snowy is the white Bull Terrier Alby got in Africa (WSIII?) right before he went to Namibia with Lucinda to see the gorillas. The last show with Snowy in it was after they had sailed the catamaran through the Caribbean to Miami and they are at customs, then Alby flys back to Australia. What happened to Snowy?
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999
From: G Mueller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I tell you, this Alby thing is a pretty good trip! No need to praise him or you two, the work exhibited talks pretty loudly!
Greggy Mueller Tennessee, USA email@example.com
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999
From: S Clark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Great site!! I was paging through the most recent issue of Cruising World magazine(an American publication dedicated to the cruising life) and happend across a picture of what appears to be Alby's catamaran for sale in the US Virgin Islands. Just think of it boys, owning a piece of Alby history!!! All you need is a mere $279,000.00 and it's yours. fyi: Cruising World, March 1999 issue page 159 lower right corner, add for Southern Trades Yacht Sales & Charters add reads:
52' Kellsall "Space 52" '91, 4cbns+ crew Furling spar, gen, $279,000
If we all pitch in a few bucks...............
Oh their email is email@example.com
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999
From: Dr David Peterson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[In answer to the significance of a cryptic series of mails with the words "jumped? ...x 4 or 5"]
Answer '5' according to the Cinematographer hired by Alby to film this scene. He was interviewed on Channel 9 several years ago. Became disgruntled and alleged that he had not been paid. And that Alby had thrown the the dog out of the truck 5 times to get the scene. Such heinous and unsubstantiated accusations about our hero really hurt.
It would seem that photographers cannot be trusted. In the exciting scene where Alby is in the dugout at Bensbach Hunting and Fishing Lodge being chased by the crocodile... You know the one where he just makes it to the bank in the nick of time. Well I thought that the camera boat could have done more to try to get between Alby and the Croc. Although talented (they managed to film "the" crocodile sliding into the water right there and then), they had little regard for Alby's safety in such a dangerous situation.
I'm only thankful that it all worked out O.K.
Kindest regards, David.
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999
Hi, I love Alby on Adventure Bound, the show on the new Travel Channel. I was wondering where I can find the documentaries on those shows because I want to do a report on Papua New Guinea and I found his accounts of his trip fascinating. My e-mail address is email@example.com . Thank you for your time and thank you Alby for going places where I have only dreamt about.
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999
From: "John Mullins" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Alby, I am most interested in the Catamaran shown in your "Escape from Devil's Island" episode. Any info would be appreciated. Best, John Mullins
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999
Who did the poodle "Sniffles" belong to? Pretty funny that they dyed his hair red to be more visible on the boat!
Dave Williams. AL. USA.
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999
Love this page! You did a great job. Couldn't believe I could find so much info on Alby. Alby should get his ass over here to the U. S and explore one of our big cities, that would be an adventure. Would love to see that. Thanks again, David
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 1999
From: Nick Bell <email@example.com>
You guys are the world's biggest champions!!! I am 20 years old and used to watch Ably Mangels every Saturday night when I was younger. Very few of my friends even remember the legend. It is great to finally find some guys who have a passion for the guy. I've always wanted to live a life like Alby.
If you ever know of his coming to Sydney in the near future let me know. I'd love to take the guy out for a beer or 10.
Catch you guys round
Date: Sat, 06 Mar 1999
From: Matt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rob and Shortbread,
Greetings guys! I wanted to thank you for the Alby web page, it is very complete, expertly laid out, and it is pretty entertaining to read through your compendium of Things Alby. My wife and I, like the rest of your US friends, have come to know Alby through the episodes of Adventure Bound on our Travel Channel. He became an instant hero of mine for his courage, witty commentary, dogs, and chick-pulling ability, and a hero of my wife for...uh, other reasons. Anyway, I wanted to say thanks to you guys for carrying the torch, and I raise a pint to you and to the Man himself even as I type this message. --------gulp---------
Alright, back again. I have a problem to report, however, in the hopes that you might have some advice for me. As I said earlier, Adventure Bound is carried on the Travel Channel and is shown Monday through Saturday. For us this is a problem, because the people who run our local cable company are such cheap bastards that they do not carry the Travel Channel on weekends. Rather, the channel switches to become a pay-per-view softcore porn one instead, so they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of lonely guys on Saturday and Sunday. What this means for us is that every week we miss an episode of Adventure Bound. This is an unacceptable ---------gulp---------- situation. So, we are considering buying the videos so we can actually have our own complete copies of the action. What I don't understand, I guess, is what the difference is between the episodes that we've been watching, and the World Safari movies that are for sale at the Trading Post. Are the episodes just larger versions of the movies? Are they more complete, different footage, different narration? I would grudgingly give up some of the action from the episodes, but loosing even a fraction of the narration would be unconsciounable. And, for that matter, what are the 10-pack videos that are also sold there? Are those the same thing as the episodes, but broken into 3 hour (instead of 1 hour) segments?
Anything you could tell me to straighten things out would be greatly appreciated. Take care guys, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 1999
From: "websters" <email@example.com>
I've been watching Alby for a couple of months on the Travel Channel. This dude is a real nut...(in a good way). Maybe he should come here to the panhandle of Florida a trudge around in our river swamp with the gators and mocassins. This guy seems to have no fear... kinda reminds me of myself in a way... I've been thinking about the possibilty of taking a leave of absence from my job as a prison guard a doing my own mini series hiking the Appalachian trail. All I need is a few cameras and a lot of luck... Larry... Florida... USA
Date: Sun, 07 Mar 1999
From: James Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The last part of the shows are filmed on the side of a stone mountain - it looks just like Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA, just down the road. It doesn't seem likely, but it sure looks familiar! Does anyone know where the part of the shows where Alby says stay tuned for more information on visiting the countries that he visited was filmed?
Thanks! -James Wilson, Stone Mountain, GA
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999
From: "Howard sarles" <email@example.com>
Your Alby site is the best thing I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only thing better is Alby-himself. :):):) SHS-michigan
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999
From: "John Mullins" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Al & Linda [sic!],
I looked in my copy of cruising world and sure enough, there she is! I went to the web site Almost forgot... on page 67 of the same March '99 issue is a picture of me on the foredeck of the Catana 471... I'm the guy in the black sweater and sunglasses facing the camera. I went to the web site (www.southerntrades.com/multihull_sales.html) where they have some not-so-great pictures of the boat. I shall contact them for more info and will pass along anything of interest. Maybe I should buy the boat and offer special charter rates to Mangels fans? Best, John
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999
From: Bob Avon <email@example.com>
Just started watching Adventure Bound in the last 3 weeks here in Upstate New York. I am as hooked as any of us. Even with his transparent "setups" at times,he is authentic and keeps you wanting more. Now for the real questions: •How does he keep his "boys" from showing in those short Shorts? • Doesn't he blow you away when he just does stuff out of thin air. (water ski barefoot,fly choppers and planes) • Do you really think that the plane and chopper he used was really that rusty and dirty?
"I'll continue to watch your site for updates...and be ready to- "grab a pencil" Bob Avon
[We prefer to call them "innovative filming techniques". Please refrain from using the expression "setup" in future.]
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999
Although I enjoy the outdoors and my favorite thing to do is to travel, i have never gotten into the 'outback adventure' thing. Clearly I did not know what I was missing. We got the travel channel about six months ago, and I have become addicted to Adventure Bound. I haven' t laughed so hard in a very long time. I realize that some things that befall this poor guy may not be humorous at the time, but considering the total lack of common sense that Mr. Mangles displays, I'd say that most of his unfortunate accidents ( the curse of alby...) are entirely predictable. Mum always said not to run with scissors... are you surprised when you go blind? I hope that his antics are on purpose because I certainly do not want to be unkind to Alby. We are laughing with you... not at you. OK ... maybe a bit at you too! I look forward to seeing any new stuff that he may be working on. Mr. Mangles.. could you please pick a few chicks that are... short, who aren't models, and are a little older... just to make the rest of us feel like we too could be an Alby girl. We all must have dreams.. I have enjoyed the website.. R and S, keep us informed of his movements. And pass this along to alby if you get a chance. thanks, jennifer
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999
From: "Dave Haas" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi, Just a quick note to say my wife and I watch ADVENTURE BOUND as often as we can catch it and love the 'adventures' Alby and crew bring to our home here in the USA. Thanks for a great website!
Dave & Charlotte Haas
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999
From: "William McMahon" <email@example.com>
I just started watching 'Adventure Bound' on the Travel Channel about 2 months ago and I thought it was a cool show. Now I try to catch it whenever it is on. I hope the Travel Ch. will show more shows of 'Adventure Bound' as I have seen repeats already. But even the repeats are worth watching again! Thanks for all your info on Alby. A great web site! Bill in Florida
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999
From: Bob Avon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have attached the sound sample of Alby's "Grab a pencil" line from the end of the Adventure Bound Series. As I have said once before in an email,you hear him say that time after time it kind of sticks with ya. Also I have some observations from the Amazon series. We get a real insight,perhaps the most poignant and open one yet,from Alby explaining his Wanderlust. During his trip down the Siraname River in the Amazon Basin,Alby under the bright bug attracting lantern opens us to his viewers. It's a confession of sorts,about why he can't help but wander the natural world. Even though he states that most of his friends (especially in Adelaide) have settled down,he has yet to rest his head in 27 years. He points out in his constant travels he "never unpacked his bags." "I get a bit frightened whether I ever can settle down." "I always leave my gear in the bag". He says with almost bewilderment in his voice. This is a rare glimpse at the true thoughts and fears of a man who is seemingly fearless! At first glance some may say he is confirming his avowed desire to experience everything life can offer. But I see the scene as a peek into "Alby's Dilemma": Always on the outside looking in (on peoples,lifestyles). Ask Michele if that isn't what she say as Alby's most glaring character flaw.
Too deep ? Bob
[Not too deep for the thinking Albyphile, Bob. It's what makes us different from current affairs hosts.]
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999
From: "Greg Fahey" <email@example.com>
Howdy Boys, Great site is all I can say! Have caught the Alby Mangels bug I guess as I now am fanatical about taping Adventure Bound on the Travel Channel. Does this guy make your travels seem insignificant or what? What about a big time motion picture about Alby? I am sure someone has thought of this but, has anyone heard of plans to do so? If not, we need to start some sort of mass email strategy to get the Big Guys to make a picture about Alby. I mean, we need to have more movies about guys like Alby today! I hear all this talk about ball players being "heroes" and all but, are they really? Alby did not set out to make millions but, to do what most of us didn't! He's an inspiring fellow indeed and deserves the recognition he gets. However, I feel a 'cult-like' following (don't you love that term?) is better off for us true fans of Alby. You know, I really get "taken away" watching Adventure Bound. It's a show that you don't want to end isn't it? Here I am at 43 thinking to myself "when I grow up I want to be just like Alby Mangels"!! Greg F.
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (pamela stevens)
Thanks for a great page!!!We Live in southern Ohio and just started getting the Travel Channel.Now at 7 o'clock instead of the Waltons we can watch our newly found favorite,Alby!.Every show is so exciting and packed with adventure an hour is just not enough!!!! We love his humor and spirit .... So thanks guys for all the great info and keep it coming Ronnie "Deadeye" and Pam "Misdazy" Stevens Wheelersburg, OH USA