National Geographic : 2007 Nov
FLASHBACK Big Fun He was there to cover Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV taking the throne, but the late NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC writer and photographer Luis Marden also caught the monarch taking to the waves. "Riding a king-size board, the 325-pound Taufa'ahau surfs in Pacific combers," noted this photo's caption in the March 1968 magazine. Low calories, Marden observed, were not of high importance in Tonga. "Sauntering youths call out to a passing beauty, 'Foi'atelolo, ta omu'a mata mahina hopo!'(O fat liver full of oil, let us go and watch the moonrise!)," he wrote. "The liver of a baked pig is the choice morsel reserved for chiefs, and so fond are the Tongans of fat and oily food that any right-minded Tongan girl is enormously pleased at such flattery." - Margaret G.Zackowitz Flashback Archive Find all the photographs at ngm.com. PHOTO:LUISMARDEN,NATIONALGEOGRAPHICIMAGECOLLECTION NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17THST.NW,WASHINGTON,DC 20036-4688.$34.00A YEARFOR U.S. DELIVERY,$6.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDESPOSTAGEAND HANDLING).IN CANADA,AGREEMENTNUMBER40063649,RETURNUNDELIVERABLECANADIANADDRESSESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX 4412STN. A, TORONTO,ONTARIOM5W 3W2. UNITEDKINGDOMNEWSSTANDCOVERPRICE£3.95.PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,DC, AND AT ADDITIONALMAILING OFFICES.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,POBOX 63002,TAMPA,FL33663-3002.MEMBERS:IF THEPOSTALSERVICEALERTS USTHATYOURMAGAZINEIS UNDELIVERABLE,WEHAVE NO FURTHEROBLIGATIONUNLESSWE RECEIVEA CORRECTEDADDRESSWITHINTWOYEARS.