National Geographic : 1995 Jan
On Assignment Dressed for excess in New Orleans, senior writer PRIIT VESILIND (above, at left) and freelance photographer BOB SACHA joined revelers aboard a Mardi Gras parade float while reporting on the city for this issue. The team flung souvenir necklaces to celebrators along St. Charles Avenue. "You feel like King for a Day," says Priit. "Everybody is screaming for beads; everybody wants what you've got." What did Priit get for his efforts? "Tired," he admits. "I also ended up with a sore pitching arm." Bob Sacha found the Big Easy lived up to its name. "New Orleans is the one other place in America I'd want to live," says the Manhattan based jazz enthusiast. "The streets are filled with music there. You just can't help moving your feet." "That mallet probably weighs five pounds," says freelance writer DAVID ROBERTS, who tested replicas of pyramid-building tools near a Saqqara archaeological site in Egypt. His observer, CHRISTOPHER SLOAN, an art director for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, was duly impressed: "Ancient Egyptians must have had very strong arms." Researching Egypt's Old King dom, David and Chris secured gov ernment permission to climb the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza. Says Colorado-born David, a for mer mountaineering instructor, "Wemadeittothetopin17min utes. We knew that officials had posted a guard below to assist us, but we weren't really at risk although I understand people have fallen off the pyramids before." David sees a common thread in the subjects he has covered for the GEOGRAPHIC: Geronimo, the Alpine Iceman discovery, and Mali's Dogon people. "I like a combina tion of remote places and archaeol ogy," he says, "and adventure." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BYTHE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W., WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036-4688. $24.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.