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Ryszard Badowski is dead. The first Pole to reach six continents was 91 years old

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Ryszard Badowski, journalist, cinematographer, photographer and author of “The Six Continents Club”, died on Monday evening at the age of 91. Badowski was the first Pole to reach all six continents.

The information about the death of Ryszard Badowski was provided on Tuesday by Urszula’s wife and daughter Zarina to the Polish Press Agency.

Ryszard Badowski was born on March 12, 1930 in Pabianice in the Łódź Province. At the age of 16, he made his debut as a Polish correspondent for the American “The Cleveland Press” and the Polish-American “Dziennik dlaszystkich”. He studied in the Soviet Union. In 1949 he started working as a correspondent for the Lodz Workers’ Voice, for which he wrote texts from Cuba, the German Democratic Republic and the USSR.

Ryszard BadowskiMarzena Hmielewicz / Agencja Wyborcza.pl


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Ryszard Badowski – the first Pole on six continents

In 1965 he took part in the voyage of the Soviet icebreaker “Lenin”, sailing from Murmansk to the Arctic island of Dikson. In 1976 he took part in the Polish research expedition to Antarctica. In the same year he traveled to Australia and Oceania. In this way, he became the first Pole to reach all six continents. He was the rapporteur for the Soyuz-Apollo flight in 1975, and the flight of the first Polish cosmonaut Mirosław Hermaszewski in 1978.

For 19 years he created and hosted his own television program “The Club of Six Continents” – and then “Afternoon of adventure and travel”, “Evening of adventure and travel”, “Pepper and Vanilla” which attracted a large audience.

His output included over 100 films, several hundred articles and 16 books on travel, as well as publications on, among others, Poles who contributed to world history and the development of aviation and space science. As a journalist, he collaborated with with the Polish edition of “National Geographic” and “Discover the world”.

Ryszard BadowskiPiotr Rybarczyk / PAP

Main photo source: Marzena Hmielewicz / Agencja Wyborcza.pl

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