View Full Version : GU flag at the S. Pole

Angelo Roncalli
02-03-2012, 05:08 PM
Mystery solved:

It’s 5:30 a.m. and Jack Green is getting ready for work. On his way to the aircraft runway he maintains, he might see a penguin. That’s because he works in Antarctica as an heavy equipment operator.

He’s the man recently shown in an online photo waving a Gonzaga Bulldog flag at the geographical South Pole. It’s a two and a half hour flight on a C-130 plane from McMurdo Station where he works.

Green has been working in Antarctica since August and can’t wait to go home.

“It’s just a long ways from home,” Green said.

Home is Spokane, Washington. The 44-year-old lost his job in 2008. With the help of two friends he was able to get a contract position maintaining runways on raw sea ice. Green says they’re built on seven feet of frozen sea water. They only last for about two months at a time.

Taking flag photos at the South Pole isn’t an original idea. Green thought it would be great to take the Gonzaga Bulldog flag with him when he planned to visit the most southern location on planet Earth.

He’s been a fan of the school and their sports team since 1986 when he attended Kimman Business University in Spokane.

“It got really heated up in 1999 when they made it to the Elite 8,” Green said. When in Spokane, he loves taking his kids to Gonzaga baseball games.

“Every once in awhile we get a game down here on ESPN,” Green said. If not, he has to call his wife at home to get the score. Sometimes he forgets he’s a day ahead.


02-03-2012, 06:18 PM

02-03-2012, 07:51 PM
So cool.