Lost and Found: Casey Kasem and the Santa Maria


When you consider they can’t find a Boeing 777 after two months of searching, and that it took over 500 years to find the Santa Maria in15 feet of water less than two miles off the coast, things don’t auger well for locating Casey any time soon.

What a strange world. The search continues for a giant 777 plane that has been missing for two months. A well-known public figure has disappeared, and a ship that went down over 500 years ago may have been found – in a mere 15 feet of water.

The sad and increasingly weird tale of Malaysian flight NH370 continues even if CNN has ratcheted back coverage from 24/7. I recall during the first few days of searching it was said that unlike the proverbial finding a needle in a haystack task, searchers were still trying to locate the correct haystack in which to hunt for the needle. Not much has changed since: is the wreckage north, south or somewhere in between. Is it off the coast of Australia or near India?

Meanwhile Barry Clifford, an explorer who in 1984 round a pirate ship off the coast of cape Cod, is claiming to have found the wreckage of Christopher Columbus’ flagship the Santa Maria that went down on Christmas Day in 1492 off the coast of Haiti. Early underwater images show… well … nothing really. If you were expecting some sort of recognizable hull of a sunken ship you are out of luck. After so many years the remains are indistinguishable except for various bits and bobs, including a canon that dates back to the right time. “The circumstantial evidence is overwhelming,” Mr. Clifford said. “The cannon is the smoking gun, so to speak.”

Casey Kasem
Casey Kasem in 2003 (AP/Eric Jamison, File)

Meanwhile long-time radio personality Casey Kasem whose American Top 40 and Casey’s Top 40 syndicated radio shows made him a household name in the eighties, has mysteriously disappeared. In the heat of a long drawn-out court battle between Kasem’s second wife and his children from his first marriage regarding access to the legendary voice-artist, who suffers with Parkinson’s disease, he is nowhere to be found. One rumor is that his wife, Jean Kasem, has moved Casey to Canada.

When you consider they can’t find a Boeing 777 after two months of searching, and that it took over 500 years to find the Santa Maria in15 feet of water less than two miles off the coast, things don’t auger well for locating Casey any time soon.

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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