Tom Slick: Mystery Hunter
Catherine Nixon Cooke
Paraview Press, 2005
Controversial Knowledge, 224 pp
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tom Slick Mystery Hunter! What if we could peer inside the mind of a 20th
century "mystery hunter"? How did he learn to harness his intuition, to
celebrate his curiosity, to dare to explore the unknown? What clues could we
discern for our own personal journeys of discovery?
Author Catherine Nixon Cooke takes us on an exciting adventure, in the company
of her uncle, legendary explorer Tom Slick, whose tremendous wealth gave him the
means to mount spectacular expeditions to the Himalayas and the Amazon, where
conversations with the Dalai Lama, Indian mystics, and South American shamans
offered many different lenses through which to see the world we think we know.
Slick created five scientific research foundations, developed new species of
cattle and grasses, discovered major oil fields, loved several beautiful women,
searched for the "Abominable Snowman", wrote two books on world peace,and
produced several inventions that changed the world…all before he died in 1962 at
46 years old.
Rare historic photos, personal interviews with family and friends,and Slick’s
personal correspondence discovered in a shed by Cooke, create a portrait of a
remarkable man who was sparked by the same "life puzzles" that catapult each of
us on our own quest to understand the mysteries we all encounter.
Catherine Nixon Cooke spent the past three years as President and CEO
of The Mountain Institute, an international non-profit organization with
headquarters in Washington, DC, and 8 field offices in the Andes, the Himalayas,
and Appalachia. She oversaw a worldwide staff that includes anthropologists,
archaeologists, forestry experts, geographers, hydrologists, and enterprise
specialists. Conservation, cultural preservation, and economic development
projects currently operate in Peru, Ecuador, India, Nepal, Tibet Autonomous
Region of China, and the United States. In January, 2005, she retired as the
organization’s CEO but remains on its Board of Trustees and maintains close
contact with its staff and worldwide operations.
Prior to joining The Mountain Institute in 2002, Ms. Cooke was CEO of The Mind
Science Foundation, a scientific research organization (1983-1998); and
previously was Editor-in-Chief of Coronet Magazine, a national general
interest publication with a circulation of 600,000, based in Los Angeles.
Her book, Tom Slick Mystery Hunter, was published by Paraview Press in
November, 2005, documenting the extraordinary life of the oilman/philanthropist
who established five scientific research institutes, developed new species of
cattle and grasses, invented the Liftslab method of construction, wrote two
books about world peace, and searched for the yeti in the Himalayas before his
death in 1962.
Ms. Cooke serves on the Board of Directors of The Explorers Club, an
international organization that promotes exploration of our planet and beyond,
and dissemination of information; and she has led three Explorers Club Flag
Expeditions---to Belize (Mayan Archaeology, 1991), Bhutan (Black-Necked Crane
Study, 1995), and Nepal (Yeti Expedition, 2001).
Ms. Cooke serves as a Board member of The Mountain Institute (Washington, DC), a
Board member of The Mountain Forum (Nepal), a founding member of the
International Mountain Partnership (Rome, Italy), an Advisory Board member of
the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (Corpus Christi, Texas),
and a Lifetime Trustee of the San Antonio Medical Foundation (San Antonio,