One Lucky Boy
On January 26th, 1884, Roy Chapman Andrews was born in Beloit. He grew up exploring the streams and fields on the west side of town. As a child, Andrews taught himself taxidermy and used it to pay for tuition at Beloit College. While he was in school, Andrews almost died in a boating accident in Rock River. He was canoeing in flood-raised waters with a buddy when they both fell into the strong current.
Sadly, his friend didn’t make it. Andrews couldn’t help him because he was swept away. He hung on to a submerged tree and made it to shore from there. Andrews later said that the reason he was so protected in his travels is that he was “born under a lucky star.” But, in reality, it was his attention to safety, instilled in him after this life-threatening incident.