Did you miss the “MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM” episode that aired on the Travel Channel Nov. 21 about illustrator JOE KNOWLES, right, a Seaview, Wash., resident from 1917 to 1942? It was narrated by AARON WEBSTER, left, a local parks interpretive specialist for the state of Washington. Both men are pictured courtesy of screen shots from the show.

Never fear, you can now see the segment online at http://tinyurl.com/nikkidjoe. The park ranger is quite knowledgeable about Joe’s most famous exploit, a publicity stunt for the Boston Post that entailed surviving naked and alone in the Maine woods for two months in 1913.

As an aside: The TV segment is brief; for a detailed account of Joe’s escapade, go to http://tinyurl.com/nikkidjoe2

After finally emerging from the forest to great fanfare, dressed in animal skins, Joe wrote a book, “Alone in the Wilderness” (read it here: http://tinyurl.com/nikkedjoe3), and even tried vaudeville and the movies, milking his notoriety for as long as he could.

“Like all of us, he stretched the truth and got details mixed up, and might have accepted help at one point or another,” Aaron Webster told the Chinook Observer about Joe’s adventure in Maine (http://tinyurl.com/nikkidjoe4). “But I think the basics of what he did are plausible.”

— Elleda Wilson


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