The Original List

John Goddard wrote down this list of things he wished to do before his death at age 15. By age 74 he had accomplished 111 of 127 of these goals. Here is the list, an asterix indicates that he achieved this goal.

    EXPLORE:

  1. * Nile River
  2. * Amazon River
  3. * Congo River
  4. * Colorado River
  5. Yangtze River, China
  6. Niger River
  7. Orinoco River, Venezuela
  8. * Rio Coco, Nicaragua
  9. STUDY PRIMITIVE CULTURES IN:

  10. * The Congo
  11. * New Guinea
  12. * Brazil
  13. * Borneo
  14. * The Sudan (nearly buried alive in a sandstorm)
  15. * Australia
  16. * Kenya
  17. * The Philippines
  18. * Tanganyika (Now Tanzania)
  19. * Ethiopia
  20. * Nigeria
  21. * Alaska
  22. CLIMB:

  23. Mt. Everest
  24. Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina
  25. Mt. McKinley
  26. * Mt. Hauscaran, Peru
  27. * Mt. Kilimanjaro
  28. * Mt. Ararat, Turkey
  29. * Mt. Kenya
  30. Mt. Cook, New Zealand
  31. * Mt. Popocatepetl, Mexico
  32. * The Matterhorn
  33. * Mt. Rainier
  34. * Mt. Fuji
  35. * Mt. Vesuvius
  36. * Mt. Bromo, Java
  37. * Grand Tetons
  38. * Mt. Baldy, California
  39. OTHER

  40. Carry out careers in medicine and exploration (studied premed, treats illnesses among primitive tribes)
  41. Visit every country in the world (30 to go)
  42. * Study Navaho and Hopi Indians
  43. * Learn to fly a plane
  44. * Ride horse in Rose Parade
  45. PHOTOGRAPH:

  46. * Iguacu Falls, Brazil
  47. * Victoria Falls, Rhodesia (Chased by a warthog in the process)
  48. * Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
  49. * Yosemite Falls
  50. * Niagara Falls
  51. * Retrace travels of Marco Polo and Alexander the Great
  52. EXPLORE UNDERWATER:

  53. * Coral reefs of Florida
  54. * Great Barrier Reef, Australia (photographed a 300-pound clam)
  55. * Red Sea
  56. * Fiji Islands
  57. * The Bahamas
  58. * Explore Okefenokee Swamp and the Everglades
  59. VISIT:

  60. * Great Wall of China
  61. * Panama and Suez Canals
  62. * Easter Island
  63. * The Galapagos Islands
  64. * Vatican City (saw the Pope)
  65. * The Taj Mahal
  66. * The Eiffel Tower
  67. * The Blue Grotto
  68. * The Tower of London
  69. * The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  70. * The Sacred Well of Chichen-Itza, Mexico
  71. * Climb Ayers Rock in Australia
  72. Follow River Jordan from Sea of Galilee to Dead Sea
  73. SWIM IN:

  74. * Lake Victoria
  75. * Lake Superior
  76. * Lake Tanganyika
  77. * Lake Titicaca, S. America
  78. * Lake Nicaragua
  79. ACCOMPLISH:

  80. * Become an Eagle Scout
  81. * Dive in a submarine
  82. * Land on and take of from an aircraft carrier
  83. * Fly in a blimp, balloon and glider
  84. * Ride an elephant, camel, ostrich and bronco
  85. * Skin dive to 40 feet and hold breath two and a half minutes underwater.
  86. * Catch a ten-pound lobster and a ten-inch abalone
  87. * Play flute and violin
  88. * Type 50 words a minute
  89. * Make a parachute jump
  90. * Learn water and snow skiing
  91. * Go on a church mission
  92. * Follow the John Muir trail
  93. * Study native medicines and bring back useful ones
  94. * Bag camera trophies of elephant, lion, rhino, cheetah, cape buffalo and whale
  95. * Learn to fence
  96. * Learn jujitsu
  97. * Teach a college course
  98. * Watch a cremation ceremony in Bali
  99. * Explore depths of the sea
  100. Appear in a Tarzan movie (he now considers this an irrelevant boyhood dream)
  101. Own a horse, chimpanzee, cheetah, ocelot, and coyote (yet to own a chimp or cheetah)
  102. Become a ham radio operator
  103. * Build own telescope
  104. * Write a book (On Nile trip)
  105. * Publish an article in National Geographic Magazine
  106. * High jump five feet
  107. * Broad jump 15 feet
  108. * Run mile in five minutes
  109. * Weigh 175 pounds stripped (still does)
  110. * Perform 200 sit-ups and 20 pull-ups
  111. * Learn French, Spanish and Arabic
  112. Study dragon lizards on Komodo Island (Boat broke down within 20 miles of island)
  113. * Visit birthplace of Grandfather Sorenson in Denmark
  114. * Visit birthplace of Grandfather Goddard in England
  115. * Ship aboard a freighter as a seaman
  116. Read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica (Has read extensive parts in each volume)
  117. * Read the Bible from cover to cover
  118. * Read the works of Shakespeare, Plato, Aristotle, Dickens, Thoreau, Rousseau, Conrad, Hemingway, Twain, Burroughs, Talmage, Tolstoi, Longfellow, Keats, Poe, Bacon, Whittier, and Emerson (not every work of each)
  119. * Become familiar with the compositions of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ibert, Mendelssohn, Lalo, Liszt, Rimski-Korsakov, Respighi, Rachmaninoff, Paganini, Stravinsky, Toch, Tschaikosvsky, Verdi
  120. * Become proficient in the use of a plane, motorcycle, tractor, surfboard, rifle, pistol, canoe, microscope, football, basketball, bow and arrow, lariat and boomerang
  121. * Compose music
  122. * Play Clair de Lune on the piano
  123. * Watch fire-walking ceremony (In Bali and Surinam)
  124. * Milk a poisonous snake (bitten by diamondback during photo session)
  125. * Light a match with .22 rifle
  126. * Visit a movie studio
  127. * Climb Cheops' pyramid
  128. * Become a member of the Explorer's Club and the Adventure's Club
  129. * Learn to play polo
  130. * Travel through the Grand Canyon on foot and by boat
  131. * Circumnavigate the globe (four times)
  132. Visit the moon ("Someday, if God wills")
  133. * Marry and have children (has five children)
  134. * Live to see the 21st century