Jacques Cousteau: His 'Undersea World' Made Us All Want To Dive

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Jacques Cousteau circa 1971. Source: Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images

Jacques Cousteau was to oceans what Neil Degrasse Tyson is to astronomy, only moreso. Viewers thrilled to this odd Frenchman in a red cap; especially from 1965-75 when he aired many specials on American TV as The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. For a couple generations of American viewers, Cousteau came to represent the mystery and wonder of undersea adventures. Cousteau's fascinating story includes his role in developing the aqua-lung, his plans for human undersea life, and achievements as an award-winning filmmaker.