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Former Premier Saul has moment of New York fame

He is used to being recognised in Bermuda but former Premier David Saul recently got a brief taste of fame in New York.

A huge image of the 73-year-old businessman lit up a building in Times Square on May 23, when Dr Saul and colleagues from his marine exploration company rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock market.

“It was quite bizarre,” he told

The Royal Gazette. “That was 50ft up in the air!”

The former United Bermuda Party politician and director of Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc was in the Big Apple for the grand opening of Odyssey's SHIPWRECK! exhibition at Discovery Times Square.

Dr Saul said: “It was just a coincidence — we were there for the exhibition and then I guess our PR crowd said: 'Why not ring the bell?'."

He added: “The performance is really quite something. The opening bell ceremony was choreographed to perfection, with lots of schoolchildren in the audience to make the whole scene more exciting and realistic.

“The whole show was presented 'live' to the crowds in the street out in the Square and projected on the big screen.

“There were thousands watching the whole performance. When we came out into Times Square afterwards, the crowds asked if any of us were 'movie stars'.”

Dr Saul's experience came less than a month after Economic Development Minister Grant Gibbons and Bermuda Stock Exchange CEO Greg Wojciechowski rang the NASDAQ opening bell, on April 29.

Tampa-based Odyssey is currently diving for treasure from torpedoed Second World War ship

Gairsoppa off the Irish coast for the second time, having recovered silver ingots worth about $48 million from the vessel last year.

Dr Saul said the exhibition — entitled 'Explore the Secrets of the Deep — Shipwreck, Pirates and Treasure' — was “really stunning” and urged anyone visiting New York before January next year to visit.

“This show is fascinating and is one of the best I have ever seen on the subject of shipwrecks and the recovery of treasure from the depths.

“The display area is some 4,000 square feet: one can grasp the wheel of a ship in a hurricane and, by simulation techniques, fight to keep the ship afloat.

“You will enjoy sophisticated multimedia presentations of shipwrecks and equipment used to explore great depths, as well as examine some of the silver ingots raised from the


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Former Premier David Saul's image lit up a building in Times Square on May 23 when he helped to ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange. Photo courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc.

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Published June 11, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 10, 2013 at 11:40 pm)

Former Premier Saul has moment of New York fame

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