Writing Prompt Boot Camp: Day 9 - BlueAnteater.com

Writing Prompt Boot Camp: Day 9

In remembrance of Milo Thatch.

Milo James Thatch, 32, died November 1914 at sea.

Milo was born August 4, 1882 in Fishkill, New York. He was the son of Augustus Avery Thatch and Lucille Rose Thatch. Orphaned by a railway accident in 1885, Milo was raised and educated by his grandfather, Thaddeus Thatch, an accomplished archaeologist and treasure hunter. Thaddeus passed away in 1901 after an expedition to Iceland.

Milo Thatch was regarded as one of the top linguists of the day, though criticized for his inherited infatuation with legend and folklore. After graduating high school at the age of 11, he was educated at Oxford University from 1896 to 1903, returning to the United States with a double doctorate in the fields of Linguistic Theory and Dead Languages, and minor degrees in Chemistry, Literature, Art History, Sociology, and Anthropology.

Due to his talents, Milo was immediately employed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. as a Museum Linguist/Translator and Cartographic Restoration Expert, though mainly charged with boiler maintenance and janitorial work. He also tutored students in Literature and Art History, and participated in an Academic Exchange Program, working in Paris and Madrid in 1910.

From 1911 to 1914, Milo dedicated his spare time to performing research on the legendary city of Atlantis and trying to persuade the Smithsonian Institute Board of Directors to fund an expedition for evidence of its existence and location. Progress of his work (repeatedly denied) reached Preston B. Whitmore, eccentric millionaire, industrialist, and philanthropist, who offered to fund the expedition himself.

Milo resigned from his post at the Smithsonian Institute in October 1914 and boarded the S.S. Ulysses as company Linguist, Cartographer, and Navigator to the Atlantis Expedition. After only a few weeks at sea, the submersible was destroyed under mysterious circumstances, with only a few dozen survivors. They were reported missing, presumed dead, for several months until reappearing in Washington, D.C. in 1915. No further details have surfaced regarding their experience.

Select anonymous members of the surviving crew, identifying themselves as Milo’s friends, reported that Milo was among the deceased during the sinking of the S.S. Ulysses. They considered him a good man, a heroic member of the crew, and that he will be dearly missed. As there will be no service, memorial donations may be made to the Smithsonian Institute or charities supported by Whitmore Industries.

Milo is survived by his cat, Fluffy.

 


 

So this is probably among the silliest things I’ve ever done. XD XD

The prompt called for the obituary of my favorite fictional character, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t really have one? At least, not one that tops all others. But I recently watched Atlantis: The Lost Empire and it is one of favorite movies and I do love Milo as a character, so there you are (c’mon, he’s smart, adorkable, and voiced by Michael J. Fox, what’s not to love?). I thought I’d have trouble with all the historical background that one usually puts in an obit, but there is surprisingly quite a lot of information available! (References I used: Disney Wiki and Tumblr.) I fabricated a few details myself, particularly the dates, as the film is unclear, but otherwise, this is all technically canon – sourced directly, I believe, from the bonus features on the special edition DVD (which now, of course, I want to own).

Want to do the challenge yourself? Today’s prompt is: “Write an obituary for your favorite fictional character (literary, television, etc.), including how the death occurred.”

Header image: Milo Thatch of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2001

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