Well, it crossed my mind today and I wondered why I hadn’t heard anything about Stephen McCullah’s successfully funded Kickstarter project. They were scheduled to leave in late June for Africa.
Indeed it was. It seemed to have collapsed within a few days.
One of the participants, Joe Marrero, posted this update back in July:
Two days before Stephen and Sam left for the Congo, I had begun to suspect that the expedition had financial problems when I was told that a specific purchase was not within the budget. Within two days of the team entering the Congo, I was forced to withdraw from the expedition when I was told that there “wasn’t enough funds for three months.” This was shocking and I was disappointed that I had placed my reputation on the line, only to have someone I trusted disappoint me with their poor financial planning.
Joe doesn’t say anything more about it. But an anonymous tip was revealed on David Meyer’s site: THE DINOSAUR EXPEDITION GOES…EXTINCT?
Yesterday [July 18, 2012], we received an anonymous tip that the Newmac Expedition had returned from the Congo. Supposedly, the group was forced to curtail its 3-month trip. The exact reason remains unclear but we were told that Expedition member Stephen McCullah posted a message on his personal Facebook page about a lack of research permits. We’ve also heard that the Expedition suffered gear losses via theft.
This information has yet to be confirmed. But if true, it explains Marrero’s decision to withdraw from the Expedition. Adding fuel to the fire are the changes made to the Newmac Expedition’s social media platform. Its website has been abandoned. The last Facebook update came on June 21. The last Twitter update, announcing the departure of Joe Marrero, came on July 10. And the last update on Kickstarter (which we are unable to access) came on July 13.
David proceeds to wonder what happens to the Kickstarter funding. Does the ~$29,000 need to be paid back?
I searched and can’t find any more about this story after this point in mid-July. Here is a piece from the Sun Sentinel. But I assume they made it back OK but didn’t really get off the ground.