Lead: It is almost impossible to overestimate the historical significance of Christopher Columbus and his discoveries, yet he was a man of controversy and remains so to this day.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Columbus was the son of wool weaver and grew up in the ancient Italian seaport of Genoa, but early on he became enraptured with the sea. On occasion he accompanied his father on short trading trips and during the passage learned the rudiments of sailing and navigation. He signed on as an apprentice and, in 1574, took ship for his first long voyage, east to the Aegean island off Chios just off the coast of Turkey.