As I wrote in Return to Doylestown, there is no mention of William Edgar Geil in the Encyclopedia Britannica as recently as the 2013 print edition. I don't find him in the online edition either. Here is a man who traveled the world, was first to walk the Great Wall of China, wrote ten books and drew crowds in the thousands worldwide to hear him speak. Yet the Encyclopedia Britannica knows nothing of him. Geil is indeed the "Forgotten Explorer."
But hopefully not much longer. Since that historic gathering in Doylestown in 2008, there has been a flurry of activity around Geil. Some of this has been described here on this website and at the sites I've linked to. This activity has included the production and release of two documentaries that talk about Dr. Geil, and there are three more in the pipeline. This is very exciting and gratifying! When we gathered eight years ago this was unimaginable.
"Geil of Doylestown: Forgotten Explorer"
The first documentary was commissioned under grant by the Doylestown Historical Society. Released in 2013, it's titled Geil of Doylestown: Forgotten Explorer. Jennifer Lin, a former reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, produced the film which was directed by her son, Karl Stieg. It runs 45 minutes and was narrated by Alexis Denisof (Much Ado About Nothing, The Avengers, Finding Carter, Grimm, and many more). The film won Best Biography at the New Hope Film Festival and was an Official Selection at DocUtah, the Southern Utah International Film Festival.
It's a quite magnificent film, in my opinion, that I hope you'll get a chance to see sometime. Copies can be purchased from the Doylestown Historical Society. For my friends who live nearby, give me a shout. You'll have to come over sometime and I'll play it for you! Here's the trailer: