"Believe me, when you are 439 years old, you look forward to your next birthday," he said.
His presentation focused on the historical facts of Hudson's four trips, but also about the human side of the legends surrounding the man. He spoke about the often poor treatment a captain might have with his crew, and the reality that Hudson's discovery of whales near Greenland led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of them for profit.
Bensi told students of the myths of Hudson's, mysterious disappearance and the few who remained to faithful to him after his crew mutinied.
Some believe he died, others think he was adopted by local tribes, and others, Bensi said, believe he is now giving presentations to middle school students in Guilderland.