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Birthday Memories, 1986 — Baseball & Greek Town

There are a lot of cool things that a person could do to celebrate their birthday besides just getting hammered or having a party with all the trimmings. Sometimes, you might even end up doing something that you never imagined you would do. I might not have had the chance to have a big birthday […]

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Birthday Memories — “On The Beach”

My birthday in 1979 was a lot of fun. And it should have been because it was my twenty-first birthday. Back then, I was in the United States Air Force stationed at George Air Force just outside of Victorville, California. I had been at George for only eight months and had met some real cool […]

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Death of a Korean War Veteran

One of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning is to surf the net and check out what has been happening around the world over night. I usually end up checking out the website of my hometown newspaper The News Tribune for any local news back home. Invariably, and as […]

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I’m going to miss The West Wing

As a child of television from my adolescent days in the sixties and early seventies through my adulthood, there have been a number of television programs, which have defined what good television was meant to be. In a few weeks, one of those programs and one of my favorites The West Wing will end its […]

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The Godfather of Soul in Seoul

James Brown came to town last night. “It’s great to be in Shanghai!” Whether or not he was joking or not, or perhaps just suffering a bit of jet lag from traveling around Asia one thing is for certain, when the Godfather of Soul puts on a show, he does not disappoint. With a show […]

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Home for the Holidays

Getting together with Dick Verucchi and Tom Joliffe on Christmas Day at the 9th Street Pub in La Salle, Illinois After nearly a thirteen-hour flight from Seoul, I am waiting for my friend Chris to pick me up at O’Hare International Airport. Home again for the holidays. I can’t believe that it has been a […]

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American Thanksgiving in Korea

I have always been a little envious of some of my expat colleagues from countries other than the United States when it comes to taking part in any of their country’s celebrations while in Korea. Some of my colleagues from smaller countries are always getting invitations to various functions put on by their respective embassies […]

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