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The Accidental Journalist, Part 16 — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s 2001 Visit to Korea

When I learned in early 2001 that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was going to come to Korea in the summer for Habitat for Humanity there was no question that I wanted to cover his high-profile visit for the newspaper I had been writing for in Seoul. I have always admired and respected Jimmy Carter, […]

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The Accidental Journalist, Part 15 — The story behind the story

When I learned back in early 2001 that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was going to come to Korea for Habitat for Humanity I was going to do whatever I could to cover his visit. I have always admired and respected Jimmy Carter, not only when he was president (that was the first election I […]

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The Accidental Journalist, Part 14 — Task Force Smith Heroics Remembered

In June 2000 I crashed the big Korean War Commemorative event at War Memorial, and attended a USO bash at the Hyatt Regency in Seoul to salute U.S. Korean War veterans (where I got to meet Piper Laurie who had been a USO entertainer during the war). And a week-and-a-half later I was on a […]

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Remaining Vigilant at Freedom’s Frontier

The first time I went to Panmunjom, or the Joint Security Area was on Dec. 31, 1996. It was a cold, gray, dreary day, which almost seemed fitting for the world’s most dangerous and scariest place with all its Cold War underpinnings. Over the next couple of years I would return to Panmunjom quite regularly […]

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War & Remembrance: A 3-Year Journey into the Past

This was written in the summer of 2003 right before the big commemoration event in Panmunjom. Reading this essay again, I am reminded how important and special it was for me writing for one of the English-language newspapers in Korea and experiencing a bit of history in the process. I pray that such an opportunity […]

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War & Remembrance: A 3-Year Journey into the Past

This was written in the summer of 2003 right before the big commemoration event in Panmunjom. Reading this essay again, I am reminded how important and special it was for me writing for one of the English-language newspapers in Korea and experiencing a bit of history in the process. I pray that such an opportunity […]

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Courage Under Fire

This article originally appeared in the Korea Times on May 9, 2001 as a two-part story on American Korean War Veterans who fought at the Battle of Chipyong-ni in February 1951. Today, I would like to share it here on the 58th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.  CHIPYONG-NI, South Korea – Last […]

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Guru of Flavor: Chef Paul Prudhomme

Guru of Flavor: Chef Paul Prudhomme CAMP RED CLOUD, Uijongbu—He’s been called the “guru of flavor,” but when it comes to his passion for cooking, Chef Paul Prudhomme’s greatest pleasure in life is simply to make another person happy with food. “The greatest emotion that human beings have is eating and so cooking for that […]

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The Accidental Journlist, Part 7 — Symbols of War and a Divided Korea

Although this was my second feature article that I wrote back in June 2000 (my first one was an interview I had with Dr. Horace Underwood, the grandson of one of the first missionaries to Korea and an interpreter at Panmunjom), it was the first time I traveled somewhere in Korea to write an article […]

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The day I “crashed” a Korean War Commemoration Event in Seoul

It was eight years ago this June when I started covering many of the Korean War Commemorative events that were held in Korea. After having reviewed a number of books on the Korean War, I was allowed to write some feature stories and articles on these events that I would like to share here. I […]

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