Dragline Inspires Potential Foreign Service Candidate

Following my stagnation on Kwajalein Island in the Pacific, I returned to Southern California. In El Segundo, an exclusive  radiotelephone company, a pioneer in mobile radio, hired me on the spot. I had been advised by the U.S. Department of State that my application for the Foreign Service could take over six months, and even then I…

State Department Brochure Washes Up on Pacific Isle Shore

The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality—James A Michener Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific,” a collection of WWII stories became the movie South Pacific in 1958, which had a profound effect on me as a youth. You might say…

Coming of Age | Atomic Bombs and Pepsodent Toothpaste

History is a great teacher. Recent media rumbles of a return to the Cold War era with Russia took me back to my beginnings… Setting the Table After WWII After WWII and up until the early 1960’s, the U.S. experienced a “coming of age.” Like a kid in one of Norman Rockwell paintings who suddenly…

The Author’s Message

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” ― Rudyard Kipling FOREIGN SERVICES MESSAGES embraces Rudyard Kipling’s words through a series of stories, articles, and anecdotes centered around the author’s working life that paralleled two related phenomenon, which have shaped American life from then until now. The Pioneering Age…