“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 of Radio and Security
From the transistor radio craze of the late 1950’s to the development of the wallet sized “pager” radio in the 1970’s the author’s “coming of age” led from service in the U.S. Army to an assignment on a Pacific isle, followed by a chance opportunity in the U.S. Foreign Service.
The Dawn of International Terrorism
The author’s stories and anecdotes chronicle a regular guy’s risky assignments amid the so-called “dawn of international terrorism” from 1968 to 1979. This period reflects the tumultuous times in the Foreign Service community amidst the backdrop of modern terrorism.
Author Virginia Wolff wrote, “the past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”
FSM intends to explore those emotions and reach out to Foreign Service veterans, expats and military personnel who sought out humor and hope during turbulent times.
The author welcomes the reader’s comments or “messages.” This is your opportunity to reflect on the times, keeping in mind that a good story must accompany any history lesson.
About the Author
The author traveled the world for several years working as a technician and engineer for the US Foreign Service, defense contractors, and designed GSM cell phone systems for Vodafone and AT&T Wireless worldwide.
Mr. Matthews retired from the high tech world in 2007 and pleasantly absconded to a life in the tropics in Bangkok, Thailand while paying irregular visits to his native Southern California.
During his technical career he quietly began a second career of writing. Over a period of years Mr. Matthews attended several creative writing classes in his off time and found great enjoyment in writing “stories.” Although his writing was originally an outlet for stress relief, he found himself dedicated to writing stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
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