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 thought. Its messages fill a void left by the question: “What did you do in the war, Daddy?”

Through its messages, FSM chronicles a regular guy’s experiences during the decades of the sixties through the eighties. The author’s risky assignments amid the so-called “dawn of international terrorism” from 1968 to 1979 reflect the tumultuous times in the Foreign Service community as history unveiled the pioneering age of radio and security. 

FSM intends to reach out to Foreign Service veteran’s families and friends as well as expats and military personnel to put a real life stamp on those turbulent times.

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 can serve as a focal point to explore these “emotions” by the exchange of ideas and thoughts of life in the Foreign Service (or living overseas), particularly during the decades of the sixties through the eighties.

The author welcomes your comments whether they be one line or full fledged “messages.” This is your opportunity, too, to reflect on the times, keeping in mind that a good story must accompany any history lesson.

About the Author

dad-pic2The 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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