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About meI was born in Michigan and raised in Ohio. I attended Kent State University where I majored in journalism and minored in English literature. Following graduation in 1961 I served two years as a psy ops officer in Okinawa and Thailand. While on active duty I successfully passed the written and oral examinations for the U.S. Foreign Service. In 1965I was commissioned a vice consul and third secretary and, following language training was assigned as a junior officer trainee to the American Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Subsequent assignments took me to Vienna, Asuncion, Heidelberg, Bonn and Stuttgart. I retired from the FS in 1991. From 1986 to 2003 my wife and I lived in a restored Federal house in the Virginia hunt country. In 2003 we moved to Williamsburg, Virginia where I pursue a variety of interests to include gardening, tennis, music and antiques.
About my libraryI am a reader, not a collector of books. Even so, I prefer the tactile and other sensations that we associate with actual books in preference to either the electronic or audio versions.
Favorite authorsAnna Akhmatova, Alexander Solzenitzen, Louis Armstrong, W. H. Auden, Jane Austen, Antony Beevor, Saul Bellow, Harold Bloom, James Boswell, Alain de Botton, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Bill Bryson, John Buchan, Anthony Burgess, A. S. Byatt, Anton Chekhov, Agatha Christie, Paul Copperwaite, Claude Debussy, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Dorothy Dunnett, T. S. Eliot, Patrick Leigh Fermor, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Vasily Grossman, Victor Davis Hanson, Hergé, Clive James, P. D. James, Victor Klemperer, Milan Kundera, Gustav Mahler, W. Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Nancy Mitford, Michel de Montaigne, Frederic Morton, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, V. S. Naipaul, Patrick O'Brian, Flannery O'Connor, P. J. O'Rourke, George Orwell, Edgar Allan Poe, Anthony Powell, Sergei Prokofiev, Marcel Proust, Giacomo Puccini, Alexander Pushkin, Ayn Rand, Rainer Maria Rilke, Andrew Roberts, Philip Roth, Dorothy L. Sayers, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Richard Strauss, Paul Theroux, Leo Tolstoy, William Trevor, Ivan Turgenev, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Andrzej Wajda, Evelyn Waugh, P. G. Wodehouse, Stefan Zweig (Shared favorites)
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