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Fear of flying


Sun, Jun 18th, 2000
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Monday, June 19, 2000

I met Don in the Philippines. He was an old Asia hand who had covered the Vietnam War for the San Francisco Chronicle and later edited a Sunday magazine in Hong Kong.

He had given up working what he considered a "real job", preferring the life of a youth counselor in a refugee camp. Located in Bataan Province on the island of Luzon, the camp of 18,000 people was a joint venture between the U.S. and Philippine governments. Indochinese refugees, primarily Vietnamese, came through the camp for orientation prior to being resettled in America. When I met Don, he specialized in helping Amerasian children whose fathers were U.S. servicemen. Many of the kids were alone by themselves in the camp.

Don didn't like higher-ups, bureaucrats, administrators and know-it-alls, sensing that they somehow interfered with the job of helping people. And he didn't mind telling anyone who would listen what was on his mind.

Brown haired and about five foot eight, Don looked a lot like Robert Mitchum, and like the actor was a chain smoking, hard drinking character. The first words he ever uttered to me, a new administrator, were: "And what is it, pray tell, that you do around here?" I laughed at him, which was not the normal reaction he usually received.

Don's gruff exterior masked a benevolent soul. This, coupled with his street Vietnamese made him an instant father figure with the unaccompanied kids. Although he was assigned as a counselor in the school, he did most of his work at night making the rounds of the "neighborhoods", the sections of the camp where the refugees lived. He was on a first name basis with just about everyone in this milieu, and there wasn't much he wasn't privy to.

It was there that he also met several Vietnamese war veterans, many of whom had spent considerable time in prison after the war ended in 1975. They would sit in a make-shift leaf hut restaurant, sipping cafe den, a thick, strong coffee, while taped Vietnamese music blared in the tropical night. And Don would listen as the men talked about their past lives, as well as their fears about their future in America. Many of them had endured tremendous hardship in "re-education" camps, while their families were subject to a life of ridicule under the new regime.

Don and I became great friends when we worked together on a study of these Vietnamese re-education prisoners. Many of them had been in positions of leadership in th .....
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Chicken Biscuit Bake

Sun, Jun 18th, 2000
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1 can (10l oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
2/3 cup regular mayonnaise
2 to 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cups cubed chicken
3 cups chopped broccoli, cooked
1 medium. onion chopped
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded c ..... 
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Monday, June 19, 2000

Sun, Jun 18th, 2000
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To the Editor,
The City of Rushford has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the future of the Rush-ford Municipal Airport on June 26, 2000 at the regularly scheduled city council meeting. Over the past nine months the Rushford City Council has s ..... 
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Clifford C. Merkel

Sun, Jun 18th, 2000
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Clifford Merkel, 78, of rural Spring Valley, a longtime area farmer, died Sunday, June 11, 2000 at his home.

Born April 2, 1922, in Rock Township, Mitchell County, IA, he attended New Hampton, IA-area rural schools through the eighth grade. D ..... 
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Frances Eleanor Kidman

Sun, Jun 18th, 2000
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Frances Kidman, 78, of Carson City, NV, formerly of Chat-field, died Monday, June 12, 2000 in Carson-Tahoe Hospital.

Frances Bernard was born July 7, 1921, in Chatfield. She married Marvin C. Kidman in 1948. She moved to Carson City from Lak ..... 
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