I also discovered in the History Department the model
scholar-teachers for what I was to become professionally. That sparked
the intellectual curiosity that later sent me on to Harvard for a Phd.
and a career teaching history at USC.
The third thing that was to shape my life was what I then liked
the least - Navy ROTC. The united commander decided that Japan would be
a good place to send me for two years duty. There I began learning the
language; decided I wanted an academic, not a naval, career; and
discoverred a world different beyond anything I ever imagined. That
experience set me on course for what has been a lifetime of teaching and
writing about trans-Pacific interactions - cultural and personal as well
as political and military. I've been lucky enough to do so all over
Pacific Asia and at the US Air Force Academy and Naval War College as
well as at USC.
No, I didn't find my wife of thirty-five yeras, Linda, at
Stanford. She's a UCLA graduate. We've raised four children who are now
scattered from Seattle to Honolulu. Our daughter, whom we adopted from
Korea, is a nurse; and the eldest son is in the heating and air
conditioning business. The younger sons are still working their way
through undergraduate careers that bear little resembland to what I
experienced at Stanford so many years ago.
Life is full of new beginnings, and mine at the moment is
building a vacation/retirement home on a 7000-foot mesa overlooking the
western slope of the Rockies near Grand Junction, Colorado. Yes, there
is life outside the big city!
Reagan and Gorbachov meet for the first time at Geneva Switzerland November 19, 1985
A sad farewell. Reagan and Gorbachov leave the unsucessful summit at
Reykjavik, Iceland, October 12, 1986
The Washington, D.C. summit, December 8, 1987. The two leaders sign
the treaty on elimination of Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces
The last Reagan-Gorbachov summit. Meeting in New York City, December 7,
The photo above shows History 365 students visiting the SS LANE Victory, the official World War II Merchant Marine Memorial, in Los Angeles Harbor.