Author - John Coyne

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First RPCV Conference 1965 Washington, D.C.
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Mark Jacobs (Paraguay) gives keynote address at Virginia Lessons From Abroad Conference Longwood University
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Review–Chasing Heisenberg: The Race for the Atom Bomb by Michael Joseloff (Tunisia)
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CHASING HEISENBERG by Michael Joseloff (Tunisia) climbs Amazon best seller list
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George Melchiades Coleman First Brazil Peace Corps Director Passed Away
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The Last Word (on or about) RPCV Novelist Karin McQuillan (Senegal)
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Review — APOSTLE: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve by Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan)
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Michael Meyer’s New Book Reviewed Sunday in NYTIMES (China)
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PC/HQ Replies to to Dan Evon of Snopes
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This is All that Karin McQuillan Has to Say (Senegal)

First RPCV Conference 1965 Washington, D.C.

CITIZEN IN A TIME OF CHANGE THE RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER 1965 PEACE CORPS CONFERENCE March 5-7 1965 Harris Wofford, Editor,conference report Thanks to the ‘heads up’ from Geri Critchley (Senegal 2971-72) who saved the report of the first Returned Peace Corps Conference held at the State Department. The list of RPCVs who attended are on pages 85,86,87  of this 90+ report. Click on the link below to read or download the report. (Note: JCoyne)  1965 RPCV Conference Report Low-Res

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Mark Jacobs (Paraguay) gives keynote address at Virginia Lessons From Abroad Conference Longwood University

  The Lessons From Abroad (LFA) organization seeks to help students make sense of their education abroad experience after they have returned home. LFA offers programming, resources, and research that establishes a community of learners who successfully integrate their international experience in all facets of their academic, personal, and professional lives. LFA also provides practitioners in the field of higher education opportunities for collaboration, research and professional development. They asked Mark Jacobs  (Paraguay 1978-80) to speak to their students returning from overseas. What follows is Mark being introduced by the Director of the college’s Study Abroad program and  what Mark had to tell the students of Longwood University of Virginia. — JCoyne •   Introduction by Emily Kane, Ph.D. Director of Study Abroad program at Longwood University It’s my great pleasure to introduce you all to Mark Jacobs, our keynote speaker today. Jacobs is the author of five books and over . . .

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Review–Chasing Heisenberg: The Race for the Atom Bomb by Michael Joseloff (Tunisia)

Chasing Heisenberg: The Race for the Atom Bomb Michael  Joseloff (Tunisia 1967–69) Amazon Publishing January 2018 148 pages $2.99 (Kindle) Reviewed by Denis Nolan (Ethiopia 1964-66)   This book is mesmerizing. I could not put it down. It is the story of the race between the United States and Germany to develop an atom bomb, from the time when the key figures worked together before the war to the final stages of World War II and the eventual dropping of two quite different bombs. It reads more like a novel than a factual account of history, with the personalities and lives of the men involved interwoven with the actual events. Joseloff has done his research well, and he weaves a remarkable story about the three different approaches taken and the fear of failure that drove the participants to near breakdowns at times. He is an excellent writer and he brings . . .

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CHASING HEISENBERG by Michael Joseloff (Tunisia) climbs Amazon best seller list

    Last week Cindy Kelly, president of The Atomic Heritage Foundation, came to New York to interview Michael Joseloff (Tunisia 1967-69) about his new eBook Chasing Heisenberg: The Race for the Atom Bomb. She also interviewed Ben Bederson, a physicist who worked at Los Alamos designing ignition switches for the plutonium bomb. The video recordings will be online as part of the foundation’s “Voices of the Manhattan Project,” an oral history archive. Joseloff reports that Chasing Heisenberg is selling well. It hit #1 in Amazon’s print and eBook Molecular Physics category.  It has also led the eBook Math & Science category.  Since the book launched last month, it has clawed its way past more than 98 thousand other books on Amazon’s digital best seller list and is currently ranked #5,960. Michael’s book will be reviewed on our site within the coming weeks.    

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George Melchiades Coleman First Brazil Peace Corps Director Passed Away

 GEORGE MELCHIADES COLEMAN  (Age 91) Passed away peacefully on December 10, 2017. Longtime residents of McLean VA, George and his wife Peggie moved to Good Shepherd Village in Endwell NY in 2016. Born in 1926 in Washington, DC to George and Annie Coleman, he was one of four children (siblings Thomas, Catherine, and Robert). After World War II service in the US Navy, George married Margaret Bakeman (Peggie), graduated from George Washington University and embarked on a career in international development including serving as Peace Corps Director in Brazil, working at the US Agency for International Development, and consulting in public health, family planning, and youth development (including programs for street children). While at USAID, he fit in a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a posting to the OECD in Paris France, Peggie’s birthplace. Not one to “retire”, George later became a certified family therapist, using . . .

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The Last Word (on or about) RPCV Novelist Karin McQuillan (Senegal)

This is an email I received from novelist Richard Lipez (Ethiopia 1962-64) who writes mystery novels under the pseudonym Richard Stevenson. Note: JCoyne “In 1997 I wrote the sub-Saharan Africa section of Crimes of the Scene: A Mystery Novel Guide for the International Traveler, edited by Nina King. Published by St. Martin’s, the book describes mysteries that travelers might like to read when visiting places where the novels are set.  Here is my entry on Karin McQuillan’s Elephant’s Graveyard, published in 1993. “For sophisticated understanding of present-day East Africa land-use and wildlife problems, no mystery writer is better than Karin McQuillan.  A dedicated naturalist who appreciates the opposing viewpoints of conservationists, farmers, ranchers, and even poachers, McQuillan works these conflicts into the plots of murder mysteries featuring Jazz Jasper, a young American woman who’s fled a bad divorce back home and runs safari tours in Kenya. “The second in the . . .

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Review — APOSTLE: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve by Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan)

  Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve By Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996) Vintage Paperback 517 pages February, 2017 $11.52 (paperback), $26.76 (hardback), $11.99 (Kindle) Reviewed by Denis Nolan (Ethiopia 1964-66) • When I first saw what this book was about, I became very interested. The front of the book says that is “Travels among the tombs of the Twelve”, and I thought I would learn a great deal about the legends and knowledge of where the apostles are buried. This is of interest to me, for I have been doing a fair amount of research into the early Christian religion and have found a number of discrepancies about what people in the gospels did after the death of Jesus and where they finished their lives . The book begins with a chapter on Judas Iscariot. At least that is what the title is. However, it is more about . . .

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Michael Meyer’s New Book Reviewed Sunday in NYTIMES (China)

This is an edited version of a long review appearing this Sunday, February 4, 2018 in The New York Times Book Section. JCoyne China From the Ground Up By HANNAH BEECH  Southeast Asia bureau chief of The Times. – THE ROAD TO SLEEPING DRAGON Leaming China From the Ground Up By Michael Meyer (China 1995-97) 296 pp. Bloomsbury. $28. Michael Meyer, a Minnesotan who went to China as one of the Peace Corps’ first volunteers there; and Xiaolu Guo, a writer and filmmaker who grew up in a salt-spattered Chinese fishing village, explore the meaning of home in a nation perpetually in transition. The China they describe in their memoirs no longer exists, covered by layers of concrete, glass and fiber-optic cables that have tethered even the most isolated farmer to the modern age. Still, it is the journey through heady, whiplash times that helps us understand where the nation . . .

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PC/HQ Replies to to Dan Evon of Snopes

Snopes.com  formally known as the Urban Legends Reference Pages, is one of the first online fact-checking websites. It is a widely known resource for validating and debunking urban legends and similar stories in American popular culture. Dan Evon from Snopes received this email from Peter Ter at the Peace Corps Office when Snopes tried to find out if Kevin McQuillan was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal.  Note: Jcoyne Dear Dan: My name is Peter Ter. I am the Certifying Officer at U.S. Peace Corps. I am writing to you this message regarding your message that you posted online. I did talk to a lady (your colleague) last week who said that she wanted to verify a former PCV. It usually takes only less than 3 minutes to verify a person’s Peace Corps service with or without a Social Security Number (SSN) Thus,  I do have more than a remedy or knowledge to . . .

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This is All that Karin McQuillan Has to Say (Senegal)

I emailed Karin McQuillan several days ago asking if she wanted to reply to the comments made on our site about her blog item that appeared on American Thinker blog as well as elsewhere.  I wanted to find out if she had ETed or had been medically separated from the Peace Corps or been terminated from service by the agency. She  wrote back this note to me after Marian Beil, the publisher of our site, removed information, at Karin’s request, that listed her home address as it appeared, as public record, in two NPCA Directories. Note: Jcoyne Karin’s email to me. Thanks, John.  There are so many really nasty people on the web, I am quite concerned about having references to my personal information. (Karin is right about ‘nasty people’ just look at the tweets from the White House.) As for your questions about my experience in the Peace Corps. I . . .

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