at Chris' High School graduation
at a spoof "hippie party" for my brother who turned
During my years in the Peace Corps, I worked
on the Peace Corps ETV Project, City of Bangkok, Thailand from
After I completed my Peace Corps service, I got
a grant to the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu (East-West Center
Grantee) where I got an M.Ed. in Educational Media and met my
wife, Patricia Loui.. I’ve been married for 29 years now
(Sounds like Peter Coombs and I are among the winners in the longevity
marriage race!) She is Chinese-Japanese, born and raised in Hawaii,
and went to Northwestern U. for her BA in journalism. She then
got an EWC grant too.
In 1974 I went back to Thailand for two years
to work as an Editor for the Population Division of ESCAP (United
Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific),
in Bangkok. Pat worked for UNESCO.
In 1976 we returned to Hawaii where Pat took
over as a magazine editor while I spent three boring years working
for a local Blue Shield medical plan as Community Relations supervisor.
I finally escaped that job and from1979-1982 I was Associate Editor
of East West Perspectives magazine, published by the East West
Center in Hawaii It was a15,000 circulation magazine covering
developments in environment, energy, population trends, economics
and culture in Asian and Pacific countries.
From 1982-1986 I worked as Editor of Hawaii Business
magazine, a monthly business magazine covering business trends
and industries in Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
Since 1986, I have worked for Pacific Marine/Navatek
Ltd, my wife’s family's company, helping my brother-in-law
with media, government relations, PR, grant writing. I have been
with the company for almost 18 years now. The website is www.navatekltd.com
We design and build high-tech ships for the U.S. Navy’s
Office of Naval Research, in Washington, DC.
From1997-2003, I also wrote and edited the TIGR
Report ( Targeted Industries Growth Report), a newsletter in Hawaii
Business magazine focusing on eight emerging growth industries
I write books on the side. While in the Peace
Corps, I wrote regularly for the Bangkok Post and the Bangkok
World (under a pen name – it got me in trouble with Kevin
Delany and the PC one year when I wrote about the secret war in
Laos after going up there). One story I did for the Bangkok World
was about astrology in Thailand. The topic fascinated me ( I majored
in philosophy in college). I got interested in the paranormal,
and a few years back wrote and published a book dealing with the
best scientific evidence for eight paranormal phenomena. The book
is called "Best
Evidence". The book sold quite well, and is in a second
edition. If anyone's curious, they can check it out on the Amazon.com
website. Also, a new book I wrote called The
Gift. It just came out this month by St. Martin's Press. It
even includes an online ESP test you can try....
Among the writing I did after Peace Corps were
some op-ed pieces for the Asian Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately
I am currently barred from Thailand for writing an opinion/editorial
piece for the Journal back in 1982 noting that many people felt
the Crown Prince was not fit to be the successor to King Bhumibol,
and analyzing the possibility that they might turn to the Crown
Princess instead. I ended up committing a very rare crime -- lese
majeste -- insulting a royal family. But such risks come with
the journalism field. I still think the analysis was correct.
So now I enjoy Thailand by going to some of our great Thai restaurants
here in Hawaii instead of in Bangkok. C'est la vie!
Pat and I have one son, Chris, who has just gone
off to begin his first year at Yale. He’s a published writer
also, so ink must run in our family veins! Maybe he'll end up
in Peace Corps too some day.