I served in the U.S. Navy from 1968–70 and was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Forrest D. Royal DD872 when it sailed to Africa and the Indian Ocean Theater from November 1969 to May 1970. Stops included Luanda, Angola, and Lourenco-Marques/now Maputo, Mozambique that were then Portuguese colonies.
Contrary to official U.S. policy of being neutral in the fighting taking place between Portugal and liberation groups, our ship’s officers shared surveillance information gathered by our ship’s electronic and radio scanning technology (of the Angolan countryside) with the Portuguese military. The city of Luanda was surrounded with barbed wire. Portuguese marines patrolled the streets in machine gun-mounted jeeps; American oil company families lived in their own protected center of the city. This time in Luanda’s history is a focal point for a book I am writing.
From 1979 to 1997 I worked in Public Radio, primarily as a reporter/producer at WHYY-Philadelphia; KCSU, Fort Collins; KPRN/Colorado Public Radio, Grand Junction; and KVNF, Paonia. I currently volunteer as a musical host on KUVO, Denver.
From 1998 to September 2017 I worked at the Department of Energy’s Golden Field Office for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as a contracting officer and grants management specialist.
Now retired, I am a writer living in Arvada, Colo, where I volunteer in the local arts community and public radio.