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SAIGON KIDS™ REUNION 2020 (Updates)

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MRS. McINTYRE – SAIGON KIDS MOTHER PASSED AWAY

Submitted by Frank Stoddard (ACS)

ObituariesSaigon Kids Cathie, Lynn and Susan’s Mom passed away during September 2019 in North Carolina.

Mrs McIntyre was a very active in the Saigon Community including the Girl Scouts.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.

SLOW DANCING IN SAIGON: WHO IS PICTURED?

Submitted by Richard and John Turner (ACS)

Slow Dancing In Saigon eBook

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Hello Fellow ACS Classmates,

We recently put together a book of photographs of Saigon parties held during the late 50s and early 60s entitled Slow Dancing in Saigon. (The accompanying PDF includes the cover and the first 19 pages.) While sharing the work-in-progress with friends, the consistent feedback that we received was “Who are the people in these photographs and what happened at these parties?”

Realizing that we needed to address issue, we thought that we would reach out to those of you who actually attended these parties to ask you if you would be willing to take a moment to share your memories of those days. If this project interests you would you please send us a brief recollection of a specific event that happened to you at one of the Saigon parties, comments about your fellow party-goers, and/or an observation about what these parties meant to you personally. Any length, from a couple of sentences to a few paragraphs will do.

We are currently working on reformatting Slow Dancing in Saigon in a smaller size, editing down the number of images and having them printed with greater definition. Your recollections will make the book more interesting to those of us who lived in Saigon as teenagers and more accessible to the general reader. Your comments will appear anonymously in the body of the book but all contributors will be acknowledged in the credits at the end of the book.

Please send any written contributions to turner [@]chapman.edu with a cc to folk1[@]mindspring.com.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Richard and John Turner

WE’RE LOSING SPONSORS WHO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THIS SITE

By Admin

Since creating and launching this site 12 years ago, I’ve done most of the work and paid the expenses to bring it to you and maintain it.

I don’t have 30 to 40 hours per week to work on the site, so I’ve outsourced as much of the routine time-consuming tasks as possible. I’ve been able to off-set some of the financial costs to pay outsourcers and other operating costs by funds generated from sponsors.

In return for financially supporting the site, sponsors expect us to purchase their products and services when we have a need for them. They support us … we support them … everyone wins.

Unfortunately, of 17 sponsors only 6 are left, and one of those has given me notice they’ll stop their sponsorship January 15th.

So what can you do to support our sponsors? Use their services. Example: If you are going to buy something on Amazon. Go to Amazon by clicking on their ads on our site. When you do they pay us a small percentage of whatever you purchase. It doesn’t cost you anymore for the product and it helps to support our site. The same is true of all ads on the site.

Your support of our site sponsors will be greatly appreciated.

Rock Onnn…. Saigon Kids™

Bob

(UPDATE) SAIGON KID SANDY HANNA’S BOOK PUBLISHED – The Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid in Saigon

Admin Note: Sandy’s book is now ready for purchase on January 15th and thereafter. Grab your copy today. Pre-release orders are being taken. If you pre-order today it will be shipped on the official release date (January 15th).

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Submitted by Sandy Hanna (ACS)

I have finally finished my book about growing up in Saigon 1960-1962 and it is being published by Post HIll Press. Book comes out on Nov. 13th but pre-order available now.

“Very early in my life I became a self-appointed spy.”

The Ignorance of Bliss tells the true story of ten-year-old Sandy, who moves with her American military family to Saigon, Vietnam where her father, the Colonel, serves as a military advisor to the South Vietnamese Army.

In 1960s Saigon, Sandy finds a world of crushing poverty and extraordinary beauty; a world of streets, villas, and brothels, where politics and intrigue reside between plot and counterplot. Blissfully living a life of French decadence, Sandy maneuvers between coups, spies, bombings, corruption, and scandal as she and her thirteen-year-old brother, Tom, run an illicit baby powder and Hershey bar business on the black market and live a life of school, scouts, dance parties, and movies at the underground theater.

When the Colonel’s counterpart, Colonel Le Van Sam, delivers an expose on the current ruling Diem regime, Sandy finds that her constant spying on her father’s activities has brought her face to face with the reality of Vietnam and the anti-American sentiment that pervades it. This coming-of age story takes place in a turbulent country striving for nationalism, giving the reader a stunning look into the life of military dependents living abroad and the underlying ignorance that surrounded a little understood time in history.

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About the Author

A resident of New York City and Lambertville, New Jersey, Sandy Hanna grew up in Saigon, South Vietnam and has been telling her story about that experience all of her life. She is an artist and a writer. Graduating from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a MEd, with a comprehensive in the Biology of Cognition, her undergraduate degree is from Knox College in Interdisciplinary programs in Science and Literature. She also spent a year studying design at the California Institute of the Arts with post graduate studies at Wharton. She was a designer of children’s play spaces, Williamstown Children’s Museum, Sesame Place a joint venture between CTW and Bush Entertainment and facilities for handicapped children, as well as a marketing director and consultant for a variety of diverse industries; children’s museums, theme parks, modular construction, etc. Her passion, however, is one as a storyteller.