Biographies: (1) Operation New Zealand (also pub.as Bum Ticker: a Hearty Traveler's Tale; (2) Running a Message Parlor; A Librarian's Medium Rare Memoir About Censorship; (3) Retired Terrorist (to be published late 2009). BRIEF LIFE SUMMARY: Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1936, at 15 became active in the Scottish independence movement and began work as signwriter/display artist. At 16 took part in radical political actions (including a Scottish Republican Army action to obtain guns); avoided authorities by going to Europe, finding work in 1955 as an aircraft supply clerk in Germany with the US Army of Occupation, winning awards for improving operations. In 1958 moved to the US (working in signwriting/display), and took up study at Los Angeles - first at El Camino College, moving on to USC, gaining an AB (hons.) in English and History, then (1964) management qualifications with MS Library Science (while establishing practice in providing poetry readings - particularly Robert Burns). Married in 1963 to June Kakurai, became documents librarian at Stanford University, but after having to travel for innovative heart surgery in New Zealand in 1966 (documented in biography (1), became Head Librarian at Chavez County Library, Roswell, New Mexico, encouraging community theater and poetry programs, campaigning against censorship and subsequently becoming the target of right wing political activists (documented in biography (2), then assisting the American Library Association and becoming recognized as a significant anti-censorship activist. Then being able to obtain only minor library administrative positions anywhere in the US (and having had to rush to NZ again for heart surgery in 1973), obtained an MA in Public Service at the University of San Francisco, while my wife took up a career as a Japanese dancer; after an agreeable but regretful parting, I moved to NZ in 1980 to take a non-teaching faculty member post at Massey University, Palmerston North, providing academics with media skills. Marrying again (and gaining 4 children from Rae), we had a son, Craig, in 1984; I went on to take posts as editor of the city's weekly newspaper, The Guardian, then as administrator of the new regional mediation service of the country's housing authority. Retirement (and further extensive health difficulties) coincided during the first years of the new century. I continue to write (Retired Terrorist, the 3rd biography, is being printed currently), and remain active in numerous areas of interest.
Activism in pursuit of any worthwhile goal. Encouragement of any belief but caution in the acceptance of faith
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