Traveling During a Pandemic Article

The risks and rewards of Global Travel

Covid-19. Shuttered bars and restaurants. Urban lockdowns. Mask fatigue. Curfews. Canceled holiday gatherings. Want to get away? Well, why not? There’s never been a better time to travel. Like anything, there are risks and benefits to global travel during a pandemic. There are bargains everywhere you look. Want to fly from New York to Nashville…

Sitting Here in Limbo

Los Angeles isn’t such a bad place to be when it comes to social distancing. April’s warm sunshine has replaced the rainy weeks of March. Grocery stores are open and relatively well stocked. There’s no sense of panic despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Rarely do you hear the wail of an ambulance. We’re supposed to…

The Day I Almost Died

The day I almost died was a sunny Sunday in May in 1972. I was a 24-year old Time Magazine correspondent in Saigon. I decided to get an early start on the week by driving north up Highway 13 to meet a company of South Vietnamese marines. Their goal: March to the Cambodian border and lift the siege of An Loc, a tiny rubber town founded by the French that had been encircled by the Viet Cong for three months.
The road to the city crossed a barren plain that offered only shell craters for cover. But nobody was worried since a B-52 strike scheduled for precisely 11:59 am would eliminate any Viet Cong hiding in shallow tunnels.

Anthony Marcus Paul

Anthony Marcus Paul

In the days before fake news and blogging – back when the term “fair and balanced” didn’t mean biased and skewed – professional journalists dedicated to the factual reporting of real news roamed the earth. One of the best was Anthony Marcus Paul, an American educated Australian who covered Asia from 1972 until his death last month at age 81.

Tony Paul was a gifted editor and war correspondent, whom I met in 1977 when both of us were based in Hong Kong. We covered Southeast Asia, myself for Time Magazine and Tony for the Reader’s Digest, which at that time was the world’s largest selling magazine with a circulation of 23 million.


Pasadena Craftsmanship By David DeVoss Every New Year’s Day America turns its attention to Pasadena, California to watch the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl football game, which this year will showcase Penn State and the University of Southern California. The spectacles are marvelous advertisements for the city, which almost always enjoys winter sunshine while…

Political Theater

Pasadena’s Politicon is the Woodstock of Politics She had given a fairly coherent speech earlier in the day. But it was accomplished with a teleprompter. Now Sarah Palin was in an unscripted “conversation” with Democratic pollster turned college professor James Carville inside a darkened convention hall full of people attending a two-day event called “Politicon.”…