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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Foreign Service Trivia

When you join the Foreign Service, you are required to take a language course.  As you will be traveling, this gives the State Dept. a scope on what areas of the world they will later send you.  My father either opted for or was "asked" to take Spanish.  He did so well, they sent him to Australia for his first posting.  Odd, right?  If he had not have done so well, they would have sent him to somewhere in Latin America or Spain.  They loved Australia!  Great country.  And, our home had an incredible view of the coastline (our house was situated on a cliff).  Part of his first duties as a Consular Officer was to meet VIP's coming to Sidney.  Australia had just been "discovered" as an inexpensive place to make films.  My mother and father were thrilled to meet Ernest Borgnine (McHale's Navy) and Anne Baxter (brilliant screen actress).

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