OUIJA - For The Record
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OUIJA – For the Record

by D. Lynn Cain

In Chapter 20 of “OUIJA – For the Record,” the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan makes brief appearances.  My brother Mike became friends with his son Greg at the American International School of Kabul.

I remember only two occasions involving the ambassador. The first was at the Fourth of July fireworks in Kabul in 1969, which he hosted.  The second time was when Greg invited us to their house to watch a movie.  I don’t remember what the movie was, but I do remember the occasion because we didn’t even have televisions and here he had movies (DVD players didn’t exist, so it must have been a movie reel).

I later learned during research for my book that the Ambassador, Robert G. Neumann, was appointed by President Johnson as Ambassador to Afghanistan in November of 1966.  He served as ambassador until 1973, when King Mohammed Zahir Shah was overthrown.  He was later ambassador to Morocco and Saudi Arabia before his death in 1999. 

Remarkably, his son Ronald E. Newmann (who changed the spelling) also served as the ambassador to Afghanistan after the attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.  He served as ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007.  He also served as ambassador to Algeria and Bahrain later in his life. 

I haven’t been able to determine what happened to my brother’s friend Greg.

 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Missionary Corroborates My Story

One of my concerns when I began writing “OUIJA – For the Record” was that my readers would think I made it all up. If I hadn’t lived it, I would probably think the same thing. I admit it is far-fetched to believe that a family would follow a Ouija board’s instructions to go to Afghanistan. My mother included it in her memoirs, but I doubted that anyone would believe her anymore than they would believe me.

After I published “OUIJA – For the Record,” I decided to search the web for anything written about “Ouija” and “Afghanistan.” Amazingly, I ran across a story on the NETWORK for Strategic Missions. It was written by Dr. Christy Wilson, a central figure in my family’s story. In 1994, he wrote an article about a family in Afghanistan that he helped. He never mentions our names, but it is our story.

After reading the article, I broke down in tears. He revealed something that I did not know and didn’t include in my book. Read his story and find out what I learned about our dog.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year

photo of boxes of booksNearly 40 years after I left Kabul, I published the story of how my family got there. I wrote the current version of our story in my spare time over a four-year period. Now I have the published book in hand (see picture). Now what? Oh, I remember - I have to convince people that the book is worth buying.

Before I do that though, I want to enjoy the moment and toast the end of 2009 with a cranberry vodka. So, on this first day…of a new year…in a new decade, I’m simply going to gloat that the book is written and at least this “to do” has come off of my bucket list. Happy New Year to anyone who happens to be listening.

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