A tribute to my folks for making it all possible- even if they wish they hadn’t! Dad’s diplomatic foreign service career photo archives coming soon.
Mom, Dad & Bob Hope in Laos. Dad spoke very highly of him; mom was less impressed, disparaging him for being an entertainer, which she considered low class and unacceptable, masked by her phony smile is in this picture. In my case there were no such theatrics; it was the chorus I would hear till she cut me off & disinherited me. Reasons: her mother didn’t allow her to be an artist/ entertainer either & her father disinherited her. (indirectly: left it all to granyaya who gambled it away). Note the sexist dress code: men wear coats, ties, trousers, women wear sleeveless half nude tops & panties (sometimes lol).
Dad getting sworn in as American Ambassador to Laos by Savang Vatthana, last King of Laos who was deposed by the Pathet(ic) Lao communists.
Dad in the Congo with Moise Tshombe (2nd left), president Joseph Kasavubu (center), & prime minister Patrice Lumumba (2nd right) before Tshombe & U.S/ Belgian authorities killed him, misinterpreting his anti-colonialism & neutrality as communism.
Dad with totalitarian dictator, ‘alleged’ mass murderer, $5 billion USD embezzler, “president” Mobutu Sésé Seko Nkuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga. (Self appointed title meaning “the fearless warrior who goes from quest to conquest spreading fire in his wake”). Talk about choosing the right friends or career. Source: wikipedia
Mom looking better than ever except for the fur coat with her first husband CARE humanitarian organisation official Melvin Johnson (far right) who she married age 17 to escape her mother who “never cared about her [till it was too late] and lost her fortune gambling [with Frangistas]” (mrs Venizelos quote). Mom said they divorced because she “got bored with him”.
Left to right: Chainsmokers ‘Uncle’ George Deas, who laughed like this: “kihkihkih!”, Mrs. Lefki, dad, granny ‘Yaya’, Mr. Lyberopoulos, anesthesiologist ‘Aunt’ Sonia Dea -emotional tampon & paid confidante mom (far right) telephoned & dumped on in any ‘crisis’ instead of a psychotherapist. A couple decades later she was still invovling her in unecessary self induced problems, phonetapped for evidence of dad’s extramarital aspirations. Tape recorded transcripts:
-This little bum [Geo] runs after every skirt & is lying to us. He says he’s getting £10,000 but they’d never pay him for anything, he has no talent & doesn’t know music! All my life i supported my husband & this little bum having a good time with his money, it’s eating me up alive!
‘Aunt’ Sonia’s reply: “tell [Geo] he doesn’t step foot in the apartment again”. (Sonia & her son later inherited it).
Dad on mom’s money ocd: money’s everything to her because she never had it. [People] aren’t about money, but upbringing.
Mom telling the estate agent to lie & tell dad she can’t sell the other apartment:
-The Ambassador is selling our other apartment [because “the american embassy associated agency renting it are crooks”]. He knows that bothers me & does it on purpose like we’re starving or something. I won’t sell it no matter what, he can’t sell it without my signature. Half of whatever’s his is mine. [no prenup]. At some point i’ll all but hit him on the head for this. Tell him you can’t sell it becasue it’s the worst time to sell anything now.”