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Foreign Correspondent Discusses Autobiography Feb. 20 at Hastings Library

Foreign Correspondent Discusses Autobiography Feb. 20 at Hastings Library


PASADENA, Calif.—Author and award-winning foreign correspondent, Brigadier General David C. Henley, who began his career as a correspondent covering East and West Europe and the Middle East during the Cold War for the Pasadena Star-News, will share his experiences and discuss his recently released book, From Moscow to Beirut: The Adventures of a Foreign Correspondent at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.  A question and answer session and book signing will follow.  Books will be available for purchase. 

Foreign correspondents have a reputation for leading a life of adventure, travel, intrigue and even danger, and no one fits that image better than Henley, who roamed the world for nearly 60 years, covering revolutions, unrest and international hot spots in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Eastern and Western Europe and Latin America. 

Henley’s autobiography, published by Chapman University Press, is praised by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Hume Kennerly as a “Raiders of the Lost Ark class of adventure story,” while another Pulitzer winner, Fred Kinne, former editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune, calls it “a vivid and entertaining odyssey of high adventure.” 

Henley decided at age 12 that he wanted to be a foreign correspondent when a magazine published a prize-winning photograph he took while on a trip to Hong Kong with his parents.  Since then, he has journeyed to more than 100 countries while writing for Ridder (Knight-Ridder) newspapers, Citizen, Los Angeles Examiner, Hearst Newspapers, Christian Science Monitor, Editor & Publisher, Swift and McCraken newspapers, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Associated Press and the Star-News. 

His book chronicles many adventures and narrow escapes including his incarceration during a revolution in the tiny European nation of San Marino; being roughed up by bodyguards of a military coup leader in Fiji; being tossed out of a Moscow reception after knocking over a tray of drinks near Soviet leader Nikolai Bulganin, and escaping death while in a minefield on the Israeli-Egyptian border. 

Henley also recounts his harrowing escape from Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon; aiding two children escape from East to West Berlin; riding a chairlift to the Great Wall of China when the 2008 China earthquake struck, and being trapped beneath a deserted Crusader castle in a remote Jordan desert. 

Henley also shares his days covering the White House and Capitol Hill; his firing as Nixon’s assistant press secretary, and reporting on Southern California murders and mayhem, mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen, and his involvement with flamboyant Howard Hughes’ “Mormon Will” controversy. 

The son of pioneer Hollywood moviemaker Hobart Henley, Henley also tells of his Army career, rising from private to brigadier general in the National Guard; teaching journalism at USC; his diplomatic experience as honorary consul of Uruguay, and ownership of daily and weekly newspapers. 

In the late 1950s and 1960s, Henley was a staff writer for the Pasadena Independent and Star-News.  He later was a foreign correspondent for both papers.  His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David H. March, and his mother, Dorothy March Henley lived in Pasadena and were active in The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens as well as local music and arts organizations.  Henley and his wife, Ludie, reside in Newport Beach and are the parents of three and grandparents of three. 

For more information about the City of Pasadena go online to www.cityofpasadena.net. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2013, PPL#02-17-13 

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS: Catherine Haskett Hany, Communications Director, Pasadena Public Library, (626) 744-4207, chany@cityofpasadena.net, or Michael Pierce, Branch Manager, Hastings Branch Library, (626) 744-7262, mpierce@cityofpasadena.net




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