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John C Stickler

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Member since: Mar 01, 2012

John graduated from Yale in 1959 and in 1961 became the first Peace Corps Volunteer selected from Arizona. Instead of teaching school in the Philippines however, after a disagreement with his draft board, he was conscripted and ended up in South Korea. Taking his discharge in Seoul he established Korea's first international advertising agency and spent 9 of the next 13 years broadcasting news items for the CBS radio network. He returned to the US with his fine-artist wife Soma Han and their two sons in 1976 and began a communications career which encompassed periodical publishing, freelance journalism, corporate PR and authoring non-fiction books.

Stickler has written or contributed to nine books, two published in Hong Kong and the rest in the U.S. Currently in print are Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now (2003, Shen's Books) and Growing Up Afraid: Poems of the Atomic Age 1953-63 (1985). In 2009 he edited and wrote the preface for the autobiography of American fitness guru Clark Hatch. All three are available at

2011 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps and in honor of that event early Volunteers were invited to contribute memories to the volume, Answering Kennedy's Call: Pioneering the Peace Corps in the Philippines. John's essay, "The PCV Who Wasn't There," is included. Next up is a Korean folk tale illustrated by Soma Han and due out from Tuttle Books in 2012. It is titled Maya and the Turtle.

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