Volunteer: John Smart
Born and raised in the Wisconsin northwoods, attended UW-Madison, lived in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Fredericksburg VA - Was a stage actor in NYC - Worked as marketing consultant in Sweden and Italy before joining Peace Corps in 1995. Am now retired back in the Wisconsin northwoods!
Contributions from John Smart
Uzbekistan is one of those “stan” countries, a part of the former Soviet Union, a predominantly Muslim country with legendary cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, but it had been practically unvisited by tourists for over a hundred years. I had no idea what to expect there as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and nobody could tell me much either. At age 56, I had traveled the globe extensively on business and pleasure, and I felt up to anything. Besides, as it turned out, there really was no way that...
I was a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1960 when John F. Kennedy famously spoke to students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The campaign was running late, and by the time his plane arrived in Ann Arbor it was 2:00 in the morning. Even at that late hour, a crowd of more than 5,000 showed up at the Student Union to listen to the young Senator from Massachusetts who was running for president. During his speech, Kennedy challenged students to use their educa...