Excerpts from White Sails Became Me

 

Table of Contents and Foreword

The sea has sparked the imagination of mankind like no other feature of our planet. Mountains we can climb. Deserts we can traverse. But the sea is unconquerable, incomprehensible and omnipotent. Yet the great salty deep is also mystically attractive. We can sit for hours watching the onrushing waves. The ever changing seascape complements our thinking processes. There is great pleasure in reading a book by the shore. And from Homer to Herman Melville great writers have known that nothing engages a reader like the epic struggle between man and this mighty primordial element. Read more...

 

Terrorism in the Skies

Many years later, American investigators established Mohammed Rashed's movements leading up to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 830, the flight I boarded on August 11, 1982, with my wife, Ronnie. Rashed had boarded that same plane with his wife and child the day before, and flew from Baghdad to Tokyo. On the Hong Kong—Tokyo leg of the journey, Rashed, a member of a radical Palestinian nationalist group called The 15th of May, took out a handheld bag and wedged it underneath his seat, 47-K. The weight of a subsequent passenger sitting down would activate a time-delayed pressure switch that would then detonate his bomb.
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Though He Die Early, He Shall Be at Rest

In 1988, several years after the Salvesons lost their son Ken at the Harrods bombing, we were to fully understand the pain and grief they went through. We lost our oldest son, Nicky. Read more...