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Maggie Kilgore was a foreign correspondent in Vietnam as well as a Statehouse and Washington reporter. She has also worked in management in the high-living casino industry, and has taught journalism in the States and overseas. She has flown with the Blue Angeles, landed on an aircraft carrier, and spent a long day on the Goodyear Blimp. All of this from a woman in a once male-dominated profession. Maggie's adventurous tales are informative, historical, and most of all entertaining! Readers will get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens to a young woman caught up in world events. Foreword by Helen Thomas.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Palari Publishing
ISBN 1928662374 ISBN13 9781928662372
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Spunky Memoir Nov 30, 2006
Reviewed by Mary Greenwood for Reader Views (11/06)
The book "Remember to Laugh" is the true story of Maggie Kilgore's life as a reporter in Washington and a foreign correspondent in Vietnam. Coming from a newspaper family in Ohio, Kilgore started her career with the UPI (United Press International) and came on the Washington scene during the turbulent 1960's. After her stint as a foreign correspondent in Vietnam in the early 1970's, she worked as a financial consultant for the LA Times and later for the casino industry in Las Vegas. She started writing this memoir after a 30-year Vietnam reunion. Through her writing, Maggie Kilgore comes across as an energetic, adventurous, funny, independent and spunky reporter, who reminds me of Lois Lane.
"Remember to Laugh" is full of funny anecdotes from a life lived in the early days of journalism where it was a man's world and women reporters were generally expected to write about domestic issues such as cookbooks or the society page. The "foreward" is written by Helen Thomas, who worked fifty years for UPI and was the first woman to run its White House Bureau. Thomas can still be seen at White House briefings where she continues to be a role model for women reporters. In Ms. Kilgore's own introduction, she says that her book's goal is to amuse and she accomplishes that goal. One of the funniest stories took place on a troop plane in Vietnam when the Captain asked her to sit with him in the cockpit. She refused but soon she found out that the reason for this invitation was that the men used the open back of the plane as a latrine and her presence hindered that practice. When she realized this, she went to sit with the captain.
The most interesting part of the book for this reader was her two-year stint in Vietnam as a foreign correspondent. Her memories, and insider knowledge about the politicians and personalities, are the backdrop for the major stories of the Vietnam War. However, I would like to know more about the serious side of her beat and her personal opinions. I hope one day she will consider another book with a more serious focus.
With the advent of the internet, computers and imbedded journalists, it is interesting to get the inside perspective from someone who has succeeded as a journalist during the major stories of the 1960's and 1970's through good old-fashioned reporting. I would recommend "Remember to Laugh" to anyone who wants to know more about women in journalism, or about Vietnam or about the history of the US in the 60's and 70's or anyone who anyone who just wants to laugh.
Inspiring story about a female journalist Jul 3, 2006
I found this story to be very interesting and very entertaining. The author has had quite an exiting life as a journalist in the US and overseas. She has met and interviewed many prominent political figures. She's also a funny, compelling writer. I definitely recommend this book.
An Amazing Life Jul 1, 2006
Maggie Kilgore has led an amazing life that she shares with the reader. Written in a "chatty" and easy to read style, she will make you laugh and learn at the same time. Her escapades through historical events with her beloved colleagues in journalism are more than entertaining -- you feel like you are there. Don't miss this "must read" from one of the fun, female personalities in journalism of a bygone era.