While I worked as a copy editor for South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency (1984-85), I also took a lot of photos independently. David Johns, my friend from Mizzou and Yonhap colleague, and I covered several leading women of Korea, hoping to publish our photo-essay in Life Magazine. I was fortunate at the start, and over the years, later, regarding my photos from those shoots.

Part 3.

‘It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!’  — Mark Twain.


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   As I sit and type this essay on my computer, spring is happening outdoors. The sun is shining, and though it’s still a bit cool, it’s April 6th, and nature is turning in the general direction of summer. The birds and people are out in numbers again, not just today, but in recent days, too. I’m looking forward to my son’s visit from the University of Minnesota, which will take place in less than three weeks, if he sticks to that schedule. Meanwhile, I’m writing about Korea, his mother’s homeland. She and I have been divorced for many years, but I still feel positively about that part of the world. It gave me my son, after all, and some other nice things, too.

    It was January 1985, but it still felt like spring to me. My good friend from Mizzou had come to Seoul in November. David Johns was initially the No. 2 copy-reader on Yonhap’s International Desk, after I’d helped arrange a job for him there. And he’d attended the one-person photo-show I’d held at Han-Ma-Dang. Also, he was doing well with women there, and I was hoping I was doing just as well with them. By springtime, though, when it actually arrived, my weakened body would be in need of recharging. That would come in Wisconsin, and would take a few months or more.

    In any case, that January felt like spring, because I was working on a freelance report David Johns and I were collaborating on; he was writing the text, and I was taking the photos. It was to be a photo-essay we hoped would be published in Life Magazine, about the leading women of South Korea.

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