• The Teen center was a big “hang out” place for us High School Teens, where we all got together.
    We had live bands for dances, big draw, and the notable band that everyone loved in the 970’s was THE GHETTO BAND.
    They were American Soldiers band, played Funk and dance music. All were great black soldiers, talented musicians. Anyone living there in the 70s knew THE GHETTO BAND

    Note from Paul K Gonzales, SAHS alumni

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    Jakziri Gray
    Field Office Assistant , American Red Cross Far East Division
    February 2017 to present
    Building 2259- Moyer recreation Building Suite 215 (2nd Floor) I do enjoy all the events that are hosted at the Collier gym.
    Currently resides in Seoul
  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of AFKNAFKN 4 days, 7 hours ago

    A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio
    Back on the hill in Yongsan, I was learning about television, or at least TV the way it used to be. We were still broadcasting in black and white, using ancient TK-10 cameras. There was no videotape, just day old film stories provided by ABC news. We made our own slides from photos and maps in newspapers. The slides could be seen full-screen, giving the news or sports reporter a break from having his face appear on camera ( in case he had to scratch something)….

    Robert Alan “Bob” Edwards (born May 16, 1947) is an American broadcast journalist, a Peabody Award-winning member of the National Radio Hall of Fame. He gained reputation as the first host of National Public Radio’s flagship program, Morning Edition. Starting in 2004, Edwards then was the host of The Bob Edwards Show on Sirius XM Radio and Bob Edwards Weekend distributed by Public Radio International to more than 150 public radio stations. Those programs ended in September 2015.

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    A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio by Bob Edwards

    ………Back on the hill in Yongsan, I was learning about television, or at least TV the way it used to be. We were still broadcasting in black and white, using ancient TK-10 cameras. There was no videotape, just day old film stories provided by ABC news. We made our own slides from photos and maps in newspapers. The slides could be seen full-screen, giving the news or sports reporter a break from having his face appear on camera ( in case he had to scratch something)….

    Over the years, Edwards conducted more than 20,000 interviews, with everyone from President Clinton to Hans Blix to Johnny Cash.
    In the Army in Yongsan Garrison in South Korea, he produced and anchored TV and radio news programs for the American Forces Korea Network (AFKN) in Seoul.

    Robert Alan “Bob” Edwards (born May 16, 1947) is an American broadcast journalist, a Peabody Award-winning member of the National Radio Hall of Fame. He gained reputation as the first host of National Public Radio’s flagship program, Morning Edition. Starting in 2004, Edwards then was the host of The Bob Edwards Show on Sirius XM Radio and Bob Edwards Weekend distributed by Public Radio International to more than 150 public radio stations. Those programs ended in September 2015.

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    Have you watched the American Forces TV Network while living overseas? If so, I’d like to hear your thoughts. Please take this survey: https://goo.gl/rHhzav
    Stacy Takacs
    Associate Prof. & Director of American Studies
    Oklahoma State University

  • Five years ago this evening marks the closure of Harvey’s Lounge on Yongsan South Post. So many fond memories of that place: Friday evenings with good friends, free food, copious amounts of popcorn (and beer), the live Filipino bands playing Lady Gaga songs, the pool table and dart board, Bernard Hipplewith singing “My Girl” better than the Temptations, and much more. It was my favorite hangout and I miss it!
    By Charles Woodruff on January 10 · 2018
    • With Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” playing on the stereo this was my view of Harvey’s Lounge on South Post, Yongsan, as I walked out the door for the final time tonight. Harvey’s had an atmosphere no other club on post could emulate something like the bar in Cheers. It’s closing marks the end of an era for us regulars. Thanks for the good times and for the memories.. It was a great ride!

      Note and photo by Charles Woodruff, January 10, 2013

      • Five years ago this evening marks the closure of Harvey’s Lounge on Yongsan South Post. So many fond memories of that place: Friday evenings with good friends, free food, copious amounts of popcorn (and beer), the live Filipino bands playing Lady Gaga songs, the pool table and dart board, Bernard Hipplewith singing “My Girl” better than the Temptations, and much more. It was my favorite hangout and I miss it!
        By Charles Woodruff on January 10 · 2018

    • note from Charles Woodruff
      Susan as Freshman at SAHS from the 1963 yearbook.
    • note from Charles Woodruff
      Susan as as a Sophomore (1964)at SAHS from the year book
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      Note from ‎Peter T Yeschenko‎ . Credits: Peter T Yeschenko

      I’m sure some of you already know this but for the ones who don’t……

      DID YOU KNOW THAT….Susan Blakely, Film & Television Actress, graduated from Seoul American High School!

      Susan Blakely was a Army Brat. She is the daughter of Weezie, a former art teacher, and Colonel Larry Blakely, a career Army officer.

      She attended Seoul American High School where she was a member of the Class of 1966.

      She was a SAHS cheerleader her sophomore year 1963-64.

      Her credits include: roles in the “Savages” and “The Lords of Flatbush.” Her most memorable career projects were the mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man” and a CBS three hour mini-series entitled, “Will There Really Be a Morning” which was a presentation of Frances Farmer’s autobiography.

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      Happy Birthday to the Soldier Who Never Left

      Happy Birthday To The Soldier Who Never Left
      By Ned Forney | February 17, 2018
      John Nowell in 1983
      Stepping off the bus in January 1965, US Army Private First Class John Nowell, a 22-year-old California native who’d been drafted the year before, immediately knew Seoul wasn’t the place for him. The impoverished city of 3.2 million, with few cars, an abundance of ox-pulled carts, spicy food he didn’t like, and people he couldn’t understand, was, as he described it years later in an interview for 10 Magazine Korea, a “godforsaken” place.

      But people and places change, and over 50 years later, he’s still in Korea. It’s his home. John has come to love the country as if it were his own and has made a career out of promoting Korean-American friendship and building partnerships between the US Army and the citizens of Seoul.

      Among the many jobs he held during his years in the military, his favorite was serving as the Public Affairs Officer, or PAO, for the US Army. He worked tirelessly in the billet, one that was perfect for him and his outgoing personality, and eventually became known as “Mr. Yongsan,” the unofficial spokesman and face of the American military at USFK (US Forces Korea) Yongsan, a huge Army base, or garrison, located in the heart of Seoul.

      Although it is now almost totally closed and its soldiers have been relocated to a new base, Camp Humphreys, Yongsan brings back fond memories for John and hundreds of thousands of other US servicemen and women who were stationed there throughout its proud history. The base was their home away from home, a slice of American pie in downtown Seoul.

      John Nowell and Jackie Park
      John Nowell with his friend Jackie Park reminiscing about pictures taken at Yongsan. (Photo courtesy of Coco Cugat. Special thanks to Jon Dunbar at The Korea Times for the article in which this photo first appeared).

      John Nowell is the type of guy who’s never met a stranger. He’s always willing to help – I know firsthand how much he’s done for me and countless others in Seoul – and is a likeable and enthusiastic “ball of energy,” the perfect person to represent the US military overseas. He’s a true American diplomat who loves his job.

      From serving at Yongsan and volunteering with People to People International (PTPI) and numerous other non-profit organizations, to promoting Korean businesses and cultural events, Mr. Nowell has made a significant and lasting impact on his adopted country. And although he turns 76 today, he’s not slowing down.

      He recently joined the Yongsan Legacy Project (YLP). Founded by husband and wife team Daniel Oh and Coco Cugat, the non-profit works to “preserve the invaluable treasures of Yongsan Garrison.” Members of the organization are now busy collecting and sharing “historical facts and personal stories and memories of people who served and lived on the site.” It’s an honorable and worthy undertaking. For most Americans who served in the ROK, Yongsan Garrison was an integral part of their Korean experience, and it will soon be gone, transformed into the largest urban park in Seoul.

      In the words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a changin,’ and John Nowell, having watched Seoul evolve into one of the great capitals of the world, knows about change. He’s seen it all.

      Happy Birthday, Mr. Nowell, and here’s to many more years of service to the country you never left.

      To hear John’s full story, check out this recent podcast by Arius Derr at Settlers of Seoul.

      John Nowell at 21
      John, 21, in California before being drafted and sent to Korea. (Photo courtesy of John Nowell)
      John Nowell in 2017
      John Nowell in 2017. (Photo credit: Tom Coyner)
      Map of Yongsan Garrison
      A 1964 map of Yongsan Garrison, or “Reservation.” It looks nothing like this today. (Photo credit John Nowell and Sunny Murphy, Chief Librarian at the old Yongsan Library.)
      Yongsan Legacy Project website
      Yongsan Legacy Project website: http://yongsanlegacy.org

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      Michael Feighny
      Military and Civilian for KCA (CCK) and FED
      1974-1975, 1982-1984, 1987-1995 and 2005-2015
      USFK JAG Office Building, Old KCA HQS Building, Office of Counsel FED Compound Building
      Currently resides in USA (Hawaii)
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      HandOut map of Yongsan garrison from DHL Front desk 2017
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      Sheila Jackson Serrato
      Student at Seoul American High School
      1972-1975
      Craft shop and the bowling alley were my fav spots
      Currently resides in USA
    • Note from Rocco Serrato :
      I started riding on base back in 69 on my Sears Minibike. I later got a Honda CT70 which I also rode on base. After that it was with my 1970 DT1, which I got in 71.. The one in the picture is a 73 DT250. I used to ride my Sears minibike on base without a license, they just used to wave me through. I did that even after I got a Honda CT70 in 70. I rarely if ever were stopped at the gate on my motorcycles, most likely since Koreans could not buy imported bikes without paying 600 % or more in taxes at the time.
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      Andrew House
      Student at Seoul American Middle and High School
      1971-1973
      We lived at Riverside Apartments (off post). My brother and I were at the Moyer center about every other day to get water
      Currently resides in USA
    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of I was thereI was there 1 week, 6 days ago

      Sue Kizer
      Student at Seoul American High School
      1967-1970
      Currently resides in USA
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