DATES AND FACTS


HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL

Harry W. Morgan was born in Marlow, Oklahoma, January 24, 1934. He was a veteran (Airman First Class (E3 grade) – 2 stripes), United States Air Force 1953-1957. He was married and had four sons. He was a retired professional journalist. He founded the World Press Institute (in 1961), the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (1956) and the World Press Club.

Education

1942-1952 Public School in Salinas, California

1960 B.A. in Journalism, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Professional Experience

1959-1973 Associate Editor, Roving Editor, Senior Editor, Director of the Reader’s Digest Foundation, Pleasantville, N.Y.

During this period Harry was also based in St. Paul, MN. to organize, develop and direct The World Press Institute. Editorial assignments for Reader’s Digest and World Press Institute activities involved extensive international travel to more than 100 countries.

1974-1984 Personal Assistant to Dewitt and Lila Wallace (founders and owners of Reader’s Digest). This position involved assisting the Wallaces with administration and other activities for their family philanthropic foundations; also responsible for coordinating international, cultural and educational exchange programs supported with Wallace funds. These included, among others, The World Press Institute (founded in 1961 by Harry Morgan) and Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (founded in 1956 by Harry Morgan). Both were founded and funding raised by Harry Morgan.

1984-1993 While on salary from the Wallaces, Harry Morgan was given the opportunity to study World Religions at a seminary in Kansas City, MO. During this time he was permitted to serve his church for a 10 year period. During this period he served as Editorial Director for all church books, periodicals and other publications published by the church at their national offices (2 mil. circulation).

1994 At the suggestion and request of the Romanian Ambassador Aurel Dragos-Munteanu to the United States, Harry Morgan accepted an invitation to be a volunteer visiting professor of journalism for one year at the University of Bucharest.

1995-1997 His work was well received, and in 1995 he was awarded a Fulbright grant to return to Romania, where he was professor of journalism and helped to organize the Faculty of Journalism at University of the West, Timisoara, Romania.

1997-2006 At the invitation of Augusta Anca, Harry Morgan served as Professor of Journalism and Public Relations at Tibiscus University where he also founded the World Press Club, as a donation to the university and the journalists.

Professional Awards and Honors

1960 – one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men Of America, by US Jr. Chamber of Commerce

1962 – one of America’s 100 Outstanding Young People under age of 40. Selected by and featured in LIFE magazine.

1966 – Citation from Overseas Press Club of America, New York City.

1968 – Citation from University of Minnesota for Excellence in Service to Journalism.

1970 – Meritorious Service Award from Citizen Exchange Corps, New York City.

1973 – Honorary Doctorate, Rust College, MS.

1974 – Cultural Merit Award, Government of Romania (presented by President Ceausescu – Romanian American Cultural Relationships).

1975 – Distinguished Service Award from Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, US Department of State (for World Press Institute) – presented by Assistant Secretary of State The Hon. John Richardson at Special Luncheon and Ceremony.

1987 – World Press Institue25th Anniversary Award (an honor shared with Senator J. William Fulbright), in St. Paul, MN.

1999 – named Citizen of Honor by Mayor and City Council of Timisoara, Romania (for establishing a press club and library for university journalism students and local professionals).

OTHER

Harry Morgan was a member of the Board of Directors of the following organizations:

– World Press Institute (which he founded in 1961)

– Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (which he founded in 1956)

– Citizen Exchange Corps

– The American Host Foundation

– People-to-People International

– Northfield-Mt. Hermon School (Mass)

– New York City Opera Company.

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ARTICLES

New Choices for the New Millennium

This is the third opportunity I have had to share my thoughts in the Major Companies of Romania. Indeed, it has been a privilege to discuss my impressions about the life, economy, education and culture of this unique country in the world.

As a life-long career journalist, I have traveled throughout the world on assignments for the American media. It has been rewarding to see so many beautiful and wondrous places, but none of them has excited me more than Romania. During most of the 1970s was a very special time to write and report about this intriguing country. I wrote primarily about the Romanian people themselves, not the political situation or climate. Following more than a dozen separate trips to Romania during that time, I was helped to realize and appreciate the enormous human diversity of our ever-shrinking world.

My first working trip to Romania as a journalist was in 1969. Personal interviews had been arranged for me with leading government officials and other national personalities. On a second trip, less than one year later, I was hosted by Romania’s then Deputy Foreign Minister, George Macovescu, to work with him in strengthening cultural and educational bridges between Romania and America. As a result of those early talks, both Minister Macovescu and I developed a plan of mutual cooperation that would enhance and increase personal contacts between young Romanians and young Americans. This would be accomplished through non-political, cultural and educational exchanges.
I discovered through our initial “exchange” experience that the one characteristic of all humankind is what I term a common interest and curiosity about all our neighbors, whether local or global. Foreign languages and cultural traditions, though important, seemed to be less and less of a barrier once true friendship contacts were established. These thoughts are still my own personal feelings and credo…especially after a lifetime of work and travel throughout Romania and other countries.

Whenever I completed my journalistic assignments and returned to America, friends and colleagues always asked me “Harry, you’ve been everywhere! What is your favorite country?” It was always a challenge to respond because many places felt like home. In every situation, however, it was the people I had met and friendships made rather than country or destination alone.

Things change in life! My thoughts of Romania are further influenced by the fact that Romania and the city of Timisoara has now become my home of choice. Of course, I take pride in retaining my American citizenship. I still visit America at least twice a year. But now, Romania takes on an added dimension. In recent years I met a wonderful Romanian woman who would become my wife. Together, with her teenaged son, we are enjoying “The Good Life” here in Timisoara. I have been a Fulbright professor of Journalism at the University of the West. And I continue my enjoyable lecture responsibilities at Tibiscus University (one of the first private universities in the country. So, the vision for my own personal future is that I will probably spend the rest of my life here, in one capacity or another, teaching and learning…and I still have much to learn about this extraordinary country.

Friends and family from America and Western Europe are somehow still puzzled: WHY ROMANIA? For, you, the reader to better understand my longtime “love affair” with Timisoara and the Romanian people themselves, it might be helpful to know more of my early history here. As mentioned previously, 1969 was my first introduction to Eastern Europe and to communism as a social and political system. My articles in those days often reflected similar opinions and generalities as reported in the foreign “Western press”. Though all of this, I still had a hunch that maybe, just maybe, Romania was somehow different. I became determined to learn more about this so-called “fiercely independent maverick nation in a sea of communist Slavs”. To much of the western world Romania was then viewed as a real enigma for not embracing the expected strict soviet communist party line. This was particularly true regarding matters of foreign policy and other sensitive matters.

Through most of the decade of the 1970s Romania received generous praise and encouragement and confidence from my own government as well as other official observers in the West. Indeed, the USA offered its first-ever Most Favourite Nations Treaty status to a communist country. Romania’s growing reputation as a stubborn risk-taker did not go unacknowledged or unappreciated by other western nations. In those days, and in some circles, Romania was often referred to as the “Exceptional Darling of the West”. Even during those perilous times, I must confess my own personal and positive bias when it came to writing about the Romanian people. Yes, these were exciting times to be a foreign journalist reporting and writing about Romania.
It is common knowledge that Timisoara is known as “Freedom City”. It was here, in December 1989, that Romania pressed forward to bring freedom and stability to the whole country. I have been disappointed in reading recent reports in the foreign press about Romania. Foreign journalists have not been especially kind, knowledgeable or supportive of today’s Romania. There has been an unfortunate tendency to compare the economic progress of this country with its Eastern-Block neighbors. These mass media observations are often superficial and untrue. With all of her problems, Romania is Romania! Perhaps its transition to a real market economy, and its limited support of human rights initiatives have been somewhat sluggish when measured in terms of other former communist states, but Romania is moving forward in its goals to join the European Union.

To be fair and objective, and to repeat, one should realize that this country is indeed still a country very much in transition. This is vital information for foreign investments and entrepreneurs to realize. Perhaps, as an American journalist, I recognized and acknowledged something that even some Romanians failed to accept: “Romania is valiantly moving forward in its quest to find and to take its rightful place in the world community of freedom loving nations”.

As a teenager growing up in California, my own childhood image of this country was quite superficial. Romania was always portrayed as that mysterious and far off home of Count Dracula. Every child has read or heard of the Transylvanian legends surrounding the Count’s cruel and notorious deeds. Even today, “adult children” tourists from around the world still come this way for the so-called “Dracula Tours” of Romania. What a pity! There is an abundance of opportunities and activities to be found throughout this picturesque and hospitable country…a land of alpine peaks, Black Sea beaches and fairy-tale-like castles hidden away in the Carpathian mountains. It doesn’t take all that much time to convert first-time visitors to the real wonders and beauty of Romania. At least, this has been my own experience through the years.

Few Eastern European nations feature such a kaleidoscope of cultures: Transylvania’s towns and villages seem straight out of medieval Hungary or Germany. Exotic Orthodox monasteries of Moldavia and Bucovina evoke Byzantium. Western Romania bears the imprint of the Austro-Hungarian empire, while Roman and Turkish influences colour Constanta and Dobrogea. Romania’s capital city of Bucharest has been dubbed by travelers as “the Paris of the East”.

As we move into the New Millennium, more than a decade following Romania’s bloody and tragic revolution in 1989, I like to remind myself and others that Romania is still a country very much on the move! As a new democracy (even in transition), Romanians have had to face a whirlwind of economic and social reforms. Even with these challenges, however, my own perception of Today’s Romania is one of hope. The vast majority of my friends and students are still staunchly proud of their homeland, and determined to reap the rewards a better future promises. It is my sincere hope that the young and university-educated students will have the patience and stamina to hold fast to these promises.

I have been living in Romania permanently since 1994. After serving as a volunteer professor of journalism at the state universities in both Bucharest and Sibiu, I was selected by a joint Romanian-American government committee to accept the prestigious invitation to become a Senior Fulbright Professor of Journalism for an additional two years at Timisoara’s state University of the West. It was here in Timisoara, more than elsewhere, that I found myself becoming truly “rooted” to the idea that this beautiful city, with its rich history and cosmopolitan atmosphere might easily become “home” during my retirement years.

And it has! Timisoara is set amidst a rich plain, crossed by the Bega River, and is considered one of the main economic, scientific, cultural and educational centers in all Romania. Because of her unique geographic location in western most-Romania, this picturesque and historic city has often been referred to as “Romania’s window on the West”. As a veteran traveler to this country, I couldn’t agree more. After all, it has now become my new Romanian residence town of choice. In April 1999, I was pleased to be selected by the Mayor and City Council as Timisoara’s “Citizen of Honor”. A title I will cherish and treasure for the rest of my life!

Presently, I am teaching Journalism and Public Relations at an outstanding private university: Tibiscus University Timisoara. During my two Fulbright years at the state University of the West, including recent productive years at Tibiscus University, I became more and more devoted to my own students in Journalism and Public Relations. I was thrilled with the opportunities to teach and hopefully influence young Romanian journalists in their future career. In a country that had been without a free press for nearly fifty years, the challenge to instruct and inspire these young students with new ideas and methods of “good professional journalism” has been more that I could resist.

Also, with staunch encouragement from my students (and local journalists), we managed to open a first-ever World Press Club designed to provide space for a journalism research library and social center here in Timisoara. While Tibiscus University is now its new permanent home, the Club remains open for the use of all professionals and students of journalism, regardless of their institutional affiliation.

I mention all this for a good reason: not to impress the reader with what I have managed to accomplish on a personal and professional basis, but to demonstrate that all things are still possible in Romania. Regardless of how good or bad things may appear in Romania, all people (especially Romanians) can make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others. I am somewhat disappointed that the “powers that be” in Bucharest are not more concerned with higher education possibilities in Romania…and the determination to persuade young Romanians to want to remain in the land of their birth and to help make that “difference”. Talented young students, whom Romania should cherish, are often eager to leave the country. I suppose I’m an optimist, but I can see some slow but positive changes in this respect.

Thanks to newly established private universities and institutions of higher learning, more and more young people have the opportunity to engage in serious study and earning accredited degrees. The state universities simply can not offer sufficient space for the multitude of otherwise qualified students. Private universities offer a hopeful alternative, and I am pleased!

Though I am officially “retired” from a career that has offered me unbelievable joy and satisfaction, I am deeply grateful to be allowed and encouraged to move ever forward as a writer-editor and also a teacher in my adopted city and country. I am taking a happy risk with Romania, and I know more and more people are doing the same. Of course, it’s all receptacle. For those who choose to believe in and support the future of Romania, we are abundantly rewarded by living and working in a country of immeasurable beauty and enjoying the hospitality of folks seldom found in any other part of the world.

Thank you, dear reader, for allowing me to share these very personal observations with you. As a “Citizen of Honor” of Timisoara, I am thrilled to invite you to visit my city and my country.

By Harry W. Morgan
Harry Morgan was born 24 January 1934. He is an honor graduate of Rutgers University (1960). He is the father of two sons who are successful business executives in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, USA.
As a professional journalist for 44 years, Professor Harry Morgan has visited 107 countries. His published articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world. He has received five international prizes and awards for “Excellence in Journalism”. As founder of two acclaimed American foundations, “Friendship Ambassadors” (1956) and The World Press Institute (1961), Harry Morgan’s initiatives have been recognized and honored with citations for distinguished public service from seven Presidents of the USA. Between 1963 and 1991 Harry Morgan also was the personal recipient of official honors and commendation from the governments of Brazil, The Netherlands, Poland, India, Japan and Romania.
In 1999 he was named Citizen of Honor of the city of Timisoara.
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FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADOR
American journalist Harry Morgan was conquered by Timisoara

He traveled in more than a hundred countries, met famous people, from Mother Theresa to Nicolae Ceausescu, from Elvis Presley to Ernest Hemingway and asked Albert Einstein to help him solve a math exercise. He worked for Reader’s Digest, founded World Press Club and “Friendship Ambassadors” Foundation, trained many generations of journalists and hopes now that he will receive the Romanian citizenship.
“I want people to think of me as a human being. I don’t have great expectations from life. I know that I still have to wait some more in order to become a real Romanian citizen, but I believe I already am Romanian as I have been living here for more than ten years.” says Harry Morgan.

Could anyone guess who is Kofi Annan’s political godfather and mentor? A man from Timisoara (a Timisoreaner). It’s true that he was not born here, but he still remains a member of this city. American Harry Morgan arrived in Romania in the 70’s as a peace and friendship ambassador, and he established himself in Timisoara, a few years after the Revolution. Why Timisoara? Because the city was irresistibly charming. Then, he trained generations and generations of journalists, to whom he inoculated a simple motto: “Learning is fun”. For them he also inaugurated in 1999 World Press Club Harry W. Morgan, within “Tibiscus” University, which is, in fact, an American library with more than 3,000 books, mostly on journalism. Then, from among his students, he chose his third son, Benny, whom he adopted a few years ago, in order to fulfill his (American-Romanian) dream of having three boys. Two of them are across the Ocean. One of them is here, close to him. Here is also his wife, Margareta, to whom he was married in Timisoara.

For years, the American-Timisoreaner traveled to Oslo, to participate to the Nobel Prize festive gala. Being a journalist by profession, as well as a journalism teacher, he was on the exclusive guest list when Mother Theresa was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Peace. He was also there when another of his friends, Kofi Annan, became “Man of the Day”, receiving the same award. The relationship between the two lies in more than 40 years of friendship. Harry Morgan directed the career of the one who now is the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization and, even more, he wrote Kofi Annan’s first recommendation letter in order to be employed in the greatest and most generous international organization. It is no longer a shock for anybody the fact that Harry is Kofi’s political godfather. Just the same, is not at all surprising that, at the beginning of every university year, Harry Morgan passed on Kofi Annan’s greetings to the Romanian students and teachers.

After graduation, Harry Morgan was hired by Macalister College as a foreign students’ coordinator and an organizer of the press club. Macalister College was, back then, very open to the international dimension, being the first American high education institution to put up the United Nations’ flag. Morgan was already collaborating with the monthly publication “Reader’s Digest” (the journal to which he dedicated his entire professional life) when he initiated the “Friendship Ambassadors” program, which, at that time was meant to make foreigners familiar to the realities of the United States of America. 62 African and Asian students considered Harry an elder brother, whose purpose was to help them adapt to the American way of life. This is how he met Kofi. The journalist promised some of his best foreign friends that he would show them America.

In the summer of 1960 Harry got married, but…. a promise made was a promise to keep. He shared his honeymoon not only with his young wife, Catherine, but also with three of his students: an Indian, a Pakistanis and a young man from Ghana, named Kofi Annan. In the eight weeks of the honeymoon they traveled 12,000 km, saw almost a quarter of the American states, slept over various families or in tents put up in national parks. Looking for the best choice regarding Kofi’s future career, Morgan suggested him to knock at UNO’s gates, where an African would have better chances than an American, for example. Morgan wrote the ex-first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, president of UNO’s Human Rights Committee, about the young man from Ghana who wanted to tie his own life to the United Nations. Although Kofi was not offered a job with his first try, he applied for a job within the World Health Organization, headquartered in Geneva, having attached Harry Morgan’s recommendation letter. The reply was kind, but unpleasant: Annan needed a doctorate for the desired job. Morgan suggested that he studied for his doctorate while working within the WHO, and Kofi took his advice. Geneva offered new opportunities, and, after getting his diploma, Annan involved in ambitious projects in Egypt and Ethiopia. Ten years later, after achieving the highest position available with his biography, Anna was called for in Ghana, as Tourism Minister. He accepted, but he was missing the international activity stir. So, he came back to WHO, and then he was promoted to UNO, as Secretary General Deputy for peace maintaining missions, first in Somalia and then in Bosnia. When Kofi was suggested to become Secretary General, Morgan was sure this would be a success: UNO needed such a personality.

Harry Wayne Morgan was born In Marlow, Oklahoma, 71 years ago. He smokes Red Marlboro. He got this “bad habit” from the time he served his country in the US Air Force (1953-1957). Since 1959, he worked for Reader’s Digest, the world’s best selling journal. He took his first important interview to John F. Kennedy, in the Oval Office. He came back to the White House a year later, with his son, Howard, who was only 3 months old. When Howard started crying, the President, who was known as a very spiritual man, said: “Only Republicans can cry inside the White House”. Harry Morgan traveled in 107 countries, got acquainted with a lot of Hollywood stars and not only, politicians, writers, royal families, musicians. He was a close friend of Mother Theresa and of Vaclav Havel. We asked him to tell us which were the dearest interviews he ever took. There is no shadow of hesitation: the one taken to Mother Theresa, after weeks of voluntary work in Calcutta’s hospitals, is on the first place. There follows an impressive list of famous people, a real Who’s Who of the world culture and politics: Indira Gandhi, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway (a week before he committed suicide), Isaac Asimov (with whom he lived in the same building) BB King, Sofia Loren, Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Spencer Tracy. And the list does not end here…

Morgan first came to Romania to write a story, but he came back as a “Friendship Ambassador”. In the end, he remained here as an “adopted” Timisoreaner, a journalists teacher and a citizen of honor of the city. Harry Morgan initiated the “Friendship Ambassadors” project in the late 50’s as a way of getting young people (from) everywhere close together. From bringing young Europeans, Asians and Africans to the United States, in order for them to get to know America, the project moved on to helping foreign students attending classes in USA to adapt to the American way of life. In the 70’s, Harry Morgan inaugurated a new stage: he brought “the ambassadors” (young people from across the Ocean, reunited in choirs or music and dance groups) first, in Romania and then in other Eastern-European countries. Now, Harry Morgan is the “founder president” of the Foundation and he is member of the council board. The most recent activity of the Friendship Ambassadors took place at the end of July, in Timisoara, on the House of Culture stage.

Morgan’s series of visits to Romania, now his adoptive country, began in the 70s. “When I first came here, I met George Macovescu, the ex Foreign Minister, who wanted to know what is an American doing here. I told him that my presence here is due to the fact that I am a journalist and that I was writing a material for the Reader’s Digest. I also told him I was interested in initiating a cultural exchange program between Romania and America. Macovescu replied that, from his point of view, the timing was very good because the Romanian communist Government became more flexible in that time.

I thought of a non-political program and reached the conclusion that everything can be done through music, through jazz, which has no link to the politics”, says Morgan. The first meeting between the American journalist and Nicolae Ceausescu took place in 1972. The Romanian dictator seemed to him pretty nice. “I met him seven times, but the first impression he left was a good one. We talked about peace for 15 minutes. The second time I brought in a choir who sang for him and his wife and other from the communist party staff, at the Black Sea. That’s how the Romanian-American cultural exchanges started”, remembers Harry Morgan. Finally, Ceausescu rewarded Harry Morgan with the Cultural Merit distinction, second grade (the only impediment in getting first grade distinction was his status of a foreign citizen).

January 1994. Harry Morgan came back to Romania. His return was helped by the ex ambassador to Washington, Aurel Dragos Munteanu, whom he knew from the communist times of cultural exchanges through music. He served Morgan an almost indecent proposal: “you are still young to make another agreement”. The agreement was to come to Romania and teach journalism. Initially, they were talking about the Journalism Faculty in Bucharest. “I agreed immediately, without knowing that Dean Mihai Coman already agreed in my name”. Thus, coming over for one university year, Harry remained for good, and is, after 11 and a half years, a Romanian. But he could have chosen…Practically, any other country in the world. Still, after six months in Bucharest, he met a lot of friends and knew that Romania needed more support for its democracy. And said to himself it would be good to stay on for another year, thinking he would be useful.

After Bucharest, he taught at Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, and then he got a Fulbright Scholarship in Timisoara. “When I first saw the city I was disappointed; I liked Sibiu more. But my job was here, so I came here in September 1995. I found very good students at Timisoara. After two year at the West University, Augusta Anca invited me for dinner. We talked about private universities, of which I didn’t know too much at that time, and she explained how things were at Tibiscus. When I asked her how I could help, she replied: Come and teach the students! Anything, but teach! I was very impressed. I remember I asked to see the journalism manuals and the shock was immense when the answer was that there were none in Romania. Then I decided to bring books over by Tarom. Now there are about 3,000 of them. I made this effort because I love to teach”, tells the journalist.

His great wish: “What I have always wanted to do is to travel for four, maybe six months, all over the world, and see again the alumni from the World Press Institute.”

Disappointments: “I was disappointed by bureaucracy, by bribery. But people in Romania are wonderful. The chance to spend time with students, to teach them, captivated me. They have an incredible enthusiasm.”

His motto: “Learning is fun, it is a lifetime occupation. As a journalist, I can make a difference in my life and in the lives of others”.

His opinion on Timisoara: “I love this city, I love the parks of Timisoara, its inhabitants and its cosmopolitan spirit. Timisoara is a window towards the West and I feel this thing through the people I know. I believe that only in Timisoara I could have adapted my concept of always seeing learning as something fun.”
Article from Tibiscus newspaper
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As a life-long career journalist, I have traveled throughout the world on assignments for the American media. It has been rewarding to see so many beautiful and wondrous places, but none of them has excited me more than Romania.
As a teenager growing up in California, my own childhood image of this country was quite superficial. Romania was always portrayed as that mysterious and far off home of Count Dracula. Every child has read or heard of the Transylvanian legends surrounding the Count’s cruel and notorious deeds. Even today, “adult children” tourists from around the world still come this way for the so-called “Dracula Tours” of Romania. What a pity! There is an abundance of opportunities and activities to be found throughout this picturesque and hospitable country…a land of alpine peaks, Black Sea beaches and fairy-tale-like castles hidden away in the Carpathian mountains. It doesn’t take all that much time to convert first-time visitors to the real wonders and beauty of Romania. At least, this has been my own experience through three decades of traveling in this country.
For those who choose to believe in and support the future of Romania, we are abundantly rewarded by living and working in a country of immeasurable beauty and enjoying the hospitality of folks seldom found in any other part of the world.
So, the vision for my own personal future is that I will probably spend the rest of my life here, in one capacity or another, teaching and learning…and I still have much to learn about this extraordinary country.
This movie will probably express better my real feelings for this country. So…welcome to Romania!

Harry W. Morgan
Fulbright Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications
Timisoara, Romania
(text on Welcome to Romania movie CD)

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Reference for Harry W. Morgan (ROMANIA) July 4,2001

Fulbright Scholar Program
CIES
Attention: Ms. Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss (Romania)
3007 Tilden St. NW (Suite 51)
Washington, DC 20008-3009

Dear Ms. Skulte-Ouaiss,

I understand you have the responsibility of directing and coordinating the Fulbright Scholar Program for Romania. At least I was told this when I called CIES several days ago. If I am mistaken, please be so kind and forward this letter on to the appropriate official.

When my friend Harry Morgan asked me to write a letter on his behalf, I felt a deep sense of pride and honor. This is my first opportunity to express my thoughts on paper about this extraordinary man. I emphasize this because of his international network of friends and professional colleagues who might write a better letter of recommendation.

I suppose Harry asked me to be one of his three references because I probably know him, perhaps more personally, than the other two required letters. I am indeed flattered!

I am a designer-architect living in Houston, Texas. I am president of Rasbach Technologies-Consertech. We have been acknowledged in the New York Times as one of America’s premiere designer builders of computer generated and ecologically inspired homes and office buildings across the nation. I have authored three best-seller books, including the 4th edition of “The Provident Home” (edited and vastly improved because of Harry’s expert editorial skills and efforts).

Mr. Morgan, a valued member of our Board of Directors, also serves as our professional public relations consultant; he is also an occasional writer for our Foundation for Environmental Excellence. He has written numerous “Op-Ed” pieces dealing with current-day challenges of pollution, the need for imaginative modifications to help create a broaden public awareness about the need for “clean air” and environmentally-safe new constructions in the future. Harry was a “keynote speaker” at a National Conference in New Harmony, Indiana, in June 1999. The Conference theme was to promote “clean air and conservation”, and was inspired and financially sponsored by Mrs. Jane Owen, the well-known and beloved Houston philanthropist.

I do apologize to your Selection Committee for monopolizing your valuable time (probably reading thousands of such letters) but I could not resist the impulse to share these opening remarks with you.

Harry Morgan and I have been friends for more than 30 years. We have a mutual respect for each other’s talents and abilities, all in such diverse professional career areas. Perhaps this is one of the secrets of our enduring friendship!

During Mr. Morgan’s distinguished editorial career with the Reader’s Digest, I was often invited to Pleasantville by the magazine’s owners and founders, the late DeWitt and Lila Wallace, to discuss with them the restoration of important historic homes in America; this was an area of deep personal concern and commitment of Mrs. Wallace, and encouraged her generous largesse to save some of America’s “doomed and forgotten” treasures.
It was on these occasions that I first met Harry Morgan. He and his wife often hosted me in their lovely home during my frequent visits to New York. I was privileged to meet his “Digest” editorial colleagues, as well as other American and International personalities whose stories would often appear later in The Reader’s Digest. During evening dinners, complete with wide-ranging conversations, I keenly observed Harry Morgan’s sensitive use of the “art and craft” of interview techniques essential to a finished editorial project. I was simply amazed to observe how such casual, yet spirited conversation could elicit stimulating, amusing and entertaining anecdotes from his special guests.

I also happen to know, for a fact, that Harry has faithfully kept a personal daily diary for many years covering his travels, editorial assignments and other “adventures”. I think he should compile parts of his “journal” into a kind of “Personal Memoir” that could be published as a commercial book. However, even with all my encouragement (and I’m not alone) Harry insists that he is still “far too young” and would be “embarrassed” to share confidential, off-the-record interviews and conversations with personalities who have befriended him over a period of more than 40 years.

THIS ATITUDE ALONE WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT HARRY MORGAN THAN ALL THE VERBOSE “BOUQUETS” I HAVE TRIED TO SHARE IN THIS LETTER. I AM AN ARCHITECT! NOT A WRITER!

I hope and trust your Committee will decide to award Harry Morgan his second Fulbright professorship to a country where you think he is most needed. He is a born teacher! Even in his so-called “early-retirement” years, he still possesses the wit and sense of humor found in few people half his age!

Thank you for reading this long letter and for your positive consideration of Harry W. Morgan.

Sincerely,
Roger Rasbach
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AT 70, HARRY MORGAN WAS CELEBRATED AT “TIBISCUS”
Andreea Sonel

The American journalist Harry Morgan had a speech on “Strategies of interviewing personalities”, on Friday, January 23rd, at “Acces” Gallery. The speech, which was a real academic treat itself, was actually a pretext for the surprise to come, the celebration of the great journalist’s 70th birthday. The public who wanted to be beside Harry was consisted of the management of the university, professors and students, and journalists from Timisoara and representatives of local authorities.
Morgan, who is the mentor of many generations of students at Tibiscus University and in the country, is known for his open and attractive way of speaking, regardless the audience.
In his speech, Harry Morgan evoked some crucial experiences that marked his professional road. During his journalistic carreer, Harry Morgan had the privilege “to speak”, as he likes to say, to some of the highest personalities of the world, among which we can count Sophia Loren, Mother Theresa, Elvis Presley, Fidel Castro, Queen Juliana of Holland, Eleanor Roosevelt, many of them still remaining his friends.
At the end of the speech, when Mrs. Anca Augusta congratulated him and offered him some gifts from the university, Harry Morgan was so excited he barely found words to thank her.
The personality of the professor was being paid homage in a Laudatio, read by Dr. Mariana Cernicova, who was a constant collaborator of Harry Morgan along the years.
The contact with Tibiscus University was made after a journalism teaching experience in Bucharest, Sibiu and Timisoara.
“I met Harry at classes regarding Public Relations at University of the West. I was impressed like anybody who knows him”, recalls Corina Tascula, the one who made the connection between Harry Morgan and Tibiscus University. “I though I knew a lot of people, among which was Mrs. Anca Augusta, who would do great things together with him, so I said it would be a shame for them not to meet, so I tried to introduce them”, she added.
Many years of teaching journalism and PR followed, when Harry enchanted generations of students with his informal style.

“I liked to be here”
Interview with Harry Morgan

Q: In Romania, the mass media is under different pressures, journalists are aggressed and still you tell the students to become journalists. Why?
A: Thinking of Romania’s past, it is very important that the young people who have lived under dictatorship, under communism, to be free in keeping freedom and democracy. It is very important to have young journalists to protect what you have, and the young people are the key.
Q: Did your life change in any way since you have stayed in Romania?
A: In many ways. I married Margareta, I had the possibility to teach and work with young students, and this thing kept me young; I don’t feel 70, I feel like a student.
Q: Don’t you miss your family there?
A: I see them every year when I go visiting. But it is time they come over, they are younger than me and I hope they will come every year.
Q: What did you fell when interviewing so many personalities?
A: I felt a lot of respect for all of them, it was extraordinary to discuss with such important and interesting people.
Q: How was your collaboration with Tibiscus University?
A: It was an extraordinary experience; it is one of the first private faculties in Timisoara ad I have seen the good work that it is done here; I liked the students, I liked to be here.
Q: Do you want to send a message to the students in journalism?
A: To realize that learning is fun, it’s a lifetime occupation. As a journalist, they ca change the lives of people and even their lives. I wish them all success and do the job for many many years.

“The person to person relationship matters most”
Interview with Benny Morgan

Q: How is Harry Morgan as a father?
A: Harry Morgan as father is probably more interesting than he is as a journalist, even if he has a very interesting working history. I don’t think you can compare that with Harry Morgan the father…he is different, special…Maybe the father-son relationship doesn’t matter as much… the person to person relationship matters most… it is first a very important friendship.
Q: Did your friendship with Harry Morgan mark you in any way?
A: It marked me in all ways. From simple guidance towards a certain carreer to a life style, a style of being.
Q: Don’t you feel put in a shadow by his accomplishments, don’t you think people see you as Harry Morgan’s son and they don’t see what’s beyond that?
A: Maybe people say I will never get to be like my father, but this doesn’t matter. I know Harry Morgan is there for me everyday, he is my father, my friend. I don’t think we shadow this friendship in any way. I think people see me first and then maybe make a comparison. They don’t compare…I don’t think they expect me to be like my father. Everybody has his individuality; everybody chooses a direction in life…you might have a famous father and become nobody, but that finally is your decision.

“It was a good mark for the university”
Interview with Augusta Anca

Q: How would you evaluate your collaboration with Harry Morgan?
A: We had the joy and pleasure to have inside Tibiscus University for some years, especially at the Faculty of Journalism a man who worked in this field, who knew what this meant, who dedicated his life to journalism. Harry Morgan came to us with a sincere wish to do something for the Romanian students, for the students at Tibiscus, wanting to stay in Romania after he already spent some years here. He didn’t come to us as a Fulbrighter, because his grant expired. Then we made a deal and taking that as a basis from one year to another we made his stay longer because we saw students’ interest for the way he worked with them and especially for the fact that he was a living example for how a journalist can change and get to the interest of the large public. Even this speech that we suggested he had, not revealing our intention to celebrate him, demonstrated once again, if it were necessary, that it is great to know how to speak, to present things in a normal evolution and to capture the attention of the public.
Q: Which were the most advantages for the university from this collaboration?
A: For every young journalist and student in journalism, Harry Morgan’s presence was a gain in forming a positive attitude towards this profession, it was benefic in learning to be unembarrassed, to be human and not to go cramped to a meeting with the people they wanted to interview, and especially to be fair. I think having Harry Morgan as professor was a good mark for the university and for this we considered, at his 70th birthday, he deserved to be celebrated as if he was one of our major professors. We want to create a portrait of Harry Morgan for our gallery of personalities who were the basis of founding our institution, as we created a tradition of this.

“He always finds a solution”
Interview with Mariana Cernicova

Q: When did you first meet Harry Morgan?
A: I first met Harry when he was not working with Tibiscus, at a seminar for journalists in Iasi, where he talked about professional ethics; I met him again in a public event in Timisoara where he explained journalists from our city and from other parts of the country things that make the American journalism be one of the most envied professions in the world.
Q: How did you get to work with him?
A: At the time he was invited to teach at Tibiscus, I was given the possibility to teach together with him in class. We met, thought how to do this and I reached the conclusion his style was very different from the Romanian style. The American school is very oriented towards the final product, while the Romanian system puts accent on accumulating knowledge, on academic analysis. The bad luck was that the subject we were supposed to teach together was included in the final evaluation for the students, being a part of the final exam and being marked according to Romanian standards, so we agreed that he will have a separate class, leaving me the quite unpleasant job of satisfying the requests of the Romanian program in the spirit required by our academic forums.
Q: How long have you worked together?
A: We worked pretty much together, we have been at the events of the university, and at the meetings we organized together. Wherever he was invited, I assured the communication easily, since I am a journalist and English teacher.
Q: How is it to work with Harry Morgan?
A: Very easy, he doesn’t impose a distance, he doesn’t try to really impress, he doesn’t show that “morgue” image you still see on the faces of some of our fellow professors in a similar position. He makes things look simple, easy to do; he passes easily any obstacle, he always finds a solution for whatever deadlock he might find himself in. We’ve done a lot of things together, seminars, we’ve been part of the organizing board for the United States days in Timisoara, we’ve been to public presentations, events…I cannot even count them all. The key words for working with Harry Morgan are: easy and fair.

Laudatio

Harry W. Morgan – a life devoted to communication

To say “communication”, in the same series with “journalism”, “friendship” and “excellence” means to define Harry W. Morgan, friend, professor and mentor of several generations of students at Tibiscus University. The creed shared by Harry W. Morgan, who, in his 70s, still feel young and connected to the world’s pulse, is unvarnished: to bridge people, cultures and spaces.
Harry W. Morgan was born on January 24th, 1934 in Marlow, Oklahoma. He studied at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His name is linked to Macalister College where, as lecturer in journalism and adviser for foreign students, he initiated the program “Friendship Ambassadors”. The most significant part of his life as a journalist resonates with the prestigious “Reader’s Digest”, where he was an associated editor, roving editor and senior editor, director of “Reader’s Digest Foundation”. His first contact with Romania was in the ‘70s, when he interviewed the president of the state. From those contacts sprang out the cultural exchanges of choirs under the auspices of “Friendship Ambassadors”, program that brought him in 1974, the “Cultural Merit Award”.
Over the years, responding to the direct request of the Romanian Ambassador Aurel Dragos Munteanu to the United States, Harry W. Morgan accepted to be a volunteer visiting professor at the newly created faculties of journalism in Bucharest, Sibiu and Timisoara.
“The Timisoara years” of Harry Morgan meant, at large extent, the years at Tibiscus University, as professor of journalism and PR, as a mentor of generations of students who had the privilege to sit in his class, as a promoter of trans-Atlantic contacts with the academia in USA, as perseverant promoter of standards in journalism, as founder of the most important professional library which bears his name, dedicated at a ceremony in the presence of the US Ambassador to Romania, James Rosapepe.
For his outstanding merits in service of Timisoara and Romania, the City Hall awarded him, in 1999, the Honorary Citizenship. For his generosity, spirit and professionalism proven in the service of our institutions, Tibiscus University and the Union Foundation Augusta grant Mr. Morgan the Honorary Diploma.
For all that Harry Morgan stands for, we bring him homage, wishing him many healthy good years together with his family, the family of Tibiscus professors and the family of Timisoara citizens!
Dr. Mariana Cernicova

Honorary Diploma – text

Granted to Mr. Harry W. Morgan
On the occasion of his 70th anniversary, in sign of homage for his efforts to develop cultural and academic Romanian-American relationships, for the generosity, dedication and professional commitment in developing Romanian journalism, over the years of teaching at Tibiscus University.
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“The Romanian press is not free enough”
Interview with the American journalist Harry Morgan

Because the Romanian press has changed and is still changing, we ask ourselves about the quality of the local press. A lot of newspapers, radios and televisions appeared in a quite short period of time and they are a useful competition for the Romanian press. About the Romanian and American press, about the press now and about the one during communist era, we talked with the American journalist Harry Morgan, who is a professor of the Faculty of Journalism inside Tibiscus University. Mr. Morgan is one of the few journalists who were allowed to stay more in Romania during the time when the country was led by Nicolae Ceausescu, having even an interview with him. Editor for almost 30 years for a very well-known American magazine, Reader’s Digest, Harry activates now in Timisoara, a city that he fell in love with from the very beginning. Considering that his opinion might be helpful for us, we asked for an interview, Harry Morgan kindly agreeing to answering our questions.
Mr. Morgan, you are a very experienced journalist. Which do you think should be the qualities of a journalist who wants to make it in the world of press?
First of all, they need to be curios, full of energy and they have to have imagination. They have to have a love for words, to be able to express themselves. A journalist should not expect to do the same thing every day. Every day is a new experience, and every time there is something new coming up. But the energy, intelligence, curiosity, imagination and the love for words are essential. The world wants to know why, how, what and where. And, as long as there is this curiosity of the people, the journalist has an important role.
Everybody says the press is the forth power in a state. And they talk about the freedom of the press. Do you think that press is free enough in Romania?
No. It’s not. As long as I keep reading about Romanian journalists who have been arrested because they wrote critical articles about certain people, I can’t say it’s a free press. I’m terrified about this attitude of the Romanians. They say it will change, but when I hear about journalists who wrote about policemen, for example, and then these ones can sue the journalist and the newspaper, I can’t say there is freedom of expression in the Romanian press. There are journalists here in Timisoara who were sent to court for what they wrote and it doesn’t matter if they wrote the truth or not, if they attack, which is typical for a journalist when he is doing an inquiry, or investigation, and then they are sent to court, a thing that doesn’t seem normal to me. They should have the freedom of expression. Of course that doesn’t mean you can lie. No. If you lie, you live with the consequences.
Can you compare the press in America with the press in Romania?
The American press is more free. The newspapers lose in front of television now. I’m amazed that in Timisoara, for example, there are five or six newspapers. For a city with this size this is great. I have been told about a village with four newspapers. This is a good thing too. I don’t know how many newspapers are there in Bucharest, but to have many is healthy and it’s good they exist. When you have more, you have competition and the quality of the press increases.
Can you compare the Romanian press now with the one during communism?
It’s a very interesting question. I have been here for a long time when Romania was led by Ceausescu and I met a lot of journalists. Actually, they were not journalists, they were propagandists. They job was to promote the communist ideology, the Communist Party, and to promote Ceausescu. A good example is “Scanteia” newspaper, I think it was the biggest during that period, where they had Ceausescu on the first page every day. It was pure propaganda, not a newspaper. Today, everything is different, and it’s due to the journalism schools and to the young people who have an important role in changing the Romanian press. They young ones make the difference, because they are journalists, not propagandists.
What’s your opinion: you make yourself journalist or you are born a journalist?
They are made. Journalists are made. There are very few born journalists. They have a curiosity and interest for journalism since they are very young even if they don’t know what the word journalism means. They are interested in finding out who, what, when, where. They want to know. They are born journalists. They have the ability to write. But people of the press are made, in general, with great efforts and with sincerity. As you have more experience, you become better. So, I repeat, there are very few born journalists. I think I only met in my life three people who were born knowing what they will become. And they knew it since they were very young. They were good in what they did, and they loved to write. But most of us attend a specialized faculty and it depends on us what we become.

By Lucian Ursuletu
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A year to remember

It all started in 1961, so it’s now been more than 40 years since I founded the World Press Institute. Last October, at Macalester, this 40th anniversary occasion was celebrated at the graduation and farewell dinner for the WPI Fellows of 2001.

As I reflect on these past four decades in the life and times of WPI, my thoughts naturally go out to each one of you who helped make it all possible. During this Anniversary Year I merely ask that you take a few moments to recall some of the unique adventures that were especially meaningful to you (and perhaps changed your life) during your WPI year. The ultimate expression about what WPI is really all about is to be found in your own personal and professional lives since your months of learning and sharing with your new friends and colleagues from around the world.

I will be forever grateful for my own early years in the development and long life of WPI. I hope you feel the same. If you have access to e-mail (or otherwise), I will be honored and thrilled to hear from you. If you care to write, I’ll bring you up-to-date on my continuing adventures in Romania and other parts of the world.

Best regards,
Harry Morgan
Founder – World Press Institute (On 40th WPI Anniversary)

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Harry Morgan – Story Reader’s Digest.pdf

Harry Morgan – On vivid.pdf

Harry Morgan – Scattering Ashes.pdf

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LETTERS

November 8, 2001

TO: Ambassador Guest
FROM: Harry W. Morgan

Dear Mr. Ambassador,

First of all, welcome to Timisoara! I hope your visit is pleasant and productive.

For the past several years I’ve been living in Timisoara. I came here as a Fulbright Professor of Journalism and Public Relations in 1995, and decided to remain as a volunteer professor at both the State University and the private Tibiscus University. It was a very positive decision on my part.

Enclosed with this note are two local newspaper articles that have appeared recently. One deals with our successful third annual 4th of July celebration last July which attracted more than 300 Americans and Timisoarans. The other deals with my long-time friendship with a former student of mine at Macalester College in Minnesota. As you know, Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, will be honored soon at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo. Kofi was my student in Journalism more than 40 years ago. I hope to attend the Oslo affair in December.

Perhaps you’ll be interested in learning more about my love affair with Romania. I’ve been coming to this part of the world since the early 1970s. As a roving editor for the Reader’s Digest, my assignment included Romania and other Balkan countries for more than a dozen years. During that same period, I traveled extensively throughout the country and interviewed President Ceausescu on seven separate occasions.

As result of those interviews, I was able to develop the first-ever cultural-educational exchange program between Romania and the USA. Supported primarily with funds from the Reader’s Digest Foundation, more than 15,000 young American student performers traveled to and performed throughout Romania; nearly 700 young Romanians enjoyed similar experience in the USA. I’m happy to say that this is an on-going program still called Friendship Ambassadors.

My retirement from daily journalism and the Reader’s Digest has made it possible for me to move permanently to Romania. I was married to a Romanian woman several years ago. You will meet her today. Together, we have worked steadfastly in building greater bridges of friendship and understanding between our two countries. During Ambassador Rosapepe’s assignment to Romania we were invited to be involved in numerous projects suggested by the Ambassador.

In the months ahead, I want you to know that you can count on us to be helpful to you and the American Embassy in all ways possible. It would be our pleasure!

Attached to this note is the name and address of Virgil Melnic, a successful lawyer here in Timisoara. Mr. Melnic has been enormously helpful to us in arranging the 4th of July celebrations each year. He has also spent several years living and working in Arizona before returning permanently to Timisoara. At your convenience, and during of his visits to Bucharest, Mr. Melnic would like very much to have an appointment with you. I told him I would pass his request on to you personally. He is a man with good ideas and is eager to broaden commercial relationships between America and Romania. I mention his name to you in order for you to recognize it when he calls your office sometime in the future.

As mentioned earlier, I am now deeply involved as a visiting professor of Journalism and Public Relations at Tibiscus University. In this capacity, I have developed a significant program of academic exchanges for American faculty visiting and teaching at our University. Thus far, we have had six professors from California paid their own way to Timisoara to participate in this exciting program. We are expecting two more American professors to visit us during coming months. Additionally, I take great pride in the development of a World Press Club and library at the University. It serves as a social meeting place and research center for Journalism students and professionals studying or working in Timisoara. The library consists of nearly 4,000 volumes of books on Journalism, Mass Media Communications and Americana. Perhaps the enclosed folder on Tibiscus will be of interest.

Victor Popa, one of the most talented and progressive video film producers in all of Romania, has asked me to collaborate with him in the production of several documentaries. Since I am the English narrator for all of the films, we thought you might find time to view the enclosed videos: Welcome to Romania and Timisoara. We know your time in Timisoara is limited, so I’m confident you will enjoy a later viewing of the film about this wonderful city. Welcome to Romania will give you a good quick overview of some of the country’s beautiful sites and cities. At your convenience I would appreciate hearing any reactions you might have about these films.

Once again, WELCOME TO TIMISOARA, and please know that we stand ready to be of assistance if needed.

Respectfully yours,
Harry W. Morgan
Professor of Journalism and Public Relations
Timisoara, Romania

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From: Harry W. Morgan
Subject: for family and friends around the world

I often wonder about those earlier times when folks purchased manufactured holiday cards to express affection and greetings for all occasions! Several years ago I experimented with an annual Christmas letter to update family and friends about my life and adventures while traveling somewhere in the world. Due to some more upcoming travel plans and the ever increasing inflation and costs of postage from the USA and Romania, I find myself wanting to use electronic mail more and more. Hope you don’t think this method too impersonal or insensitive. Let me know your thoughts via e-mail or the “old fashioned way” with real stamps.

2001 has been eventful in so many ways: in October we celebrated the 40th Anniversary year of the World Press Institute, which I founded in 1961, with high hopes that WPI would continue for at least three years. Good things are meant to have good long lives; so, also, with “Ambassadors for Friendship” (now called Friendship Ambassadors) which is still going strong after 45 years.

My good friend, Kofi Annan, one of our very first “Ambassador for Friendship” (1960) is now in his second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Along with the UN, Kofi was co-honored this month with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. Such achievements were well deserved by Kofi and the UN…and what a joy just to bask in their reflected glory and honor!

I only wish I could reflect more favorably on the present state of affairs here in Romania. Conditions for the average Romanian are deplorable (and getting worse) to say the least. A recent survey by the European Union Bureau of Statistics ranks Romania at the bottom of their economic ladder (below Albania) and suggests that only 1% of the population can afford anything; 4% can afford to buy an expensive item (car, TV, computer or other electronic appliances); 35% are barely able to survive; 60% are existing below the poverty level of $50 per month. In these figures one must be reminded that 50% of Romania’s population are retired pensioners or children under the age of 16. Experts claim that another whole generation will have to pass before conditions really improve. It saddens our hearts to acknowledge such dismal statistics from a country we love so much! But these are the facts, even as see them!

This past summer I underwent extensive medical tests at the University of Texas Medical Center (Houston) and was so pleased with the results. Aside from a continuing challenge with Diabetes, I was given a very positive diagnosis for any person my age. One doctor even suggested I looked and appeared too young to be receiving Social Security and other pensions. He advised me to keep my sense of humor and to move ahead vigorously with my life and dreams. What a spirit-lifter those few words meant to me.

Travels between America and Romania have been more frequent this year, and we are grateful for the opportunity to reinforce the sure knowledge that “home is always where the heart is.”

A recent and encouraging word from the State Department informs us that 2002 might bring about another exciting change in our lives. Because more than six years have passed since my Fulbright teaching award to Romania (1995) I am presently being favorably considered for a similar university assignment to one of four countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia or Latvia. This is my last year to qualify for a Fulbright, so I anxiously and eagerly await their notification in March or April. If selected, we will move once again, and start the “New Adventure” in October 2002. My family share my enthusiasm and high expectations to be of further service to young students anywhere, regardless of destination.

My family and I will be celebrating part of the Christmas season this year with Sister Mary Rose Christy, high in the Transylvanian mountain town of Sibiu. It was with Sister Mary that I started some of my earliest work in Romania. This 80 year old American Catholic nun has been working with orphans, battered women and poor families for nearly a full decade now. Last year I donated my “Christmas Card Fund” to Sister Mary to use in her devoted work with those less fortunate than the rest of us. I will do the same this year.

Several days ago I happily accepted Sister Mary’s invitation to dress and “act” as Santa Claus at her various fund raising activities in Sibiu. Our deeply felt thoughts will be of you while ringing Christmas bells during this time of good cheer.

With love and gratitude,
Harry
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February 4th, 2004
Timisoara

Dear Anca Augusta,

I want to take this opportunity and once again express my heart-felt appreciation for the many kindnesses you have shown me during the past several years. I will especially long remember the “farewell lecture” I was privileged to give at Tibiscus on the occasion of my 70th birthday.

What a glorious way for anyone to celebrate a retirement and a significant birthday at the same time. The photo album of my activities at Tibiscus will be a treasure I will pass along to my children and grandchildren.

Thank you, also, for the splendid diploma of honor which I will frame and hang proudly in my home. The floral arrangement and the good food were also a treat.

Remember, if there is anything I can ever do for you or Tibiscus, please do not hesitate to give me a call.

Respectfully yours,
Harry W. Morgan
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June 3rd, 2002

Dear Parinte Zosim Oancea,

It was such a great pleasure meeting with you once again in Sibiu. You have always been such a great inspiration to me. The work you have done, through the years, in Sibiel is something I truly admire.

Benny and I enjoyed our visit with you in Sibiu enormously. It was good to see you in good health and in high spirits. We were also very pleased that your son could be with us during that visit. He also is an exceptional man. You must be very proud of your son.

Personally, I wish you continue a long and good life. Thank you so very much for the book which I will treasure. I do hope you will continue with the second volume. It’s very important to share your great story with all people. Keep up the good work.

It’s a joy and pleasure to know such a man, rich in the favor of God.

Blessings to you and your family,
Harry W. Morgan