Friday Aug 25, 2023

Ambassador Kenneth Quinn - Foreign Service - Vietnam to Cambodia

Kenneth Quinn did not seem destined for greatness as a young man.  He was born in the Bronx (1942) but his family moved to the Midwest when he was ten years old.  Intelligent, but with few resources, he worked and lived at home to gain a degree from Loras Collage in Dubuque, Iowa.

After college, he worked in a packing plant with the hope of becoming a lawyer.  Without enough money to take the LSAT, he found he could stand for the U.S. Foreign Service Exam, for free, but with almost no chance of passing the test or getting a job.  He did, but but was posted to Vietnam in the 1960's.

Under fire, Quinn, as a civilian, began to distinguish himself and show leadership skills.  He cheated death several times.  His life lessons began to converge with those of Dr. Norman Borlaug but it took almost forty years for the two men to join forces. This podcast is abut Quinn's amazing career before helping found the World Food Prize in Des Moines.  He is a story teller, par excellence. 

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