Exchange Student

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Linda’s father was a prominent Rotarian when Linda was growing up. At that time, Rotary was very involved with the exchange student program, and her family hosted many Rotary-sponsored exchange students. So it was not surprising that Linda would enter into the program, and (serendipitously) spent one year living in Australia in 1968/69. She was hosted by the Rotary club in Elizabeth, which then was a rather new town outside Adelaide. She stayed with a number of families, but her favourite parents were George and Nancy King. Since moving to Australia, Linda has visited the Kings several times, and still thinks of them as her foster parents.

macarthur_250A curious coincidence: during the Second World War, George King served in the Australian Navy on board the cruiser Australia, and participated in the famous Battle of Leyte off the Philippines. During this battle his ship was hit five times by Japanese kamikaze pilots. This battle secured the seas around the Philippines, setting the stage for the famous return of General Macarthur.

The coincidence continues: during her 50th Wedding Anniversary, Linda’s mum (Nanay) recounted the story of dancing with General Macarthur at a ball when she was young.

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