|NSGA Hanza, Okinawa - circa 1975-1976|
|Images and narrative from Tom Shirley|
|"Brushes With Greatness on Okinawa"|
The theme of Okinawa's Expo '75 was ‘the oceans,’ and focused on oceanographic technologies,|
marine life, and oceanic cultures. On opening day I loaded up the car with my wife Rhoda, our girls
Linda and Caryn, and Sonda Willborn, daughter of my pal GYSGT Harry Willborn.
Author James A. Michener was the Expo ‘75 keynote speaker, and as a big fan of Michener I
Ray Charles performed on Okinawa December 1975. Rhoda and I went early, to get good seats, and|
as we arrived Ray was giving an interview with an AFRTS mobile unit; I managed to get a few pictures
as he exited the unit, and a few more during his performance.
The Grass Roots performed on Okinawa September 1976. I’d never been a fan but must say,|
as they played all their hits they sounded just like their recordings.