Museum of Language & Place


Well, this is exactly what happened to Pete while he was trudging through Panama with his men, and trying to oust Noriega during Operation Just Cause. They were on guard carefully sneaking through dense woods, staving off scorpions and snakes, leeches and tics. Not to mention body fungus and bothersome mosquitoes that attacked in the dark of night, leaving chicken pox welts on the men from up North with sensitive skin (Pete and the other desensitized beach boys woke up with smooth skin). They were tired, hungry, in need of a shower. Spirits were plummeting with each left-right-left rhythm of their soggy boots.

Laurie Kolp, in … and then there was a phone (REALLY). “Marines in Panama. A working telephone in the middle of the jungle.”