In the May issue of
Colorado Central Magazine
CCM: Did you attend college? If so, where?
VS: After attending school in New England, where regional history is pretty hard to escape, I headed west to Oberlin College, where I majored in history and discovered the fun of examining the often misleading minutiae that reveal what really happened. When I moved to Colorado in 1954, the same curiosity and tendency to pry came with me in the American West, and I also got to enjoy the great scenery and some adventures besides.
CCM: Have you ever worked as a newspaper or magazine journalist?
VS: To set the record straight, I never have been a journalist, although I worked for a newspaper and a magazine in Saudi Arabia for a couple of years as a feature writer. Those experiences were unforgettable privileges – traveling, learning and writing even in Bedouin areas and other Middle Eastern countries. The historical and travel articles I have written for newspapers, magazines and books in this part of the world have been part and parcel of the same urge to my curiosity while relating facts as truthfully as I could. Read more