Q&A – Moss Memories 21 -USA 1968

“How would you like a trip to America for seven months on full salary, all expenses paid for both you and your partner. We will supply you with a new car to use during your stay and give you some one to look after your needs and make appointments for you?”          This actually happened…

Q&A -Moss Memories 19 -TOKYO 1998

We flew out of Auckland heading for Tokyo. I was sitting next to a window and shortly after takeoff, I was horrified to see a starboard engine on fire – going off like a blow torch. We were sitting opposite two stewards sitting for takeoff,  they turned grey.          The pilot of this Singapore Airline…

Q&A -Moss Memories 18 – SINGAPORE

Moss Memories 18 – Singapore (1978/2006) I arrived in Singapore at 2a.m. I was very tired, having done a day’s work in Auckland before departing. When I arrived at the Holiday Inn counter I was shocked to find I did not have my wallet containing my money, papers, and passport. I must have left them…

Q&A – Moss Memories 16 – Hollywood 1946

         It’s hard to believe that money was restricted in the forties. All we were permitted in each port was US $8 and that didn’t go far.          My father, a man of initiative, had collected some US dollars for me and had also sent me sets of the new NZ Victory stamps. These were…

Q&A -Honolulu 15 – Oahu, Hawaii 1946

There were thousands of planes. Yes, thousands of planes – as far as the eye could see.  All being assembled –  presumable for the scrap yard after the end of the battle for Japan.  This was the first sight we saw as the New Zealand cruiser Bellona sailed into Honolulu.          I had helped decommission…

Q & A -Moss Memories 12 -After Cyclone Ofa

There was a strong cold wintery gale blowing  in Wellington. I was cold and miserable. My phone rang. It was a Professor  Bewley from Massey University in Palmerston North.  “We need an emergency lecturer to go to the University of the South Pacific to teach agricultural extension. Some of the staff  have cleared off home…