Joe Brooks

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Joe was the civilian program director and veritable walking encyclopedia of all things Chinese. He had served in the US Army in China and Korea and also worked in Armed Forces Radio-TV in the Philippines and Okinawa. He was the author of "From a Yankee Notebook," detailing his personal experiences in Taiwan. He spoke Chinese fluently and had many local friends including those in the Chinese army. He was famous for presiding over elegant banquets prepared by his personal chef. One of the funniest stories I heard about Joe, was that he actually fell asleep while he was on the air hosting the Saturday morning program, "China Express." Seen here with Larry and Rosalie Fogel.


I have often wondered who did the Saturday night radio program on AFNT in the 66-68 time frame. I believe it must have been Joe Brooks. Each program would center around a "ghost" story, along with old Chinese music. He was very good, and so believable. I would be so into the story that the hair on my neck would stand on end. What a story teller this gentleman was. If we could find a recording of one of those programs.... you would agree with me, Joe was one of a kind.. Kent
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