50 years ago: Celebrity author Robin Moore stops in

In the Oct. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac news included:

“Mr. Robin Moore, author of America’s No. 1 best-seller, ‘The Green Berets,’ and also the hit song of the same name, who is also an executive of the Sheraton hotel chain, landed in Cayman Brac on Tuesday, the 11th by private aircraft. Mr. Moore was trying to get into Grand Cayman with a view to doing business in the island but was refused permission to land due to airport reconstruction work and had to return to Montego Bay the same day.

“Mr. Moore was accompanied by Mr. Arnold Foote, Jr. of Advertising and Marketing (Jamaica) Ltd. and Mr. Fred Ramson who piloted the aircraft.

“Whilst in Cayman Brac, he met with Mr. Dennis Foster, was taken on a tour through the island and received the usual Cayman hospitality. Mr. Moore impressed his regret at not being able to come over to the beautiful island of Grand Cayman. However, he said that it was understandable as a jet airstrip for the island was a tremendous step forward and would do a lot for the development of the country.

“When asked if he would return, Mr. Moore said that he was looking forward to being in Cayman next month and hoped that the projects he has in mind would materialize because the island has great potential and should be given the opportunity it so justly deserves.

“Mr. Moore and Mr. Arnold Foote have a tentative meeting fixed with Mr. Colin Panton in November, at which time Mr. Moore will look at possible Hotel sites around the island.”

In the same issue, Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch‌ wrote:

“Mr. Ashton Bodden of the Point sustained shock and apparently minor injuries when his car was totally wrecked on the 9th. He was alone in the car. It is understood that a tire blew out causing the car to go out of control. He was taken to the doctor by friends who came upon him as he was stepping out of the wrecked vehicle. He went by C.B.A. to the hospital, Grand Cayman on Monday, 10th and is reported to be recovering satisfactorily.

“Cable & Wireless (W.I.) Ltd. We are pleased to have back in the office at Stake Bay Mr. Albert Chung of Jamaica who returned on the 22nd to relieve Mr. Temple Tatum. When asked to return he heartily agreed. Mr. Tatum has gone to Jamaica to continue the course in teletyping. Mr. Chung had the interesting assignment from Aug. 4 to 14 of communications operator for the Commonwealth Games held in Jamaica. Each participating country in the Games sent down reporters who had to keep their home papers informed up to the minute. His job was to transmit these press reports.

“Our bond of understanding and sympathy goes overseas today to a member of the Foster family, to Margery, daughter of Mr. Taylor Foster, J.P. and Senior Deacon of the Baptist Church of the Creek, whose husband Hank died in Los Angeles, California. Although Henry Dieffenbach, known to his family and friends as Hank, never visited the home of his wife, it was only time that prevented him from doing so.

“He was born on the July 25, 1913 and died on Aug. 13, 1966 and lived a useful life for his country, and of which 18 years of happiness were shared with Margery.

“He was loved and respected by all who knew him and was buried with full military honours.”

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