jean paul II iraqi shootoutkirk douglasgina lollobrigidadouble eagle II

1977-78 It was one of those magical periods in my life. It was when Hemmingway's 'A Moveable Feast' met with the most fortuitous chain of events imagineable for a photographer. It was my first year as a staff photographer for the Associated Press Paris Bureau. I was the only American photographer on permanent assignment abroad at the time. Nurtured by the Paris photo chief, Michael O'Reilly Nash, I found myself often in the right place at the right time. The AP gave me four raises in my first year. With 8 weeks paid vacation (the French vacation schedule, you see) and momentous stories unfolding before me, I didn't know how good I had it. Here are some of my favorite moments from 1977-78.

Pope Jean Paul II

Pope Jean Paul II speaks with his bishops and priests at Notre Dame Cathedrale

Iraqi Shootout

French police and Iraqi Embassy guards shoot it out in Paris
July 31, 1978 Two dead, Four wounded

Kirk Douglas

Actor Kirk Douglas hams it up for a French television interview

Gina Lollobrigida

Actress Gina Lollobrigida shies from photographers at a Paris fashion show

Double Eagle II

Double Eagle II, the first balloon to cross the Atlantic, arrives in France.

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