Saturday, February 22, 2014
Memories of Bolivia, circa 1980
Shortly after Olmos was expelled, the Chief of Bureau in Chile, Tom Fenton, asked me if I'd be interested in moving from Santiago to La Paz to take over where Harold had involuntarily left off. After thinking about it for several seconds, I raised my hand to volunteer. I spent three years reporting on the aftermath of the "Cocaine Coup" and the brutality and stupidity of Luis Garcia Meza and his underlings.
Olmos is now retired and living with his wife and son in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. During the first part of my three-week visit to Bolivia, I am staying with him at his semi-rural, lushly landscaped sub-tropical home outside the central city. We have lots of memories, stories, friends and colleagues in common. It's been a trip down memory lane with one of the good ones. The AP, Latin America, Bolivia and millions of readers around the world are lucky to have had this professional doing such fine work for them over the years.