Monday, October 10, 2011

A quote from Mister Pop, Edgar Buell


Edgar "Pop" Buell was one of the most well-known of Americans volunteers in Laos during the 1960s and 70s.  Tireless in his work to assist refugees during the war and after, author John Steinbeck praised him highly.

In the 1970 biography Mister Pop, by Don Scanche, Buell said:

"Everything turns in time, and it'll turn again in Laos, some day. Maybe it's turnin' now, maybe it'll be ten years or fifty years before there's peace. But when that day comes, these people is gonna remember what Tan Pop stood for, whether they remember me or not. They'll be just a little better off for my bein' there, and that's the only thing that keeps me goin'. No man is big enough or brave enough to go on workin' like this without some kind of purpose. I'm sowin' seeds that, by God, someday is gonna grow."

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