Picture of main gate Shu Lin Kou by Dick Bechtel - Mandan, ND

Those of you sober enough to remember the main gate as we passed in/out
on our way to and from Taipei should recognize the rendering done by "Maddog" Mike Doran

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    "Thanks, Vern. For your info, I just returned from a ten day trip to the island and was amazed at how things have changed, for the worst, I'm afraid. I don't every remember it being so hot and humid. The rice paddies past San Chung and across the valley to Linkou no longer exist -- all built up. Linkou is a well-to-do suburb, so I'm told. There're now trees lining Chungshan bei-lu (which is nice, but I preferred it the way it was before). The Linkou Club is a restaurant, and the MAAG compound is an open field. Taichung is a major metropolitan area of over a million. The Ambassador Hotel is there, but my favorite drinking spot, the Sky View Lounge, has been rennovated as a restaurant. All very sickening. All the best." Bruce Redwine, 76th USASASOU, 65-66
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>. Reply to my message to him ...
    Vern, no, those bars are now gone too. Strange, I don't remember any of those names from my era (which was only a little over a year after yours!).
    The old "63 Club," the NCO club across the Keelung River has now become the American Club, so that remains. The district around the old Linkou Club area is still a bar district, of sorts. Bars are now called "Pubs," and the guide books call the haven, "Sugardaddy Alley," a carryover from the old days. Go ahead and put in your newsletter. What remains? The taxicab drivers are as crazy as ever, and the women as beautiful. Cheers.

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