In 1964, brother Mike took our dad up on an invitation to visit him in the Far East with the prospect of possibly coming to work for him at his company, INRA-ASIA. (International Research Associates-Asia). Mike visited dad for several weeks and toured the offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Manila. (Mike passed on the offer and returned to L.A. to spend the next twenty-years on radio (KPFK) dedicating his short life to “causes.”
Mike died unexpectedly in May,1986 at the relatively young age of 47. His death from lung cancer, followed hard upon the death of our mother, just a few years prior. The loss of my brother was THE determining factor for me to cut my LAPD career short and “retire” early with 23 1/2 years. (Though you can retire at 20-years, most career cops stay 25-30 years due to the advantages of a higher pension.)
Below is a photo from the Manila Chronicle, dated, Jan. 2, 1964. Unfortunately, the Xerox is of poor quality, but one can still see that though dad was age 57, he remained in excellent health and could still easily pass for a much younger man, a man say in his “Mid Forties.” (Especially, if the witnesses were viewing him in the dark of night from the second floor of a building a hundred feet away, or if they were police officers giving him a quick “once over” on the sidewalk as they drove-by enroute to their shooting call. Think SFPD, Paul Stine shooting, 10.11.69.)
George Hodel age, 57; brother, Mike, age, 24
Here is an article briefly describing one of dad’s major research projects that appeared in the Armed Forces, Pacific Stars & Stripes newspaper in November, 1962, two years before Mike’s above referenced visit to the P.I.
Pacific Stars & Stripes article, November, 1962, Manila, Philippines