Food for Thought speaker to discuss USS Quincy on Oct. 10

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LEWISTON — Robert Begin, a Lewiston native now living in Needham, Mass., will be the presenter at USM Lewiston Auburn Senior College “Food for Thought” 11:30 luncheon on Friday, Oct. 10.

The public is cordially invited to hear his well-researched story of the USS Quincy, her crew and the heroic sacrifices many of them made during the night engagement of Aug. 9, 1942, off the coast of Guadalcanal.

Launched in 1935 during the Depression years, the Quincy was to be America’s answer to the growing threats posed by Japan and her aggressive policies. She represented the best in technology, weapon and armament capabilities, and was a source of pride to the Navy as well as the country.

A long-time history buff, Begin will use a PowerPoint format consisting of interviews with men aboard that night, correspondence with family members who lost kin and a thorough analysis of the battle from both American and Japanese aspects. Numerous photos, letters and charts are also included.

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Begin stresses that one does not have to be a military buff to appreciate this story. It is a tale of America and ordinary men at a time when our core values were threatened.

WWII veterans across America are dying at the rate of 1000 per day. Their deeds warrant retelling.

A graduate of Edward Little High School and Babson College at Wellesley, Mass. with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Begin has fond memories of his time in the Lewiston-Auburn area, especially his boyhood job of delivering the Lewiston Daily Sun and the Lewiston Evening Journal. He and his wife, Mary, have been married 44 years and have two sons and five grandchildren.

Senior College, now in its 17th year, presents the monthly 11:30 luncheon program in the Function Room 170 at USM LAC. The cost, which includes lunch, is $7 with advance reservation or $8 at the door. Reservations must be made by noon on Thursday, Oct. 9, by calling 753-6510. Any late callers will be considered “at the door.”

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