Past, Present and Future
An Evening with
Sandy Gall CBE
Monday, 1 December 2003
The Ball Room, The Excelsior Hotel, Causeway Bay
Drinks 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm, followed by film
We are honoured to welcome to Hong Kong Sandy Gall CBE, perhaps the greatest foreign correspondent of his generation. Mr. Gall has covered 50 years of world events on location, ranging from the Suez Crisis to the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, as well as all the Afghan wars.
Mr. Gall was a foreign correspondent for Reuters from 1953-1963 covering the extra-ordinary events of Suez in 1956, Hungary in 1957 and the Congo independence and civil war from 1960-63. From 1963-1992 he was war correspondent and newscaster for Independent Television News (ITN). During this time, he covered the Vietnam War from 1965-75, and the dramatic events of Cambodia, China, the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan during that era. During this time he was imprisoned by Idi Amin's soldiers in Uganda and witnessed the fall of Saigon in 1975. His last two major assignments for ITN were as chief corespondent for the Gulf War in 1991, where he was the first journalist to report from liberated Kuwait, and the fall of Kabul in 1992.
Mr. Gall made three documentaries on Afghanistan during the Soviet war; "Behind Russian Lines", 1982, "Allah Against the Gunships", 1984, and "Agony of a Nation", 1986, as well as numerous news reports. He has also written nine books: three thrillers, a biography of George Adamson, "Lord of the Lions", 1991, and two volumes of memoirs, "Don't Worry about the Money now", 1983, and "News from the Front", 1994, and "The Bushmen of Southern Africa"
In this lecture, Mr. Gall will give a tour of his extraordinary career as a foreign correspondent and then lecture on "Afghanistan: Past, Present and Future". His lecture will be illustrated from a three week trek made across Afghanistan as recently as two months ago, but drawing on his 20 years of work in the country. Following a short intermission, Mr. Gall will show one of his many documentary films.
Sandy Gall was born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1927 and educated in Scotland at Glenalmond and Aberdeen University. He was awarded the Sitara-I-Pakistan by President Zia in 1985, the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal by the Prince of Wales in 1987 and the CBE in 1988.
Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$150 for members, HK$200 for Members' guests and HK$250 for others. This price includes a complimentary drinks reception.