In March, 1985, Texas Monthly published a lengthy article by
Stephen Harrigan about Fred Cuny and the work of his Intertect staff. It is
titled, "Looking For Trouble." Harrigan traveled to Madagascar to observe Cuny
in action, and also spent a lot of time interviewing him in Texas. At one
point, Harrigan asked Cuny to write down some things about himself. Along with
a list of 109 stories he could offer to tell about his life and17 "other
incidents" (including such entries as "The bulldozer tanks of Niccaragua," "sex
and the single relief worker" and "dealing with spooks -- how to spot them, how
to hustle them"), Cuny wrote the following two pages on how he saw himself and
- constantly on the go - not unusual to visit 2 dozen countries yearly
- witness to many of the major events of our times
- " " suffering and triumph of human spirit
- I know many of the personalities in the news
- some hairy situations - flying into Biaf[ra] - Palestinians, after shocks of
EQ [earthquakes], in the thick of civildisturbances/war
- exotic places - very remote areas
- satisfaction with job - life saving - contributions - pushing the edge of
- and I often fly myself there
- Long list of firsts
- " " " accomplishments - projects - books - technologies
- Changed the way we deal w/ disasters, our understanding of them
- The recognized leader in field
What do my critics say?
Too pushy - arrogant
Too critical of volags [voluntary organizations] - don't understand the
pressures they are under
I recommend complicated projects - too sophisticated
Too far ahead of the implimenters - don't bring the entire system along
Won't suffer the fools
Brawler (though I've mellowed a lot in last few years)
Kind of image I want to project
1. For me
Tough - sav[v]y - technocrat w/ social conscience + vision
Innovative, highly organized, quick thinking - extremely self
confident -In the know on 3rd world political issues - A source
that people rely on. Not the kind to pick a fight, but not the kind to
walk away from one.
2. For Intertect
Highly professional, (hand picked) [this is crossed out], highly dedicated,
Each an expert in his own right - cool under fire
Tight knit, hand picked, (workaholics) [this is also crossed out], hard
charging, mega workers
Talk our own language (internally), wild practical jokers
who killed fred cuny .
map of cuny's world .
from his laptop .
on the life .
his radio interviews .
special reports .
friends & colleagues .
viewer discussion .
press reaction .
tapes & transcripts
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