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Don Parrish

1281    UN    Quality
 

Don Parrish

Age: 74
Links:  INTERVIEW 2014
Member since:  2012-11-05
Overall rank:

15

Scores:
1002
NM1281
193
UN
266
UN+
327
TCC
526
WHS
KYE
851
MTP

Bio

I retired young, and travel has always been one of my hobbies. I'm active with the Circumnavigators Club, the Travelers Century Club, MostTraveledPeople, and now TheBestTraveled. My initial interest in travel started with stamps. By age 8, I could recognize the national origin of any postage stamp. At 10 I read Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels, and his adventures all over the world fired my imagination. In high school, I began my half-century subscription to the National Geographic magazine. While a junior at the University of Texas, I spent the summer working in a factory in Germany speaking only German - not a word of English. Being a true foreigner was a profound experience, something very rare for native-born US citizens. This experience helped me understand the world. One of my other hobbies is genealogy. My ancestors include 5 on the Mayflower, a famous Mohawk Indian, and the owner in 1651 of the land that the World Trade Center was built on. I have over 200 ancestors who came to America before 1640. My career was spent in R&D at Bell Labs in Electronic Switching, the foundation of the telecommunications revolution we take for granted. In 1968, I received a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. In 1971, I made my first trip around the world - six intensive weeks of seeing many of the wonders of the world. I have made four more circumnavigations including a business trip in less than 94 hours. I’m a life member of the Circumnavigators Club and a long-time officer of the Chicago chapter. On December 14, 2011, I made 100 circumnavigations around the South Pole to honor Road Amundsen on the 100th anniversary of his arrival at the South Pole. See my report on www.donparrish.com. In 1977 when Bell Labs decided to sell its telephone switching equipment world-wide, I was the planning manager determining the technical development program required to operate in target countries. I also figured out what was most important to customers and became a legendary market-entry strategist. By chance, I became the first person to retire from Lucent Technologies on October 1, 1996 when Bell Labs was merged with Western Electric to create Lucent. My 30-year career was extended another 5 when I was enticed back as a consultant at Lucent, retiring in 2001. I studied 4 languages in college, and have spent a total of 9 years outside of the US traveling or working. History is another life-long interest which re-enforces my enjoyment of travel. What a thrill to visit places you have read about. What an education to talk to people all over the world. I have often visited hot spots with the Travelers Century Club, e.g., North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Kashmir, and Cuba. Real travelers appreciate the wonder of discovery and how it changes your perspective. It’s been my privilege to meet many of the world's top travelers and explorers.

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SOUTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1995 1995
1995 1995
2009 2009
1984 1984
2008 2008
2008 2008
2017 2017
1995 1995
2008 2008
2008 2008
2017 2017
1980 1980
1987 1987
2012 2012
1987 1987
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2018
2010 2018
2010 2010
2010 2018
2008 2008
2010 2010
1980 2018
2010 2010
1980 1980
2008 2008
2010 2010
2009 2009
2010 2010
2009 2009
2009 2009
2008 2008
1980 1980
2010 2010
1980 1980
2008 2008
2008 2008
1995 1995
1995 1995
2004 2004
2008 2008
2008 2008
1980 2014
2015 2015
2009 2009
1980 2014
2009 2009
2009 2009
2008 2008
1984 1984
2008 2008
2017 2017
1995 1995
1995 2017
1980 1980
2010 2010
2010 2010
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2010 2010
1987 1987
2010 2010
2009 2009
2008 2008
2010 2010
2009 2009
2010 2010
1980 1980
2008 2008
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
1980 1980
2008 2008
1980 1980

WESTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1995 2014
1995 2017
2008 2008
1980 2017
1982 2015
1982 2015
1982 2015
1980 1980
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
1980 1980
2009 2009
1980 1980
1980 2015
2009 2009
2010 2010
1980 1980
2003 2003
2010 2010
2015 2015
2010 2010
2003 2015
2010 2010
2000 2000
1987 1987
2003 2015
1980 2017
1980 2017
1980 1980
1980 1980
2010 2010
2010 2017
1980 2017
2010 2010
2010 2010
2003 2017
1980 1980
1980 1980
2010 2010
1980 1980
2010 2010
1980 1980
2013 2013
1988 2013
2013 2013
2008 2008
1986 1986
2000 2000
1980 2015
2013 2013
2013 2013
1986 1986
2010 2010
2010 2010
1983 1983
2008 2008
1987 1987
1983 2013
1983 1983
2013 2013
1984 1984
1984 2013
1980 2013
1984 1984
1988 2013
2003 2015
1998 2013
1984 2013
1984 2013
1999 1999
1988 1988
2013 2017
1984 2017
2013 2013
2013 2017
2013 2013
1984 2013

NORTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2013 2013
2011 2011
1980 2013
2012 2012
2007 2007
2017 2017
2017 2017
1980 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017
1980 2017
1980 1980
2013 2013
2012 2012
1980 1980
2013 2013
1980 2013
1980 1980
1980 1980
2012 2012
2017 2017
1980 2017
1980 1980

EASTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2007 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017
2014 2014
1980 2014
2014 2014
1980 2017
2017 2017
1995 2017
2003 2017
2003 2003
2017 2017
1980 1980
2017 2017
2014 2017
2003 2003
2017 2017
2003 2017
2017 2017
2003 2003
2003 2017
2009 2009
2009 2009
2017 2017
2017 2017
1980 1980
2017 2017
1995 2017
2017 2017
1980 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2009 2009
2009 2009
2010 2014
2009 2009
2010 2014
2011 2014
2009 2009
2010 2010
2007 2007
2010 2010
2009 2009
2010 2010
2003 2003
2010 2010
2010 2010
2003 2003
2010 2010
2009 2009
2003 2003
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
1980 2014
1980 1980
2010 2010
2010 2010
2009 2009
2010 2014
2010 2010
2010 2010
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2010 2010
2010 2010
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
1980 1980
2010 2010
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2010 2010
2009 2009
2009 2009
2010 2010
2003 2003
2009 2009
2003 2003
1995 1995
2009 2009
1980 1980
2009 2009

NORTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2011 2011
2011 2011
2011 2011
2011 2011
2010 2010
2011 2011
2011 2011
2011 2011
2011 2011
2009 2009
2011 2011
2011 2011
2010 2010
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2010 2010
2011 2011
2011 2011
2009 2009
2009 2009
2011 2011
2011 2011
2011 2011
2009 2009
2009 2009
2011 2011
2009 2009
2010 2010
2011 2011

CENTRAL ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2011 2011
2007 2007
2007 2007

EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2010 2010
2012 2012
1984 2013
2010 2010
2010 2010
2012 2012
2010 2010
2012 2012
1984 1984
1984 2013
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
1980 1980
1984 1984
1985 1985
1985 1985
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2013 2013
2010 2010
2010 2010
1980 1980
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2012 2012
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2011 2011
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2012 2012
1980 1980
2009 2009
1993 1993
1984 1984
1980 1980
1980 1980
2009 2009
2007 2007
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2005 2005
2005 2005
1980 1980
1980 1980
2011 2011
1980 1980
2011 2011
2011 2011
1984 1984
1984 1984

WESTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2010 2010
2006 2006
2011 2011
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2009 2014
2010 2010
1980 1980
2010 2010
2010 2010
2011 2011
2011 2014
2006 2014
2006 2006
2006 2006
1980 1980
2011 2018
2018 2018
2006 2006
2011 2011
2018 2018
1980 2016
2010 2016
2010 2016
2016 2016
1980 2016
1980 1980
2009 2009
1980 1980
1980 1980
2011 2011
2009 2014
2014 2014
2009 2009
2009 2014
2016 2016
1980 2016
2009 2014
1984 1984
1980 1980
1997 1997
2011 2011
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2006 2006
2006 2014
2006 2006
2006 2014
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2009 2009
2009 2009

SOUTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2007 2007
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
1980 1980
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2006 2006
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2010 2010
2010 2010
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2010 2010
2009 2009
1980 1980
2009 2009
2009 2009
2006 2006
2009 2009
2015 2017
2006 2006
2011 2011
2011 2011
2011 2011
2011 2011
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2011 2011
2015 2015
2015 2015
2009 2015

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2009 2009
2009 2009
1986 1986
2009 2009
1986 1986
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2015 2015
2009 2009
2015 2015
1996 1996
1986 1986
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2015 2015
2015 2015
1984 2015
2015 2015
2009 2009
2015 2015
1984 1984
1980 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2009 2009
2009 2009
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002

NORTHERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1987 1987
2011 2011
1980 2018
2018 2018
1980 1980
2018 2018
1982 1982
1980 1980
2018 2018
2018 2018
1980 1980
2004 2004
2004 2004
1980 1980
1980 1980
2014 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
2007 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
1987 1987
1987 1987
2008 2008
2011 2011

WESTERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2007 2007
2009 2009
1980 1980
2015 2015
2008 2008
2007 2007
2007 2007
2008 2008
2008 2008
2007 2007
2008 2008
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2008 2008
2008 2008
2007 2007
2008 2008
2008 2008
2007 2007

CENTRAL AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2007 2007
2007 2007
2013 2013
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2011 2011
2007 2007
2011 2011
2007 2007
2011 2011
2007 2007

EASTERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2007 2007
2009 2009
2009 2009
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2009 2009
2009 2009
1980 2009
1980 1980
2009 2017
2017 2017
2009 2009
2017 2017
2017 2017
2009 2013
2009 2009
2007 2007
2009 2009
2009 2017
2007 2007
2010 2010
2007 2007
2010 2013
2010 2010
1980 1980
2009 2009
1980 1980
1980 1980
2009 2009
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2017 2017

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2007 2007
2011 2011
2013 2013
2009 2009
2013 2013
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009