CIA Canoe Tours & Strip-chess in Karachi: JOHN WILCOCK's Life-changing 1959 World Trip

An early opportunity in the 1950's to visit the New York Times' press bureau in Hong Kong sends John Wilcock on his first trip around the world.

By Persoff and Marshall

From an ongoing interview and biography of John Wilcock, a prolific editor and publisher of 1960's underground newspapers.

Read The New York Times' appreciation of John's travel writing: "A Budget Travel Pioneer in a Time When $5 a Day Was Real (Frugal) Money" by Seth Kugel (Frugal Traveler)


1) The New York Times also remembers the work of Peggy Durdin.

2) A developing Wikipedia article on Mrs. Durdin's husband, F. Tillman Durdin.

3) The Internet claims to have the Official Rules of "Strip Chess" - also known as the Piece for Piece system.

4) Though subject to change, Wikipedia once again provides the best details of a given individual, this time on the life and disappearance of Jim Thompson.

5) Lastly, Asia For Educators indicates the difficulties of visiting China, or even "observing" the country, as John attempted, around 1960.

Published 8:03 am Thu, Mar 7, 2013

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From the comic book biography of John Wilcock, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. See previous installments here and here.)

Ethan Persoff (Twitter) is a cartoonist, based in Austin TX. His other comic project is Radio Wire.

Scott Marshall (Facebook) is an illustrator, sound artist, and art director, based in New York City. Previous projects include audio work for Woody Allen (Small Time Crooks), and two scores for full-length dance pieces by choreographer Lar Lubovitch (Men's Stories, The Black Rose).

NEWS: John Wilcock recently celebrated his 88th birthday. He welcomes your email.

2 Responses to “CIA Canoe Tours & Strip-chess in Karachi: JOHN WILCOCK's Life-changing 1959 World Trip”

  1. jetfx says:

    That map of the Eurasian landmass isn’t accurate to 1959. It’s no earlier than 1993 looking at the political boundaries.