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Jason Ashton says...Hi - Absolutely love the "Legionnaire" series but wondering when you will be continuing this please?
Jeffrey Balkind says...Dear Gilbert,
I just sent you a message through your LinkedIn account about your terrific comments on the Audible Original podcast 'The Hijack.'
I was one of the passengers/hostages whom Owen interviewed. I have been collaborating with Owen for two years now since June 2019, when he did his first recording on this topic in London.
Then we met up in Karachi and Islamabad in November 2019. We found the actual ghost-like aircraft (a Boeing 720 similar to the iconic 707), which is moth-balled in next to a museum on the outskirts of Karachi, and we entered the cockpit, where I re-enacted to Owen my voice broadcast 40 years ago to Kabul Control Tower. That original broadcast was done at gunpoint and with lead hijacker Tipu holding a grenade to my head.
I also did a talk at the World Bank office in Islamabad.
I am halfway in making a documentary film of the same topic/story.
Also, I have written jointly with a London-based playwrite/dramaturg a theater version playscript.
I am happy to talk about any questions you may have on my triple media projects, or on the Podcast itself. Google my name and see the WAPO article/story by Frank Van Riper. Also the 1818 Society article/story written by me (attached to my LinkedIn message to you).
My contacts are below. Grateful for your receipt of this message.
Thanks and best regards,
JB Productions, LLC
3005 Cathedral Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
H.R. Boldwood says...What an impressive site you have, and so many books reviewed! Well done. Keep up the good work.