Chris Knowles was born and reared in Washington, DC. After attending The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of The University of Virginia and The School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Chris enlisted in the United States Air Force at the height of the Vietnam War. He served four years in Military Intelligence. After the war Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Arts & Sciences of The University of Nebraska and his Master of Public Administration degree from The Institute of Public Affairs and Administration at Drake University, both on the GI Bill. He has worked as a city & county planner, an environmental resources planner, and as a healthcare executive in Nebraska, Iowa, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Chris lives and writes on Martha's Vineyard and is married with three sons, Sean Christopher, James Charles and Thomas Patrick, and two grandchildren, Caera Elizabeth and Alexander Lyons.
A Matter Of Perceptionby Chris Knowles
Sean Patrick O'Connell was the son of Donald and Mary Pat O'Connell. His was a middle class upbringing in a middle class neighborhood. Though he went off to college after high school graduation his performance was less than stellar. When he left college he volunteered to serve during the Vietnam War. His was an exemplary, though short, military career.
At the war's end he returned to school and did well. In his Senior year he submitted a Fulbright Scholarship proposal which was approved. What distressed his family, classmates, school and the Fulbright committee was that his studies would place him in the midst of sectarian violence between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Sean had undertaken his study of The Troubles to discover a solution to three centuries of violence. What he could not have anticipated was that he would be thrust into the very center of the conflict.
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