Persistence of Light: From a Japanese Prison Camp to an Elephant in the Alps to Silicon Valley

Persistence of Light: From a Japanese Prison Camp to an Elephant in the Alps to Silicon Valley

by John Hoyte


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John Hoyte was a student at Cambridge University who realized one day that a grant he might get could provide an interesting and unusual summer vacation. And thus was born the idea of leading an elephant over the Alps via the trails, paths, and mountain passes taken by Hannibal with his army and war elephants in 218 B.C to do battle with the Roman empire.

Hoyte’s successful mission, with an elephant named Jumbo on loan from the Turin zoo, became a media sensation, leading to international coverage and starting him on the way to a fifty-year career as an inventor and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.

Hoyte’s story is a fascinating one, beginning with the six years of his childhood spent in a Japanese internment camp in China during World War II. Throughout the years that followed, he has taken each surprising twist and turn of fate and used it to help build a life infused with purpose, creativity and fulfillment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948749060
Publisher: Terra Nova Books
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

As one of six children of British missionaries in China, John Hoyte grew up in a life built on family and faith—until World War II swept through, putting him and his siblings in a Japanese internment camp for six long years. Grit, determination, and imagination were the only way to survive—and they became the basis for the seven decades that followed, marked by such amazing exploits for Hoyte as leading an elephant across the Alps to follow in Hannibal’s path and perfecting an invention that launched a 50-year career in Silicon Valley.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 Red

A Childhood in China 1

Chapter 2 Orange

Post-War Britain-High School and the Army 56

Chapter 3 Yellow

Cambridge-Exploring Hannibal's Tracks 84

Chapter 4 Green

An Alpine Journey-With Jumbo 110

Chapter 5 Blue

Silicon Valley and the Counterculture-My Journey into Light 155

Chapter 6 Indigo:

Love, Marriage, and a Growing Family 190

Epilogue: Violet

Poetry, Art, and a New Life 197

Appendix A 205

Appendix B 209

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