Oneonta Club | NBC Photojournalist Latest Speaker

Maurice Roper photographed many major hot spots in the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Lebanon, Kosovo along with the genocides in Rwanda and others.

PHOTO: Oneonta Club | SouthPasadenan.com News | Former NBC News photojournalist, Maurice Roper talks with Oneonta Club member Dean Serwin

Maurice Roper, who has spent much of his career as an international photojournalist with NBC News, was the keynote speaker Monday night at the Oneonta Club March meeting.

Roper photographed many major hot spots in the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Lebanon, and Kosovo along with the genocides in Rwanda and others.

PHOTO: Maurice Roper | US Marines repelling an attack in Fallujah, while Maurice Roper was imbedded with the troops taking photos and video for NBC News

During his talk, he shared stories of being imbedded with the U.S. Marines in Fallujah, where he survived a mortar attack, noting several Marines died while he provided first aid to those he could help.

When he first arrived in Baghdad, ahead of the U.S. troops, he discovered Saddam Hussein’s private zoo that contained cheetahs and leopards.

PHOTO: Oneonta Club | SouthPasadenan.com News | Oneonta President Matthew Crow discusses Maurice’s picture from the refugee camp in Rwanda that had a population of 200,000

Maurice purchased meat to keep the animals alive and worked to have animal care specialists from South Africa relocate them to Africa.

Elizabeth Kerstein, who sang American Theater music, provided entertainment for the evening.

PHOTO: Oneonta Club | SouthPasadenan.com News | Singer Elizabeth Kerstein sang American Theater music that paid tribute to the club’s heritage and spirit of camaraderie

The Oneonta Club meets the second Monday of every month at the War Memorial Building in South Pasadena.

PHOTO: Oneonta Club | SouthPasadenan.com News | Huber Ho was the evening’s committee chairman who coordinated the great meeting

 

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