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Carl Robinson

American-born, author Carl Robinson moved to Australia with his family in 1977 after covering the Vietnam War as a journalist. Born in 1943, he grew up in the then-Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and lived for five years in the United States before heading off to Hong Kong as an exchange student in 1963. After a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Carl spent the next 11 years in South Vietnam, first as a U.S. aid worker and then as a photo editor/photographer/writer with The Associated Press (AP). He covered the war in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and fled Saigon by helicopter as it fell to Communist troops in 1975. Two years later, he was assigned to the AP's Sydney Bureau but quit after one year to settle in Australia. During the 1980's, Carl was Special Correspondent for Newsweek magazine when he wrote the first Odyssey Illustrated Guide to Australia. For eight years starting in 1990, Carl and his Vietnamese-born wife, Kim, ran the popular Old Saigon restaurant in Sydney before moving to a rural property the South Coast of New South Wales. In late 2003, they moved north to the warmer climate of Brisbane, the Queensland capital. Today, Carl spends his time writing books, travelling widely and running regular boutique tours back to Vietnam.

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