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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                

Jan. 29, 2019





Travel Around the Globe at Rochester Hills Public Library


(ROCHESTER HILLS- Jan. 29, 2019) On Tuesday, Feb. 12 Rochester Hills Public Library welcomes Author Rufus McGaugh to share incredible tales from his 49 years spent traveling around the globe, and visiting every country in the world. Detailed in his book Longitude and Latitude, with Attitude, McGaugh relates his experiences both harrowing and humorous.

A Vietnam veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart in 1970, McGaugh was formally a social study teacher in Grosse Pointe. During that time, McGaugh spent his summers, vacations, and retirement fulfilling a lifelong dream to travel to every corner of the Earth, including the closed regimes of North Korea and Libya.

“Traveling the world has become a major part of my life, and I’m eager to share the stories of my travels with others,” said McGaugh. “From getting arrested in Zimbabwe, to meeting Miss America in Vietnam, to breaking both of my arms in Cuba, I’ve gathered my best stories to share at the Rochester Hills Public Library.”

“Rufus McGaugh has some incredible stories to share after his sometimes challenging trips around the world. It’s no small feat to travel to all 252 countries across the globe, and we’re thrilled to have him at RHPL to share his experiences with our patrons,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley.

The program is Feb. 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Please register in advance at



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