Author Archives: Sam's Branch

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.

Republicans

From a book I am working on: Since then, seeing what the Republicans really have in mind when they control all three branches of government and what mean spirited people they are, I have come to agree with my grandfather … Continue reading

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My Latest Book

Morgantown to San Francisco, now at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1731008309

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Morgantown to San Francisco

An excerpt from my new book Morgantown to San Francisco, available on Amazon.com. While running for the West Virginia House of Representatives in 1952, Robert Byrd said that he was no longer a member of the Klan. As a West Virginia … Continue reading

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Open For Business

An excerpt from my soon to be published memoir, Morgantown to San Francisco.  Open for Business It is so crazy, blowing up the mountains in the mountain state. Governor Joe Manchin changed the state motto appearing on billboards welcoming visitors … Continue reading

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Jesuit Slave Trade

An excerpt from Morgantown to San Francisco, my book in progress: As foreign student advisor [at WVU] I became involved in the Regional Council on International Education.  At one of our University of Pittsburgh meetings, we were addressed by a … Continue reading

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Morgantown to San Francisco

An excerpt from forth coming memoir Morgantown to San Francisco The presidents and officers of West Virginia higher education institutions are often on the boards of directors of large corporations. The most recent example, reported in the March 16, 2018, … Continue reading

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Germ Warfare

An excerpt from my book in progress, Morgantown to San Francisco: Germ Warfare          The ABC Evening News reported that the Army admitted to conducting germ warfare experiments in the subways of New York, Chicago and San Francisco. … Continue reading

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