Ananda Everingham’s Father John: An Australian Living in Thailand

John Everingham an Australian residing in Thailand, where his son, Ananda Everingham, is a huge movie star. Rod McNeil profiles John, complete with a Golden Burmese Python.

According to Wikipedia:

“Born in Australia in 1949, Everingham was in high school in 1966 when the urge to travel overcame the desire to study. He dropped out of school and left home at 16 years old, and left Australia on the traditional journey to London, but by motorcycle. Everingham began his career in photojournalism in the mid-1960s, as a teenager trekking through Indochina and learning languages. He originally worked as a translator for TV crews covering the Vietnam War.

During the Vietnam War he received acclaim from the mainstream media, and disdain from the American military, for his reporting on the effects of B-52 dumping runs on their way back to bases in Udon Thani, Thailand — when bombers didn’t drop all their payload over Hanoi, they dumped their bombs in Laos to cut the risk of accidents on landing, which led to innocent rural Lao and Hmong being killed.

Everingham gained international fame when he sought asylum for his Laotian wife, Keo Sirisomphone, by swimming her out of Laos under the Mekong River near Vientiane using scuba equipment. The story was turned into a TV movie by Michael Landon, called Love is Forever, based on an article Everingham had written for Reader’s Digest. Everingham has a cameo role in the movie.

In 1983, Everingham was the contact to Cork Graham for Capt. Kidd Treasure Hunter Richard Knight.

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May 17, 2013 · 1:47 am

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