When Rufus McGaugh informed me that he was publishing his final book about his worldwide travels, I couldn’t believe it. Over the course of six years, I have chatted with him about each of his four installments.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Rufus speak as a guest speaker in your school or running into him in the community, you are missing out and I urge you to buy his latest book, Travels, Treasures, and Tales of a Nomad. His stories, infused with such humor and insight into the nitty gritty of getting from Point A to Point B (and C and D…), can belong only to someone who has traveled to every country in the world.
One of the smoother ordeals was the time he credited his “Irish gift for gab” with getting him into Libya. He literally talked and talked and talked until the border agents let him exit the airport.
A Detroit Free Press article was titled ‘McGaugh Turns His Classroom into a Real Trip’ and that is how a conversation with Rufus goes. His book reads the same.
He holds no punches, poking fun at world leaders and past presidents.
When asked the ubiquitous question, “what is your favorite place you’ve visited?,” Rufus always has the same answer — the Russian town where he and Monica adopted their first son. They would later adopt a second boy.
As I prepare for the new year — can you believe it is 2024? — I won’t make a resolution. I will, however, be more conscious about adding certain qualities to my daily life, starting with a more Rufus-like sense of humor.
I hope you have a very happy New Year!