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Mr. Parola is a retired Professor of cultural history at Indiana University and University of Michigan-Flint; the Ministry of Defense, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Koç University in Istanbul Turkey.
As a former Naval Air Intelligence officer and a career researcher, Mr. Parola has trained himself to be a keen observer of his surroundings and has acquired a large cultural and social context into which those observations fit.
He is a free lance writer of Business (See Honolulu Star Bulletin, July 28, 2002) and Technical (Hurricane Handbook, Sail Net News, Spring, 2003) articles. His short stories have been published in Voices from the Universe and in Bamboo Ridge Press, 25th Anniversary Edition. And the Spring
Mr. Parola speaks frequently to lodges, clubs and service organizations on a variety of topics.
on Feb. 23, 2012 :
Mr. Parola has written a concise, informative and easy to read guide for preventing hurricane damage to vessels based on his extensive marine experience. The advise proffered in "Hurricane Handbook" is ultimately practical and sound and makes the book an invaluable addition to the library of any boater whose vessel is kept in an area subject to hurricanes. A must for serious sailors!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on March 09, 2011 :
A short, pithy and relevant discussion of one east-coast USA sailor’s approach to hurricane preparation. It is well written and interesting to read. Gene nicely relates the ambiguities of preparations for a storm/hurricane that may not hit your boat in your marina. It has excellent recommendations for what one should do. But as the author indicates, most sail (and power) boat owners do not go to the trouble he recommends, and in case their location is hit by a major hurricane, often lose their boats. I highly recommend this guide to all boat owners that keep their boats in areas that can be hit by hurricanes.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
William Wayne Dicksion
on Feb. 14, 2011 :
This is also a MUST READ for all who own boats. Interesting advice Gene Parola gives that is certainly worth heeding. Hopefully, you won't need to experience this problem, but better be prepared just in case.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)