Fort Smith High School
Garland Standrod

After leaving Fort Smith and high school, I attended Tulane University in New Orleans, spending my junior year at Leeds University in England (Sadler Hall), and that year and summer I hitchhiked over most of Europe getting as far as Izmir, Turkey.

After New Orleans, I attended Columbia University and worked for the New York Herald Tribune in New York City where I saw Jennifer Billingsley perform in a play in Greenwich Village. I then served as a yeoman on a U.S. Navy destroyer for two years. My ship sailed the waters of the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, and the Caribbean, and we sailed as far as Madagascar and Reunion Island.

After the Navy, I got a Masters and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland/Union Graduate School in library and information science and then worked for 30 years as a technical information specialist for the U.S. Government in such agencies as the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. I also served as a librarian in Kathmandu, Nepal for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. After the Peace Corps I traveled extensively throughout India, Southeast Asia (including Burma and Thailand), the Philippines, and Japan. I have visited Japan several times as I have several close friends there from my New York days. Now I mainly travel to Fayetteville, where my brother lives, and to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Cape Cod where I have good friends.

I have been a part of the theatre community in Washington, D.C. for some time. I began as an usher and then started writing plays for small theaters, of which there are many here. My plays have been produced in Washington D.C., Virginia, Japan, and off-Broadway in New York City, as well as on FM radio and cable TV.

Now I live quietly in an apartment on Connecticut Avenue and walk each day to a coffee shop where I read and write and smoke my pipe and talk with my friends and watch the world go by. I find difficult to believe I attended high school over fifty years ago; the time went by so fast.

Garland Standrod - 2008