Walt F.J. Goodridge is a Columbia University graduate (B.S. Civil engineering) who walked away from his career to pursue his passion. Now known as "the Passion Prophet," he is author of over two dozen books--including
Turn Your Passion into Profit
--more than 300 articles and over 500 "life rhymes!"
He writes several newsletters and blogs
including the popular "Jamaican in China" nomadpreneur travel blog
and manages over 120 domains and associated social media pages (FaceBook, Youtube, etc.)
Walt escaped from America to live a nomadpreneur's dream life on Saipan!
Since arriving, he has embarked on several projects to make a difference and to help improve the quality of life on the island.
Since relocating here, he has:
► conducted several "Turn Your Passion into Profit" workshops
► launched the "We Love Saipan" website/blogger movement
► started a Food Co-op/Buyer's Group
► written over 300 empowerment articles for the Saipan Tribune and Marianas Variety newspapers in the weekly Saipanpreneur Column
► conducted numerous writer workshops for aspiring authors. View www.saipanwriters.com
► conducted similar workshops on the neighboring islands of Tinian and Guam for the Chamber of Commerce, US Navy
► given tours of the islands to visitors interested in the history and culture: http://www.discoversaipan.com Video of tours
► been interviewed by authors writing books on this US territory (See The Not Quite States of America
by Doug Mack)
► been featured as an expert in the documentary, "American's Forgotten Colonies"
(72,000 views as of this writing)
► written and self-published several books about Saipan including
● Jamaican on Saipan
● Saipan Living
● Doing Business on Saipan
● Saipan Now
● There's Something About Saipan
● Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan
, which remains the only first-hand account of factory life on Saipan and was used as a textbook in several "Textile Industry" and "Women's Studies" university courses in mainland US, and portions of which were excerpted in a French textbook on "The American Dream"
● From Bugle Boy to Battleship
● Drinking Seawater
● The Amelia Earhart on Saipan tour supplement
► launched a Change.org campaign
to encourage Crayola Crayons to name their new blue color "Saipan Blue" in tribute to the amazingly blue waters that surround the island
► launched a successful GoFundMe campaign
to help certain victims and survivors of the category 5 super typhoon YUTU,
► been recognized by American Memorial Park (National Park Service) for efforts to increase visitorship through tours
http://www.saipantribune.com January 11, 2018 See: Photo in Marianas Variety newspaper
► started health groups
and staged screenings of health documentaries in order to raise the health consciousness on island
► ...AND been recognized by the CNMI Legislature's Resolution 15-54
for his contributions to CNMI society:
Here is an overview of the product series, passion projects and branded properties through which he
achieves that mission:[Download
"...the newest, most current, all-photo travel guide & souvenir book about Saipan as it exists in modern times!"
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Yes, there's something about Saipan that endears it to visitors and residents alike. But what is it exactly? Is it the weather? Is it the unique history? Is it the warm, welcoming indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian people? Is it the unique mix of guest workers and expats from all over the world? Is it the unique, possibly magical. energetically enhanced proximity to the Marianas Trench, a combination of all these or something as yet unidentified?
It's been known for over 70 years that Saipan figures prominently in Amelia Earhart's fate. Check out this
keepsake from my
Saipan in a Day-Amelia Earhart tour! Read More!
Note: You'll be able to purchase copies of these and other books
once you take my tour! (Or, order on Amazon, bring it with you, and
I'll scribble my name on it!) Take a look below at some other Saipan-themed items
you can order online:
a typhoon Soudelor memoir
On the night of Sunday, August 2, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Though officially recorded as a "Category 5-equivalent super typhoon," speculation continues that Soudelor's winds far exceeded this category. Cars and even trucks were overturned, and it was later discovered that the wind speed recording equipment was destroyed during the storm; the highest speed recorded before the failure was 180 miles per hour. At the time, it was the most powerful storm to make landfall...ever...anywhere that year.
The eye of a storm is a roughly circular region of mostly calm weather, typically 30-65 km (20-40 miles) in diameter, located at the center of strong tropical cyclones. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather occurs. Soudelor's core (the eye and eyewall) was smaller than the island. That's why the devastation on Saipan was so intense, and why the neighboring island of Tinian, only two miles away, was virtually untouched by the storm.
Riza Ramos, her husband Ferdinand, and two children survived the devastation of that typhoon at point during which they were actually outside and unsheltered. Drinking Seawater
is that story. However there is more...
Read more at www.rizaramosbooks.com
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From Bugle Boy to Battleship
a Battle of Saipan and Battle of Guam Veteran's Memoir
Born in California on December 28th, 1923, Lloyd Glick was a naive
18-year-old boy watching a movie at a theater in downtown Berkeley on Dec 7
1941, when they stopped the movie to announce Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Four months later, with his parents' signed permission,
he joined the United States Navy. That decision would ultimately land him the position of
Musician Second Class aboard the USS North Carolina
as a member of the ship's band while it participated in the bombings of Saipan,
Guam, Palau, Pohnpei, and battles throughout World War II's pivotal Pacific Campaign.
Bugle Boy to Battleship is Lloyd's fascinating account of his two
years at sea, as well as his return to visit the
island of Saipan 70 years later.
Bugle Boy to Battleship
includes the actual emails
that also tell the story of the unique relationship between Lloyd and his "tour guide"
--an author living on Saipan--who became inspired by their
correspondence to help Lloyd document his story for this and future
Read more at www.bestofsaipan.com
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Tshirts, mugs and more!
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The Battle of Saipan marked a turning point in World War II. After the US capture of the island from the Japanese army and subsequent capture of Tinian, the US was able to launch B-29 bombers to attack Japan. Eventually, the Enola Gay took off from Tinian's runway Able, dropped a bomb on Hiroshima, which brought about Japan's surrender four days later. Many war buffs and tourists who visit Saipan wish to take away some memento of their unique war tour. This iconic photo of the landing on Red Beach adorns items frequently used at home and in the office.
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Notebook, blank journal, mug, clock, tote bag, stuido pouch, drawstring bag and more!
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Order your Saipan-themed t-shirt, tote-bag, ipad case, laptop skin, phone case, mug, pillow, school notebook, journal, clock and other apparel including tanktops and miniskirts! View the full selction of 52 different products to choose from!
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You know what they say! "Once you go blue..." Get the new
Saipan Blue tshirt! plus $6shipping! View now
Find out more about the Saipan Blue Project
Get the new NMI Coin tshirt! plus shipping!View now
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