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Dec 5, 2018

The Man Who Wore Khaki

Well-known Belizean historian Lita Hunter Krohn has chronicled, as well as taught the history of the Jewel for many years.  Her work as a student and scholar in the study of past events has taken her to many places.  Krohn’s most recent publication is a reflection on her late father’s work as a former politician, including his many contributions to the cooperative movement in the country.  The Man Who Wore Khaki is an in-depth look at the life of Alexander ‘Sandy’ Hunter. Hunter is a former Minister of Trade and Industry, who retired from electoral politics in the seventies after representing the Fort George Division. Krohn describes him as an unsung hero.

 

Lita Hunter Krohn

Lita Hunter Krohn, Author

“This was never planned.  I was going through photographs after my father died, after my mother died and was sorting them out and in those days people took pictures and there were lots of photo albums and so I just had to do something with this and I thought let me just make a quick little book and captions and that will be it.  But as I got into it, it couldn’t be like that.  You can’t do a story just like that, you have to have the background and you know, because of my history I had to put in the history and put everything in context and I always have my little agendas too and that’s in the book.  And I think my father was what they call an unsung hero in his own way.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“The direct content of the book is a historical perspective on Belize through either your father’s eyes or your eyes using his work?”

 

Lita Hunter Krohn

“It’s a combination because I try to hook us; you know you always have to have like a hook to do something.  So the hook, I think, was him and then the background was that I needed to put it in context.”

 

Reporter

“What are some of the notable accomplishments that your father did that was chronicled in this particular publication?”

 

Lita Hunter Krohn

“Number one, that I remember, he was the first Minister of Tourism with a financial budget of two hundred dollars in 1961.  It went up a little bit to fifteen hundred dollars a few years later.  Those steps that you see at St. Herman’s were built during his time.”

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