An elderly couple smile, his arm around her shoulders, view of a backyard and blue house behind them.

Missing the Humor and the Smells

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By Eileen LeValley

Meet John Chisholm. John immigrated to the United States from Shrewsbury, England, in 1979. He was an officer in the army and studied at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. John was in boarding school from 8 to 18 years old. He speaks five different languages: Pigeon, French, Spanish, Arabic, and English. John currently lives in Clawson, Michigan.

In a recent audio interview (transcript available), John spoke about his immigration to Michigan from the United Kingdom in the late 1970s.

“Every two or three months I would have to go back to the UK and then come in [to the U.S.] again. And then back again, and then come in again.

Three side-by-side photos of (left) a man in military outfit, posing on street with Asian signs, in black-and-white; a woman with a man in a Scottish kilt and pipies (middle); and three men in travel outfits, goggles, scarves, and helmets on their heads (in sepia). Photo credit: John Chisholm
Photos from John and Jill Chisholm’s personal collection – (left) in the Royal Military Army, circa late 1960s; (center) Jill with a friend in Scotland, circa 1980s; (right) John and two friends in England during a cross-country road trip, circa late 1960s-early 1970s. Photo credit: John Chisholm

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