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Dr. Freedman,

I would like to thank you for the finest, most content-filled, 

and most cogently presented series of lectures

that I have ever experienced during many years of travel. 

Thank you very very much for adding so much additional dimension 

to what was already a truly memorable experience. 

Sincerely,

Michael McGrael

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Thank you so much for making our voyage such a rewarding and enriching experience.  

I can see by this website that you have almost a cult following,

and both Kay & I were blown away with the information on Asia and the passion of its delivery.  

I will always remember your first lecture and how we on board knew we had hit the jackpot!

Best regards and thank you once again,

Robert & Kay - Wellington, NZ

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Dear Dr. Freedman,

Thank you for the wonderful lecture series! 

You have a natural gift as a travel/historical lecturer 

and I found your splendid presentations most enjoyable.

Safe travels, 

Steven L. Scott

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Dear John,

My husband and I enjoyed your Amazon and Brazil presentations immensely! 

Your engaging lectures and knowledge of history come through in each and every session.

Thanks so much for sharing your passion with us.

-Marijke Merrick

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Dear John,

I'd like to express my wife's and my gratitude for bringing to life our experience of China, 

Korea and Japan aboard Nautica this past March - Well done!

When you think it is time to expose your gift to mass media, I hope you will call on me 

as my experience includes directing television for thirty years.

Yours truly,

Ted May

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Dr. Freedman,

We were honored to have had the gift of your presence, wisdom, insight and knowledge 

during our Silversea Southeast Asia cruise. We hope we may be so honored again in the future.

Sincerely,

Chuck & Margit Squire

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Re:  Dr. John Freedman -

His presentations on the Marina in South America were 

incomparably thorough and NEVER BORING!!

-Marsha Dupre

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Hello John.

I would like to thank you for the incredibly enlightening lectures 

that you so enthusiastically presented on the Oceania South American cruise. 

Your talks and the information you presented made this cruise exceptional!

We hope to schedule another cruise when you will be speaking 

so please send your schedule!

Thank you again,

Eva Incaudo 

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Dear Dr. Freedman,

I cannot begin to thank you enough for the WONDERFUL lectures you gave us.

Thank you for your generosity in giving us such high quality lectures!

Sincerely,

Noel Testa

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Dear John,

Your lectures are AMAZING!!

Thank you,

Nancy Elliott

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John,

You have certainly made this trip through the Amazon so interesting!

Sincerely,

Rick & Maggie Williams

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Hello John,

I just want to be sure to say again how MUCH we have enjoyed your talks - 

the highlight of our trip!!!

Thank you for enriching our knowledge and our trip through Asia,

Lilliana Trinchero

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John,
Your fabulous, well-informed lectures were a highlight of the trip indeed!!
Sincerely,
Michael Howard
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Dear Dr. Freedman,
We had an amazing holiday on the Mythical Asia cruise and we found all your lectures 
most interesting, illuminating, informative, and enjoyable. 
With best wishes and many thanks,
Andrew Gale
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Extensive experience in Asia, Africa,
Latin America and Oceania

Bravo John! 

Your lectures have each been a tour de force 

and so much appreciated by Charles and me.

Thank You!

Alison Skene

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Dear Dr. John,

Bill & I so enjoyed meeting you and Tina on the Orion cruise to Japan. 

Your insights on the history, culture, and society of the country made the trip that much more memorable.  I'm so glad you were there to share your vast knowledge with us! 

Many thanks, and we hope to travel with you again,

- Cherie Hart

Los Angeles, CA

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John,

Your knowledge is remarkable and your talks are wonderfully illuminating!

Thanks,

Gerald Izenberg

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Dear Dr. Freedman,

I had the good fortune of attending your lecture on Buddhism on the Silverseas ship.

I want to again express my gratitude and share that your lecture was most meaningful -

and life-changing for me.

With all best regards,

Betti Lidsky  

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National Geographic Expert Dr. John Freedman 

gave a lively and expertly illustrated presentation on the "Mighty Mother Mekong."

He noted that even Saigon and Siem Reap, seemingly far from the mainstream of the river, 

were very dependent on its "hydrologic hegemony." 

With his characteristic combination of depth, erudition and wit, informed by assiduous research, 

John took his audience on an illuminating journey portraying life along the Mekong. 

- D. Gordon Longmuir

Former Canadian Ambassador to Cambodia 


Dear Dr. John,

Bill & I so enjoyed meeting you and Tina on the Orion cruise to Japan. 

Your insights on the history, culture, and society of the country made the trip that much more memorable.  I'm so glad you were there to share your vast knowledge with us! 

Many thanks, and we hope to travel with you again,

- Cherie Hart

Los Angeles, CA

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Bravo John! 

Your lectures have each been a tour de force and so much appreciated by Charles and me.

Thank You!

Alison Skene

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John,

Your knowledge is remarkable and your talks are wonderfully illuminating!

Thanks,

Gerald Izenberg

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Dear Dr. Freedman,

I had the good fortune of attending your lecture on Buddhism on the Silverseas ship.

I want to again express my gratitude and share that your lecture was most meaningful and 

life-changing for me  --

With all best regards,

Betti Lidsky 

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National Geographic Expert Dr. John Freedman gave a lively and expertly illustrated presentation 

on the "Mighty Mother Mekong."

He noted that even Saigon and Siem Reap, seemingly far from the mainstream of the river, 

were very dependent on its "hydrologic hegemony." 

With his characteristic combination of depth, erudition and wit, informed by assiduous research, 

John took his audience on an illuminating journey portraying life along the Mekong. 

- D. Gordon Longmuir

Former Canadian Ambassador to Cambodia 

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Dear John,

I am so enjoying your lectures on board Silver Shadow. 

Whilst I have a basic understanding of Chinese and Japanese history, your lecture

on South Korea today was a real eye-opener for me. Thank you.

Peter Elliston

Middlesex, England

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John and Tina made the tour! It was a joy watching them work together.

-Edward Kinney,
El Cerrito, CA
National Geographic Expeditions

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Dr. John,

Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge and your love of Asia with us. 

It made the trip so enjoyable!

Sincerely,

Susan & Chris Lockwood

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Last night I re-read the handouts that you provided on the Jahan as we floated down the Mekong,

 and I was reminded of how useful your lectures were. 

Thanks for helping to make our trip such a learning adventure! 

Carol & Wes Carson

Durham, NC

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Dear John,

I thought your presentations were terrific and 

a model of what effective presentations should be like.

Thanks,

George Vogt

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THANK YOU for the most interesting set of presentations we ever had the privilege of attending 

on a ship. You made our cruise!

Thanks again,

Gary & Lois Wilson

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Greetings Dr. Freedman,

Many thanks for your lectures which have been marked by their dry humor and love of words as well as their deep knowledge. I was particularly taken by the "Seven Wonders of the World" lecture. 

Many thanks,

Michael, Suite 611

Dear Dr. John,

Bill & I so enjoyed meeting you and Tina on the Orion cruise to Japan. 

Your insights on the history, culture, and society of the country made the trip that much more memorable.  I'm so glad you were there to share your vast knowledge with us! 

Many thanks, and we hope to travel with you again,

- Cherie Hart

Los Angeles, CA

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Bravo John! 

Your lectures have each been a tour de force and so much appreciated by Charles and me.

Thank You!

Alison Skene

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John,

Your knowledge is remarkable and your talks are wonderfully illuminating!

Thanks,

Gerald Izenberg

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Dear Dr. Freedman,

I had the good fortune of attending your lecture on Buddhism on the Silverseas ship.

I want to again express my gratitude and share that your lecture was most meaningful and 

life-changing for me  --

With all best regards,

Betti Lidsky 

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National Geographic Expert Dr. John Freedman gave a lively and expertly illustrated presentation 

on the "Mighty Mother Mekong."

He noted that even Saigon and Siem Reap, seemingly far from the mainstream of the river, 

were very dependent on its "hydrologic hegemony." 

With his characteristic combination of depth, erudition and wit, informed by assiduous research, 

John took his audience on an illuminating journey portraying life along the Mekong. 

- D. Gordon Longmuir

Former Canadian Ambassador to Cambodia 

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Dear John,

I am so enjoying your lectures on board Silver Shadow. 

Whilst I have a basic understanding of Chinese and Japanese history, your lecture

on South Korea today was a real eye-opener for me. Thank you.

Peter Elliston

Middlesex, England

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John and Tina made the tour! It was a joy watching them work together.

-Edward Kinney,
El Cerrito, CA
National Geographic Expeditions

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Dr. John,

Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge and your love of Asia with us. 

It made the trip so enjoyable!

Sincerely,

Susan & Chris Lockwood

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Last night I re-read the handouts that you provided on the Jahan as we floated down the Mekong,

 and I was reminded of how useful your lectures were. 

Thanks for helping to make our trip such a learning adventure! 

Carol & Wes Carson

Durham, NC

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Dear John,

I thought your presentations were terrific and 

a model of what effective presentations should be like.

Thanks,

George Vogt

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THANK YOU for the most interesting set of presentations we ever had the privilege of attending 

on a ship. You made our cruise!

Thanks again,

Gary & Lois Wilson

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Greetings Dr. Freedman,

Many thanks for your lectures which have been marked by their dry humor and love of words as well as their deep knowledge. I was particularly taken by the "Seven Wonders of the World" lecture. 

Many thanks,

Michael, Suite 611

Dear Dr. John,

Bill & I so enjoyed meeting you and Tina on the Orion cruise to Japan. 

Your insights on the history, culture, and society of the country made the trip that much more memorable.  I'm so glad you were there to share your vast knowledge with us! 

Many thanks, and we hope to travel with you again,

- Cherie Hart

Los Angeles, CA

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Bravo John! 

Your lectures have each been a tour de force and so much appreciated by Charles and me.

Thank You!

Alison Skene

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John,

Your knowledge is remarkable and your talks are wonderfully illuminating!

Thanks,

Gerald Izenberg

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Dr. Freedman,

I had the good fortune of attending your lecture on Buddhism on the Silverseas ship.

I want to again express my gratitude and share that your lecture was most meaningful and 

life-changing for me  --

With all best regards,

Betti Lidsky 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

National Geographic Expert Dr. John Freedman gave a lively and expertly illustrated presentation 

on the "Mighty Mother Mekong."

He noted that even Saigon and Siem Reap, seemingly far from the mainstream of the river, 

were very dependent on its "hydrologic hegemony." 

With his characteristic combination of depth, erudition and wit, informed by assiduous research, 

John took his audience on an illuminating journey portraying life along the Mekong. 

- D. Gordon Longmuir

Former Canadian Ambassador to Cambodia 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear John,

I am so enjoying your lectures on board Silver Shadow. 

Whilst I have a basic understanding of Chinese and Japanese history, your lecture

on South Korea today was a real eye-opener for me. Thank you.

Peter Elliston

Middlesex, England

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John and Tina made the tour! It was a joy watching them work together.

-Edward Kinney,
El Cerrito, CA
National Geographic Expeditions

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Dr. John,

Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge and your love of Asia with us. 

It made the trip so enjoyable!

Sincerely,

Susan & Chris Lockwood

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Last night I re-read the handouts that you provided on the Jahan as we floated down the Mekong,

 and I was reminded of how useful your lectures were. 

Thanks for helping to make our trip such a learning adventure! 

Carol & Wes Carson

Durham, NC

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear John,

I thought your presentations were terrific and 

a model of what effective presentations should be like.

Thanks,

George Vogt

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

THANK YOU for the most interesting set of presentations we ever had the privilege of attending 

on a ship. You made our cruise!

Thanks again,

Gary & Lois Wilson

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Greetings Dr. Freedman,

Many thanks for your lectures which have been marked by their dry humor and love of words as well as their deep knowledge. I was particularly taken by the "Seven Wonders of the World" lecture. 

Many thanks,

Michael, Suite 611

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 Dear John,

I am so enjoying your lectures on board Silver Shadow. 

Whilst I have a basic understanding of Chinese and Japanese history, your lecture

on South Korea today was a real eye-opener for me. Thank you.

Peter Elliston

Middlesex, England

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Re: Smithsonian Lecturer Dr. John Freedman:

What a great asset having John Freedman with us. 

Expert, knowledgeable, passionate, articulate.

John knows his topics and much more. He and his wife, Tina, are social and outgoing 

- they fit in well with our guests. 

John is always prepared at a moment's notice and gave strong lectures to a full house.

-Andrew Heath, Cruise Director - Regent Seven Seas Explorer

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Dr. John,

Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge and your love of Asia with us. 

It made the trip so enjoyable!

Sincerely,

Susan & Chris Lockwood

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 Dear John,

Last night I re-read the handouts that you provided on the Jahan 

as we floated down the Mekong,

 and I was reminded of how useful your lectures were. 

Thanks for helping to make our trip such a learning adventure! 

Carol & Wes Carson

Durham, NC


Dr. Freedman, 

THANK YOU for the most interesting set of presentations 

we ever had the privilege of attending on a ship. 

You made our cruise!

Thanks again,

Gary & Lois Wilson

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 Dr. John, 

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed your lectures -

The trip was a real VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY thanks to you!

Hope to see you on a future cruise,

- Dave and Judy Climenhage

Ontario, Canada

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Hi John,

I have been fascinated by your lectures on Asia over the last two cruise segments. 

Thanks so much for adding immeasurably to my appreciation, enjoyment 

and understanding of the wonderful ports that we have visited!

Best, 

 Jim Cleary

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Dr. Freedman, 

We loved your presentations, and they were the highlight of our trip. 

Thanks again for a great education.

Best regards,

Susan and Michael Beacham




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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip through Vietnam & Cambodia. 

Thank you for enhancing our experience by sharing your vast knowledge 

of the people, history, and culture. 

Carolyn & Rick McFarland

Oakland, CA


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Dr. John Freedman MADE THE DIFFERENCE! 
A very well-informed and interesting speaker  who roused our interest 
and gave a deep insight into the developments of the region. 
First class!!
- Michael Finley

Tip of Malay Penisula
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"You couldn't have chosen a better speaker - 
and such an expert on all our ports and their history. 
No wonder he packed the theater!"
Linda Benatar
South China Sea Explorer,  Bangkok to Beijing

Dear Dr. John,

Thank you so much for your excellent lectures!  

The knowledge you gave us enabled us to get so much more out of the port visits and a much greater understanding of the history, geography, economics, politics and culture of the region - Invaluable. 

Once again thank you  for enhancing our holiday - Much  appreciated,

Rod & Cathy Passingham

Southampton, UK

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John,
We learned more from listening to your lectures than we have from all the guides 
and all the temple visits throughout Asia!
Thank you,
Lynn Bloomfield

Many thanks for your absorbing and superbly delivered talks about the Far East countries that we visited on the Beijing to Singapore voyage. 

Now that we're back home in the UK, following up on the content of these talks 

will provide me with many hours of interest and enjoyment!

Best wishes, 

Barry Werner

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Dear John,

I really enjoyed your Buddhism iconography lecture. 

I always wondered what the different hand positions meant - 

now I can sound so knowledgeable!  

Many thanks!!

-Debbie Modzelewski

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Hello Dr. Freedman,

We found your lectures a great asset to the trip. 

I know you got rave reviews from everyone, and we concur.

Thank you again for being a key part of the cruise experience for us.

-David & Marta Watanabe


Dr. John Freedman's history lectures were a must!  

He brought the material to life! 

- Reva Anderson,

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