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National security analyst to present ‘American Espionage’ in Grass Valley

How did the U.S. government get into the international spy game despite the belief that “Gentlemen do not read other gentlemen’s mail?” What happened in Cuba after the Bay of Pigs failure? Why did President Truman disband the wartime OSS in 1945 only to create the CIA and NSA in 1947? And, what effect do these Intel agencies have on our lives today?

Patrick Hatcher, Ph.D., will answer these questions at the Fall Speaker’s Dinner of the University of California’s Gold Country Alumni Association on Thursday. A frequent guest analyst on Bay Area TV news broadcasts, he will present “American Espionage” at the dinner, which will be held at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. Hatcher is an internationally known scholar and specialist on foreign relations and national security matters. Alumni from all UC campuses and their guests are especially invited to attend. Reservations for the dinner are requested by today.

Hatcher will be introduced by Al Schafer, president of the local UC Alumni chapter. Schafer says that the historian is uniquely qualified to speak on this country’s spying efforts.



The scholar held the rank of Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army and specialized in military intelligence. He retired from the army as a two-time recipient of the Legion of Merit, the nation’s highest non-combat award, given by the U.S. Defense Department. Hatcher received his PhD at Cal and taught history and political science at Berkeley and at UC Davis, St. Mary’s, USF, and Golden Gate universities. He is also a popular tour leader and lecturer on overseas and domestic travel programs.

Hatcher will provide insight into the historical ironies of how today’s Intel Community evolved, beginning shortly after World War II started. President Roosevelt had to mount a campaign to convince Secretary of War Henry Stimson that his rule against opening a gentleman’s mail was no longer practical during war time. Another question often asked of Hatcher is why sex causes Anglo-American spy networks to collapse while French networks seem to thrive on it. The answer may not be so obvious.




The Fall Speaker’s Dinner is the first in a series of talks by prominent personalities associated with the Berkeley campus. Advance reservations are required for the event which starts at 6 p.m. at the Holbrooke. For information and reservations, contact Al Schafer at afsarch@sbcglobal.net or Donna Stewart at donnasever@sbcglobal.net.

The Gold Country Cal Alumni Association is composed of Nevada County residents who received their degrees at UC Berkeley. Annual membership is $30 per family, half of which goes to the support of scholarship for county high school graduates going to Cal.


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