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Jacques Tocatlian was a prolific painter who was not bound by any borders, defined by labels, or frightened of critics. He painted in various styles. His work was good enough to win a first prize, yet sometimes went unappreciated.
Jacques Tocatlian was a family man, friend, diplomat, builder, painter, writer, and wannabe cook. Let us remember him for who he was, how he lived his life, touched each and every one of us, and made this world a happier and more beautiful place.
Some visitors come to Tuscany in search of fine arts. Others come to find peace and relaxation. Gourmets descend to enjoy exquisite wines and food. We were seeking a little bit of everything.
The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is creating an Oral History Archival Collection of interviews of Persons who have significantly contributed to the field of Information Science. Jacques Tocatlian was invited to be part of this international collection and was interviewed on September 26, 2012.
The revival of the Library of Alexandria, by the Egyptian government with the assistance of Unesco and the international community, is an attempt to transpose the ancient idea into modern terms and play an educational, cultural and scientific role throughout the region.
“Around The World In Eighty Missions”, by Jacques Tocatlian is available as a PDF download and an book online.
This Book is not an autobiography. It is rather the product of an interaction between imagination, experience, fiction, reminiscence and fantasy. A cocktail mixed in the environment of Unesco – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – and tempered by a sprinkling of light humor.
At my recent farewell party at the Unesco Headquarters, in Paris, the Assistant Director-General had said in his speech, “After thirty years of service, our friend Jacques Dupont is retiring. Lucky man ! He will be free at last. He will rest. He will rediscover the joys of life. He will do exactly what he always dreamt to do. Jacques Dupont will finally be his own master.”
I was in New York on one of my missions to the United Nations to represent Unesco at a meeting. I had been to the UN on several occasions before. In fact, I had established, over the years, a fairly good reputation as a dependable, serious and resourceful international civil servant. But, after what had happened during this last visit, I no longer knew how I stood in the eyes of my colleagues. I was not quite sure whether to laugh or cry.
I remember when I got off the plane I found Heathrow airport crowded. The sky was blue, but everyone had an umbrella. I guess, in England you just do not trust the weather forecast.