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The author, Marina Giurescu, MD was born on March 16, 1962 and grew up in Bucharest, Romania. Following graduation from high school in 1980 with a bachelor in science (dual degree chemistry and biology) she was admitted to the Faculty of Medicine of Bucharest. After four years of studies (out of a six year program) she defected in 1984 and was granted political asylum in the USA.

She re-did her medical education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York between 1988-1992, followed by an internship in pathology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, a residency in radiology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, and a one year fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York.

Welcome Michael Murphy the author of Goodbye Emily:Three baby boomers relive their 1969 trip to Woodstock. One final roadtrip. One last chance to say Goodbye Emily.They met at Woodstock, and the love lasted a lifetime. Then she was gone, and so was his college teaching job. Heartbroken but determined, he calls on his two best friends to help him return to the place it all began.The professor and his Woodstock buddy need the third tripper from back in the day, now in a nursing home with early stage Alzheimer’s. When the home refuses to allow their friend to come along, the professor and the vet bust him out, attracting the attention of the cops and the media, fascinating the public. 

The roadtrip turns into a flight from “the man” and not even the professor’s defense attorney daughter can help. In a psychedelic van, the trio dodges cops and prosecutors. Against all odds, they close in on their destination, where thousands of supporters and cops await them.


I am your host: Fran Lewis: reviewer, educator, reading specialist, writing staff developer, interviewer and author. My producer:  Multi-talented author Bethany Cross and multi-talented author Kenneth Weene