Sanford Holst, early days and career bio


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Sanford Holst

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November 4, 1946 Batavia, New York to Catherine Loggie Holst, a high school teacher, and William Holst, a U.S. Army officer.

Sanford Holst in the Early Years

Growing up as an "Army brat" meant home moved from New York to Maryland, Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Arizona, California, Germany and Japan during those years.  Even when going to college in Boston, it seemed natural to travel to San Francisco for a summer job, which is where I was during the Summer of Love in 1967. It was a time of playing music, surfing, uninhibited sex and smoking marijuana -- but I wasn't particularly good at any of those so I had to look for a Plan B.  A year later, I graduated from MIT and moved to Los Angeles. Getting a master's degree in the history of business at UCLA stirred up some new ideas. That's how the magazine got started.

The Troubadour in 1971This magazine was all about things of interest to young people in Los Angeles, and became known as the Taurus, since it was born under that sign. That quickly led to free passes to review bands at the Troubadour and Whisky a Go Go, where artists like James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and the Doors were "discovered" early in their careers. Since I was publishing lots of reviews, we were inundated with free albums, movie previews, free dinners, and tickets to performances like Godspell at the Aquarius Theater. A magical time. Then the competition got really tough, and we were bought out by a larger publisher. So it was time to move on to the next project.

Sanford Holst in Recent Years

After sowing some wild oats earlier, I got into international consulting which turned out to be more fun than it sounds. Taking good care of my personal investments, I managed to take early retirement at age 56. Though few people would recognize this as retirement. 

An avid reader and collector of history books since younger years, I had already written a few books on interesting discoveries from around the world involving health and social issues. Now I jumped into it full time. Traveling all over the Mediterranean, I finished my book on the secretive Phoenicians, those ancient sea-traders who helped build Solomon's Temple. 

After I traveled to London and presented a research paper at Queen Mary College, I became a member of the Royal Historical Society. To add some fun to the trip, I spent a few weeks visiting my long-ago family roots in Scotland and Ireland.  Ate a haggis and survived!  Didn't have the legs to wear a kilt though. 

But before long I was back in the Mediterranean again, this time exploring Athens and Greece with the hope of understanding better the remarkable people who gave birth to their Golden Age so many years ago. I walked a few miles in the sandals of Socrates, Pericles and others, with the result being Ancient Athens: Five Intriguing Lives, published in October 2016.

Sanford Holst in Sidon, Lebanon

Sanford Holst in Sidon, Lebanon

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