Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Cathy Strong, air miles queen, at it again

Maybe we need to put a GPS chip into 1970s BJ State Desk reporter Cathy Strong to keep track of where she is.

This week the journalism lecturer at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand is in San Francisco, which is 6,741 miles from Wellington. Cathy has more air miles than astronauts, for a work conference. She met her sister, Linda Robinson Harbury, and long-time friend Judy Lynn.
Cathy Strong

She spent three years teaching journalism in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, mostly to the daughters of royalty.


She flew to Boston to jump in a hot tub with friend Pam McCarthy, retired North Canton Hoover High teacher, in a reunion that took 35 years to happen. 

She has given journalism seminars in Japan and Taiwan and traveled to Kenya and Tonga, not exactly next door to each other or Wellington.

With sister Linda Harbury
Last August she flew to visit her sister, Janet Mullins, who lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The previous February, Cathy saw daughter Penelope marry international patent attorney John Pint, originally from Minnesota, in New Zealand. In 2005 Cathy's daughter, Rebecca, and husband Dion, were married in Otaki, New Zealand. In 2013 Cathy’s daughter, Amanda, married Jeff Shima near Waiouru, New Zealand.


She also has taught snowboarding down New Zealand mountains. And water-skiied and kayaked. 

Cathy lives about an hour away from Wellington on the Kapiti Coast’s Te Horo Beach. 

She also collects more hardware than Betty Davis, like first prize in the Great Ideas For Teachers competition at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C.

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