Amb. Quinn recounts a boat trip down the Mekong River in late November 1969 with Dick Swanson, a Time-Life photojournalist who had started his career at the Des Moines Register. During this conversation, the reporter posed a question that caused Amb. Quinn to rethink the entire direction of his professional life. It was one of many small conversations throughout his life that would dramatically impact a significant aspect of his career and personal life.