About the Authors

Horace Dade Ashton Horace Dade Ashton (1883–1976) was a pioneering news photographer, cinematographer, explorer, writer, lecturer, scientist, botanist, diplomat, and artist, who recorded stories from his life when he was eighty-six years old. These stories form the basis of this book and were documented in articles discovered in family scrapbooks after his death.

Horace Ashton’s photographs appear in the Smithsonian Institution, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and other photography galleries and museums.

Marc AshtonMarc Ashton was born in Washington, D.C. and arrived in Haiti as an infant, when his father, Horace Dade Ashton, became cultural attaché to the U.S. Embassy. Marc remained in Haiti most of his life, marrying, starting a family, founding numerous businesses, employing thousands of people, and treating all he knew with respect. He remained on his beloved island until the day after he was kidnapped and held for ransom by four armed thugs. Marc retired to Boca Raton, Florida, where he is active in the community and serves as president of his homeowners’ association.
Libby J. AtwaterLibby J. Atwater has profiled individuals in entertainment, law, business, public service, medicine, education, and philanthropy while writing for nonprofits, educational institutions, magazines, and community newspapers for more than twenty-five years. She has assisted others with their life stories for the past nineteen years. Stories from her life appear in several anthologies, and her award-winning memoir, What Lies Within, debuted in 2013.