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By: Clyde S. Stephens

Many books and articles about the United Fruit Company (now Chiquita Brands) have been written by authors with an ax to grind. This book is a collection of short stories by BANANA PEOPLE who lived in the Tropics and savored a unique period that is now past history.

Fifteen writers relate their favorite adventures, anecdotes, history, intrigues of the banana business and exciting plantation lifestyles of a bygone era. Contributors had a wide range of tropical experiences and include a former president of the United Fruit Company, vice presidents, engineers, a medical doctor, research scientists, accountants, pilots, professors and others. Clyde Stephens wrote 34 of his own chronicles. This book is a collection of short stories by BANANA PEOPLE who lived in the Tropics and savored a unique period that is now past history. Fifteen writers relate their favorite adventures, anecdotes, history, intrigues of the banana business and exciting plantation lifestyles of a bygone era. Contributors had a wide range of tropical experiences and include a former president of the United Fruit Company, vice presidents, engineers, a medical doctor, research scientists, accountants, pilots, professors and others. The Foreword is by Dr. Roger Swain, tropical scientist, TV host, writer and lecturer.

Clyde S. Stephens was born in 1934 and is a fifth generation Floridian. After graduating from the University of Florida in early 1959, he worked 32 years with the United Fruit Company, now Chiquita Brands International. His positions in banana research and technical services were in Central America and the Dominican Republic. In 1963, he met and married Phyllis Steffen, a banana company school teacher in Honduras. Their children, Linda and Carl, were born in Panama.

Clyde’s career took him to banana producing countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Philippines and Taiwan. After retirement in 1991 to an island in Panama, he became a banana consultant. As a volunteer with Winrock International, Stephens has advised hundreds of small banana farmers in Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Guinea West Africa and Mexico. He gives lectures on banana culture and history of the industry. Clyde and Phyllis live in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and Tavares, Florida.

Author Clyde Stephens
Forward by Dr. Roger Swain
Publication Date 2002
# Pages 333
ISBN-10 0972734023

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