About the Author
Joseph C. Abdo, who prefers to be called Joe, is an American who has been living in Portugal since 1984. After a long career in health care planning and administration in California, he took a mid-life break and became an apprentice in a Portuguese ceramic tile painting factory. Although his original intent was to stay 6 months, he found the country, its people and the lifestyle to his liking and found a job teaching English as a foreign language to enable him to stay a while longer. This has turned out to be a long while and led to involvement in a variety of activities. While teaching English in the Portuguese School of Tourism he developed a great interest in the history and culture of Portugal and soon put it to use as a regular contributor to several magazines in Portugal and abroad, having more than 80 articles to his credit. His interest in writing evolved from articles to books after noting that the century-old electric trams in Lisbon attracted many tourists. As a result he wrote “Tram Tours of Lisbon”, which described the places of interest along the tram routes. Joe formed a company and provide the walking tours directly with a specialty in historical and literary tours in Lisbon for secondary schools streets, as well as tourists. During a vacation to the Azores, Joe came across a reference to the Dabney family from Boston on the island of Faia that provided three generations of American Consuls to the Azores in the 19th century and he told the story of this important but unknown American family in the book “On the Edge of History”. Joe Abdo also published “The Quiet Radical,” the biography of Samuel Longfellow, youngest brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was influential in the radical social and religious movements of the 19th century. Joe recently published the story of Portuguese Jesuit Padre Antonio de Andrade, first European to cross the Himalayas to the Kingdom of Guge in western Tibet where he established a mission. The title of the recently published book is "The Christian Discovery of Tibet". He also performed in more than 20 plays with the English-language theater group in Lisbon and acted in several films, musicals and plays for foreign companies in Lisbon. Joe’s background in health care in California was discovered and he was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the British Hospital in Lisbon and later became its CEO. Joe has now retired and travels between Lisbon and Hollywood, where he has been in a few films.