Sandy Simon - his story in words and pictures 

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Hi, Everybody!

After three years of extensive research, writing, numerous re-edits, verifying legendary stories, and gathering family photographs (which was like herding cats), I am pleased to announce my new book WHO AM I? An Ancestry Story is finally ready to go to print!

This is very exciting and I want to share my ancestry story with you.

The book is an 80-page, 7x10 inch paperback, including 19 color pages of photographs of many current descendants and families!

If you read this book you will learn:

  • Where did our ancestors come from?
  • Can we trace our four families (Chalhoub, Azar, Zaine, Thomé) to ancient Phoenicia?
  • When did our ancestors become Christians?
  • What did our Christian forbearers have to endure during the Islamic Movement in the 700s?
  • When and how did they first migrate to the Americas and why?
  • Where are they today?
  • Who is ISIS and how does it relate to Salafism?
  • Why is it important that we understand their importance; their threat to our way of life?

You may now preorder your copy at a discounted price of $19 (includes shipping and handling) only available until February 28, 2017.

Please go to sandysimon.com

Include the number of copies and list of names you wish the author’s signature to personalize for your order.

Thank you!

Sandy

Text copied from the back book cover

Inspired by his friend Danny Thomas’s call that “he who does not honor his heritage has no heritage,” Sandy Simon devoted more than three years of extensive research into the ancestry of his parents’ families, immigrants to the United States. It is interesting to note that all his forebears date back to Phoenicia and early Christianity.

Mr. Simon’s maternal families, Thomé and Zaine, lived in Phoenicia then

Damascus, Syria until they sought freedom and opportunity in the Americas. His mother’s maternal family (Thomé) relocated to Brazil in 1910 and her paternal family (Zaine) to the United States in 1905.

Mr. Simon’s paternal families, Chalhoub and Azar, lived in Phoenicia then Douma and Beirut, Lebanon whence his grandfather and father emigrated to South

Florida in 1912 and 1920, respectively.

Today the Simon family is in its fifth generation in Delray Beach, Florida.

As a first generation Lebanese/Syrian American, Sandy Simon aka Alexander Simon Eassa Chalhoub-ThoméZaine-Azar, has lived his life infused with a blending of the contrasting cultures of America and the Middle East. Mr. Simon is a graduate of the School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, and received his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Simon has served on the Board of Governors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and is a member of the American Task Force for Lebanon. He also served for fourteen years as Senior Vice President of the National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA). Mr. Simon, inspired by his parents and interest in his heritage, has often traveled to visit his extended families in Damascus, Beirut, Douma and Sao Paulo, Brazil, learning of their culture, their warmth and their courage. He found that most knowledge of his ancestry came by way of family legends passed on orally since the earliest of times; multiple memorable family stories that were confirmed by various relatives of different bloodlines living in different parts of the world. Indeed, Sandy Simon lovingly honors his heritage and wrote this book to memorialize his ancestry for the benefit of his extended family and for the generations to come.

Inspired by his friend Danny Thomas’s call that “he who does not honor his heritage has no heritage,” Sandy Simon devoted more than three years of extensive research into the ancestry of his parents’ families, immigrants to the United States. It is interesting to note that all his forebears date back to Phoenicia and early Christianity.

Mr. Simon’s maternal families, Thomé and Zaine, lived in Phoenicia then

Damascus, Syria until they sought freedom and opportunity in the Americas. His mother’s maternal family (Thomé) relocated to Brazil in 1910 and her paternal family (Zaine) to the United States in 1905.

Mr. Simon’s paternal families, Chalhoub and Azar, lived in Phoenicia then Douma and Beirut, Lebanon whence his grandfather and father emigrated to South

Florida in 1912 and 1920, respectively.

Today the Simon family is in its fifth generation in Delray Beach, Florida.

As a first generation Lebanese/Syrian American, Sandy Simon aka Alexander Simon Eassa Chalhoub-ThoméZaine-Azar, has lived his life infused with a blending of the contrasting cultures of America and the Middle East. Mr. Simon is a graduate of the School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, and received his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Simon has served on the Board of Governors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and is a member of the American Task Force for Lebanon. He also served for fourteen years as Senior Vice President of the National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA). Mr. Simon, inspired by his parents and interest in his heritage, has often traveled to visit his extended families in Damascus, Beirut, Douma and Sao Paulo, Brazil, learning of their culture, their warmth and their courage. He found that most knowledge of his ancestry came by way of family legends passed on orally since the earliest of times; multiple memorable family stories that were confirmed by various relatives of different bloodlines living in different parts of the world. Indeed, Sandy Simon lovingly honors his heritage and wrote this book to memorialize his ancestry for the benefit of his extended family and for the generations to come.

Sandy Simon has written a wide range of books highlighted below that range from:-


an Autobiographical self-help book - A Stroke of Genius


Three SE Florida history books - 

Remembering - A history of Florida's South Palm Beach County, 

The Amazing Story of Highland Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton

Delray Beach - The Renaissance of the Village by the Sea,

 

Non-fiction book that recounts of a trip taken at the request of then President Jimmy Carter - 

The Camp David Peace Accords  35 years later: No War No Peace 


a Romance Novel in trilogy form 

The Immigrant.

With the volatile situation in Syria and the Middle-East it is useful to be able to read an account of the history of the region at the time of the Camp David Accords brokered by President Carter in 1978.

Sandy Simon's book "The Camp David Accords 35 years later: No War, No Peace" provides such a history told in a personal and entertaining manner.

In December of 1978 Sandy Simon then Senior Vice President and three other leaders of the National Association of Arab Americans traveled to the region at the request of the Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and President Jimmy Carter.

The objective was to consult with leaders heads of state and other highest officials of the eight Arab countries involved counties involved in the region to determine their true attitudes following the signing of the Camp David Accords in September of 1978.

During the fourteen day trip they meet with King Hussein of Jordan; Sheikh Ali Al Sabah of Kuwait; Leaders of Sadam Hussein's Ba'ath Party in Baghdad Iraq; Emir Al Khalifa in Manama Bahrain; Leading Government Officials in Doha Qatar; Prince Turki bin Faisal, bin Abdul Aziz and King Khalid in Riyadhi Saudi Arabia; His Majesty Abdul Halim Khaddom and President Hafez Al Assad - father of today’s President Assad in Damascus Syria; President Elais Sarkis of Lebanon and PLO Chairman Arafat in a night time meeting.  Additionally significant time was spent meeting with the US Ambassadors in each country and many other high ranking national leaders.

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My Latest Book Just Released and now available.

"Everyone it seems, including tourists, visitors and those simply passing through, falls in love with Delray Beach because of its small town culture, its beaches, and its people. Most, whether they stay, buy a home or rent, say the same thing: “I loved this town when I arrived and I hope it always stays the way I found it. Everyone we meet has a sense of community, something rare indeed.”  Sandy Simon.


See also the Testimonials listed below

“With his gift of blending storytelling and history, Sandy has hit another homerun with Renaissance of a Village by the Sea. Well-researched and thoughtfully detailed, this remarkable mosaic our town’s character and the human condition that gave it its soul brings it all back to life.” 

Cary Glickstein - Mayor, Delray Beach, Florida


 “Sandy Simon has such a charming way of providing a very interesting history of our wonderful town.  You feel as if you’re sitting with the author, having a cup of coffee and learning about your family history. Sandy does a remarkable job capturing the exciting early days. It’s a great read.” 

Nancy L. Dockerty, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Delray Beach Public Library


“You will not want to miss Sandy Simon's newest book about his beloved Delray Beach. Sandy's passion for his hometown is reflected throughout. Sandy clearly enjoyed researching and writing each and every chapter to the fullest. Congratulations on another winner, Sandy!”

Nancy S. Merritt, Realtor



WORLD HEART DAY IS IN SEPTEMBER BUT

LOVE YOURSELF,

LOVE YOUR HEART

and for your protection GET A CHECKUP NOW AND AT LEAST ONCE EACH YEAR!   

As a Stroke Survivor, I know how awful a stroke can be as recounted in my new revised book - A STROKE OF GENIUS.

Sandy Simon

A very personal journey, one that starts with a cerebral hemorrhage.  It leads through the paths of paralysis and pain to healing and new insight into the nature of the human condition.  Nothing could be more devastating than a severe stroke. The greatest fear for many of us is that we should survive… and be severely limited in our ability to communicate, move and live independently.  Sandy Simon tells us how he dealt with this experience and developed a much broader range of perceptions and sensitivities as a consequence. 

“This is an account of a very personal journey, a journey that starts with… a cerebral hemorrhage. It leads through paths of paralysis and pain to healing and new insight into the nature of the human condition.  Nothing could be more devastating than a severe stroke. The greatest fear for many of us is that we should survive… and be severely limited in our ability to communicate, move and live independently. Sandy Simon tells us how he dealt with this experience and developed a much broader range of perceptions and sensitivities as a consequence. His story is about the power of courage, humor and the support of other human beings. There are valuable lessons here for each of us.”  


Dr. Peter Doherty - Nobel Laureate,  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, Tennessee


The Immigrant Trilogy. 

Sandy Simon has written this trilogy very much based on his experience and knowledge of the region and of the social and political environment - See his other non-fiction book based on his history making trip to the region at the request of then President Jimmy Carter. The Camp David Peace Accords - 35 years later: No War, No Peace.


THE IMMIGRANT Part 1 

The journey starts - In 1920 Alexander, then 18, migrates from poverty-stricken northern Lebanon to join his father in America.  En route, he falls deeply in love with Madeleine, 16, in Marseilles, France.  He must continue his journey to America but promises with all his heart to return for her.

THE IMMIGRANT Part 2

The journey continues -  The focus is on Madeleine who has had to survive in France during the dangerous 1920's, and the threatening 1930's as the German Underground infiltrates all  parts of French society with spies.  They begin to occupy secret places in its media and government, prompting the reorganization of The French Resistance. During the early 1940's, the Nazis invade and occupy France, threatening the lives of the entire French population. A frightened Madeleine must flee her beloved country with no communication from her beloved Alexander.  In 1962, forty-two years after they met, Alexander, now a widower in America, sets out on a desperate two-year search across Europe for Madeleine, his first love.

SUNRISE OVER BEIRUT

The journey concludes - Titled Sunrise Over Beirut the novel continues the beautiful love story of Alexander and Madeleine.  It also introduces us to the love affair of Francois, a Lebanese banker in Beirut, and Leah, a stunningly beautiful Israeli living in a kibbutz in Tiberias.  The young lovers get caught in the crossfire of the Six Day War.  Politics, religion, Middle East intrigue, secret services, and assassination attempts conspire to keep them apart.  Excitement, drama, and love, promise to treat the reader to a thrilling story of dramatic events, liaisons, and intimacy.  This is a love story you will long remember.


REMEMBERING
"Remembering" is a book specially requested by Florida Atlantic University, to provide historical documentation from a personal viewpoint. Remembering  recounts the modern history of Southeast Florida with particular focus on Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Ft. Lauderdale from 1894 to 1999, when the population of Southeast Florida increased from about 1,000 to more than 4,000,000. Flagler's railroad arrived in Palm Beach in 1894, opening one of the last frontiers of America when the area was mostly swamp, alligators, panthers, Indians, pristine beaches, and wonderful winter seasons.  Land booms, land crashes, pineapples, barefoot mailmen, gun runners to Cuba, circa 1898, and much more is included

"A tale of these cities well-researched, rich in detail and honesty. Mr. Simon's story of South Palm Beach County is all that."
Peggy McCall, Archivist. Boca Raton Historical Society Inc.
The AMAZING STORY of HIGHLAND BEACH, DELRAY BEACH, and BOCA RATON, FL 
This book includes most of Southeast Florida's history dating back 8,000 years.  From the town of Highland Beach, between Boca Raton, and Sandy's hometown of Delray Beach.  This book is rich with personal remembrances.  The Mayor and Councilmen of Highland Beach retained Sandy Simon to document the town's history in recognition of its 50th anniversary and to describe its unique history. Included is the find, in 1980, of an Indian mound on the sand dunes containing more than 160 human skeletons dated by archaeologists to be more than 3000 years old.  This book also includes oral history interviews with long time residents.

"Sandy has done a brilliant job of weaving an entertaining tale with a comprehensive history of South Palm Beach County, in general, and Highland Beach in particular."
Harvey E. Oyer, III, President, Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
DELRAY BEACH 
The Renaissance of a Village by the Sea - My Latest Book 

"Everyone it seems, including tourists, visitors and those simply passing through, falls in love with Delray Beach because of its small town culture, its beaches, and its people. Most, whether they stay, buy a home or rent, say the same thing: “I loved this town when I arrived and I hope it always stays the way I found it. Everyone we meet has a sense of community, something rare indeed.”  Sandy Simon.


See also the Testimonials listed below

“With his gift of blending storytelling and history, Sandy has hit another homerun with Renaissance of a Village by the Sea. Well-researched and thoughtfully detailed, this remarkable mosaic our town’s character and the human condition that gave it its soul brings it all back to life.” 

Cary Glickstein - Mayor, Delray Beach, Florida