Alastair Borthwick, a Cherished Author, and Journalist

Alastair Borthwick was a renowned and respected author, journalist, and broadcaster. He was born in 1913 in Rutherglen. He spent most of his early days as a child in Ayrshire, a seaside town in Troon. Later, his family relocated to Glasgow. As a teen, Alastair attended Glasgow High School until the age of eighteen.

Immediately after school, Alastair Borthwick joined the Glasgow Evening Herald as a telephone boy, where his primary duties included recording incoming news from field officers. Later on, he was assigned a more involving task with the Glasgow Weekly Herald. Soon, he was promoted to serve as the editor and writer of the Children’s and Women’s Page. He was also placed in charge in charge of Readers’ Letters, Readers’ Queries, and Film Reviews.

It was during his stint at the Glasgow Weekly Herald that Alastair Borthwick became involved with the “Open Air Page,” a weekly edition of the outdoor and adventurous sports edition of the paper. The experience sparked off his love for the breathtaking outdoor scenes of the Glaswegian countryside, which was very conducive for mountaineering and rock climbing.

With an innate flair for writing and storytelling, Borthwick eventually recorded most of the outdoor experiences in a novel, which was first published in 1939. He used his articles for the open air page to write” Always a Little Further,” a story which highlighted the experiences of poor Glaswegians in outdoor activities.

Through the novel, Alastair Borthwick details the blossoming of rock climbing among the unemployed and less privileged youth of Glasgow and Clydebank. The book describes the rise of rock climbing in the 1930’s as a wave of unemployment hit the Clydebank shipyards. Adventurous Glaswegians hitch-hiked North in droves, dossed in caves, and organized themselves into climbing clubs.

Alastair Borthwick was also a patriot. In the wake of the Second World War, He joined the British army against the Germans. In the military, he served in various units, chief among them, the 5th Seaford Highlanders. He traveled with the army through Italy, Sicily, France, Burma, and North Africa. Most of his war experiences ended up in a book, Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945, which was published in 1994.

Alastair Borthwick spent his last five years in Beith in a nursing home, where he died in September 2003.


Michel Terpins

Michel Terpins: The Speed and Passion to Win

Rally car driving is one of the most dangerous and exciting sports in Brazil, and Michel Terpins is one of its most illustrious drivers. A native of Sao Paulo, Michel comes from a sports-oriented family – his brother races cars and their father was a well-known basketball player. His skills and talents have made him internationally famous, and together with his brother Rodrigo, they have demonstrated their racing prowess in a prototype race car outfitted with a V8 engine. Michel actually began his career by racing motorcycles until he switched to racing cars in 2004.

Michel and Rodrigo Terpins have also created the Bull Sertoes Rally Team. The brothers also compete in the Bull Sertoes Rally, a cross-country racing event that covers over 2,000 miles of tough terrain and takes seven days to complete. Well-known for having the most challenging terrain in the world, the event draws rally drivers and fans from all over the world. Terpins has participated in many rallies in Brazil during his career, and his style of combining aggressive determination with a hefty dose of fun has earned him thousands of fans worldwide.

Late last year, Terpins and his navigator Maykel Justo finished the 25th annual Bull Sertoes Rally. Despite having the lead in the first two stages of the race, mechanical problems during the final stage forced them out of first place and they ended up coming in fourth in the prototypes division and finished in 10th place overall. Michel Terpins has four championship titles and well over a decade of rally racing experience under his belt.

Outside of racing, Michel Terpins is a strong advocate for the environment, especially when it comes to deforestation and carbon dioxide emissions. Terpins is committed to compensating for any vehicle emissions by planting new trees in exchange, and works to develop sustainable timber as well as the reforestation of degraded land in Brazil.

Doug Levitt Shares His View of America by Greyhound

Doug Levitt is a singer-songwriter, known for his work,” The Greyhound Diaries.” This a project that took nearly a decade to complete. Doug traveled by Greyhound bus for over 100,000 miles, across the United States. He encountered many different types of people along the way. He gathered stories of people’s lives, pictures, songs and other things from those he traveled with. He says that due to the fact that in this country, people don’t ride the bus if they don’t have to, so most of the people were struggling financially.


Levitt has 20,000 images from his travels. He has produced two records, put together a one-man show, published articles, done photo exhibits and built a web series. He has performed his work at The Kennedy Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Woody Guthrie Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the University of Southern California. The work has been featured on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Billboard and by Reuters.


Prior to undertaking his journey, Levitt worked as a foreign correspondent for ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and other networks. He was based out of London and been to Iran, Rwanda, and Bosnia to cover stories.


Doug Levitt is the son of former Washington, D.C. City Council member Carol Schwartz and her husband David Schwartz. He went to public schools in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He went to Cornell University. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and completed a Master’s Degree in International Relations.