Izmir’s Agora

Welcome/Hoş geldin!

1961-1962 Stories and Photos From

Turkey, Including Izmir’s Agora and

Turkey’s Jupiter Missiles

By George L. Smith

I was fortunate as a young lad right out of high school in 1961 to be able to travel with my family to

Izmir (formerly known as "Smyrna"), Turkey. My dad was serving at the time with the United States

Army, and was assigned as a member of TUSLOG to serve in Izmir. His offices were located right along

the picturesque waterfront.

Shortly after our arrival in Izmir, I was also fortunate enough to have been able to land a job with

Chrysler Corporation's Missile Division, working out of Çigli AFB several miles down the road from

Izmir, with their Installation and Checkout Team #2. Our job, a NATO effort, was to install Jupiter

missile sites around the mountains of Turkey as a protective measure during those cold war years

against Russia and her allies.

Our family rented an apartment in a brand new building located in a suburb of Izmir known as

"Guzelyali," located on the street named Mithatpaşa. Our apartment address was Mithatpaşa Caddesi,

Izmir, # 1164. I believe we were the first family to occupy this apartment! I found it very fortunate that

we lived "on the economy" rather than in Army-provided living quarters as I was therefore able to

meet and befriend numerous Turkish people during my visit there. Looking back, I remember this

experience with great fondness. The many and kind Turkish people I met were a treasure. Historically,

you couldn't ask to be living in a more interesting place.

I was keenly interested in photography as a youngster, as I still am. Gainfully employed at this early

age, I purchased my first 35mm camera, an Argus C3 Match-Matic, to record some of my experiences

while living in Turkey. This page forms a beginning of many of these photos to come. I want to thank

the proprietor of Mithatpasa Photograph Studio, Mithat Cirit, for teaching me a few things about

photography. His studio was located on the main level of our apartment building. I would also like to

thank one of Mithat's friends, Zafer Karamete, whom I met at Mithat's studio one day and who was

kind enough to take me on a tour of some of Izmir's oldest ruins including the Agora, the Kadifekale,

and the great Bazaar of Izmir. I was fortunate to have such friends while living in Turkey who took the

time to educate this young American living amongst them. My knowledge and understanding of Izmir,

the Turkish people, and Turkey itself were so enhanced as a result of these friendships.

I started with my photography efforts using Kodachrome slides almost exclusively, and it is from these

slides, some of them having deteriorated somewhat with time, that I've scanned and extracted these

photos. I've recovered the images as best I can. I also have many black and white photos that I'll be

posting soon. Please enjoy!

If anyone has any photos of Çigli AFB taken around the early 1960 timeframe, please get in touch! I

personally don't have any to post or share, and I've been contacted by a visitor who lived on Çigli AFB

during that time. Unfortunately, he lost all of his photos. I'd like to post collections of these photos for

his benefit as well as others who may have lived on Çigli AFB. Send info to me at:

glsmith@hlswilliwaw.com. Thanks!

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Welcome/Hoş geldin!

1961-1962 Stories and Photos

From Turkey, Including Izmir’s

Agora and Turkey’s Jupiter

Missiles Turkish Translation

By George L. Smith

I was fortunate as a young lad right out of

high school in 1961 to be able to travel with

my family to Izmir (formerly known as

"Smyrna"), Turkey. My dad was serving at the

time with the United States Army, and was

assigned as a member of TUSLOG to serve in

Izmir. His offices were located right along the

picturesque waterfront.

Shortly after our arrival in Izmir, I was also

fortunate enough to have been able to land a

job with Chrysler Corporation's Missile

Division, working out of Çigli AFB several miles

down the road from Izmir, with their

Installation and Checkout Team #2. Our job, a

NATO effort, was to install Jupiter missile sites

around the mountains of Turkey as a

protective measure during those cold war

years against Russia and her allies.

Our family rented an apartment in a brand

new building located in a suburb of Izmir

known as "Guzelyali," located on the street

named Mithatpaşa. Our apartment address

was Mithatpaşa Caddesi, Izmir, # 1164. I

believe we were the first family to occupy this

apartment! I found it very fortunate that we

lived "on the economy" rather than in Army-

provided living quarters as I was therefore

able to meet and befriend numerous Turkish

people during my visit there. Looking back, I

remember this experience with great

fondness. The many and kind Turkish people I

met were a treasure. Historically, you couldn't

ask to be living in a more interesting place.

I was keenly interested in photography as a

youngster, as I still am. Gainfully employed at

this early age, I purchased my first 35mm

camera, an Argus C3 Match-Matic, to record

some of my experiences while living in Turkey.

This page forms a beginning of many of these

photos to come. I want to thank the

proprietor of Mithatpasa Photograph Studio,

Mithat Cirit, for teaching me a few things

about photography. His studio was located on

the main level of our apartment building. I

would also like to thank one of Mithat's

friends, Zafer Karamete, whom I met at

Mithat's studio one day and who was kind

enough to take me on a tour of some of

Izmir's oldest ruins including the Agora, the

Kadifekale, and the great Bazaar of Izmir. I

was fortunate to have such friends while

living in Turkey who took the time to educate

this young American living amongst them. My

knowledge and understanding of Izmir, the

Turkish people, and Turkey itself were so

enhanced as a result of these friendships.

I started with my photography efforts using

Kodachrome slides almost exclusively, and it

is from these slides, some of them having

deteriorated somewhat with time, that I've

scanned and extracted these photos. I've

recovered the images as best I can. I also have

many black and white photos that I'll be

posting soon. Please enjoy!

If anyone has any photos of Çigli AFB taken

around the early 1960 timeframe, please get

in touch! I personally don't have any to post or

share, and I've been contacted by a visitor

who lived on Çigli AFB during that time.

Unfortunately, he lost all of his photos. I'd like

to post collections of these photos for his

benefit as well as others who may have lived

on Çigli AFB. Send info to me at:

glsmith@hlswilliwaw.com. Thanks!

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