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The memoir of Gino Narboni, as told to Charlotte Narboni
WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE . . .

About Gino Narboni

  • Born in Algeria, French North Africa
  • Member, General de Gaulle’s Free French Forces
  • U.S. pilot trainee/graduate (Class of ‘45C)
  • Overseas Volunteer (MACHAL) Pilot for Israel, War of Independence
  • Captain, Israeli Air Force
  • Pilot, El Al Airlines
  • Graduate, University of Paris Medical School
  • Flight Surgeon, USAF
  • Medical oncologist, San Antonio, Texas

When I Grow Up I Want To Be . . .

The Memoir of Gino Narboni, as told to Charlotte Narboni

The year 2013 started with a bang for Gino and Charlotte Narboni.

One morning in early January, they were aboard the Seabourn Quest enjoying breakfast in a perfect setting. The Caribbean sun, the warm weather created the proper backdrop for casual conversation with the couple at the next table.  

That may not seem remarkable, but the informal conversation with their neighbors had a profound effect on Gino, Charlotte, and their two daughters Nicole and Cecile Narboni.

This breakfast chat aboard ship led Charlotte to finally acknowledge that it was time to tell the story of Gino’s remarkable life.

WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE . . . became the inspiration and cornerstone of Gino’s 90th birthday celebration in November 2013.

Turn these virtual pages to learn more about the book, how it came to life as well as the stories that continue even now to pop up about Gino and his journey.

Gino Narboni

  • Born in Algeria, French North Africa
  • Member, General de Gaulle’s Free French Forces
  • U.S. pilot trainee/graduate (Class of ‘45C)
  • Overseas Volunteer (MACHAL) Pilot for Israel, War of Independence
  • Captain, Israeli Air Force
  • Pilot, El Al Airlines
  • Graduate, University of Paris Medical School
  • Flight Surgeon, USAF
  • Medical oncologist, San Antonio, Texas

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About the Author

Charlotte Narboni, who has been married to Gino Narboni for more than 50 years has heard the stories of his adventures countless times . . . so many times that, in recent years, it’s Charlotte who takes over when Gino is asked about his unusual background and history.

Finally, after telling the story of Gino’s adventures so often, and after hearing the phrase “You should write a book . . . ” for the umpteenth time, Charlotte and Gino decided to do just that.

With the approach of his 90th birthday in November 2013, the first edition of WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE . . . was published.

Charlotte Narboni, a former registered nurse, has traveled the world with her husband and two children, Nicole and Cecile Narboni. Her answer to the question, “What do you do?” is always the same. “I do something different every decade.” Charlotte has taught French cooking classes, written weekly newspaper columns on food and travel, and worked as a fundraiser and event planner for Texas Public Radio. For many years, she served on non-profit boards, including The University of Texas, College of Fine Arts Advisory Council, Texas Public Radio, The Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, as well as the San Antonio Arts and Cultural Affairs Committee This is her first full-length book.

Bernard Edinger, Former foreign and defense correspondent for Reuters news agency 1969-2001

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