National Geographic : 1988 Sep
1931 By camel, yak, andpony, GEOGRAPHIC journalistshave roamed the world. For MaynardOwen Williams, an unforgetta ble assignment was as the American correspondentwith FrenchmanGeorges MarieHaardt'smotorized expedition acrossAsia, saluted by Afghan troops (above) in 1931. For more than 30 years Williams (left, dressedin Arab garb) was one of the magazine's "double threats," adeptas both writerandphotographer. In a photographpublished in 1937, a Jordaniansheik entertainedSociety Vice PresidentJohn OliverLa Gorce (right, seated thirdfrom left) andformer world heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney and his wife with a giant kettle of rice, gravy, and the meat offive sheep.