Profile of Marque A. Rome Born in Santa Monica, California on 13th April, 1955, Marque Rome has lived on Phuket since 1989. Professional career: Opened recording studio in California, 1983. In Thailand, 1988: initially taught English. First emceeing work: Loy Kratong at Diamond Cliff. 1989. Since then emceed many events: King's Cup Regatta, Christmas and New Year's at such hotels as Phuket Yacht Club, Merlin Patong, and Cape Panwa. Emceed the Jazz Summit at Lemon Grass in Phuket town. 1990 - 2003: Announcer for FM 89's Late Show, three hours nightly, seven days weekly. Sponsors included the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Phuket Villa, Singha Beer, etc. 1993 - 1998: Translated brochures from Thai to English for TAT; also worked with Public Relations office of Club Andaman hotel in Patong and (then) Bangkok Phuket Hospital on various translations, contracts, medical advice, etc. 1995 - Present: Occasional Phuket provincial court translator. 1994 - 2010: Regular contributor to Phuket Gazette English language newspaper. Covered all aspects of the island: politics, business, culture, wine, art, music, restaurants, computer technology, humour columns. Marque Rome has also contributed over the years to Bangkok Post, The Nation, Action Asia, Laguna Phuket Magazine, Phuket Food and Shopping, and others, notably (since 2001) Siangtai Times and the Voice of the South. 1996: Organised, in conjunction with Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Southern Thailand Jazz and Blues Festival in Honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Aduladej's 50th Anniversary Since Accession to the Throne, budgeted at 3.5 million baht and including some 50 performers from the US, Europe and Thailand with performances in Phuket (Karon and Patong), Koh Samui (Chaweng Beach) and Songkhla (Hat Yai and Songkhla's Samila Beach) and at various hotels in each province. It was the largest international jazz festival ever undertaken in Thailand up till that time and spawned subsequent jazz festivals. 2011: Late night jazz programme on FM 90.75 Personal: Marque Rome has been married (twice), and has three children (two boys, one girl). In his free time, he enjoys fencing, cycling, snorkeling, running, weight-lifting and playing and composing on classical guitar. He has an extensive library, covering the range of topics encountered in investigating the growth and development of civilisations, arts and sciences. He warmly supports Open Source development and licensing (as the only practical way to avoid throttling the spread of learning) and runs only Linux on his computers. Although not picky when eating out, at home Rome is vegetarian.