De Mente, Boyé

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De Mente, Boyé Gender: M
Elza Lafayette De Mente
born on 12 November 1928 at 07:30 (= 07:30 AM )
Place Mayberry Branch, Missouri, 37n2010, 90w4730
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 19°56' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 21°42 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 29°14'

Boyé De Mente (with Ben Carlin during their crossing of the Pacific Ocean by amphibious vehicle in the late 1950s)


American author, journalist, and adventurer who wrote more than 100 books mainly related to the culture of Japan and the Japanese language. He also wrote widely of East Asia as well as Mexico.

From 1946 to 1948, he served in the U.S. Navy as a cryptographer based in Washington, D.C. After that, he joined the U.S. Army Security Agency (1948–1952) and was sent to Tokyo to work as a decoding technician. During his tenure with the agency, he founded and edited The ASA Star, an agency newspaper.

During the 1950s, De Mente served in a variety of editorial positions with publications based in Tokyo, including Preview Magazine, Far East Traveler, and The Japan Times. In 1987, he became Associate Publisher of the Tokyo Journal, Japan's oldest English magazine sold globally.

Boyé Lafayette De Mente died on 12 May 2017 in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He was 88.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from The Incredible Power of Serendipity!: Highlights of an Uncommon Life! by Boye De Mente (Cultural-Insight Books, 2012), page 9:

"I was born the fourth of ten children and first son of Elza Lafayette Dement and Ruby Ila Bounds-Dement at 7:30 a.m. on 12 November 1928 in a tiny isolated valley known as Mayberry in the Ozark Hills of southeast Missouri, USA... My birth was never officially recorded, and there is no record of my original first name [Elza] ever having been used by anyone."


  • Family : Childhood : Family large (One of ten children)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Fourth of ten)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 88)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (US Navy and Army 1946-1952)
  • Vocation : Military : Other Military (Cryptographer)
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Magazine/ newsletter (Founded and edited "The ASA Star")
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction