​​​Cooperative Development

Transitions: American Values of Democracy and Free Markets in Post Cold War World.  This memoir is about transitions.  At the end of the Cold War, the United States tried to export its vision of free markets and democracy.  There was euphoia as we thought we would usher in a new world order consist with U.S. values.  I was present at the beginnings of these transformations: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Chile, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Montenegro, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Sudan and Ukraine.  It was a major moment with much hope and new opportunities.  At its core, this book details how cooperatives lifted economic and social lives in diverse fields of telecommunications, agriculture, insurance, rural electricity and health.  The memoir tracks the values I learned as I grew up and applied them to my university, service in the Air Force, USAID and cooperative development in over 35 countries. The memoir is available on Amazon. Link

Saving Fine Chocolate: Equity, Productivity and Quality in Cocoa Co-ops.  June 2015, (Available on www.lulu.com for $18.00) LINK The book describes how to save Fairtrade, organic and fine chocolate which mostly comes from Latin America through strengthening local cocoa co-operatives.  A critical issue is to develop member equity plans so farmers invest in their co-ops through raw product deliveries.  Member equity is the way to develop at risk capital in co-ops and long-term accounts in their names so that they can save for when the leave farming or for emergencies.  Member equity also makes co-ops more financially sustainable so that they can finance and support improvements in quality and productivity.  This book describes innovation equity, quality and productivity programs supported by Equal Exchange and TCHO chocolates. An e-book version is now available for $4.99 on www.Lulu.com.  Link 

Chocolate & Cooperative Equity: Reforming small farmer co-ops so they can prosper (available as e-book on Lulu, March 2014, $1.99 on Apple/Barnes & Noble; $2.95 on Lulu.com)  Also, available in Spanish from author.  Link

Cocoa Cooperatives: The Importance of Member Equity (Lima workshop on capitalization, April 1-3, 2014)

Why Member Equity is Critical to Successful Cocoa Cooperatives? (World Cocoa Foundation, October 2013)

The Importance of Quality in Cocoa Cooperatives (2012)

How Certifications Affect Cocoa Cooperatives (2010)

Cooperative Fair Trade Coffee: The U.S. Experience (Speech and Paper at COPAC in Berlin, 2005)

Cooperatives in Conflict and Failed States (2004) 

Cooperatives in Chile's Return to Democracy (2000)

Analysis of U.S. Cooperative Development Experience: Case Studies (2003)

Cooperatives as Agents of Democracy, Charter 10 in Promoting Democracy, Praeger, 1988)

Cooperatives: Pathways to Economic, Democratic and Social Development (2007)

An Introduction to Fair Trade and Cooperatives:  A Methodology with Kate Surber (2005)

Insuring Development Through Popular-Based Insurance (1990)

Impact of Group-Based Insurance Programs in Colombia, Bolivia and Guatemala ( 1997)

Insuring Microenterprise Loans: A Primer for Micro-Finance Institutions (1998)

Insuring Microenterprises (1997)

Minuteman Missiles

Launch on the Count of three: One...Two...Three  (May 1971)

Washingtonian Magazine.  A launch officer tells what he has seen and what he thinks

The article was written under by my pin name, Ted Wye (used when I was a local newspaper reporter).  The article was presented by Senator Symington (D-Mo), former Secretary of the Air Force, to General Holloway, head of the Strategic Air Command,  at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee in August 1971 in which the Senator referred to me who he and his staff met as " one of the typical intense but sincere young men of the day."  In a response to the article also placed in the Congressional Record,  General Holloway said that the Air Force recognized the moral issues of launch officers, but criticized my conclusions.  However, as a result, the Air Force created a 19 member commission of former launch officers that recommended major lifestyle reforms in the corps, that were adopted.


When Armageddon Comes.  Will They Fire in the Hole(November 1971)

Family Magazine (Army, Navy, Air Force Times)

A former AF missile launch officer tells how America's Minutemen crews are demoralized and what should be done about it. The article was blasted by the Secretary of Air Force on the front page of the Air Force Times for soliciting the article from me and said it was inaccurate and misleading.  However, the article generated over 50 letters to the editor, about half positive such as it was "worth one thousand  SAC staff studies." Several missile launch officers said that they can verify its accuracy, and that article conveyed the widespread feelings of launch officers (as one said, 75% of the officers would concur with its conclusions)  Critics attacked me personally, or disputed its conclusions.


Defeated: Inside America's Military Machine by Stuart Loory, Random House, 1973

Interview with me on coping with a decision to launch ICBMs (pages 330-331)   



Vernon I. Weihe: Avionics Pioneer

Vernon Weihe (1909-1993) developed aircraft navigation and communications equipment including the radio direction finder used by WWII bombers.  After the war, he designed the instrument landing system and radar transponder which flight controllers use to identify, track and land aircraft.  He established the radio frequencies used by all commercial aircraft. This book describes his father who served in the Spanish American War, his brother who survived for 45 days on a raft after his ship was torpedoed, his vaudeville uncle, family memories and sailing on the Zuiderzee in the first large fiberglass cruising boat. Link

Model Boats from Around the World

Since the 1970's, I have collected model boats where I have worked or vacationed in over 50 countries.  I have collected model boats from 16 countries.  All of them are sailboats,rowboats or non-motored boats with one except a Lobster boat.   They are crafted by local model boat builders and artisans.  They fall into three groups: professional models based on authentic plans; pond boats intended for sailing and those made by artisans.  Each is a work of art.  The book includes photos and a history about the models. Link .

Elizabeth Weihe: A Centennial Life  

Family memories, her autobiography about childhood in rural Kentucky and her many accomplishments including preserving public schools in Virginia against massive resistance to integration, leading Arlington beautification efforts for over 40 years and founding the successful Neighborhood Conservation Program and site plan review process.  Link


Built for the bay: The Chesapeake 20

Soft cover 96 pages with historical pictures (December 2011)

Available on Lulu, $10 Link 


The Chesapeake 20 is one of the five original sailboat classes on the Chesapeake Bay which has been continuously raced since the early 1930's.  This history of the fleet recounts its origins, formal establishment in 1939 and decade by decade history with historic photographs, stories and events.  The author owns Stormy, a 1939 fully restored Chesapeake 20 located at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron


Chesapeake 20 Stormy, AA-2390

Listed on the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (April 2008)

The publication includes, name, location, classification, historical significance and description including photos.  Prepared and submitted by Jane Cox, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, Office of  Cultural Resources and Ted Weihe


Falling Love with the MC Scow & Racing Tips I Need to Learn (published 10/26/2013, available on Lulu, $20.00) Link to Lulu

The paperback book (52 pages) is based on the on-the-water training by Zenda U for Melges MC scows as a first timer to the class with a lifetime of sailing experience.  It is includes early pictures of boats I sailed, quotes from racing gurus and many MC pictures.  The royalties of $3 per book are contributed to the MC Scow Association.