Can you beat this Thunderbird passport?

A standard U.S. passport comes with 48 pages, which proved too thin for Thunderbird expatriate Larry Lipsher ’65. His recently expired passport swelled to 288 pages — with 10 supplemental sections glued inside to contain all of the entrance visas. Most of the stamps document Lipsher’s frequent travels between Shenzhen, China, and his office in Hong Kong, where he has worked as an accountant since the 1980s. Other stamps show his travels to Cambodia, Thailand, Macau and other Southeast Asian locales. Lipsher, originally from New York, arrived in Shenzhen in the 1980s when the special economic zone was little more than a Chinese fishing village. His expired passport, which is more than one-inch thick, is now on display in Thunderbird’s alumni lounge. If other alumni have stories to tell about their passports, Thunderbird Magazine would love to hear them. Please send photos and descriptions to

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