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    Posted June 12, 2014 by
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    Edgemere Welcomed Ex-CIA Spies Tony and Jonna Mendez Who Shared the Real Life Stories Behind the Movie Argo

    Edgemere senior living community recently welcomed ex-CIA spies Tony and Jonna Mendez for a behind-the-scenes look at America’s covert operations and to hear the real life tales behind the movie Argo. The couple spoke to a packed house about their intriguing stories from their years in the spy game. They stayed after the presentation for a question and answer session and a book signing.

    “Tony and Jonna are some of the most interesting individuals I have ever heard speak,” said Lorraine Rose, activities director at Edgemere. “Some of their stories were almost unbelievable. To think that their lives actually inspired the movie Argo is amazing. Our country is so fortunate to have people like the Mendez on our side.”

    Tony Mendez and his wife, Jonna, are masters of disguise. Jonna earned the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal during her 27-year career as a CIA intelligence officer. Tony won the Intelligence Star of Valor for singlehandedly engineering the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis by disguising them as location scouts for a fake Hollywood movie.


    With 304 independent living apartment homes, 60 assisted living suites, 31 memory care private apartments, and 72 private rooms for dignified skilled nursing, Edgemere is the largest and most comprehensive life care senior living community in Dallas. The community is located in the Preston Hollow/Park Cities area at 8523 Thackery Street at Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. The Plaza Health Services at Edgemere located on the same campus at 8502 Edgemere Road at Northwest Highway, offers assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support services for Edgemere life care residents, as well as for others in the community.

    Edgemere is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities The Buckingham in Houston, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, Mirador in Corpus Christi, and The Barrington at Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, call (469) 619-0825 or visit

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