Sunday, September 28, 2014

Vietnam Magazine Tribute to Robin Williams

Lance Cpl. Fredericksen at the entrance of the American Forces Vietnam Network in Saigon, 1969.
I was honored when Vietnam Magazine asked me to write their tribute on Robin Williams.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

AFVN Censorship: As Told in Vietnam Magazine

The only known photo of me anchoring the news in Saigon (1969).
This is the contemporary version of what happened at AFVN in the late '60s: heavy news management, bordering on censorship. It is the story of a band of newsmen who fought for a free and open media and ended up with a congressional investigation. It was unvarnished dissent inside the U.S. military and blew up in a daring on-the-air protest like none in history. This story was printed in Vietnam Magazine in the December, 2013


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Look Back: The making of "Good Morning Vietnam"

In 1987, Thailand was a favorite place for filming Vietnam War movies. Robin Williams took time out for this picture, on the set of "Good Morning Vietnam," on the outskirts of Bangkok. This link is to a wide ranging story I did for Asia Magazine, in which I interviewed a number of Hollywood stars during visits to two movie sets.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Drama, Deception and Truth; An Old Audio Recording

From my personal collection of sound clips; drama, deception and, finally, truth....all in a minute and 15 seconds. Listen to it all. (Certainly, no disrespect to my fellow Marines intended)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Veterans: Labotomies to Meditation

From radical brain surgery to drug therapy and meditation, Iowa veterans have done it all while coping with mental illness in the aftermath of war. Treatments have come a long way since lobotomies were performed on World War II vets in Knoxville, Iowa.
A special report on Iowa Public Radio; A shocking, yet hopeful, story on 70 years of treating veterans mental health issues. (Photo recreates a patient view moments before "ice pick" surgery.)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Hard Knocks of Kimo Williams

A lot of things are associated with the battlefields of Vietnam. Music is rarely one of them. But the boonies of Vietnam are where Kimo Williams cut his musical molars. This Chicago resident is a son of Nam. This Kimo profile is my latest story for Vietnam Magazine.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Whatever happened to POW bracelets?

They were popular during the Vietnam War. A Florida man, who wore one of the metal bands as a teenager, recently connected the dots after more than 40 years. Learn what happened, in this exclusive story broadcast on Iowa Public Radio in 2013.