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Old Dec 31, 2009, 5:08 PM   #1
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...to quote Robin Williams from that war movie. While walking the pier this morning I came across two older couples and asked if I could photograph them. We then got into a length conversation about their background.

The two gentlemen were surgeons in the South Vietnamese Army in the 1960s. They and their wives later immigrated to the US and went through some medical re-training in Oklahoma. They eventually wound up here in Orange County, which has a huge Vietnamese population.

They had very strong opinions on the role of the US media during the Vietnamese war, and especially Walter Cronkite, who they insisted lied about many things. It was a nice experience for me. Thanks, again, Selvin, for this challenge which has forced me to reach out to people I wouldn't ordinarily approach.
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Old Dec 31, 2009, 5:10 PM   #2
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This doctor (retired) asked me to guess his age. I said I would if he would guess mine. I guessed that he was 69. Turns out, he is 82 as he proved by showing me his California drivers license. Note the NASCAR cap he is wearing.
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Excellent work, Walter. It looks like you have made some new friends.

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Old Jan 4, 2010, 4:24 PM   #4
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walter,
I agree with Cal, excellent. That close-up really shows that the 82 year old doctor looks more like 60 as you guessed and so would I.

Must be all that Pho!

I've heard the comment re Cronkite and media from several Viet Vets also.
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