Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Goodbye Vietnam...

HORST FAAS...Legendary war photog

Horst Faas, Mal Browne & Peter Arnett

All good things must come to an end:

  My tour for NBC News in Vietnam....was ending so I decided I needed some film footage to take back home for future use.  I grabbed NBC News cameraman Peter Bellendorf...a rough and tough little German who was about the most skilled guy we had filming stories...and who would later be killed while on assignment in Cambodia... and told him to just bring the camera...we’d film silent.  So we set up downstairs on the main drag of Saigon with the South Vietnam Congress building in the background. 
 I had a microphone and a cord...but it was just hanging down..not connected to anything and lo and behold...Peter Arnette comes walking by. 
 Yes...THE Peter Arnette....who later became the most famous newsman in the world with his live reports on CNN during the first bombing of Baghdad.  (See the movie “Live From Baghdad” to get just a taste of what it’s like to be on the spot in a real war zone.)
     Arnette saw the cord hanging down unconnected and did the most wonderful doubletake you can imagine!  “Hey Major”...he shouted “you forgot something!”  Peter and I were on the ground laughing.


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