February 6, 1991 |
It was only recently that many of us were predicting that the Persian Gulf crisis would become our first television war. It still may. Yet, since that initial glut of Scud alerts and gas masks, sterility has set in, and encountering the war through TV has become like viewing the Gulf through the wrong end of a telescope and hearing bombs faintly in the distance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1992
With only four years of flying experience (totaling 2,000 hours in the air), 24-year-old Charles August Lindbergh managed to persuade nine St. Louis businessmen to aid him in purchasing an airplane. They did so by adding $13,000 to his $2,000. His goal: become the first to fly non-stop from New York to Paris and collect the Orteig prize, worth $25,000. Lindbergh's inquiries to major aircraft companies proved unfruitful.
March 11, 1991 |
My heroes have always been doughboys. Or anyone else in military uniform, since gliding through childhood on the wings of World War II movies that glamorized combat and had my pals and me aching to grab our toy guns and join John Wayne, even though Hitler and the Japanese had already been defeated. And now, with a stunning allied victory in the Persian Gulf to push America's emotional buttons, the spirit of Duke in the South Pacific lives again.
February 2, 1991 |
A glum front-line Marine commander said Friday that at least some of the first Marine ground combat casualties may have been the result of a missile fired by a U.S. battle-support aircraft--but only because of desperate, close-range fighting.
September 24, 1987 |
Meanwhile, back at Da Nang . . . . "Tour of Duty" airs at 8 tonight on CBS (Channels 2 and 8). It's American TV's first drama series about the Vietnam War. Nice production. Nice performances. Watch it. You could do a lot worse. But, well, you know, it's like this. There was a time when a weekly drama series about the Vietnam conflict seemed a bright idea.
December 1, 1991 |
As I first flipped through the stack of books on the Persian Gulf War, my son looked at the pictures with me and kept asking, "Is that what it was like, did it look like that?" Most of the time, I could safely say that I didn't know, I hadn't been there, but I realized that even the places that I did see at more or less the same time as the photographers looked very different on my coffee table.