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December 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
Peace activist Ron Kovic, the disabled Vietnam War veteran depicted in the film "Born on the Fourth of July," announced Friday that he wil seek the Democratic presidential nomination. Kovic, 45, filed for the Feb. 18 New Hampshire primary and declared in a statement that he would not join the race as a politician but as a "writer, an artist and a voice of conscience."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2004 | Steve Lopez
Ron Kovic comes toward me in his wheelchair before the doors of the elevator close. He reaches for my hand and squeezes hard. "Come on," he says, and we slip into the third-floor Redondo Beach apartment where he's been painting, writing, suffering through another war. Kovic's home is strikingly neat, as if this is his way of bringing order to the world. His canvas paintings hang from the walls like Polaroids of disturbed dreams.
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OPINION
April 23, 1995
* As told to Robert Scheer I have no malice toward Robert McNamara, I have nothing but forgiveness, but I want him to understand the real lessons of the Vietnam War. I want him to understand what those difficult days and years were like for me and what they must have been like for the tens of thousands of others who were wounded. I want him to know the human cost of war, for those who served and those who did not question.
OPINION
April 23, 1995
* As told to Robert Scheer I have no malice toward Robert McNamara, I have nothing but forgiveness, but I want him to understand the real lessons of the Vietnam War. I want him to understand what those difficult days and years were like for me and what they must have been like for the tens of thousands of others who were wounded. I want him to know the human cost of war, for those who served and those who did not question.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1989 | JEFF MEYERS
For the last 15 years, independent film maker Loretta Smith has been a member of a very loose fraternity of globe-trotting nonconformists called the Lost Generation Brigade (their only rules: no meetings, no dues, no membership). Her life has put her in an orbit around wars, political movements, men who fight for causes and men who cause fights. Men like war hero-turned-war-protester Ron Kovic and other Brigade irregulars, including her ex-boyfriend, Richard Boyle.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1989 | SHEILA BENSON, TIMES FILM CRITIC
In "Born on the Fourth of July's" best scene, young, wheelchair-bound Ron Kovic and another traumatically wounded Vietnam War vet sit in the dark of Kovic's back yard, drinking a liberating number of beers and remembering high school classmates who've been killed--already, in the early years of the war.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
Do young men go off to war in part because they have seen Hollywood movies that glorify military combat? To hear Ron Kovic tell it, he and thousands like him did. "I think a lot of us went to Vietnam with movie images of John Wayne in our minds," he said last week. "On a reconnaissance patrol, I remember once imagining that I was John Wayne."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1989 | JAY SHARBUTT
Up the Convention Center ramp they come, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, some in wheelchairs. They wear their old fatigues and ribbons, and sardonically whistle "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again." A dwarf in a boonie hat brings up the rear. Out of camera range, a real Vietnam veteran watches him pass by. "Man," the vet drawls, "that Agent Orange is a mutha!" Grunt humor with a 1988 perspective. Welcome to filming of the next Oliver Stone movie, "Born on the Fourth of July."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1990 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an open letter to President Bush, Ron Kovic--the highly decorated Vietnam War veteran turned disabled anti-war hero--called Wednesday for an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops sent overseas to counter Iraqi aggressors. Kovic, whose autobiography was the basis for the movie "Born on the Fourth of July," was met by several counterdemonstrators who burned an Iraqi flag, picketed the rally and called the former Marine sergeant a traitor to his country.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1989 | ELAINE DUTKA
Though he hates to admit it in public, director Oliver Stone says there's a large piece of him in Barry Champlain, the acerbic talk-show host at the core of his 1988 "Talk Radio," a man he describes as "aggressive, obsessive, selfish, filthy, lost, and ultimately, totally insane." In the film's climax, Champlain's six-minute on-air confession cleans out his poisons. In Stone's world, that task falls to his films.
NEWS
December 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
Peace activist Ron Kovic, the disabled Vietnam War veteran depicted in the film "Born on the Fourth of July," announced Friday that he wil seek the Democratic presidential nomination. Kovic, 45, filed for the Feb. 18 New Hampshire primary and declared in a statement that he would not join the race as a politician but as a "writer, an artist and a voice of conscience."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1991
I watched our proud and valiant service persons leave for war in the Gulf. Never have I felt so proud to be American. I wept with the women they left behind. With their fathers and husbands, I raised my fists in defiance of Saddam. I felt deeply the loneliness and confusion of the children. They all became someone I knew personally, and I feared for their safety as they fought to free Kuwait. Not since WWII has this country seemed so united in its support of our President and our troops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1991 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A brief fistfight broke out Thursday between Pierce College students protesting American military action in the Persian Gulf and a small number of football players who called for support of U.S. troops. "I haven't seen anything like this for 20 years," said Phil Stein, the school's dean, referring to student demonstrations in the 1960s against the Vietnam War. Counter-demonstrator Joe Quintos, 21, said he opposed the peace rally because students should "back the government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1990
I hope the recent movement by some to import Ron Kovic into our 38th Congressional District to oppose Robert K. Dornan fails. Such a confrontation might sell newspapers but has no other useful purpose. At a time when Dornan can and should be defeated, there are those who would run a person who hopefully could not be elected. Kovic is a man who apparently grew up with a distorted fantasy of war and a thirst for combat. During his second tour of combat in Vietnam, he was gravely wounded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,500 jammed the auditorium and grounds of Fairfax High School on Sunday, yelling and applauding in support of several nationally known activists who oppose any U.S. offensive against Iraq. It was by far the largest expression of anti-war sentiment in California regarding the Bush Administration's Persian Gulf policy since U.S. troops were sent to Saudi Arabia in August. Nationally, the largest turnout calling for withdrawing U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1990
In response to "Figuring the Butcher's Bill," by Daniel Ellsberg (Commentary, Nov. 16): Ellsberg still doesn't get it. The reasoning he employs is an example of a classic figurative syllogism: The Vietnam War was a bad idea. We may be headed into war with Iraq. War with Iraq is a bad idea. It follows then that unless one is an absolutist, one would be forced to acknowledge that all wars under all conditions are bad. I doubt that the Kuwaitis who are watching the plundering and dissolution of their homeland would agree with this.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1990
I hope the recent movement by some to import Ron Kovic into our 38th Congressional District to oppose Robert K. Dornan fails. Such a confrontation might sell newspapers but has no other useful purpose. At a time when Dornan can and should be defeated, there are those who would run a person who hopefully could not be elected. Kovic is a man who apparently grew up with a distorted fantasy of war and a thirst for combat. During his second tour of combat in Vietnam, he was gravely wounded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1990
I had regretted that my children were not inspired by any person to become activists in politics as I had been in the '60s. With the emergence of Ron Kovic on the political scene, they now have someone who can provide that inspiration. GLENDA ROSEN Dana Point
NEWS
October 21, 1990 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anti-war protesters in more than a dozen cities across the nation called Saturday for an end to the U.S. military deployment in the Middle East, taking to the streets to demand a diplomatic resolution to the Persian Gulf crisis. The largest demonstration was in New York, where police said up to 4,000 people rallied at Columbus Circle and then marched down Broadway to Times Square, chanting: "Hell no, we won't go; we won't fight for Texaco!" Organizers said that 15,000 participated in the rally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1990 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an open letter to President Bush, Ron Kovic--the highly decorated Vietnam War veteran turned disabled anti-war hero--called Wednesday for an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops sent overseas to counter Iraqi aggressors. Kovic, whose autobiography was the basis for the movie "Born on the Fourth of July," was met by several counterdemonstrators who burned an Iraqi flag, picketed the rally and called the former Marine sergeant a traitor to his country.
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