War Story (was Re: I Can't Believe it's Been 38 Days)

War Story (was Re: I Can't Believe it's Been 38 Days)

Post by Kip Alle » Thu, 12 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Mike:

>      Like you, I was also a REMF, and was fortunate.  During my year in Nam, we
> had one person killed, and about a half dozen captured by the VC.  They were
> all from Det. #5 at Hue.  (I was at Det. #1, Qui-Nhon)  My unit was the
> American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN).  I did the 10:00 PM news on TV, and
> later in the tiour, was assigned to radio, where I did afternoon drive, and
> overnights.
>      We were the closest things to civilians, without actually being civilians.
>  We were all crazy as hell and delighted in playing pranks and practical jokes
> on each other.  Even our officers were nutburgers.

>                                                                 "Hollywood"

Ken,

You and I have got to get together sometime.  We seem to have a somewhat
similar background over and above paintball.

I'm news director for the Desert Radio Group in Palm Springs, in charge
of news operations for seven radio stations.  

My master's thesis was "Newsgathering In Vietnam."  I found it a
fascinating topic.  Did you ever run across Tim Page?  Page was with a
group loosly called the Mercenary Journalists that included Mike Herr,
Dana Stone, and Sean Flynn among other.  Then there were the mainstream
greats -- Peter Arnett and Larry Boroughs come to mind.

I suspect we could swap a few stories over a couple three or four
pitcher of brew.

Kip

 
 
 

War Story (was Re: I Can't Believe it's Been 38 Days)

Post by FL PBPre » Fri, 13 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Kip:  

     The only name that sounds familiar, is that of Peter Arnett.  I think I
remember Tim Page, too, but his name is not that familiar to me.

     In 'Nam, I was just another broadcaster.  I made "Spec. 5" there, but
hell, the network was full of E-5's and E-6's.

     A couple of years later, when I went to Thailand, I was still an E-5, but
there weren't so amny of us, and the network was mostly Air Force.  They made
me Deputy Director of Network News.  It was a fancy title, meaning that I was
the second ranking man in the newsroom, and not much else.  I worked
overnights, from 12:30 AM to 6:30 AM, and slept most of the day.  When I asked
why, the News Director (an Air Force E-6) told me that he wanted someone in
there with his head on straight, since overnight in Thailand was when all the
news was happening back in the states.

     We were proud of the product we put out on the air, but we were also the
craziest collection of people ever gathered under one roof.  We took great
delight in tormenting newly assigned PFC's and Airmen, and even some NCO's if
they got a little too***y.  One prank, was that the new guy would get a
five-minute stand-up newscast for TV.  He'd stand in front of a podium, and
read news.  What he didn't know, was that we'd sneak a girl from the village
into the podium, and close the doors.  Once he went on, the camera would get a
nice, tight head and shoulders shot.  
     About a minute into the cast, the girl would swing open the doors,
unbuckle the guy's pants, and jerk them down around his ankles.  The camera
never saw any of this, but it did get some weird *** expressions.   It was
hillarious.  The poor guy is standing there, trying to read news, with his
pants around his ankles, and the girl reaching around and grabbing his butt.
     (All right, so this has nothing to do with paintball, but it's funny.)

     We also wiled away our time in the production studio, producing stuff that
was never allowd in the on-air studio.  These tapes and carts had big labels
that read "DO NOT AIR - EVER !!"  There was the classic "What the Captain
Really Means," KFRT, KGIL Service Center News, the Coke douche ad, and Alaska
Federal Savings, just to name a few.  I think I still have some of them in my
private collection.

                                                              "Hollywood"

BTW, I'm up to 45 days without a cigarette.

 
 
 

War Story (was Re: I Can't Believe it's Been 38 Days)

Post by Kip Alle » Fri, 13 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> Kip

<snipped bunches of stuff that had Kip rolling on the floor>

Quote:
>      We also wiled away our time in the production studio, producing stuff that
> was never allowd in the on-air studio.  These tapes and carts had big labels
> that read "DO NOT AIR - EVER !!"  There was the classic "What the Captain
> Really Means," KFRT, KGIL Service Center News, the Coke douche ad, and Alaska
> Federal Savings, just to name a few.  I think rrrI still have some of them in my
> private collection.

>                                                               "Hollywood"

I still have my copies of the "Crepitation Contest," "New York
Telephone" and "7-11, pretty good ***ing deal." Remember the EBS
notification that the TM crowd actually put to Jingle form?  I also
found an old copy of National Lampoon's Radio dinner.

Kip

 BTW, I'm up to 45 days without a cigarette.

You got it***ed.  Just remember the urges will still come.