Sept. 17: “Heroes to the End” is a finalist for an award at the Military Writers Society of America convention banquet on Nov. 10 in Charleston, S.C. I am awaiting a posting on the group’s website in the next few days to inform me whether I won a gold, silver or bronze medal in the memoir/biography category.
The award will be helpful in promoting the memoir of my 1971-72 Vietnam tour. I have sold about 600 copies of the self-published book and have three Connecticut screenplay writers working on a proposal for a Netflix series based on it. The book revolves around some 80 articles I wrote for Stars and Stripes, many of them during the North Vietnamese Army’s Easter Offensive, when I spent a lot of time in Pleiku and Kontum in the Central Highlands. I have donated $12,000 in appearance fees and book sales proceeds to a nonprofit that runs homeless shelters for veterans — United Veterans Beacon House.
I am a 1966 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY. I graduated from Nassau Community College in 1968 and Hofstra University in 1970. I was a sports reporter at Newsday from 1966-1999, covering 5 Super Bowls and 9 Stanley Cup Finals. I was a features desk copy editor from 2000 to Dec. 31, 2014, when I retired. I am married to Lynn, a social worker, since April 9, 1978, We have one son, Peter, 33, an air traffic controller in Ohio.