My father said I could wear his old fatigues from Vietnam today. They actually fit, which I think says a lot about the Army rations back then…
Instead, I got into the Halloween spirit by unwrapping something that kind of looks like candy: Mefloquine, an anti-malarial drug. Prescribed by Briarcliff Manor’s own Dr. Gary Lehrman and picked up at Prescription Plus in the Chilmark shopping center. It’s a local story now!
Now, for the scary part – click below if you want to watch me take my first pill.
Photographer Tom Nycz and I reported on the group of Rotarians, Vietnam veterans and family members leaving from Rockland County last night, bound for JFK airport and Hanoi.
As they said goodbye, they debated how best to say hello in Vietnamese. Click the audio link below to hear what they came up with:
This ticket took my father to Vietnam 40 years ago, as an Army officer.
Next week, we’ll be using very different tickets to fly back to Vietnam, joining the group of veterans and Rotary Club members who start their trip tonight. For the next few days, I’ll be packing, dealing with medical preparations (malaria pills, etc.), and cramming in as much research as possible – on top of my regular work, of course!