MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Last Plane Out of Saigon Book Launch featured in the Austin American Statesman!



Out & About



 
MEDIA: 'Last Plane Out of Saigon' book launch. Austin attorney Richard Pena was among the last of his generation drafted to fight in Vietnam. He did his stint. Then Pena returned to Austin to pursue -- quite successfully -- the legal profession. After decades passed, he returned to Vietnam to visit sites such as the War Remnants in Ho Chi Minh City. There, he spied a black-and-white photograph. The title card read: "Last Plane Out of Saigon." In the image, uniformed men and women line up to board what looks like a transport plane. Midway through the line is a man carrying a brief case, his back to the camera. That was Pena. Turns out, he had kept a journal, too. With writer John Hagan, Pena has published a version of that journal. A crowd of well-wishers gathered at the rather incongruous Rio nightclub on a sticky weekday to examine the thin, compelling book.

Reposted From The Austin American Statesman 

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