Adrian Cronauer brings the reality
of Good Morning, Vietnam! to URI
KINGSTON, R.I.-September 16, 1999 -- The co-author and inspiration for
the major motion picture Good Morning, Vietnam! will visit the University
of Rhode Island to contrast the "real" story of his experiences
with the "reel" story told by Hollywood, as part of URI's fall
honors colloquium series, "Legacies of the Vietnam War."
Adrian Cronauer, of Arlington, Va., will speak in the Barry Marks Auditorium,
Room 271 of the Chafee Social Science Center on URI's Kingston Campus, Sept.
28th from 7 to 9 p.m.
Cronauer, a former Air Force Sergeant, served as a military disc jockey
in Saigon during 1965 to 1966. He sold his tale to Touchstone Pictures and
helped write a script for production of the motion picture Good Morning,
Vietnam! starring Robin Williams, and URI graduate, the late J.T. Walsh.
Cronauer also assisted in a subsequent special on National Public Radio
about the role of the military radio in Vietnam which earned him a 1992
Ohio State Award and two 1991 Gold Medals from the New York Radio Festival.
Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989,
he worked in a variety of firms, primarily practicing communications law.
He currently serves as senior attorney & corporate vice president of
Burch & Cronauer, an eight lawyer firm in Washington, D.C.
Prior to his legal career, Cronauer worked in radio and television in
a number of positions. He worked behind the scenes as programs director,
operations manager, station manager, and senior management consultant. He
also had his share of the spotlight as news reporter, anchorman, and radio
and TV commercial announcer. Besides working in television and radio, he
managed the Adrian Cronauer Advertising Agency from 1976 to 1979.
A frequent speaker before colleges and universities, veterans organizations,
bar associations, and business groups, Cronauer is a periodic guest on such
nationally acclaimed television shows as the Today program, Politically
Incorrect with Bill Maher, and Freedom Speaks, and radio shows
such as the Jim Bohanan Show, and the Oliver North and G. Gordon Liddy program.
Cronauer is vice chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Institute, a trustee
of the Virginia War memorial, a board member and legal counsel to the Armed
Forces Broadcasters Association, a member of the board of the National Vietnam
Veterans Coalition, and a member of Mensa.
URI's Colloquium series runs Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is
free and open to the public. Other speakers include Le Ly Hayslip, author
of "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places," Wallace Terry, contributing
editor to Parade magazine and author of "Bloods: An Oral History
of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans," and television's Peter Arnett.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116