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Dick Pirozzolo, Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
Greater Boston-Wellesley, Massachusetts
Public Relations Pro with International Business Experience.
Interests: public relations,Vietnam culture and history, journalism, foreign policy, international business, home building and of course the red sox
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Soft power innovator Joseph Nye (r) and Gov. Michael Dukakis will address media, diplomats, scholars, and business leaders at World Reconciliation Day Event “A single misstep can turn political brinksmanship into a global conflagration. Nowhere is there a greater risk today than with North Korea,” Gov. Michael Dukakis, chairman, The Boston Global Forum Boston Global Forum scholars and experts on international relations will discuss solutions to the nuclear missile crisis posed by North Korea; with recommendations to be aired during the World Reconciliation Day Symposium at 8:30 AM to Noon, Sept. 9th, Loeb House, Harvard University, 17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Mass. Coverage is invited, preregistration required, Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Tony Mariano on the evacuation and fall of saigon in his words: On April 29th of 1975 Bing Crosby began to croon “White Christmas” over Armed Forces Radio, the prearranged signal the begin the evacuation of all Americans and others to the Navy’s 7th fleet just offshore in the South China Sea. I was hired that day as a field producer for ABC News in New York and sent from Hong Kong to the Philippines with instructions to manage logistics in Manila and to coordinate a satellite feed for ABC after picking up Ken Kashiwahara at the Navy base in Subic Bay. I also was told to cover the first evacuee allowed off the USS Blue Ridge. The TV station was ready and I got word the chief enlisted man had left the ship and I was on my way. I scrambled to an awaiting helicopter at the station and I took a quick flight to Subic Bay to meet Ed Bradley CBS News who had drawn the short straw for this assignment. The first thing he did was hand me very heavy Navy duffle bag stuffed with every piece of raw film from every news agency covering the evacuation and mass exodus out to the Navy fleet. The recorded history of the end of an era was in my hands and I it was my responsibility to get it back to New York as quickly as possible for distribution, processing and broadcast. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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Life with my father Frank Mariano ABC-TV war correspondent by Tony Mariano: My mother and I would call that house home and for the first time in our lives we were all together as a family. But my father, a former Army helicopter pilot, and now a civilian, was compelled to return to Vietnam. He went with $1,500 in his pocket in late ’68 figuratively trading in his grip on a helicopter’s cyclic and collective to hold a microphone and begin a new career as a stringer for ABC News Radio at age 39. Though he was away from home, I was comforted by the fact that I could hear his voice and see him on TV. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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War correspondent Carmen Gentile on the fake transgender ban by Donald Trump: "What surprises and concerns me is about this fabricated controversy swirling around an issue that was settled by the Obama administration is the attitudes of some service men and women and veterans I know who seem to think that transgender soldiers, marines, sailor and airmen aren’t capable of performing at the same level of others. "One soldier I know from my time embedding with US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan said he was worried that transgender personnel may not be as prepared to fight on a moment’s notice while undergoing any number of medical procedures for transitioning." Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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Public relations and communication professionals must be able to influence their organization's behavior, if they expect to fix the organization's messaging. That is how nationally syndicated columnist Llewellyn King sees Anthony Scaramucci's vain attempts to plug White House Leaks. King Writes: "The White House is leaking because it isn’t talking coherently. The Trump administration is not rooted in policy or philosophy, and the White House staff is divided against itself; a deeply unhappy place wanting in direction and internal clarity. "So, it leaks. It leaks for personal reasons. It leaks for patriotic reasons. It leaks out of frustration. And it leaks because no one is in charge administratively: too many assistants — including Scaramucci — are reporting directly to the president, eschewing the line of command that normally flows through the chief of staff and the national security adviser. With Scaramucci on the loose, Reince Priebus is chief of staff in title only: a male nipple. "The communications failure is enormous and extends down to the inability of the press office to answer simple questions, like who was playing golf with the president? One wouldn’t assume this to be a state secret, but reporters ask and get no answer." Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Erik Villard and Michael Morris with Lynn Novick, coproducer "The Vietnam War" By Michael Morris Coauthor of "Escape from Saigon - a Novel" For those of us who spent a critical part of our youth in Vietnam during the war, and lived to remember it, that decade-long conflict will forever echo in our consciousness. But it’s not just the participants who were affected by it. For our entire generation, and even for those who were born after the war, Vietnam... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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FBI Special Agent James Corbett warns business executives to suspect any delay when traveling to Russia. When government customs officers see a potentially high-value target they often begin to coordinate an eavesdropping effort with covert agents at local hotels before they let you pass. In addition to electronic surveillance and cyber theft, one can also encounter old-fashioned tradecraft when overseas. Agent Corbett confirms that there is plenty of truth to the dramatic FX TV series, The Americans in which actors Keri Russell and Mathew Rhys portray KGB agents masquerading as The Jennings—a typical American family next door. Agent Corbett emphasizes, “Beware of friendly strangers and compromising situations.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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"During the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed some 20 million gallons of the defoliant known as Agent Orange over South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Nearly four million people were exposed to the chemical, which the government claimed was non-toxic," wrote Clay Risen, New York Times deputy opinion editor, in an interview with In a New York Times interview with authors Michael Morris of Savannah and Dick Pirozzolo of Wellesley and Boston who were exposed to the deadly defoliant when they served in Vietnam. Risen writes, "The government was wrong: Fifty years later, approximately one million people in Asia and the United States suffer from a range of disorders, including multiple forms of cancer, that have been linked to Agent Orange exposure. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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GE produces locomotives, jet engines, wind turbines and even toasters. Yet that single GE brand succeeds across an entire spectrum of business and consumer markets. In the case of Toyota, however, the market would not accept the company as a maker of luxury cars until it created the Lexus brand, said Prof. John Quelch in an article by Dick Pirozzolo, Pirozzolo Company, an international Public Relations firm in Boston. Prof. Quelch observed: even B2B companies that sell ingredients for other products can create international brands. Among them are Goretex, Shimano, StainMaster, Nutrasweet, and Intel, famous for its "Intel Inside" campaign. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Jeffrey Brice Ornstein, CEO of J/Brice Design International, brings his global design sense home to Boston where he is setting new standards of luxury for Boston's most affluent residential real estate—The Waterfront and Seaport Districts. "This is where property values have soared to record-breaking levels paralleling San Francisco's and Manhattan's toniest neighborhoods. The new Boston urbanite demands an intentionally inspired high style. Staid New England traditional motifs are out," said Ornstein who rebranded the Middle East as an international travel destination Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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"BACK TO CHINA BEACH " is a new documentary about the legendary surf club at Danang's famous China Beach -- where the TV 1988-'91 TV drama China Beach took place.The club was founded by Larry Martin to bring a little bit of home to the war zone and bout 50 fellow soldiers and Marines became members of the club that surfed the local waters during the Vietnam War. Producer Mike Cotton , Co-Producer & Director Dave Barnes a two time Emmy Winner , Associate Producer Adviser Larry Martin ( China Beach Surf Club Organizer , TV Show Adviser ) are seeking sponsors for Air Travel ( U.S. and Viet Nam ) , ground transportation , and lodging . Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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In a new book by Anders Corr, PhD titled, "Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game In The South China Sea," this international affairs and diplomacy authority offers fresh insight into the importance of the region and notably US-Vietnam relations. Says Dr. Corr, "This book is relevant to Vietnam, which is especially attentive to shifts in power between global powers in the South China Sea, including China, the U.S., Russia, the U.K., and France." Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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In a new book by Anders Corr, PhD titled, "Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game In The South China Sea," this international affairs and diplomacy authority offers fresh insight into the importance of the region and notably US-Vietnam relations. Says Dr. Corr, "This book is relevant to Vietnam, which is especially attentive to shifts in power between global powers in the South China Sea, including China, the U.S., Russia, the U.K., and France." Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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Charles Glasser, Esq, looks at the law and journalism in our current populist media environment in a Blog Post by Dick Pirozzolo or Pirozzolo Company Public Relations, "Reporters are easy targets for politicians who want to whip up a populist frenzy as most people do not realize how much care goes into getting it right." Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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United Airlines could have avoided the PR flap created by dragging Dr. Dao off the plane by practicing good Issues Management Hygiene. While the value of Emergency Management and Crisis Management principles and practices are well understood and valued, organizations fail most often when it comes to Issues Management practices, which often stems from a fundamental belief among senior management that “our organization is different—special, better, even unique.” Military leaders, for example, certainly read the newspapers and watch the news about issues such as Second Amendment Rights and their relationship with workplace and gun violence, changing attitudes toward sexual harassment, decriminalization of drug possession and the epidemic of opioid addiction, legalization of Marijuana, immigration policies. If it happens out there, it will happen under your roof. Guaranteed. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Having returned to Vietnam many times since the war ended, Boston communication consultant, journalist and US Air Force veteran Dick Pirozzolo, managing director of Pirozzolo Company Public Relations chose trade, culture and tourism to establish a link between Vietnam and the United States. In so doing he has written articles and editorials on the reconciliation between two former foes. Pirozzolo, a corporate communication authority, serves on the Editorial Board of Boston Global Forum, a Harvard University affiliated think tank. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Nhà báo Mỹ: “Việt Nam đang phát triển bền vững từng ngày” Having returned to Vietnam many times since the war ended, journalist and US Air Force veteran Dick Pirozzolo chose trade, culture and tourism to establish a link between Vietnam and the United States. In so doing he has written articles and editorials on the story of reconciliation between two former foes. Michael Morris was in Vietnam in 1967-1968 as a US Army infantry soldier. Together these two Americans coauthored “Escape from Saigon – a Novel,” published this year by Skyhorse Publishing, New York, USA. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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Professor Thomas Patterson of Harvard University told worked experts at a Boston Global Forum symposium that Fake news is spread by professional social influencers backed by their own political motives working every day to intentionally mislead the public and therefore influence voting and opinion polling outcomes. Patterson underscored the importance of nipping fake news at the source. Most fake news is generated by small, illegitimate websites, that are driven by online robots or “bots” that permeate the Web with the falsehoods. We need to strengthen the voices of reliable, sophisticated, news media, while encouraging bipartisan voices because fake news flourishes in a polarized political environment, according to Patterson Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Recalling 'The Fall of Saigon" in the words of Kirk Hazlet: Suddenly I was aware of someone standing in front of me…the plane’s pilot. The look on his face told me something had gone wrong. He quietly asked, “Sergeant, were you going back to Saigon to get your wife’s family?” I responded, equally quietly, “Yes, sir, I am.” His next words are permanently etched into my memory: “I’m sorry. We’re turning back. Saigon has fallen.” I sat fighting a bout of nausea as the words "Saigon has fallen" sunk in. I thought of my relatives and wondered how this was going to affect them. And I feverishly wracked my brain: “How do I tell Margaret that her family members are now trapped in communist-held Vietnam?” Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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A theme running through "Escape from Saigon - a Novel" by Michael Morris and Dick Pirozzolo is "Letting go. It was also the theme of the Rev. Sarah Robbins-Cole's who kindly mentioned me and the novel in her sermon on Easter Morning 2017. In "Escape from Saigon," the struggle with letting go is voiced by Billy Freda, the high school friend, who has to let go of the moment he scored the winning point in the championship game, US Ambassador Graham Martin who cannot let go of the South Vietnam that had become intertwined with his identity, the reporters who devoted their youth to covering the war and have to find a new life elsewhere, and of course, the two Vietnam veterans who wrote the book—myself and Michael Morris, who saw combat in the Vietnam War as a young soldier in 1967. That war ended 42 years ago on April 30 of this year. Can we let go? Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Reflections on "Letting go" as the 42nd anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches on April 30th, 2017 "Letting go" is a theme that runs throughout "Escape from Saigon - a Novel," and was touched upon during the Easter Sermon delivered by the Rev. Sarah Robbins-Cole at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Holliston, Massachusetts. The struggle with letting go is voiced by Billy Freda, the high school friend, who has to let go of the moment he scored the winning point in the championship game, US Ambassador Graham Martin who cannot let go of South Vietnam that had become intertwined with his identity, the reporters who devoted their youth to covering the war and have to find a new life and identity elsewhere, and of course, the two Vietnam veterans who wrote the book—myself and Michael Morris, who saw combat in Vietnam as a young soldier in 1967. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"
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"If you don’t think ‘story’ and a great narrative do not matter, remember: without story, ‘Casablanca’ would be but a pushpin on a map and Ben & Jerry’s would be just another ice cream stand." — Dick Pirozzolo Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Getting a visa to work in the US is tough for Afrooz Sahraei Esfahanian, an award winning Iranian hotel designer with J/Brice Design International based in Boston. Ironically her culture and national origin—which will get her kicked out off the United States—is what makes her so valuable to the Boston Seaport District firm that designs hotels in the Middle East.. Afrooze is able to drive business to her employer’s Boston hotel design firm and thus contributes to our economy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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The Globe has to stand out Edelman said, “We don't want to be in the commodity news business. We want to cover ideas, not companies with obligatory news stories simply because they are big and old.” Edelman told the group he believes the Boston economy is well positioned with a diverse range of forward- looking industries such as biotechnology, Inset ©2017 Dick Pirozzolo Larry Edelman Boston Globereal estate development, medicine and education. “We’re in a bubble but it’s a happy bubble. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Robert Earle for Consequence Magazine writes: Escape from Saigon - a Novel (Skyhorse Publishing, New York), by Michael Morris and Dick Pirozzolo, explores the month of April, 1975, when North Vietnam achieved its multi-decade objective of conquering South Vietnam and giving Saigon a new name—Ho Chi Minh City. Dick Pirozzolo and Michael Morris have penned "a fast moving, day-by-day account told through the perspective of diplomats, journalists, CIA operatives, a bartender, numerous Vietnamese, military officers, and Washington officials, notably Henry Kissinger." says Consequence Magazine's Earle. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at "Escape from Saigon - a Novel"