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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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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
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I’ve ridden in convoys along IED-laced roads, heard the whizz and snap of Taliban gunshots, met young men injured in blasts and firefights robbing them of their youthful vigor and sometimes limbs. It’s where I came closest to losing my own life. A few years ago I was shot in the head with an rocket-propelled grenade that fortunately failed to detonate, an injury that in the annals of warfare is considered of the strangest on record. By Carmen Gentile. Exclusive to "Escape from Saigon - a Novel" by Michael Morris and Dick Pirozzolo Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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"While all the action in 'Escape from Saigon' takes place during April, 1975—the final 30 days of the Vietnam War referred to often as the fall of Saigon—flashbacks, old news accounts and barroom ramblings put the events portrayed in 'Miss Saigon' into historical and political context. This makes the novel an excellent read for anyone planning to see the show opening on Broadway on March 23—especially younger people who know the Vietnam War only through history books and stories of their parents and grandparents," says coauthor Dick Pirozzolo. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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Dick Pirozzolo of "Escape from Saigon" looks at another historical novel that deals with the way war ends. From Dan Blum’s, “The Feet Say Run” I started moving West at dusk, stopped in more farmhouses and scavenged bits of food and eventually came to a house with some civilian clothes that fit me tolerably. I changed into them. Then I realized my pack would still give me away as a soldier, and I found a little duffle I could sling over my shoulder, and moved everything from the pack into it. Best look like a civilian if the Russians saw me. I would find a uniform to change back into if I made it back across the line. I walked for days like that. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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The wave of interest in a 40-year-old war that divided our nation and defined a generation accounts for the popularity of current literary offerings on Vietnam—among them “The Sympathizer,” “Tribe,” and the just published, “Escape from Saigon - a Novel." In addition these and other books, there has been a recent spate of films, TV documentaries and theatrical productions over the past year that shed light on a war that ended abruptly on April 30, 1975. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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Americans turn to Vietnam War literature and films to understand how the US went from welcoming refugees to the current refugee ban—a painful shift in how our nation now treats the most vulnerable victims of war. Fall of Saigon showed a generous America that rescued and resettled Vietnamese victims of war. The wave of interest in a 40-year-old war that divided our nation and defined a generation accounts for the popularity of current literary offerings on Vietnam—among them “The Sympathizer,” “Tribe,” and the just published, “Escape from Saigon - a Novel." In addition these and other books, there has been a recent spate of films, TV documentaries and theatrical productions over the past year that shed light on a war that ended abruptly on April 30, 1975. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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BoomerCafe just published an excerpt from "Escape from Saigon - a Novel" by Michael Morris and Dick Pirozzolo. The novel takes place during the last 30 days of a war that divided a nation and defined a generation. Of the many things that shaped our baby boomer generation, the war in Vietnam is principal. Which makes it worth some reflection, which is what Dick Pirozzolo of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Michael Morris of Savannah, Georgia, have done in the new novel they have co-authored. It is “Escape from Saigon,” the story of April, 1975, the final month of the war. They... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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Escape is as much about the war as it is about reporting on the war and a reminder of how much communication has advanced in the four decades. Through two of our characters — Lisette Vo, North American Broadcast System—NBS-TV’s—first Vietnamese-American war correspondent, and Sam Esposito, the hard-hitting journalist with The Washington Legend who infuriates President Nixon—we learn how grindingly cumbersome it was to deliver the news to the American public 40 years ago. Vietnam was America’s first television war, and there were only three networks, whose anchors were trusted, larger-than-life people whom we invited into our living rooms. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
"When I crawled down the rabbit hole of my Vietnam Wartime experience to create Escape from Saigon, with all the sorrow of the fall of saigon and the shift in international relations that brought about, I never realized how emotional the journey would be, says Dick Pirozzolo, coauthor of "Escape from Saigon" with Michael Morris. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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While "Escape from Saigon - a Novel" revisits the lives of those trapped in Saigon during 30 days of April 1975—the final month of the war— while a new documentary THE VIETNAM WAR gives us fresh insight into how we got there in the first place. THE VIETNAM WAR is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS in September 2017. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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When we started to promote "Escape from Saigon" we kept running into authors whose war experiences are far more contemporary than ours. Though their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan are the stuff of 24/7 cable newscasts and the latest Presidential campaigns, our story about a war that ended four decades ago resonated powerfully with these folks. I guess when it comes to war there are some powerful universals—fear, misery, intrigue and love—that remain constant when it comes to the story of people it effects directly. One of those individuals is Amanda Matti a 22 year-old US Navy intelligence analyst who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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“Escape from Saigon is a sweeping saga that places you dead center in the tumultuous final days of the war in Vietnam. During this time of great uncertainty, danger and death - lines are crossed, allegiances questioned, souls collide and heroes are born. Authors Mike Morris and Dick Pirozzolo carry on the grand tradition of Michener and Clavell in that they make history come alive through rich, compelling characters in a pulsating narrative that is both timely and timeless.” ~ Casey Sherman, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Finest Hours, now a major Disney motion picture,and Boston Strong Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
The awareness and interest created by the Miss Saigon revival in New York and on film is great news for "Escape from Saigon - a Novel" whose story unfolds during the same moment in history and recounts many of the behind-the-scenes decisions and struggles of those trapped in a besieged city once known as The Paris of the Orient. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
"Remember, that for every survivor of a fallen American, there are thousands of Americans like myself who returned from Vietnam with unanswered questions and were left wondering whether any of us did any good and why—when we put away our uniforms—we simply ended up alone," Dick Pirozzolo, co author of "Escape from Saigon - a Novel." Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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Over the past few weeks is seems just abut every time of business has been hit with a DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service Attack, during which hikers overwhelm the organizations' servers so that no one can get through. Not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations
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"Escape from Saigon - a Novel" chronicles the final 30 days of the Vietnam War and is told through the lives of those trapped in Saigon, during the month of April, 1975. Saigon has been renamed Ho Chi Minh City Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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“The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam” is the finest single-volume history of this nation of 90 million, which includes its emergence as a key ally of the US with a comprehensive partnership agreement and US Navy ships making regular calls at Vietnamese ports. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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Tim Doling offers a superb collection of images of Saigon's evolution from pre colonial days to modern Ho Chi Minh City as it is today. His photos are shot from the exact same vantage points as with this exodus of American Journalists, whose time in South Vietnam is chronicles in "Escape from Saigon." Note the portable typewriter, bellbottom jeans and powder blue "Saigon Suit" favored by many Vietnam War correspondents and the likely inspiration for that ubiquitous fashion statement of the '70s: the polyester leisure suit. Trung Ngô‎Saïgon Chợ Lớn Then & Now The last American journalists leave Saigon -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Escape from Saigon, a novel
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American Polyfilm credits business-government cooperation for the its success and growth as well as its ability to remain in America as a manufacturer of speciality films used in industrial and consumer products. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Pirozzolo Company Public Relations