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35. Thanks for the kind words, all. About the REAL Adrian:
Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:28 AM
Jul 2018

As a few found out/pointed out already, Adrian was NOTHING like the Robin Williams portrayal of him in "Good Morning Vietnam." The reason he dragged out his program introduction was that his equipment was so primitive, he had to start talking while adjusting all the settings manually at the same time. What he stretched out was "Good," so he'd say "Goooooooooooooood MORning Vietnam."

Unlike his movie persona, while it's true he got into fights with the traditionalists at the radio station, he liked to say that if he had done half the things the film said he did, he would have spent the rest of his life behind bars in Leavenworth.

It's also true that Adrian was a Republican, but not a frothing-at-the-mouth contemporary Republican. He was a soft-spoken intellectual. Over our last lunch together near the Pentagon, we must have covered thirty different topics from legal systems around the world to Asian cuisine to the dynasties of ancient Egypt. On a whim, he entered law school at age 50 (!!) in Pennsylvania. His last "posting," if you can call it that, was with a special office whose mission it was to work with the current governments of Vietnam and Cambodia to locate and recover the remains of US soldiers in those countries to try to give closure, even 40 years later, to the families of MIAs who were never accounted for.

He retired to a far corner of Virginia, not too far from Roanoke, but not too near, either. His mailing address was Troutville. Idiot that I was, I never stole the time to accept his standing invitation to visit him there. He had lost his wife fairly recently, and that was a crushing blow.

One funny note I'll edit in--one summer, when my younger daughter was in Law School, she was interning with the Düsseldorf office of a U.S. law firm. Not only did she get to live at home, she was a LOT safer than her summer before, when she worked for the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in Sierra Leone. One of her classmates stopped by, and asked if I knew anyone in the military, as one of his summer projects involved something related. I said I only knew Adrian Cronauer, but I'd be happy to get him on the phone if the kid wanted. My daughter's classmate thought I was bullshitting him, so I grabbed the phone and called Adrian in Troutville, explained what was going on, and he said sure, put him on, and so I handed him the phone and said "here's Adrian." The kid was completely intimidated and excited at the same time, never expecting to be talking to a living legend a minute after doubting he ever would. Adrian, of course, was never impressed with his status as a legend, only grudgingly accepted it in the first place, and was happy to help out.

To answer a question asked above, no, I did not meet Adrian in Vietnam. I was 13-14 during his time there. He would have been 80 in September, so he was almost 14 years older than I was. We met at the Renaissance Weekend gatherings that take place every New Year's in Charleston, South Carolina. While there, I introduced him to a friend of mine from Paris. Another intellectual type, she was writing a book on the subject of luck, and Adrian consented to be interviewed by her for a chapter.

Here is a picture of Adrian and Sabine (our friend from Paris) close to ten years ago:


🕯 underpants Jul 2018 #1
My condolences. RIP. OnDoutside Jul 2018 #2
sorry or your loss. You knew him? mnmoderatedem Jul 2018 #3
Yes, Adrian was a friend. DFW Jul 2018 #6
I look forward to your post B2G Jul 2018 #4
I'm so sorry for your loss, DFW. smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #5
🕯️ irisblue Jul 2018 #7
sorry to hear about his death. Demovictory9 Jul 2018 #8
I am so sorry. GoCubsGo Jul 2018 #9
RIP Adrian lunasun Jul 2018 #10
I'd very much like to hear about the "real" Cronauer.. His portrayal was so absorbed by the hlthe2b Jul 2018 #11
I'm very sorry for your loss. LuckyCharms Jul 2018 #12
Condolences. I'm sorry for your loss. onecaliberal Jul 2018 #13
*sigh* NBachers Jul 2018 #14
My condolences on your loss. herding cats Jul 2018 #15
As one who worships the real DJ's of that era gay texan Jul 2018 #16
I'm so sorry. mountain grammy Jul 2018 #17
I was very sorry to hear about Adrian Cronauer ailsagirl Jul 2018 #18
I'm so sorry. Duppers Jul 2018 #19
I was a DJ in Vietnam a bit later.. Sincere condolences. He was a lifelong Republican, for W. Bush's Prof.Higgins Jul 2018 #20
Sorry for your loss, DFW. R B Garr Jul 2018 #21
My sympathies, DFW. calimary Jul 2018 #22
R.I.P. Adrian Cronauer, a radio friend to our troups serving in Vietnam, and your friend. FailureToCommunicate Jul 2018 #23
Condolences,DFW on the loss of your friend. gademocrat7 Jul 2018 #24
I'm so sorry. I just read about him in the news. kcr Jul 2018 #25
... defacto7 Jul 2018 #26
May I add my condolences to all those already expressed? thucythucy Jul 2018 #27
I hadn't seen that, but it sums up what he'd tell anyone about his time there DFW Jul 2018 #41
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Dec 2020 #63
. AwakeAtLast Jul 2018 #28
My sincere condolences to you, DFW. oasis Jul 2018 #29
I heard of his passing on the radio. He was 70 years old, I think. Ilsa Jul 2018 #30
Adrian was 79 DFW Jul 2018 #34
Oops! I meant to type 9 but my fat finger hit 0. Yes, 79. Thanks. nt Ilsa Jul 2018 #39
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Dec 2020 #64
I read a lovely article about him. My condolences. He sounded like quite a man. nolabear Jul 2018 #31
So Sorry for the loss Cha Jul 2018 #32
Oh my dear DFW, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2018 #33
Thanks for the kind words, all. About the REAL Adrian: DFW Jul 2018 #35
K&R! Thanks for this fascinating personal portrait! He also sounds like an amazing friend. Rhiannon12866 Jul 2018 #36
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Dec 2020 #65
At least I know that Troutville is real DFW Jul 2018 #37
We live 2 hours essme Jul 2018 #38
Thanks for your kind words DFW Jul 2018 #40
RIP. I had no idea he lived in Troutville, which is 5 minutes down the road from me. nt LexVegas Jul 2018 #42
requiescat in pace, Adrian. DFW, I am so very sorry for this sad loss. niyad Jul 2018 #43
Thanks. He was very special DFW Jul 2018 #44
a lovely tribute to your wonderful friend, thank you for sharing him with us. niyad Jul 2018 #45
My condolences. nt spooky3 Jul 2018 #46
I'm very sorry for your loss NewJeffCT Jul 2018 #47
Check my post #35 on this thread DFW Jul 2018 #48
Williams usually played himself NewJeffCT Jul 2018 #49
Adrian was happy about the film's success, of course DFW Jul 2018 #50
The thing that's funny is that I liked Williams in his dramatic roles the most TexasBushwhacker Jul 2018 #56
Good Morning Vietnam... FarPoint Jul 2018 #51
We know what it is to to know in our bones Hortensis Jul 2018 #52
That has to be a fairly recent picture DFW Jul 2018 #59
:) Maybe a semi-annual haircut? My husband Hortensis Jul 2018 #61
I live near Troutville. dgibby Jul 2018 #53
Condolences on your loss, DFW... Raster Jul 2018 #54
Thanks for that DFW Jul 2018 #58
My sincerest condolences DFW on the loss of your friend Docreed2003 Jul 2018 #55
Adrian had a very close connection to Vietnam Vets for obvious reasons DFW Jul 2018 #57
"Everybody thinks they knew him..." - seems a bit off... hexola Jul 2018 #60
I think you refute your own statement--my statement seems spot on to me DFW Jul 2018 #62
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