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62. I think you refute your own statement--my statement seems spot on to me
Sat Jul 21, 2018, 09:42 AM
Jul 2018

My viewpoint is hardly unique. Adrian gave talks at hundreds of events, both military and non-, and the thousands who heard him and/or met him realized it instantly.

Compare the video of Adrian in post 27 with any clip of Robin Williams in the film. Night and day, and Adrian tried to make that point with anyone who would listen, and plenty of people listened.

The movie created a record of practically nothing. It took the basic story of Adrian's time in Vietnam, and built a complete fantasy around it, which was further enhanced--and distanced from reality--by Williams' performance.

The nuances of who Adrian was, as you put it, were a vital part of his life. He did SO many different things after Nam, and his last posting, actively trying to bring closure to MIA families, even 40 years later, was one that accurately reflected his character, and was one that was at least as appreciated by the people affected as his radio voice was in the sixties. At least one poster on here was aware of that.

I'll agree that "whether or not the portrayal rang true would be lost on the millions that would see the movie," but the movie was not intended to be biographical or some kind of enhanced documentary. Adrian couldn't help that the makers of the film made no effort to explain that it was far from a true depiction. I can understand their point of view. That wouldn't exactly have helped their box office take. But it did give millions the impression that they knew what Adrian was like, where it did no such thing, and that was the point I was trying to make. I think most responders to my post got the point. If I am wrong, I'll be glad to let people post here to say so.

🕯 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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