A few years back, while taking a video production course, I had to do a simple photo montage. As I had done many, many montages, I thought it would be cool to take an extra step in the project, and scan my father’s (also Tony Romeo) old Vietnam photos. I scanned them, set them to music, and that was that. I didn’t give it a second thought.
Then several years later, YOUTUBE became all the rage. So, for Father’s Day this year, I dug out the video of my father’s tour of Phu Kat, Vietnam and uploaded it to the site. I sent it to him because baby-boomers really get a kick out of seeing themselves on the web. Especially if it’s a 40 year old video of them at 20!!! What happened since has been pretty remarkable.
It’s been viewed almost 4,000 times. And in those times I have heard from vets that served in Vietnam, a few that served on the base, a few that knew my dad in those days, and even a few that were IN MY PHOTO MONTAGE!!?? Is that a remarkable age that we live in? That I could take 40 year old photos on the internet, tag them under “Vietnam, Phu Cat, Tony Romeo, 1968” and within 9 months I had heard from three people that were pictured in the various photos of the base.
I have linked the youtube page to this blog, and vice versa. My goal from here is to re-edit the video, and place the names of as many of the vets as I can to help these guys exchange some emails and maybe some more photos past and present. When I turned a simple graphic art project into a Father’s day gift, I had no idea less then a year later that effort would reunite guys who served together years before. What a very cool way to give back to some vets and thank them for what they gave us. I also find it very interesting that perhaps the internet can be the place that these guys start to get some long overdue recognition… Below is the video…
To all you guys that have contacted me via YOUTUBE that appear in these photos, with your permission I’d like to add your names to the tags of this montage so that people that may be searching for you from those days may find the video as well. My goal is to redo the video this Father’s day. This time I’d like to add the names of the vets in the photos for the ones I can name based on the info I got and will get. I’d also like to offer high resolution copies of the images to any of the Phu Cat vets that would like them.
UPDATE: 2-2009. BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD HAS TAKEN DOWN THIS VIDEO MONTAGE BECAUSE OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT OF THE SONG I USED. I was not making any money off it, was only using it to salute the troops like my father and capture an era… And SO BEGINs my LIFE LONG BOYCOTT of Buffalo Springfield… I will use another song for the photo montage.