Nixon Enemies List entry for
|List and position:||First, #99|
|Name as originally listed:||William Prochnau, Seattle Times|
|Vitals:||8/9/1937 - 3/28/2018|
|Comment on original list:||Seattle Times|
- on the List for his accurate reporting in the Seattle Times following his trips to Vietnam in 1965 and 1967.
- That Vietnam reporting as a young journalist was his proudest achievement in a life with many achievements.
- name is pronounced PROCK-now.
- He is perhaps best known for his 1995 retrospective, "Once Upon a Distant War: David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnettâ€“Young War Correspondents and Their Early Vietnam Battles".
- "Once Upon a Distant War" was written over 11 years and finally came out a year after Nixon died, so Nixon never saw it.
- None of the journalists in the book's subtitle are on the Enemies List.
- also wrote for the Washington Post and Vanity Fair.
- His writing later in life inspired two movies, "Proof of Life" in 2000 and "By Dawn's Early Light" in 1995.
- Turned down an offer to play Triple-A baseball at age 19 and became a newspaper sports writer.
- An hourlong C-Span interview about "Once Upon a Distant War" is available online: http://www.booknotes.org/Watch/68823-1/William-Prochnau.aspx.
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