- While I don't claim to be the New York skyline, it turns out that I
was the subject of a Dith Pran photo in the Times a couple of years
ago. They were doing an article about my PriUPS project (powering my
house with my Prius) and wanted a photo to accompany the article.
Who did they send to the wilds of suburbia? Pran himself! At the
time I was unaware of the Killing Fields movie and his life story,
but we had time to chat and I learned about it, in brief, directly
from him and read the book a few days later after I found it on eBay.
The photo he took of me was less than memorable. Fortunately it only
appeared in the print edition, so I'm no longer embarrassed by it. I
also took a photo of him, and much to my amazement, it comes up first
if you do a Google image search for Dith Pran. I discovered this
when my blog "hits" took a major jump on Sunday. If you want to see
the photo, or read about one of Pran's less-publicized adventures, see
It was sad to read about his passing from cancer after his
indomitable courage and survival during the regime of Pol Pot.
NP: Walking Tall - Lauren Cregor
- I also have a Dith Pran story, but not as personal as Richard's. In
the spring of 1989, when I was in law school, a group of law students
organized a Community Action Day to help repair a fire-damaged
building in Chelsea. Dith Pran came to cover the event for the Times.
I wrote in the student newspaper:
At 3:45 that afternoon, the fourth and last of the two-hour shifts
boarded the trolley and rode out to the site. As the students filed
out, a volunteer asked them to assemble in front of the trolley for a
New York Times photographer. The photographer turned out to be Dith
Pran, whose heroic survival of Cambodia's Pol Pot regime was depicted
in the film The Killing Fields.
I recall that several people took his photo.
I imagine some of you Gmail users have noticed Google's newly
announced service. For those you don't use Gmail, here it is:
I for one plan to make use of it: in fact, I will have posted this
tomorrow and backdated it.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "ruthsings08" <ruth.singleton@...> wrote:
>I don't know. Google seems to be good at announcing these services
> I imagine some of you Gmail users have noticed Google's newly
> announced service. For those you don't use Gmail, here it is:
> I for one plan to make use of it: in fact, I will have posted this
> tomorrow and backdated it.
but they don't seem to follow thru with the actual products. I'm
still waiting for the TiSP Wireless Broadband Service they announced
- Richard.Factor shares:
Richard! Thank you so much for posting this link. I'm kind of amazed
at how sad I am at the loss of this man I had never met. But judging
from the NYTimes website letters, I'm not alone. I envy those of you
who crossed his path.
I love the picture you took. Wouldn't you think the light in eyes that
saw such unspeakable horror would just go out? And yet, what sparkle
there! And such a bright smile. It's a very heartening image. Thank
you for sharing it.