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North Vietnamese tanks are just days, and then hours away. Pirozzolo and his wife, Jane, have lived in Wellesley for more than 40 years. They arrived shortly after he served in the Air Force as an information officer in Saigon from 1970 to 1971. While there as a media spokesperson, he participated in the daily press briefings known as "The Five O'Clock Follies" and developed an enduring affec- tion for Vietnam and its people. Back in the United States, he was a reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and handled media relations for Boston University before opening his Boston-based firm, Pirozzolo Company Public Relations, whose clients have included the governments of Vietnam, Japan, and Canada, and corporations in several foreign countries. During the 1990s, he helped foster reconciliation and trade between the U.S. P H O T O B Y L T . C O L O N E L E D W A R D W A L T E R S W I T H P E R M I S S I O N F R O M M I C H A E L W A L T E R S D I C K P I R O Z Z O L O top: Saigon during the Vietnam War; bottom: Saigon today: Tu Do Street — known for bargirls, beer, and brawls during the Vietnam War has been renamed Dong Khoi Street and recast with trendy cafés and boutiques, appealing to a post-war generation of Vietnamese Millennials. What's more, the Ao Dai, the traditional Vietnamese garb, has been supplanted by the latest fashions. 178 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7 books "a snapshot in time"

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