The Saigon Evacuation

I’m impressed you were able to write so legibly on your own butt. — Lisa, “Bart vs. Australia”

This iconic photograph was taken on April 29, 1975, one day before the North Vietnamese captured the city of Saigon and put the kibosh on the Vietnam War. Contrary to popular belief, the building is not the U.S. embassy; it’s a CIA-occupied apartment building in the area.

The photographer was a Dutch guy named Hubert Van Es. His first-hand account of the evacuation day can be found here.

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3 Responses to The Saigon Evacuation

  1. I'mSomeOneElse! says:

    “Welcome neighbors. Since the police can’t seem to get off their Duff-a-roonies” to do something about this burglar-ino, I think it’s time we start our own neighborhood watch…arooni!” – Ned
    Flanders.

    “… one night we suddenly went mad together again; we went to see Slim Gaillard in a little Frisco nightclub. Slim Gaillard is a tall, thin Negro with big sad eyes who’s always saying ‘Right-orooni’ and ‘How ’bout a little bourbon-arooni…Then he slowly gets up and takes the mike and says, very slowly, ‘Great-orooni … fine-ovauti … hello-orooni … bourbon-orooni … all-orooni … how are the boys in the front row making out with their girls-orooni … orooni … vauti … oroonirooni …” He keeps this up for fifteen minutes.” -excerpt from On the Road, by Jack Kerouac (1957)

    Can you investigate the relationship between steady Neddy’s vocal flourishes and Slim Gaillards self-invented language called “Vout?” Slim was an African American jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist who traveled the world with his sailor father and was once stranded on the island of Crete for six months. Check out this clip of “Dunkin’ Bagels” (1945). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntUNRiC5-z0&feature=related

    That’s right, I’m suggesting New England’s favorite coffee drive-through ripped its name off a comic jazz tune written half a decade prior. Matzah-Balls-arooni!

  2. This was also sorta referenced in the evacuation of Itchy & Scratchy Land. The “When you get to hell, tell ‘em Itchy sent ya!” moment is reminiscent of this famous shot: http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/uploads/vietnamwar_fallofsaigon.jpg

  3. Pingback: Vout | Springfield Historical Society @ mcgarnagle.com

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