Nick Ut … photographer
Huỳnh Công Út, known professionally as Nick Ut was born on March 29, 1951. He is a photographer for the Associated Press. He won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for “The Terror of War”, depicting children in flight from a napalm bombing. In particular, his best-known photo features a naked 9-year-old girl, Phan Thị Kim Phúc, running toward the camera from a South Vietnamese napalm attack on North Vietnamese invaders at the Trảng Bàng village during the Vietnam War in June 1972. He is pictured here holding a copy of this now iconic photograph.
Born in Long An, Vietnam, Ut began to take photographs for the Associated Press when he was 16, just after his older brother Huynh Thanh My, another AP photographer, was killed in Vietnam. Ut himself was wounded three times in the war in his knee, arm, and stomach. Ut has since worked for the Associated Press in Tokyo,South Korea, and Hanoi and still maintains contact with Kim Phuc, who now resides in Canada.
Follow these links for more background information :
- News article – 40th anniversary of photograph 2012
- News article from 2014
John Deacon (born 19 August 1951) is an English musician, best known as the bassist for the phenomenally successful rock band Queen. Of the four members of the band, he was the last to join and also the youngest, being only natural nineteen years old when he was recruited in February 1971.
Deacon wrote a number of Queen’s many hit singles including You’re My Best Friend, I Want to Break Free, Back Chat, Spread Your Wings, and the band’s biggest selling single in the United States, Another One Bites the Dust, as well as a number of other album tracks. He also played electric and acoustic guitars on several albums and, to a lesser extent, keyboards, synthesizers, programming and drums. He very occasionally provided backing vocals during live shows. What a talented musician!
Following the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert In 1992, Deacon only performed 2 more times with the remaining members of Queen, in a charity concert in 1993 and a one-off rendition of The Show Must Go On in 1997 with Mercury’s friend Elton John. He played bass guitar on the final Queen song, No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young) – released that year on the Queen Rocks compilation – after which he retired from the music industry.
Yesterday we learned of the tragic and untimely death of the actor and comedian Robin Williams. Born in 1951, he was undoubtedly one of the finest and most original talents of his generation.
He first rose to fame in his role as Mork in the TV series Mork and Mindy. He went on to establish a successful career in stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His films included Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society and many more.
He was the recipient of an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
His death has prompted an outpouring of tributes from around the world including this one from his wife Susan – This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.
I will leave the final words to Robin Williams himself, or rather as his wonderful creation Mork of Mork and Mindy.