Cameramen of Yesteryear

September 14, 2006
Havana, Cuba

Video: Fidel Castro's
Rare Appearance

Where's Kolya? He left me in Tbilisi with a bad tooth, came back with no molar and a huge cheek, and still took the camera off my shoulder to finish the job.

Where are the cameramen of yesteryear?

Where's Mike? He broke his wrist on a jaw in a Moscow crowd, and then worked until dark. He was back the next morning with a green cast on his arm.

Where are the cameramen of yesteryear?

Where's Woj? He went up a mountain in Jabal Saraj every night to bug the locals with no reporter, waiting alone for the picture of the start of the war.

Where are the cameramen of yesteryear?

Where's Slim? He wrapped his bleeding fingers with duct tape at night from Bagram to Kandahar, and never mentioned it.

Where are the cameramen of yesteryear?

Where's P. Rudden? He caught shrapnel on his hand in Karbala, and videotaped himself being taped.

Where are the cameramen of yesteryear?

Where is Running Man, who ate a bad mango in Zamboanga that caused his left eye closed, but he stayed.

Where are the cameramen of yesteryear?"

September 13, 2006
Havana, Cuba

"Roethlisberger's gonna start this weekend."

"I don't like that guy."

"You don't like him because he was riding without a helmet?"

"That's right. Terry Bradshaw told him a year ago — wait until you're 35, then get yourself a big hog and ride it. There's people on that team, Polamalu, Joey Porter, they're giving their lives, and this guy is riding a speed bike with no license and no helmet."

"They're not giving their lives. You think they care that much? It's just football."

"It's just football? Are you kidding? Terry Bradshaw said he'd give anything to go out there on the one-yard line just one more time. He knows he could do it."

"He'd get killed."

"Fran Tarkenton says not a day goes by without thinking about those Superbowl losses. It's who you are, it's what you do."

"They've got insurance."

E-mail Harrigan
Video: Non-Alignment Summit in Cuba


I watched you in Cuba, and thought about October 1962. I am now 55 and I am more worried now about the need to "duck and cover" than I was then. Nice little group meeting — they are what the phrase "thick as thieves" would apply to — and so close to home.

Hope you at least come home with a good cigar.

Be safe,


I started to read your blogs a few months ago and I must admit I have become somewhat interested in what comes next. Your existential style (for lack of a more precise word) has the nuance of someone that has "seen the elephants." Your un-heroic tone when in a deeply crappy place tells me that you are one of the few people in your business that observes well when under fire, an acquired skill that is rare indeed. Don't have too much fun.

Jim, Idaho

Hi Steve,

Wonder if you saw the geese when you were here in Camp Fallujah. We have 19 geese and one duck. When I was here in Oct 2005 there were 2 geese and 2 ducks and shortly thereafter 3 more geese joined the group. In late Feb some of the geese started laying eggs and when I returned in late June there were 19 geese and only one duck. Well I just found out that some bird Colonel was bitten by one of the geese and now he wants them all exterminated. If he was bitten by a goose then he should not have been hand feeding them which was probably the case as many of the Marines do the same thing. The brass has been looking for an excuse to eliminate these geese for some time and I guess this is the newest twist. What a shame.

Have fun back in the States and hurry back.

Cheers Rich Y.
Camp Fallujah, Iraq

Steve, Please come see us. We are in Mosul at FOB Diamondback.

“US’ being the Army Corps of Engineers. We are civilian employees of the Corps but have military assigned to us....We are now drinking bottled water from out very own treatment plant. GEN McCoy had a journalist travel with him, he saw all the good and all the progress and when he got home he wrote a crappy article about how awful the reconstruction was. Come see for yourself.

LSA Diamondback

Mr. Harrigan:

Thank you for writing about the daily life in Fallujah. My brother is a SSgt there, and he directed me to your blog. You give me some sliver of an idea of what my brother sees, hears and eats during the day.

This is priceless information for those of us with loved ones there.


I know it is has to be tough, but you should find time to write a book. You have gift. A knack, if you will. Your ability is to convey not just the emotion of a setting but all the small nuances that fill out the story, allowing the reader connect in a way that few journalists have the ability convey.

Keep writing,

Houston, TX

Mr. Harrigan,

I just want to say bravo. You give the straight scoop, no bs, no ad-lib -- unbiased reporting. In other words, you do what a reporter is supposed to do. I was in the first Gulf War, and that doesn’t holed a candle to what’s going on now. My brother is on his 4th tour their now, and we couldn’t be prouder of him, and ALL the men, and women in country. It’s great to hear that the Iraqi soldiers are taking more of a lead role, and that the training is starting to pay off, albeit a little slow, but it’s starting to build. I’ll never forget the look on the Kuwaiti’s faces as we rolled in, it was almost like what the Allies saw liberating a Nazi help town, it makes you realize what you’re fighting for. I pray things get better in Iraq, for everyone.