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Artist Author Talk: Compass and Camera: A Year in Vietnam

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Village Theatre & Art Gallery

233 Front Street

Danville, CA 94526

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Come out on Thursday, November 8th (7PM) to see Photogrpaher Author, Steven Burchik for a FREE Author Talk about his book, Compass and a Camera: A Year in Vietnam. 45 minute presentation, including the best photos from his 4,000 picture collection followed by a Q&A. Books will be for sale.

www.stevenburchik.com

Steven Burchik grew up in New York City and earned his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College during the turbulent sixties. He worked his way through school, including a stint at the New York Daily News, and remained active on campus—even starting a second student newspaper to provide an outlet for students to voice different views.

After graduating, he entered the US Army at the peak of the Vietnam War. He trained at various bases in the US then spent a year in the rice paddies northeast of Saigon in the role of a forward observer as a sergeant with the 1st Infantry Division. He later earned his MBA from Michigan State University and had a successful career as a marketing executive and entrepreneur in the food industry.

With a compass to direct him in his job as a forward observer and a personal camera to document his experiences—and keep him connected to his creative side—Vietnam veteran Steven Burchik was lucky enough to make it home and years later decided to write about the most challenging year of his life.

Like any experience, his year spent with the 1st Infantry Division stationed in the rice paddies near Saigon included good times as well as bad. He candidly recalls how, although he believed communism to be a serious threat in the world, he soon learned that a guerilla war is a difficult one to fight, and survival rather than victory quickly became his focus. But he also remembers the exhilaration of helicopter rides over serpentine rivers and the time he introduced village kids to a gumball machine.

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