A decorated Vietnam vet, Jim Magner is a painter with works in private, corporate, and government collections. He has been the author of a popular art column, “Art and the City,” for a Capitol Hill, DC paper since 2002. He has been a legislative assistant to a US senator, a government relations consultant, and a teacher. He has won numerous national awards for both painting and creative writing, including a gold medal for his painting “Children in Vietnam” in the Veterans Administration’s annual Creative Arts Festival.
Here are some things I have been up to since the book came out.
November 11, 2011(11-11-11) — Book Launch and ceremony at The Wall to present sergeant stripes to David Herbert who was killed on July 2, 1966.
His mother and family attended. Here is the link to the video, “A HAUNTING BEAUTY.”
Big Read: New Hanover County Library, Wilmington, NC. February 23, 2013
The National Endowment of the Arts funds the “Big Read.” Libraries pick a theme, and invite writers in to talk. The library system of Wilmington NC picked Vietnam literature for its topic.“A Haunting Beauty,” was one of only two to be featured. The other was “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.
They picked my book because it provides such a different perspective on that almost forgotten little war, and because it is “such a good read.” I did selected readings from the book to a large audience, and answered questions while images were projected on a screen.
50 Mile JFK Challenge,May 26, 2013
Spartan Challenge, July 26, 2014
I hadn’t run an obstacle course since I was in the army over 50 years ago. And the Spartan “Sprint” is no ordinary, run-of-the-mill obstacle course: 4½ miles,18 obstacles, steep hills and very thick mud. I hadn’t done much since the 50-mile walk, so this gave me the motivation to get back in the gym, and out on the track. It turned out that I was the oldest in the race, and they decided that that was a story. A videographer stayed with me the whole way. I started alone, but was adopted by a great group of young vets, Team RWB (Red, White and Blue.)
And although I was the oldest, I was not the slowest…by far. At least 250 folks in their 20s and 30s had slower times.