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Happy Birthday To Norwalk’s Philip Caputo

Philip Caputo turns 73 on Tuesday.
Philip Caputo turns 73 on Tuesday. Photo Credit:

NORWALK, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Norwalk’s Philip Caputo!

Philip Caputo, who has owned a home in Norwalk, turns 73 on Tuesday. The author and journalist was born June 10, 1941, in Westchester, Illinois.

From 1965–1966 Caputo served in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) as an infantry lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served in combat and earned several medals and awards upon completion of his tour of duty.

After serving three years in the Corps, he began a career in journalism, joining the staff of the Chicago Tribune in 1968.

In 1973, he was part of a writing team that won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on election fraud in Chicago. For the next five years, he was a foreign correspondent for the Tribune. He covered the fall of Saigon in 1975, and he served in Italy, the Soviet Union and the Middle East.

His acclaimed memoir of Vietnam, A Rumor of War, has been published in 15 languages and sold two million copies since its publication in 1977. The book was made into a two-part TV movie in 1980.

His 15th book, the nonfiction travel/adventure book The Longest Road: Overland In Search of America from Key West to the Arctic Ocean,  published in July 2013 by Henry Holt.

In addition to books, he has published dozens of major magazine articles, reviews, and op-ed pieces in publications ranging from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post to Esquire, National Geographic, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

He has lectured at approximately 20 universities and prep schools around the country, has been a featured speaker for the National Book Committee, the American Library Association, and the American Publishers Association.

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