Saturday, March 26, 2016
JOE GARRAGIOLA, R.I.P.
Joe Garragiola, Sr. has died at age 90. One summer, during the Vietnam War, on NBC's Today Show, Garragiola interviewed my dad (Ed Slavin, Sr.) and several other 82nd Airborne Division Association paratroopers from World War II. They were attending their convention, that year in NYC.
Joe Garragiola was a great interviewer, and asked about anti-war protesters. My dad responded proudly, "My son is anti-war." I was thirteen years old. Even though we disagreed at that time on the war, he defended my constitutional rights to speak out. On national television. How cool is that!