Interview with Howard Holland

--and also when we talked, it was interesting, you made a comparison to your brother's experience, that I thought was interesting.


So if you could just talk about what it is that's happening and--


Well, I'm, as I went along through a city, ah, I guess my initial feeling was you know, how can people be doing this to their own home town, that, ah, they have to live there when this is over and they're burning down homes and, ah, businesses and, and literally putting people out of business. And, ah, ah, I guess one correlation that was, ah, at the time, ah, my mother received a letter from my brother who was over in Vietnam at the time and, ah, I Got a chance to sneak a phone call home one night, ah, just to let my parents know I was all right 'cause it'd been three or four days since I'd let them know what was going on. And, ah, my mother expressed a, ah, a thought then and I guess it stuck in my mind ever since, said - here I have one son in Vietnam in a combat zone, ah, and, ah, now I'm worried about you in our own home town, you know, downtown Detroit**, ah, and you're getting shot at and things like that. Ah, I tried to tell her, you know, that we were well protected and that it wasn't as bad as it was being depicted on the television and that but, ah, she was concerned. Ah, you know, had one, as I say, one brother in combat, ah, with all the people in Vietnam getting killed and my brother had written a letter, ah, that she received during the, ah, disturbance.