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Bridging the Gulf
Leigh Montville
December 30, 1991
A chance reunion with a photographer who covered the war helped put the year in focus
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December 30, 1991

Bridging The Gulf

A chance reunion with a photographer who covered the war helped put the year in focus

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He told the story of another photographer we had met, a dark-complected guy from the Bronx. That photographer's wrong turn had dropped him into the arms of a unit from the Alabama National Guard. The unit captured him, thinking he was an Iraqi spy. He was blindfolded and held for nearly 40 hours before he could convince the Alabama Guardsmen he truly was an American. Wasn't that something?

"Now you're doing baseball," I said.

"The whole city's going crazy," Wheeler said. "The Twins."

One year. Less than a year. The cameras were focused in the familiar direction again. I found that fact more amazing than anything I saw on any field or in any gymnasium or ice rink in all of 1991.

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