Michael Herr was a war correspondent and novelist. He began reporting from Vietnam for Esquire in the 1960s, during the height of the conflict, after being born in Lexington, Kentucky. He then wrote a memoir called Dispatches about his experiences. He is also the coauthor of the screenplays for Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, as well as The Big Room, Walter Winchell, and Kubrick. In 2016, he passed away.