While fighting for North Vietnam, he ran into the woods with his then-infant son, Ho Van Lang, after a bomb exploded near his home, killing his wife and two other children, the newspaper Dan Tri reported. That was 1973.
He apparently has been there ever since, living in a tree house, with no contact with the “outside world.” His son is now 42 and doesn’t speak any language, never having heard more than a few words.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.