File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 189

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 13:16:42 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] PBS- history and future

For those who were not yet born, it is useful to take a look back at 
how Public Broadcasting came to be.
I graduated from HS in '64.
I have to admit that 42 years ago Public Broadcasting was not foremost 
in my mind.
The shock of the horrific Kennedy assassination on 11/ 22/63 was still 
a pretty fresh memory.
I made my first trip to NYC that summer.
In addition to seeing my first live TV shows, Broadway and off Broadway 
productions, I spent quite a bit of time at the World's Fair.
There were traditional puppets used quite a bit, and of course Disney 
animatronic puppets where featured in at least 4 pavilions.
IBM used puppetry to try to make people understand how computer's 
LBJ sent over 20,000 American soldiers to Vietnam that same summer and 
that action had already claimed the life of one of my HS friends. Quite 
a few more would meet similar fates for a number of years to come.
My mind and focus were elsewhere,
Thanks for the link of Bill Moyers recounting what is was like to be in 
the federal administration when PBS was born.

"But democracy doesn't live by bread alone; it lives on ideas, too, and 
occasionally it needs a full-course banquet of truth." Boy, those words 
ring true in this time in the USA, when the only truth coming out of  
the nation's Capitol seems to be in the form of a cable tv satirical 
comedian's routine at a White House Correspondent's Annual dinner or a 
former Vice President's documentary on Global Warming.

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