Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by A.H.Black, Oct 1, 2012.
Anytime I see these recaps with their 'burning questions' it makes me laugh. I advise everyone to keeps their hopes low.
Yeah, I don't have any burning questions either. I'll watch in January when it comes to PBS, but DA went from "must-see-TV" to "entertaining diversion" a long time ago.
I have seen bad reviews from people who saw something before I did , before, and then it was televised, I liked it. So I am waiting until I see it myself to judge it.
Did anyone else see The Candy Bomber the other night? What a story and what a man to boot!!
It is the story of an Air Force pilot who during the Berlin Airlift at the end of World War II, who came up w/a way to get candy to the children of West Berlin by tying Hershey bars and pieces of gum to handkerchief parachutes and tossing them out the windows of the Bomber on their approach into the airfield. He had met some of the kids a few days before when they had gathered behind a portion of the fencing around the base, gave them all he had in the way of candy, which was only two pieces of Wrigley's Spearmint gum and watching those kids first split the pieces as small as possible to get to as many as possible and then...Then they tore the wrappers up and handed that out. He said seeing those kids just bring that wrapper up to their noses and take in the first smell of something in the way of candy in such a long time was what make him decide to come up w/what became known as Operation Little Vittles.
It really is quite the story and I needed the Kleenex box a couple of times too, so fair warning there!! I really hope it comes back on again, as the Parents missed it and I know they'd love it. Anyway, if you get a chance to see this, watch it!! You won't regret it.
He lives in my area so I have known much of the story for years. I'm glad to see his story told on a much larger stage. He is quite a man - in his nineties and still very active and still serving.
I saw a bit of it. Such an amazing story.
Here is a link to the program preview;
I first heard/saw the story when Tom Brokaw told it during last year's Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Special.
If I find a clip, I'll share it,
Here it is:
I was moved by "The Candy Bomber." I also remember that "The American Experience" featured a docu about the Berlin Airlift. At the end a man was talking about being a small boy in Germany tasting his first orange that came directly from the airlift. Who knew a simple orange would be something to be savored? These programs remind me how much we take for granted.
I caught up on my NOVA evisode "First Man on the Moon" about Neil Armstrong. Armstrong was one of my true heroes. It was very well done. Nice to hear directly from friends and close family. He was quite a man. It seems he was able to be completely calm in a crisis - a very rare quality. He was certainly the right man for the role of first on the moon.
Yay, there's a new "holiday special" episode of Call the Midwife scheduled for Christmas day. I thought it was a repeat of last year's special, but it looks like it's a new one.
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