ALTHOUGH WE ARE vaguely familiar with this title, we can't truly say that we had an independent recollection of viewing it. This may well be true for this writer (born 1946) and the Ryan family of 4402 S. Shields Avenue, Chicago, Illinois did not get our television set until late in 1950. The series, which we now know to be the first made for television documentary series, ran 1st time in 1949-50 and saw very little subsequent showings. This is a sharp contrast to NBC's VICTORY AT SEA; which seems to have been rerun for years.
THIS SERIES OWES its origin and title to the biographical memoirs collected and published by Doubleday in 1948. Using General Eisenhower's book as a guide, the series used graphics of page and individual weekly installments made it a habit to use imagery of the book as beginning and ending visuals.
WE FOUND THAT our viewing of this television series was a production of MARCH OF TIME productions; which was a visual and theatrical counterpart of Time Magazine. The television production had many of the same elements as the theatrical news shorts; including narrator, Westbrook Van Voorhis and writers.
ALTHOUGH THIS WAS a seemingly "lost" and little seen series, it is a "missing in action" item no longer. Now through the magic of our computerized world and Al Gore's internet*, one can order a order up a comlpete series set in glorious DVD without even leaving the comfort of home! And it won't cost you as much as dining at your neighborhood hash house.
WOW, CLEVER THESE Americans !
NOTE * We're only kidding about who invented the Internet; but you knew that all along !
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