Monday, September 28, 2009
Learn AND Enjoy
Television doesn't get much better than a Ken Burns documentary. He has a way of making history come alive. Whether it is the Civil War, baseball or jazz, Burns' ability to provide context to a subject and help us see historic events through the eyes of ordinary people, epic and iconic figures is both instructional and inspirational.
Now his masterful touch has been added to the history of our country's national parks. "The National Parks: America's Best Idea". I've never been to a national park, but after watching the first installment, he's got me interested.
For those of you who have been, this series provides an even deeper appreciation of what is unique about America among all other countries: the public stewardship of our great national resources.
And for those football fans among us, of whatever age, Showtime's Full Color Football is a wonderful look back at the days when the old American Football League competed with the National Football League for players, fans, money and status.
Its a great look at how this upstart league helped break the color line in professional football, became the forerunner of the type of wide open, down field exciting play that we enjoy now and the colorful characters that made football fun. 'Ocho Cinco' would have been right at home in the AFL!
You don't have to choose. You can enjoy them both!