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Monday, July 4, 2011

Liberty's Kids: A sub-tropical Fourth of July spent reminiscing on how our country came to be


Through My Own Eyes (Liberty's Kid's opening theme)




Aaron Carter & Kayla Hinkle - Through My Own Eyes (Liberty's Kid's opening theme)
Performed July 4th, 2002 on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. for PBS-TV's
annual broadcast of "A Capitol Fourth" concert, featuring The National Symphony Orchestra. Introduced By Barry Bostwick

These concerts on The Mall are one of the things that I miss most about no longer living in the Washington area, besides my friends, of course, not to mention, riding the Metro, visiting the Smithsonian museums, the Orioles, riding my bike along the Potomac, the four seasons and the sense of being somewhere where things are always happening.
(Teaser Alert: things are NOT always happening in Hallandale Beach, Florida.)

Tonight's concert, hosted by actor Jimmy Smits, begins at 8 p.m. with a repeat on most PBS stations at 9:30
. http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/

In my blog post three months ago ago about the the rather lighthearted graphic novel comic book on Prince William and Kate Middleton that aimed to explain their back-story, the very first thing that hit me as I looked at the illustrations was how much they reminded me EXACTLY of the way the characters in Liberty's Kids were depicted, the children's TV series on Revolutionary America that ran on the PBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.


One of my neighbor's kids in Arlington County used to watch Liberty's Kids all the time when I was over at her house visiting her folks,
She was surprised to learn that her cool neighbor who had so many magazines delivered to his house and who was the resident Orioles expert on the block, ALSO knew a lot about about American history, and I lent her some copies of some good history books, including a comparison of the American, French and Russian revolutions.

Years later, she got into UVA, the University of Virgina, Mr. Jefferson's school, where the second-oldest of my three niece has just finished her freshman year.

Plus, up there, as opposed to South Florida, they used to run Liberty's Kids marathons from alpha-to-omega.
The best episode I saw was the one on Ceasar Rodney, someone I've mentioned here in the blog a time or two, since though he's almost completely forgotten today, even among otherwise intelligent people, the truth is, without Rodney, there's no American Constitution.
Period.


Above, Hallandale Beach, Florida, U.S.A. June 20, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

If you are going to be around the house or driving around this morning, might I suggest that you give a listen to someone whom I used to listen to every weekday for over 20 years?
This morning, from 10-Noon, NPR's Diane Rehm Show will be airing encrore performances of two of my favorite American historians, both Pulitzer Prize winners.

At 10:06 am. Gordon Wood will discuss his collected essays on the primacy of the American Revolution in American history, "The Idea of America."
I've read many of his books in the past and even given one as a gift to a friend while up in D.C.

At 11:06 a.m., David McCullough, whom I've discussed here before, speaks on his book about 19th Century Americans with a yen for travel in la France in "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris."




United We Stand



1993 ELVIS PRESLEY STAMP -WATERCOLOR OF ELVIS BY MARK STUTZMAMN

Below, a wonderful song my great friend (and gifted singer) Shannon and I used to love to sing together in her apt. in D.C.
But, of course, nobody could sing it quite like Elvis...

Elvis Presley - An American Trilogy (from ELVIS Aloha from Hawaii, January,1973)


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