Local veterans part of DVDs featuring Tom Brokaw.Byline: Susan Palmer The Register-Guard
Just in time for Memorial Day, Eugene-based Timeless Media Group has released a compelling three-DVD package that combines news anchor Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation" interviews with the local production company's own videos featuring the recollections of World War II veterans.
Brokaw, the well-known anchor of NBC's evening news who recently retired, wrote "The Greatest Generation" in 2001. The bestseller was a tribute to the men and women who came of age during the late '30s and early '40s - those who fought in the war and worked in the factories, then later settled down to work and raise families during a period of extraordinary growth.
In the aftermath of the book's publication, Brokaw and NBC NBC
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Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., General Electric Co. (GE), and Westinghouse and was the first U.S. company to operate a broadcast network. presented several news programs based on his book interviews.
Norm Anderson, president of Timeless Media Group, said his collaboration with NBC resulted from a conversation he had with a colleague who works for the network. When Anderson learned that NBC wanted to release the Tom Brokaw Thomas John Brokaw (born February 6, 1940 in Webster, South Dakota) is a popular American television journalist, Previously working on regularly scheduled news documentaries for the NBC television network, and is the former NBC News anchorman and managing editor of the program programs - he offered to take on the project.
Timeless Media Group has made a name for itself creating DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
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Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. documentaries highlighting key figures and periods in U.S. history and popular culture.
Last year, their three-DVD series on the D-Day landings was aired in its entirety on a local TV station.
The company also has a series looking at recent American history through the eyes of former news anchor Walter Cronkite Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (born November 4 1916) is a retired iconic American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for The CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). , titled "Cronkite Remembers."
But the Brokaw material didn't add up to three DVDs worth of programming and Anderson wanted to follow his well-established series format, so he proposed adding material from his own video archive.
Timeless Media crews have extensive interviews with about 1,000 war veterans describing their combat experiences, material they've also passed on to the U.S. Library of Congress.
"The legacy of these people is being lost," Anderson said. "That's why I get so fired up about this work."
Anderson proposed supplementing Brokaw's interviews with some of his own material, and after reviewing it, NBC agreed.
The DVDs include segments that focus on the Normandy invasion Normandy Invasion
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The highest U.S. military decoration, awarded in the name of Congress to members of the armed forces for gallantry and bravery beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy.
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n. 1. Science of medicine. and infantrymen all talk candidly about the war. Eugene residents including former Mayor Les Anderson Lee Anderson holds the record for catching the largest king salmon. It weighed 97 lb 4 oz (44.1 kg) and was caught in Soldotna, Alaska on the Kenai River on May 17, 1985. He also attended PPC college in Guisborough during the years 2005-2007. are among the veterans sharing their memories.
Some of the material highlights the often difficult relationships between the World War II-era generation and their children, who did not face the challenges of growing up during a depression and who felt differently about being called on to fight.
The DVD package is available locally and online.
In stores: At Fred Meyer, Costco and coming to Bi-Mart soon.
Online: Visit www .tombrokawdvd.com; price is $27.98