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The Eisenhower Legacy

An Ongoing Series of Television Programs
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Washington, D.C. – The most important television programming about Dwight D. Eisenhower’s two decades of extraordinary military and political leadership, 1941 – 1961, is to be augmented by a new program in "The Eisenhower Legacy" series from Starbright Media Corporation.

The new program, entitled "IKE: From Warrior to President," will evalute the eight years of the Eisenhower presidency, 1953 - 1961, based on the latest research by senior Eisenhower scholars. It will also provide the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of Ike’s decision in 1952 to leave his beloved Army, and Command of NATO forces in Europe to enter the chaotic political arena and seek the GOP nomination for President. Much new information on the background of Ike's decision to run has been brought to light by recent scholarship using a little-known collection of records available to researchers at the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

This Special will be written and produced by Dr. George A. Colburn, a historian who created, wrote and produced the other programs in The Eisenhower Legacy series for SMC. Like all shows in the series, "IKE: From Warrior to President" will be produced by SMC in association with Gancie Television, Inc. of Washington, D.C.

Click on photo for more about John Chancellor.The Special, now in production, is expected to be completed in 2010. Dr. Colburn premiered early segments of the show in late 2002 at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and at a conference on the 1952 election organized by the History Department at Gettysburg College and the National Park Service's Eisenhower Home Historic Site, Gettysburg.

The Legacy series of programs on Eisenhower currently includes three Specials and a four-part series of 75-minute programs that first aired on The Disney Channel in late 1996. The late John Chancellor, the distinguished NBC News journalist, hosted the three Specials. Gen. Colin L. Powell (U.S. Army Ret.), now Secretary of State, hosted the 4-part Eisenhower Legacy series on the Disney Channel.

For middle school and high school courses, Starbright Media has also produced a 20-part multi-media series of video programs. Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, this series includes almost eight hours of video programming along with print and computer materials for both students and teachers. Entitled "The Eisenhower Era," this educational package is now available from SMC.

The Legacy series of programs covers Ike’s roles as Supreme Commander in World War II, as Army Chief of Staff in the early Cold War years, as Supreme Commander of NATO in the dark days following the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, and as political leader of the "free world" from 1953 until 1961, a period of ongoing crises around the globe, and a time of accelerating tensions with the USSR that threatened frequently to expand beyond local "hot spots" into nuclear war.

For more information, contact Starbright Media:

Dr. George Colburn
Post Office Box 309, Walloon Lake, MI 49796
231/535-2440 or 202/258-4887

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