Letter to Suzanne Berger, Chair Greenburgh Democrats 4/28/05

Richard J. Garfunkel

2801 Watch Hill Drive

Tarrytown, NY 10591

 

 

 

April 28, 2005

 

 

To Suzanne Berger and the Greenburgh Democratic Town Committee:

 

On May 26, 2005 you will be faced with a very important decision. You have the power to designate candidates for the position of Greenburgh Town Board Member on the Democratic slate in the upcoming election. This is a powerful and important position, as that person represents one of five votes and is responsible for setting policy, overseeing services and taxes and maintaining the overall well being of our town. The person you designate is not only the face of the Democratic Party, but if elected, represents all residents of Greenburgh.

 

Last night, April 27, 2005, at the Greenburgh Town Board Meeting, Mr. Francis Sheehan, a candidate for the office of Town Board accused Mr. Don Siegel of being a racist. Many people, including the signers of the letter, witnessed this accusation. Mr. Siegel challenged Mr. Sheehan to repeat his “slur.” Mr. Sheehan demurred and attempted to “bait” Mr. Siegel into a “low-level” exchange of charges.

 

We believe that this type of behavior is not only antithetical to the principles of the Democratic Party, but clearly demonstrates that Mr. Sheehan lacks the qualifications to be a member of the Town Board. Will he behave this way to residents of the town if he was elected? Would his election make for a cohesive Board, prepared to move forward in a spirit of open mindedness and cooperation regarding the many serious issues facing the town, or will Mr. Sheehan engage in this type of behavior of character assassination? This is not a political issue. The accusations Mr. Sheehan made are serious. We believe that he does not deserve the designation of the committee.

 

The Chairperson of the Greenburgh Democrats should institute an investigation of his conduct immediately. In this day and age of race sensitivity, Mr. Sheehan's conduct is abhorrent and irresponsible. We are asking the Chairperson and the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party to ask Mr. Sheehan whether he did indeed made this spurious and uncalled-for attack and personal insult to Mr. Siegel. If he made this statement, he should apologize immediately, and withdraw his name from any consideration for the designation. These are not the ideals that the Democratic Party represents.

 

Regards,

 

 

Richard J. Garfunkel

 

 

Jason Gooljar

 

 

PS: If action is not taken immediately on this issue this letter will be forwarded to the press.

 

 

Letter to Suzanne Berger and the Greenburgh Democrats 4-28-2005

           Richard J. Garfunkel

2801 Watch Hill Drive

Tarrytown, NY 10591

 

 

 

April 28, 2005

 

 

To Suzanne Berger and the Greenburgh Democratic Town Committee:

 

On May 26, 2005 you will be faced with a very important decision. You have the power to designate candidates for the position of Greenburgh Town Board Member on the Democratic slate in the upcoming election. This is a powerful and important position, as that person represents one of five votes and is responsible for setting policy, overseeing services and taxes and maintaining the overall well being of our town. The person you designate is not only the face of the Democratic Party, but if elected, represents all residents of Greenburgh.

 

Last night, April 27, 2005, at the Greenburgh Town Board Meeting, Mr. Francis Sheehan, a candidate for the office of Town Board accused Mr. Don Siegel of being a racist. Many people, including the signers of the letter, witnessed this accusation. Mr. Siegel challenged Mr. Sheehan to repeat his “slur.” Mr. Sheehan demurred and attempted to “bait” Mr. Siegel into a “low-level” exchange of charges.

 

We believe that this type of behavior is not only antithetical to the principles of the Democratic Party, but clearly demonstrates that Mr. Sheehan lacks the qualifications to be a member of the Town Board. Will he behave this way to residents of the town if he was elected? Would his election make for a cohesive Board, prepared to move forward in a spirit of open mindedness and cooperation regarding the many serious issues facing the town, or will Mr. Sheehan engage in this type of behavior of character assassination? This is not a political issue. The accusations Mr. Sheehan made are serious. We believe that he does not deserve the designation of the committee.

 

The Chairperson of the Greenburgh Democrats should institute an investigation of his conduct immediately. In this day and age of race sensitivity, Mr. Sheehan's conduct is abhorrent and irresponsible. We are asking the Chairperson and the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party to ask Mr. Sheehan whether he did indeed made this spurious and uncalled-for attack and personal insult to Mr. Siegel. If he made this statement, he should apologize immediately, and withdraw his name from any consideration for the designation. These are not the ideals that the Democratic Party represents.

 

Regards,

 

 

Richard J. Garfunkel

 

 

Jason Gooljar

 

 

PS: If action is not taken immediately on this issue this letter will be forwarded to the press.

 

 

Re-ElectPaul Feiner Press Release 4-21-05

 

 

 

 

THE RE-ELECT PAUL FEINER CAMPAIGN

Richard J. Garfunkel, Campaign Chairperson

April 21, 2005

Press Release:

 

FEINER AND HIS NEW RUNNING MATES DENGLER AND MORGAN START REACH OUT LISTENING TOUR OF GREENBURGH

 

Supervisor Paul Feiner and his 2005 Council Campaign Team; Kevin Morgan, a retired former Greenburgh Police detective and former Dobbs Ferry Trustee Allegra Dengler started their “Information Tour” Campaign today at the Knollwood Shopping Center A & P. Supervisor Feiner and his team spent the late afternoon handing out literature giving both sides of the $20 million library expansion issue that will be the subject of the upcoming May 10th referendum.  Joined by other campaign workers, the Feiner Team found many voters aware of the May referendum. Feiner, Morgan and Dengler want to make sure that everyone who votes has all the facts so they can cast an informed ballot. The three candidates are proud of the fact that they prepared a non-political handout that summarizes reasons to vote for and against the referendum. No taxpayer funds are being used to pay for these handouts. The Feiner Campaign intends over the next few weeks to inform the public about both sides of this critical issue. After over twenty years representing this area, Supervisor Feiner was able to say hello to many, many supporters who expressed their gratitude for his 24/7 work ethic regarding “Problem Solving.”

 

Over the next few weeks the Feiner Campaign will be soliciting opinion and feedback at locations all over Greenburgh!

 

 

Richard J. Garfunkel

 

2801 Watch Hill Drive

Tarrytown, NY 10591

 

914-524-8381

914-261-6587 ( C )

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Breen Letter 4-18-05

The Jon Breen Fund

Mount Vernon High School

100 California Road

Mount Vernon, NY 10552

 

April 18, 2005

 

Dear Friends and fellow classmates

 

Hello from Tarrytown, NY. I hope that this letter finds all of you and yours in excellent shape after this rough winter that the Northeast has endured. Frankly I cannot remember one winter from the next, but some stick out as worse or better than others. Since my last letter in August we endured the Presidential election, the pennant debacle for the Yankees and the end of the Red Sox 1918 curse. The Sox, with that onerous monkey off their back, no longer have the excuse of being pathetic also-rans. We have entered into our 2nd year of Gulf War II and even though our casualties have dropped off thankfully, the specter of our departure seems to be still far away. We have been e-mailing a soldier named Justin Colby who we met at the Westin Hotel in Princeton during Thanksgiving. He’s a Reservist who was newly married and just called up for a year in Iraq. It’s a bit different knowing somebody that is over there and in the line of fire, not just an abstract name out of 10’s of million. We have sent him candy and other small items. He’s had some problems accessing e-mail, so we asked our Congresswoman Nita Lowey to investigate the problem. If you wish to e-mail him, he can be reached at Justin_colby2003@yahoo.com . I am sure he would be glad to hear from someone stateside.

 

I was able to see the MV Knights play a few times this season, and I attended the New Rochelle –Mount Vernon Section I final. NR finally got the better of their ancient rival. Not only did the Huguenots break the Knights 50 game Section I winning streak during the season, but they muscled past the favored Knights in front of a jammed packed County Center. Well after 5 straight titles, the younger Knights, who had their opportunities to win, lost to a physically stronger and hot team. But fortune did not shine on New Rochelle at the State Finals in Glens Falls, where Niagara Falls H.S., who lost to MV last year, beat them handily.

 

Recently I was invited to become a member of the Student College Fund Committee of Mount Vernon that dates back to the 1920’s. Many of the current members are pretty “long in the tooth” and hopefully I can bring some ideas to the table regarding how that fund can be sustained. We had a meeting again on April 11th so if any of you have any ideas or live in the nearby region and want to participate in the future, please let me know! By the way, I was able to learn from Eric Dreyfus, class of 1955, that their AB Davis Class of is having its 50th reunion. They have a great web site, if you know people from those days, look into www.members.aol.com/ABDavisReunion55/index.html . This year’s Jon Breen Scholarship Essay is How Do You Balance Freedom of Speech Through Creative Expression that may be Abhorrent, Offensive or Illegal to Other Members of Society? The essay will be judged on one’s ability to demonstrate an understanding between the delicate balance between artistic freedom or creative self-expression, and the rights of others who feel they have been otherwise maligned by forms of expression, that are generally offensive to the moral and ethical standards of the community. This year I am giving a lecture to Mount Vernon High School AP history students, and the topic will be the New Deal and the Dilemma of the 2nd Term 1916-2004. You can see all of this information on http://www.richardjgarfunkel.com. This past week was the 60th anniversary of the death of FDR in Warm Springs, Georgia.

 

With regards to Mount Vernon memories, old friends Alan and Wendy Rosenberg are doing quite well. Alan is still a very knowledgeable basketball junkie and attends Knick and Net games with regularity. Warren and Mary Adis are going with us to the Museum of Natural History in a few weeks and hopefully we will meet Michael and Sandy Rosenblum for dinner that evening. Warren is still a professor at Iona and is back in the good old USA after a yearlong sabbatical in Australia, New Zealand, Indo-China and Israel, while Michael is constantly busy as real-estate broker in NYC. Jimmy Kurtz is still braving the Upstate New York weather, but has been traveling and seems as chipper and upbeat as usual. Marcia Salonger is also in the real-estate business in NYC, and tells me that skiing in Switzerland is great. I periodically speak to Joel Zalvin who’s active in the insurance business with New England Financial. Bill Bernstein, has retired from the legal department of Coca-Cola and has relocated to Florida with his wife Joan, also a Mount Vernon native. We have been exchanging numerous e-mails through the recent political campaign. Barbara Blumberg Baron is thriving in Virginia. She recently told me that she stays in contact with Elaine Knopping. I also heard from Lois Goodman, who also lives in the south. She attended the lower grades in Mount Vernon before moving overseas. I am always hearing from Frank Engel, who is a great correspondent is still teaching and playing jazz in Seattle. Larry Reich is still very active in the medical profession in Beverly Hills, and his surgery center has been the chosen locale for the television hit, “Extreme Makeover.” Stan Goldmark’s oldest daughter is up at Syracuse and he is still quite enthusiastic over Wisconsin football, Lew and Isabella Perelman are enjoying life in Virginia and he is affiliated with the Homeland Security Department. I hear from Matthew Goldberg who practices law in Oakland, Alice Marker Peters who with her husband are independent publishers in Massachusetts. Barbara Tucci Parent has been cruising all over the world. I heard from a Carol Clark, Class of 1962, who met my daughter at a conference in Boston. I also have heard from Fran Lazar Ashkin, Alan Wexler, and Carol Bellew, who just told me that she was out golfing with her son. I have done that many times, and in fact, I played with my father when he was 87 and my son Jon was a teenager. My father finally put his golf clubs away at 93, but now is plugging away towards 101 along with my mother who is 97! If you are interested in some eclectic blogging, look at my son’s site at www.civilities.net.

 

If you are interested in communicating via e-mail please contact me at rjg727@optonline.net. Also, no check is refused and you can send any contribution to me or directly to the high school.

 

Regards,

 

 

Richard J. Garfunkel

 

2801 Watch Hill Drive

Tarrytown, NY 10591

914-524-8381 (H)

914-261-6587 (C)

914-4677802   (O)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FDR and Churchill- Their Political and Military Legacy 4-1-05

FDR and Churchill
Their Political and Military Legacy
April 1, 2005
Richard J. Garfunkel
 
Churchill saves the West! by Kaaren Hale!
 
Very well said! With regards to Churchill the political role of the American system is much different then Britain. Churchill never had to really stand for election as leader and was never really trusted with “domestic” responsibilities. He was much more of a “loose cannon” and never really felt comfortable working with others. He was certainly a fabulous talent, but had too many inner doubts to be completely confident with himself. His “black” moods and depression limited his ability to have the confidence to “rule.” He had too many opinions that limited his ability to make political alliances. He was a man of action and not a calculating “planner.” He never understood the need to build organization of political support. He was basically a talented loner.
 
He was not willing to sublimate himself to the will of others and never could pose as a team player. he wasn't prepared for the 1945 elections that swamped him and his government. His campaign was terrible and he did not have a “clue” what the public was thinking. He was still a captive of the upper classes that dominated British life. He seemed unaware and unconcerned regarding how the MacDonald-Baldwin-Chamberlain governments ignored the working classes that suffered throughout the Depression. He was not big on real reform that would have worked to restructure the critically unbalanced British economic and social landscape and infrastructure.  He never understood the moribund future of colonialism and his attitude towards India was pretty foolish and primitive. His political philosophy was inconstant and vacillating. He constantly was mistrusted by both sides of the British ideological divide. He was not able to dominate either party and was perceived by the public as a political outsider with no place to “hang his hat.” His strategy in the First World War was badly flawed by the disaster of Gallipoli. He “snafu “was actuated more by logistical insanity then strategic miscalculation. All in all it was a terrible costly failure in blood, material, and his career.
 
With regards to WW II his strategy was basically no better then Chamberlain's and he experienced disasters with the navy in Norway, the British 8th Army in North Africa and its collapse at Tobruk, the insane and huge defeat and disaster in Singapore, (the worst most foolish British defeat in history), the disaster at Dunkerque, the catastrophic losses of the Repulse and Prince of Wales off Hainan Island, near the Chinese mainland, the abandonment of Greece and Crete, the ill-fated attack at Dieppe, the alienation of the French and the subsequent defection of the French fleet causing the need for it to be crippled by British naval action and many others. He was lucky that the Nazis re-directed the Luftwaffe to bomb British cities and not go after their radar early warning stations, their aerodromes and the British fighter defense. A smartly delivered strategy against these targets would have attritted the British to a defenseless posture. 
 
Basically Lend-Lease, the US Navy and the convoy system, the undeclared US naval war in the North Atlantic against the Nazi submarine wolfpacks and the attacks by Germany on Yugoslavia and Greece, culminating with the postponed late spring , early summer invasion of Russia helped Britain survive. Churchill strong vocal leadership rallied Britain and the free world, but without Roosevelt and the power that he formulated by creating the “Arsenal of Democracy,” Britain would have eventually been beaten despite the flawed Hitlerian strategy. If the US had not helped Britain with Lend-Lease and our fleet, Russia probably would have been neutralized and the further European resistance would have ceased. Greece and Yugoslavia were basically beaten, and the rest of the Eastern Europe, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania were German allies. Turkey was in Germany's camp and would have remained a “player” looking to get back into reclaiming their former Ottoman Empire.
 
Churchill did have many successes aside from American help. Their victory at Taranto that devastated the Italian fleet, the sinking of the Graf Spee, the hunting down of the Bismarck, the destruction of the 10 German destroyers off Norway, his actions with Orde Wingate and the Chindits in Burma, his mobilizing massive bombing raids over Germany, the destruction of the French dry docks, and his selection of Montgomery to head the British 8th and his subsequent victory at El Alemain were strong plusses. But even with the entrance of America into the war, later British strategy with Churchill's blessing and interference led to the huge loses in Holland with the ill-fated Market-Garden assault on the Dutch bridges. Montgomery, Churchill's greatest choice for leadership squandered his opportunity to cross the Rhine and was trumped by the American capture of the Ludendorf Bridge at Remagen. That single event of intrepid work by American forces dealt a huge blow to German resistance on the Western front. While Montgomery was accumulating landing craft, the US Army was surging over the Rhine with men and armor, creating an unassailable bridgehead, and trapping German forces on the wrong side of the River.
 
FDR, on the other hand mobilized the American economy in an unprecedented way, fought an effective two ocean war, selected and appointed excellent overall leadership with his Joint Chiefs lead by Admiral Leahy, who coordinated the activities of Generals Marshall and Arnold along with Admiral King. FDR's selections, in all of the theaters of his responsibility; of MacAthur, Nimitz, Eisenhower, reflected excellent carefully thought out judgment. Their choices of subordinates that included Bedell-Smith, Clark, Bradley, Patton, Hodges, Simpson, Eaker, Doolittle, Stillwell, Halsey, Spruance, Vandergrift, Smith, Lemay and many others spelled eventual success. His speeches,and cool leadership gave the people confidence after Pearl Harbor and the loss of the Philippines. FDR's leadership of the wartime conferences at Argentia Bay, Quebec, Casablanca, Teheran and Yalta  were the driving force behind victory and the post-war dominance of the West. His sponsoring of the Bretton Woods Conference had the most lasting effect on the future world's economies vis-a-vis monetary stability. All in all FDR's domestic leadership before and during the war were unprecedented. The late President, the architect of victory, won a hard earned election in 1944, with excellent majorities in Congress, even as man suffering from advance heart disease and arterial sclerosis. He was able to maintain his majorities in Congress all through his tenure in office, and even though the Democrats narrowly lost Congress in 1946, they quickly recovered their majorities until the Eisenhower landslide of 1952. But from 1954 until the 1980's the FDR-New Deal coalition of Democrats maintained Congressional hegemony.
 
Churchill, as a man, was bold, talented and basically remarkable. He was a brilliant speaker, a marvelous writer, a brave soldier, a reporter, a painter, a magnificent Parliamentarian, a cabinet official, a Prime Minister, and most importantly a beloved war-time leader. He embodied what was great about Britain. But he was a failure as a politician, lacked excellent judgment went it came to strategy and suffered from great insecurities. His terrible childhood and education plagued him with self-doubts, depression and lack of direction. Overall he was able to overcome all of those limitations. Churchill was still, at heart, part of the “ruling class” that dominated Britain. he was still part of the Imperialist mindset, and he was still sadly lacking, with regards, to what the average “Brit” needed. He never built a political base, and when the post-war choices were made he was cast aside with little regret from the British people. His return to office in 1951 was no great success and he was too, too old to be a major factor in re-shaping Britain after years of war and social reform.
 
FDR was not the writer that Churchill was, but as an orator he was certainly in his league. He was determined and self-confident. His childhood was one of nurtured success and happiness. He was beloved by his adoring parents. He was self-educated to age fourteen and went on to the best schools where he achieved moderate success. He was the single greatest politician in modern history and was able to overcome personal and physical blows and disasters. He was a vigorous man who overcame a life-time of sickness. He had wonderful mentors, Theodore Roosevelt, Al Smith and Woodrow Wilson. He took something from all of them, and was smart enough to avoid the problems they all experienced. He shaped his own destiny, built the Democratic Party, reversed the Depression, rallied the public, instilled great respect from the world at large, inspired great enemies and opposition, took on the Fascists when America wanted no part of that fight, created the United Nations, built the “Arsenal of Democracy” and through his actions, at the Atlantic Conference in Argentia Bay, put forth his vision of the world based on the “Four Freedoms.” His vision is the vision of the modern world, his vision is of one of the world community pulling together for the common good.
 
Churchill really left no governmental legacy. He really never governed. FDR's legacy was one of not only unprecedented leadership, but of government innovation, reform and restructuring. Both have great unequalled places in the history of our world and our time.
 
Richard
 
—–Original Message—–
From: Kaaren [mailto:kaarenhale@btinternet.com]
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 8:49 AM
To: 'Richard Garfunkel'
Subject: RE: FDR revealed April 17-18, 2005 The History Channel

Dear Richard, 
     The whole world acknowledges that FDR was not only a great leader but a great man with broad vision.  He was most extraordinary and encapsulated the values of the best of his class, which was admitted even by Joe Alsopp his cousin  who didn't seem to like him much.  He was dismissed as a light weight by some, hated as a traitor to his class by others;  but the most important lesson to be learned in my opinion from him was to listen, to not be too ideological, to take advice from the brightest people he could, and to have compassion for others.  Perhaps he learned that having had polio in his 30s.  The healing process which was slow and frustrating must have been very humbling.  That said, he had a bouyant public personality, was never a hypocrite, and loved the game of politics.  Sadly, his like has not been seen again.  LBJ learned from him, but not enough to save him.  Clinton no doubt learned lessons from him, but never found any large heroic issues to mark his reign, and worse seemed to tempt fate to get caught at doing things he shouldn't have.  FDR liked the ladies too, but the press were gentler and kinder then.  Every leader in America has had to cling to some extent to his coat tails but none have had the magic.  Kennedy, though handsome and charismatic was ultimately weak.  Carter was a micro manager who got bogged down in minutia and could not see the big picture.  Bush has done some good things for no doubt the wrong reasons, and some wrong things for some good reasons.  Its a tough job.  If you have to have a hero, FDR is a good one.  But for my money Winston Churchill is fully his peer.  Adventurous, romantic, hard headed, devious, never dull, kind, horrid and smart.  What a guy.  And he saved the WEST from Hitler really, by sheer grit till the the Calvalry arrived (we won't mention Stalin in the same breath. ).  With love Kaaren 



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Press Release Source: The History Channel

The History Channel Presents: FDR: A Presidency RevealedThursday March 31, 12:07 pm ET

– Featuring Rare and Never-Seen Before Footage, Photographs and Oral Histories from Private CollectionsTwo-Part, Four-Hour Special Offers a Fresh Perspective on the Public and Private Franklin Delano RooseveltWorld Premiere on The History Channel Sunday-Monday, April 17-18 at 9 pm ET/PT

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ — To a generation of Americans, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was seen as the savior of the American Dream. But behind Roosevelt's titanic struggle to pull America from the abyss of the Depression and the horrors of war were personal struggles just as significant: physical incapacity, distance from his wife, and badly deteriorating health, even as he orchestrated World War II. The new two-part, four-hour special from The History Channel goes beyond the public façade of FDR and into the complex life that shaped one of America's greatest leaders. The special presentation, FDR: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED premieres Sunday-Monday, April 17-18 at 9 pm ET/PT on The History Channel.

Drawing on previously unseen and unheard footage, FDR: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED provides a definitive look inside the life of a man who was known the world over, but was intimate with very few. It begins at the opening of FDR's first term as president, with America facing declining markets, 25 percent unemployment and the imminent collapse of the nation's banking system, and continues to his death twelve years later, after a re-invigoration of the U.S. economy and just prior to the surrender of Germany. The details in between paint a remarkable portrait of courage, triumph, tragedy, and struggle. Highlights of FDR: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED (PART ONE) include:

     * Previously unseen home movies from his beloved estate in Hyde Park, New
       York, showing the private side that FDR so fiercely protected, and the
       early memories of his grandson Curtis: "He loved to play games, loved
       to be silly."
     * Historians' views on FDR's New Deal and his first hundred days in
       office, the most prolific and innovative legislative period in the
       nation's history
     * Commentary about his commitment to civil rights, including disapproval
       from his own wife and interviews with modern-day dissenters
     * Excerpts from and background on FDR's famous Fireside Chats, by which
       he developed a bond with the American people that would strengthen over
       time
     * Detailed oral history accounts from Eleanor Roosevelt on the day FDR
       contracted polio and became paralyzed while visiting his summer home on
       Campobello Island in New Brunswick, a source of insecurity and pain the
       rest of his life, and touching first-hand accounts of his fruitless
       struggle to walk again
     * A balanced look at FDR's failures, including a disastrous attempt to
       reconfigure the Supreme Court
     * Details of FDR's flawed relationship with Eleanor, including an affair
       he had in his thirties with Lucy Page Mercer that nearly resulted in
       divorce
     * An inside look at the most overlooked event in FDR's entire presidency,
       when Arthur Kent, an American working at the U.S. Embassy in England,
       was found to have intercepted months' worth of secret correspondence
       between FDR and Winston Churchill, with the intention of providing the
       information to political enemies in an attempt to expose FDR as a liar
       for promising American neutrality in the fight against Germany
Highlights of FDR: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED (PART TWO) include:
* A first-hand account from cousin, confidante, and caregiver Daisy
       Suckley of FDR's death in Warm Springs, Georgia, just months into his
       fourth term.
     * FDR's struggle to convince the isolationist Congress of the growing
       threat posed by Adolf Hitler
     * The devastating losses of both his mother and his beloved personal
       assistant, Missy LeHand; declining health and the growing threat of
       war; and Curtis Roosevelt's disclosure of the loneliness FDR felt
       during his latter terms
     * Eleanor's audio comments on his strangely detached demeanor in the wake
       of the Pearl Harbor attack
     * An inside look at FDR's bond with Churchill, forged on mutual respect
       and a desire to keep the free world strong
     * Footage from his secret escapes to Hyde Park during the war, in which
       he would relax with friends and mix martinis with a dash of absinthe,
       said by many to be the worst they'd ever tasted
     * Stunning details of FDR's ability to perform his job in the face of
       gravely deteriorating health, including an advanced state of congestive
       heart failure during his third term

FDR: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED uses the recently discovered diary and voice recordings of Suckley, 70 rarely seen photographs, an in-depth oral history recording from Eleanor, and extensive personal interviews with Curtis Roosevelt to cast FDR in a more human light than ever before. Historical perspective is provided by noted biographers Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham, as well as historians and authors including William Leuchtenburg, David Kennedy, Craig Wilder, Thomas Fleming, and Robert Dallek. On-location filming at Hyde Park, New York; Warm Springs, Georgia; and Campobello, New Brunswick, combines with extensive color and black-and-white footage of the life and times of FDR to take viewers on a journey back to twentieth-century America's defining time, and inside the life of the man who defined it.

FDR: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED was produced for The History Channel by Team Productions, LLC. Executive producer for The History Channel is Susan Werbe. It's written and produced by David C. Taylor, and narrated by Edward Herrmann.

Now reaching more than 88 million Nielsen subscribers, The History Channel®, “Where the Past Comes Alive®,” brings history to life in a powerful manner and provides an inviting place where people experience history personally and connect their own lives to the great lives and events of the past. In 2004, The History Channel earned five News and Documentary Emmy® Awards and previously received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's “Save Our History®” campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. The History Channel web site is located at http://www.History.com.



Source: The History Channel


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