On Friday January 20th 2012, the newest “blockbuster” of famous movie producer George Lucas opens in theaters across America. The movie, “Red Tails” earns $20 million dollars and tells the story of America’s first African American fighter pilots and their courageous performance during WWII. Juanita Eaton, widow of Tuskegee Airman Colonel William Eaton sits down with History Heard to share her story.
On February 14th, 2006, Judge Judy is awarded a star on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame.” Hollywood superstar, Judge Judy Sheindlin sits down with History Heard and shares her views on women in the law, breaking the “glass ceiling” facing women in the workplace, and her role changing the nature of daytime television.
On March 9th, 1999, Al Gore sat down with Wolf Blitzer in an interview nobody will ever let him forget! Al Gore claims to have invented the internet. Father of the internet, Vint Cerf, sat down with History Heard and told us his amazing story.
On March 29th, 2007, approximately 300 Tuskegee Airman or their widows recieved the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in the US Capitol Rotunda. The medal is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Hear Juanita Eaton's amazing story here.
On March 31st, 1927, Cesar Chavez was born. Chavez founded and led the National Farm Workers Association, later known as the United Farm Workers. Andy Coe sat down with History Heard and told us about his experience working with UFW in the 70's.
On April 13th, 1927, the Apollo 13, the seventh manned mission of the American Apollo space program, had an oxygen tank explosion crippling the module. On the 17th the module returned safely to Earth, but not without great hardship. Dick Morash helped with the final checks on the Apollo 13 lunar module. Hear his amazing story here!
June 23rd, 1912 is reknowned computer scientist Alan Turing's birthday. Turing is credited with significant advances in science including the development of Manchester computers. To learn about more innovations in the field of computer science, watch our interview with Dr. Robert Kahn.
July 17th June 17th marks the anniversary of the arrest in 1972 of five men for breaking and entering into the Watergate complex where the Democratic National Committee was headquartered. Len Downie worked as Deputy Editor of the Metro section of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal.
July 21st, 2011, the
Nixon Presidential Museum released several new documents to the public.
One of them is the very first White House memo about a young Washington
Post reporter, Bob Woodward, who had uncovered a story which they
feared might bring down the Nixon administration. Watch our interview
with former Post managing editor, Len Downie, as he talks about
supervising Woodward and Bernstein during Watergate! Len Downie
July 26th “The Babe Ruth Story” premiered July 26, 1948. It was the Babe’s last public appearance. After winning the 1918 World Series the Red Sox traded Ruth to the Yankees. That began “the curse of the Bambino”. The Red Sox didn’t win another World Series till 2004! History Heard met with Scott Sauerbeck, the last player to pitch for the Sox in 2003 before the curse was broken! Hear about “the curse” and other MLB stories.
On July 29th, 1975, President Gerald Ford became the 1st American President to visit the infamous Nazi concentration or “death camp” at Auschwitz. Learn more about the terrible ordeal innocent citizens faced under Hitler’s Nazi regime of terror during the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Sunday July 31st starts one of the year’s most anticipated television events . . . dmm, dmm . . . dmm, dmm . . . dmm, dmm . . . aarrrggghh! That’s right, “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel. We sat down with world famous marine biologist and founder of the respected Mote Larine Laboratory, Dr. Eugenie Clark, better known to viewers everywhere as “the Shark Lady”!
August 2nd On August 2nd, 1943, PT-boat 109, commanded by a young JFK, was rammed and sunk by a
Japanese destroyer in the Solomon Islands. He survived and helped a
wounded shipmate swim to shore. Some veterans of WWII went on to be
Presidents, such as JFK and George Bush, while others were ordinary
soldiers who acted with amazing bravery during that difficult time. Hear
American GI, Carl Misch, discuss his experience during WWII.
August 6th On August 6th, 1965, the United States Congress enacted the Voting Rights
Act. This landmark legislation was designed to prevent voting
discrimination against African Americans. Hear Juanita Eaton, widow of
Tuskegee Airman Col William Eaton reflect on her unique position to
watch the American Civil Rights movement progress.
August 11th On August 11th, 1924, candidates for President appeared on a “newsreel”
for the very first time ushering in a new era of politics. Presidential
campaigns have never been the same! Listen to White House advisor
Francisco Sanchez, discuss the difficult challenge of being asked by
both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barrack Obama to join their 2008
Presidential campaigns. Frank Sanchez
On August 14th, 2003, Cindy Addison tried
to catch the Roosevelt Island Tram. She had been sightseeing on the tiny
island located in the middle of the East River between Manhattan and
Queens. Carrying riders more than 200 feet in the air, it’s been the
subject of terrifying movie scenes with passengers perilously stranded
as they wait for a superhero to rescue them. Cindy’s tram was to leave
at exactly 4:15 PM. At 4:10 PM, the 2nd largest power blackout in history struck New York.
are events and then there are “events”. When it comes to rock music
there are many memorable concerts and then there’s “Woodstock”. Many
historians look to Woodstock as a defining moment for an entire
generation. It gave birth to the mantra “peace, love, and rock &
roll”. This weekend in 1969 embodied the “youth movement” but most of the
attendees are now entering their 60’s!
August 18th, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States
Constitution was ratified. It guaranteed women the right to vote, but
fifty years later, women were still struggling for equality in the
workplace. During the Nixon administration, White House advisor Fred
Malek worked to bring talented women into senior government positions
for the first time.
On August 28, 1963, the March on Washington occurred as over 250,000 persons attended a Civil Rights rally in Washington, D.C., at which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his now-famous I Have a Dream speech. To learn more about the Civil Rights movement, watch Juanita Eaton speak about her husband’s role in the military.
In 1971, Presidential advisor Chuck Colson sent a memo to John Dean about several individuals that the White House thought could be a political threat to President Nixon. It was determined that the White House would put pressure on federal agencies such as the IRS to illegally harass and discredit these individuals. Some were political opponents and others were individuals the White House thought could be competitiion to President Nixon in the Republican Party. The memo later became known as President Nixon's "Enemies List". Attorney Sid Davidoff was a rising political figure in the Republican Party and close aide to Republican Mayor of New York City, John Lindsay. He was targeted on the original enemies list and shares his remarkable story with History Heard.
Years ago, Judge Judy Sheindlin was an innovative family court judge in New York City. At a time when there were very few women attorneys and even fewer women judges, "Judge Judy" as she became known, was a remarkable exception. She was featured on an episode of the Sunday night news show "60 Minutes" and Hollywood noticed a special individual. In 1996, the very first episode of "Judge Judy" appeared on air. The rest is history! Judge Judy redefined daytime television programming and the power of women in Hollywood. A strong advocate of education, Judge Judy sat down with History Heard and shared her remarkable story.
One of America's most remarkable institutions, the iconic Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Park Avenue in New York City, opened to the public on October 1st 1931. More than simply a hotel, the Waldorf has been home to nearly every major world leader of the 20th century at one time or another. In addition, Hollywood stars and business leaders regularly walked the halls of this amazing institution. The hotel even serves as the New York City "White House" whenever the President visits.
One media outlet became snonymous wth the social revolution that swept across America during the 1950's and 1960's . . . the Village Voice. It was founded by the soon to become famous author, Norman Mailer, and Edwin Fancher. It was first published on October 26th 1955, and quickly became the go-to source for news on the civil rights movement, rock music, and the new counterculture.
On November 24th, 1921, John Lindsay was born in Manhattan. He later went on to become Mayor of New York City, and was often referred to as “America’s Mayor.” Although he was a Republican, in a national political drama Lindsay battled his party’s leadership, changed political allegiance, and ran for President as a Democrat! His “right hand”, Attorney Sid Davidoff shares the story with History Heard.