Chet Tomczyk,

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Notes from the President and CE0 - September


How can summer be ending so quickly? It seems like it just got started and already it’s almost over. I feel gypped because I haven’t done all the things I promised myself last spring that I would do. Never did get around to those golf lessons or painting the garage or taking a trip, but I did get a visit from the grandchildren (oh yes, and from their parents, too). That was a highlight. Now I’m looking forward to fall and a new season of outstanding programming on PBS.

If, like me, you took a “stay-cation” this year and you missed out visiting places with great names—Yosemite, Yellowstone, Cascades—take heart! You can visit them vicariously when WTVP and PBS premiere The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a new epic from Ken Burns, on September 27 (scheduling information is available elsewhere in this month’s guide).

Whether you are an armchair traveler or a world-class outdoorsman, you will be totally enthralled when America’s national parks get the Ken Burns treatment. The creator of great Pubic Television series like Baseball, The Civil War and The War has turned his enormous talents to telling the stories and showing contemporary and historical footage from what have to be the crown jewels of the American landscape. The stunning videography will remind you why you bought a high definition television, but more importantly, the stories that Ken Burns tells about the creation of the parks and their metamorphoses into what they are today will remind you why you support public television.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea leads our fall line up, but there are plenty more new series and specials as well as new episodes of iconic series like Masterpiece™, NOVA, and Great Performances. Your support makes them possible. Thank you.

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