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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Book Tour: Columbus, Georgia recap

Welcome to the Columbus library!

November 11th, Veteran's Day, I spoke at the Columbus library about Christmas on TV--even highlighting holiday programing that includes a military theme. I promised the crowd that I would re-list those program titles that I brought up. Of course, all these titles and more are included in the upcoming Tis the Season TV book I wrote.

World War I: true-life story about a spontaneous truce that arose between the French and British troops with the Germans on Christmas 1914. See also: the 2005 movie "Joyeux Noel," and the History channel documentaries "The Christmas Truce" and "Christmas at War."

World War II: inspired by a true story/drama about Christmas Eve in 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes forest. See also: the 2002 movie "Silent Night." There are also several Christmas movies that take place during WWII including: 1944's "I'll Be Seeing You," 1944's "Since You Went Away," and 1988's "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

The Korean War includes holiday episodes of M*A*S*H and the 1997 TV movie "A Thousand Men and A Baby."

And for the Vietnam War, I discussed "Bob Hope Entertains the Troops--The Vietnam Years" which is the DVD set in the library's collection which includes several of the TV specials made from Bob Hope's annual USO tours to entertain soldiers.

The TV series JAG created their own holiday episode in the fifth season entitled "The Ghosts of Christmas Past" that pays homage to Bob Hope's USO Christmas tours.

Two more contemporary TV Christmas movies have been made that address issues of soldiers in more recent conflicts including 2006's "The Christmas Card" and 2002's "The Christmas Visitor."

Of course, this is just some of the many Christmas titles that incorporate soldiers or the military.

Many thanks to the Friends of the Library for the opportunity to speak at the library. I miss Columbus already!

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