Hollywood enlisted and then some during World War II. Actors, writers, directors, producers, cameramen and other workers either joined the ranks of the military to fight on the front lines or they worked with the government to produce films to “inform” the American public. As I conduct my research into the collaboration between the film industry and the government, I’ve come across several useful links.
There was no better way for the U.S. government to prepare America for laid ahead after the Pearl Harbor than putting Hollywood to work. The basis of a project I am currently working on is an expansion of two papers I wrote while in college.
Films can educate us about our past but it can also twist it make it unrecognizable and distorted creating a myth that’s false or misleading. This is why I’ve come up with this category for the website. It’s a chance for me to showcase a film or a TV series (I’m a big fan of the series MASH) that is about our collective past as a country and as a people.
The world changed 16 years ago today. As I write my annual 9/11 post, I’m sitting in the same room just a few feet away from when I first learned of a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers. I was talking with a friend on AOL Messenger. The conversation that day is unimportant, though I’m sure it had something to do with Xena: Warrior Princes. I remember looking at an article on AOL about the attack and seeing a photo. I remember saying to my friend: that’s not a small plane. That’s a big hole.
The third annual Salute to Veterans returned to Michiana the weekend of July 15 & 16, 2017. The first year they were at Elkhart Municipal Airport, in 2016 they were in Bristol (see photos here) and in 2017 they were at Sodbusters in New Carlisle.