Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Hartford
November 20, 2012

With the new Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln” getting rave reviews, we thought we’d haul out some old film for a Face the State flashback of the one and only time Abraham Lincoln came to Hartford.

Of course, it is not film of the actual visit, but rather film from a documentary Channel 3 produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s visit in March of 1860.    We hired actors to play Lincoln, Gideon Welles of Glastonbury who later was appointed Secretary of the Navy under President Lincoln, Hartford Mayor Timothy Allyn and others.

This was no Ben Hur production, but wasn’t bad for something shot in our television studio.   It is well researched and as far as I can tell, historically accurate.

It is narrated by Dick Bertel, the former Channel 3 newsman.    The documentary, “Lincoln in Hartford” ran 30 minutes.   It’s fascinating.   The background sets show Union Station, City Hall, and a drug store on Asylum as they appeared in 1860.

You can watch the entire documentary, “Lincoln in Hartford” right here:   http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8019111

Read more about Lincoln’s visit to Hartford in this article in the Hog River Journal http://connecticutexplored.org/issues/v03n04/lincolns_brilliance.htm

Face the State Flashback: Parade of Progress
November 8, 2012

Parade of Progress on Central Row, Hartford  May 1958

Like thousands of people last weekend, I went to the Connecticut Auto Show to check out the new cars for 2013.    The show comes every year, and while not as dramatic and entertaining as the auto shows in Detroit or New York, I rarely miss it.    Did you know, that long before the auto show came to town, there used to be an auto parade?

my daughter and a 2013 Buick Encore at the CT Auto Show, 2012

In this Sunday’s Face the State flashback, we bring you some clips from old film of the “Parade of Progress.”   It was a parade of all the new cars for 1958, and it was carried live by Channel 3, when we had our old call letters, WTIC.

In the film you’ll see Channel 3 legends Ed Anderson, Hap Richards, Bob Steele, Dick Bertel and Ranger Andy.   One of the reporters is actually smoking while on camera.   You’ll all see the giant fins that graced the cars that year, and new foreign cars making their debut on American soil.

Dick Bertel about to interview Ranger Andy in a 1958 Chevrolet Impala

The parade was held in downtown Hartford and drew a big crowd.

You can watch the entire flashback, this Sunday morning at 11 on Channel 3.

Watch the segment right herehttp://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7941077

Read about the Detroit auto show:  http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/inside-the-detroit-auto-show/


Face the State Flashback: An Historic Easter in Hartford
April 6, 2012

In this Sunday’s Face the State flashback, we take you back to April 10, 1966, when an estimated 3-4,000 people gathered on Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford to make history on a chilly Easter morning.    

It was billed as the first outdoor Ecumenical Easter service in the nation, and it was broadcast on Channel 3, anchored by our late colleague, Dick Bertel.     The black and white film from our archives shows people who could be right out of central casting at Mad Men, the leaders of several churches, and giant crosses erected on the plaza.

We’ll also  discuss its significance with our panel of political analysts, Duby McDowell, Brian Flaherty and Kevin Rennie.  

You can watch the flashback right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6917204

Tune in this Sunday morning at 11, only on Channel 3.      If you have plans for Easter, you can always set your DVR.  Also on Face the State: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/sunday-roundtable-on-easter-edition-of-face-the-state/


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