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Are You Going To Watch The War?
2007-09-23 10:57
by Jon Weisman

I'm going to do my darndest, though I wish PBS hadn't been scheduled it during season premiere week.

2007-09-23 11:00:10
1.   Bob Timmermann
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow.

I'll like put it aside for future viewing. It's not like it's going anywhere or I don't know how it ends.

2007-09-23 11:00:33
2.   Jon Weisman
1 - No spoilers!
2007-09-23 11:12:23
3.   Marty
Thanks for reminding me. I'll record it and watch at some point. I want to see if I can spot my dad in any of the Guadalcanal photos. I found him in a picture once in a book on the campaign.
2007-09-23 11:17:34
4.   Bob Timmermann
I'll be looking to see if I can any photos of my dad sitting on a tractor in Illinois as he was too young to serve in WWII and then was 4-F for Korea.

I am upholding the family tradition of not serving in the military.

The only direct line ancestor of mine who has military service was a guy who was in the Union Army for about three months in 1861. I don't think he saw any action and then went back to his family.

I'm the opposite of Major Dan.

2007-09-23 12:27:06
5.   Marty
The long line of men serving their country in my family started and ended with my father.
2007-09-23 15:06:12
6.   Benaiah
I don't have any interest in "The War". It is such a huge investment of time and I haven't read anything that hints that the movie will have more than scattered moments of interest. I kind of wonder why Ken Burns would make the movie so long considering the limited goals (to show the effect of the War on four areas of the country). A 16 hour look at anything would seem to indicate a fairly comprehensive study of the subject, but Burns obviously disagrees.
2007-09-23 16:01:47
7.   Andrew Shimmin
I refuse to watch anything of Ken Burns's until he gets a normal haircut.
2007-09-23 16:49:11
8.   Mark T.R. Donohue
I have moved stuff all over the place on my two DVR's to have enough room to get all of "The War"'s first run in HD. I get the impression that it's totally shoegazery first-person detail stuff like "The Civil War" for obsessives who have read dozens of books on the subject and still can't get enough. I'm totally one of those obsessives so I'm looking forward to it; I won't make any judgements for or against people who don't seek out and read military history in their spare time for fun.
2007-09-23 20:57:26
9.   spudrph
Just saw the first part tonight. It was marvelous, as I figured it would be. The reviews were pretty harsh, though. I found it to be excellent television, as I always do with Burns' work.
2007-09-24 11:42:13
10.   Ken Arneson
I watched part of it last night. The part about Guadalcanal was very interesting, well worth watching. The part about selling war bonds was not, and had my remote control trigger finger getting pretty itchy.

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