Have you ever read a non fiction book and hoped that a film would be made of it? You know that I have! If not a full length film, at least a good documentary. Happy to tell you this...
If you are reading this in America, I urge you to watch "American Experience" on PBS on Jan. 9th. "Into The Amazon", the story of Teddy Roosevelt's journey to South America in 1914 will be the subject.
This is an extraordinary story and a true one that needs no embellishment from Hollywood. Teddy Roosevelt, after having lost his re election as President, decided to explore a tributary of the Amazon, one that had never been chartered before, called the River of Doubt. (The non fiction book mentioned in my first sentence? That would be "River of Doubt" by Candice Millard". For my readers in other countries, if you can't see this documentary on TV, then read the book!)
You may read more about it just here. There are good photos there also.
Teddy Roosevelt nearly died on this trip, losing nearly a quarter of his body weight. His son, Kermit, was along on the trip and when Teddy was near death, he pleaded with his son to leave him behind. He refused. If you look at the website for "American Experience" there is a short clip about Kermit Roosevelt. (Looking a bit further, I see that Kermit Roosevelt III, who is Kermit's great grandson is a novelist. I find this interesting.)
American Experience Maybe if you click on that link, even those in other countries will be able to read and to see the videos on there.
If someone asks you, "Who was the youngest American president?" The answer is Teddy Roosevelt, he became president upon the assassination of President McKinley in 1901 at the age of 42. (John F. Kennedy was 43 and was the youngest elected president.)
Who was the oldest? Can you guess? That would be the current President of the United States, he was 70 when he was elected.
Please watch American Experience on Tuesday! And if you miss it, try to catch it when they re-run it.
River of Doubt was later renamed Rio Roosevelt.
Just learned that Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues has died. How much I loved to hear him sing the song that he wrote "For My Lady"! That beautiful flute! The Moody Blues will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Sorry that Ray Thomas won't be there but his music will live forever.