Peter Jennings hosts this six part special that compares and contrasts some of the most important events of the 20th Century. Each episode i...更多>



Peter Jennings: [about Lindbergh landing in Paris] Confused by all the lights, Lindbergh touched down at the other end of the air field at 10:24, May the 21th, 1927. Lindbergh looked around for a mechanic but what he saw was a human tidal wave. Armand Deutsch: [about the crowd that greeted Lindbergh in Paris]


The sound of the crowd was one of ejubulation, of joy and disbelieve the likes of which, I can't imagine happening today about anything.


Armand Deutsch: [about Lindbergh] He belonged to the world in one second as his wheels touch the ground at Le Borge." Barry Denenberg: [about the reporters that were hounding Charles Lindbergh] The reporters weren't interested in an in-depth study of Lindbergh's theory of how his flight was going to go. They were basically rude, insensitive and asked stupid and inane questions like 'Do you have a girlfriend?', 'Are you going to take a rabbit's foot?', 'What's your favorite pie?' [about Lindbergh] John Miller: When I saw him take off I shook my head and said 'we'll probably never see the poor guy again'. A Scott Berg: [about Lindbergh during his flight] Never has one person been so alone in the universe. Even astronauts when they went to the moon were in some ways guided by remote control. They had every heartbeat, every breath monitored but Lindbergh was completely alone Peter Jennings: Lindbergh's celebrity would haunt him for the rest of this life, in 1933 when his infant son was kidnapped and murdered and when he was branded an anti-semite for comments he made about American Jews and Nazi Germany. Henry Pohl: [about President Kennedy's challenge to get a man on the moon by the end of the decade] I thought that was just about the dumbest thing I had ever heard in my life because we did not have the facility, we did not have the rocket engines, we did not have the life support systems and we didn't have the entry systems. Steve Allen: [about Ed Sullivan's change of heart after refusing to book Elvis on his show] : As soon as he saw the ratings for show he forgot all about ethical principles and moral scruples and booked Elvis several times. Peter Jennings: [about Hitler] "Lansberg Prison, near Munich Germany. In 1924, the prisoner in cell #7 concieved of a master plan to sieze control in a highly advance and democratic society. In ten years, he would achieve his goal."


"The Century"

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