CNN – The Sixties

tomhankssixtiest12CNN Collaborates With Tom Hanks’ and Gary Goetzman’s PLAYTONE for ‘THE SIXTIES’

Tom Hanks was born in Concord California were the Prescos owned a home. He went to school in Oakland, where the Prescos went to school. This blog is dedicated to the sixties. I did not know CNN was going to do a show on the Kennedy Assassination when I began blogging on it on the 12th.

In 1963, my mother said she knows who killed Jack Kennedy. Reading the testimony of Eva Grant has provoked haunting memories, and provoked moral questions that affect the core of my being.

This is about my generation that is on the brink of losing everything we fought for to the same people who hated Kennedy, and wanted to see him and all his innovative programs – dead! That I am kin to the founders of the Republican Party, and am a original Hippie, puts me in a profound position of defending ideal that are in peril. So far, CNN and Tom Hanks have backed me up.

Jon Presco

Jon Presco
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Original docuseries co-produced with Herzog & Company bows with a special presentation of “The Assassination of JFK” in November 2013

CNN, Playtone, and Herzog & Company are co-producing a provocative, sweeping 10-part documentary series that will explore perhaps the most transformative decade of the modern era. The non-scripted series will be executive produced by multiple EMMY® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), as a CNN original series for CNN/U.S., it was announced today.

“From protests to war, to human rights, the Beatles, innovative technologies, and politics, the 1960s were an extraordinary era of consequential cultural and global change,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. “We are so pleased to partner with Tom, Gary, and HCO to bring this very special series to our audience. Projects like this are emblematic of exactly the type of programming that we need more of, signifying a new direction and expanded sensibility at CNN.”

THE SIXTIES will launch with a two-hour special episode, “The Assassination of JFK (1963),” broadcast on CNN/U.S. in November 2013, and timed with the observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The inaugural episode will explore the key conclusions of the controversial Warren Commission, as well as the shocking impact of the assassination upon the nation, and upon American politics.

The series will resume in 2014 with episodes about the events and people that shaped our history and character as a nation. Episodes will focus on the indelible impact of music and technology of the era, drugs, “free love”, and rock and roll.

Key moments of the era will be revealed and explored through archival newsreel footage, personal movies, and interviews with eyewitnesses to history. Expert commentary from historians, including David McCullough, Robert Dallek, and Robert Caro, as well as recollections from people whose lives intersected with destiny, such as Dan Rather, Robert MacNeil, and others, will infuse new relevance to the cultural touchstones at the center of each episode.

Hanks was born in Concord, California. His father, Amos Mefford Hanks (born in Glenn County, California, on March 9, 1924 – died in Alameda, California, on January 31, 1992), was an itinerant cook.[3] His mother, Janet Marylyn (née Frager; born in Alameda County, California, on January 18, 1932), was a hospital worker. Hanks’ mother is of Portuguese ancestry, while two of Hanks’ paternal great-grandparents immigrated from Britain.[4][5] Hanks’ parents divorced in 1960. The family’s three oldest children, Sandra (now Sandra Hanks Benoiton, a writer),[6] Larry (Lawrence M. Hanks, PhD, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)[7] and Tom, went with their father, while the youngest, Jim, now an actor and filmmaker, remained with his mother in Red Bluff, California.[8]

In addition to having a family history of Catholicism and Mormonism, Hanks was a “Bible-toting evangelical teenager” for several years.[9] In school, Hanks was unpopular with students and teachers alike, later telling Rolling Stone magazine: “I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy who’d yell out funny captions during filmstrips. But I didn’t get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible.” In 1965, Amos Hanks married Frances Wong, a San Francisco native of Chinese descent. Frances had three children, two of whom lived with Tom during his high school years. Hanks acted in school plays, including South Pacific, while attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California.

Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and after two years, transferred to California State University, Sacramento.[10] Hanks told New York magazine in 1986: “Acting classes looked like the best place for a guy who liked to make a lot of noise and be rather flamboyant …I spent a lot of time going to plays. I wouldn’t take dates with me. I’d just drive to a theater, buy myself a ticket, sit in the seat and read the program, and then get into the play completely. I spent a lot of time like that, seeing Brecht, Tennessee Williams, Ibsen, and all that.”[11]

During his years studying theater, Hanks met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] At Dowling’s suggestion, Hanks became an intern at the Festival. His internship stretched into a three-year experience that covered most aspects of theater production, including lighting, set design, and stage management, all of which caused Hanks to drop out of college. During the same time, Hanks won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his 1978 performance as Proteus in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of the few times he played a villain.[12
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