Dr. Michael Zuckerman in WHYY-TV Benjamin Franklin Documentary
Penn history professor Michael W. Zuckerman will appear in the new WHYY-TV production “About Benjamin,” a half-hour documentary celebrating the Benjamin Franklin tercentenary. The program premiered on January 12 on WHYY-TV, with remaining airdates of January 18 at 10:30 p.m. and January 29 at 6:35 p.m.
In the program Dr. Zuckerman is seen exploring Franklin’s rocky relationship with the Penn family. John Penn “truly thought that he was better than Franklin. Penn was noble, and Franklin was common,” Dr. Zuckerman said. “To have this guy, by an accident of birth, think that he was superior to Franklin was a kind of haughtiness that tore Franklin up. I think so much of his career is a vindication of the possibilities of commoners.”
Dr. Zuckerman and 15 other regional historians, artists, curators, authors and architects discuss everything from Franklin’s musical and artistic inventions to his penchant for fine foods and spirits. The documentary also connects regional tercentenary attractions with Franklin’s story.
See www.upenn.edu/secretary/benfranklin for an updated list of Benjamin Franklin events, exhibits and performances at Penn. Also see www.benfranklin300.org. for the extensive list of other events taking place locally and beyond, in celebration of the 300th Birthday of Benjamin Franklin which is being commemorated today at a number of Philadelphia institutions including the Constitution Center, the Franklin Institute, the American Philosophical Library, and the Please Touch Museum
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 18, January 17, 2006
January 17, 2006
Volume 52 Number 18