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« Reply #210 on: July 16, 2018, 06:51:36 PM »

I'm glad I missed it.

I hope it's over did the fat lady sing?
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« Reply #211 on: July 17, 2018, 11:52:06 PM »

Louise wrote most of the "history" part of the show. They only used us as they saw fit to make a story. A lot of important things were left out and some
really good stuff like Teague vs White, Potteet, Blue Flame and others. If you've ever been a subject of one of these type shows, you would understand
what I'm talking about. Oh, by the way, we didn't one dime for our participation!
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« Reply #212 on: July 19, 2018, 10:00:32 AM »

I am certain the F-104 gang is thrilled about the publicity their project is receiving from the History Channel documentary. The documentary production was not in their hands. That 5 minutes of testing the hardness of the mud flats was a rather slow segment and looked like a time filler. That would have been a decent amount of time to cover the last American absolute world land speed record, the fastest on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and lasted 13 years before Richard Noble's turbojet broke the mile record. It was 27 years before Andy Green broke the kilometer record. Oh, that was The Blue Flame - not the anonymous "a rocket-powered vehicle" in the Speed Demons. Just saying.
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« Reply #213 on: July 19, 2018, 05:16:49 PM »

That wasn't in the lyrics when the fat lady sung?
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« Reply #214 on: July 20, 2018, 08:47:12 AM »

Louise wrote most of the "history" part of the show. They only used us as they saw fit to make a story. A lot of important things were left out and some
really good stuff like Teague vs White, Potteet, Blue Flame and others. If you've ever been a subject of one of these type shows, you would understand
what I'm talking about. Oh, by the way, we didn't one dime for our participation!

Still need to pull up the show, but here's what I know about television.

As is often the case in modern television "documentaries", the crew starts out with a pile of footage, a script, a deadline, virtually no budget and a predetermined amount of time to fill.

The crew often has little insight into the "documentary" they are producing.  Land Speed Racing, the Westminster Dog Show, the Art of Quilting - doesn't matter.  "Here's the footage, here are the interviews, no money to convert the 16mm print to digital, we need to fill an hour."

For the editor - the person who actually puts it together - the script is simply a guideline - it certainly isn't a road map. 

Sometimes, people accuse these production companies of purposely ignoring information or having "an agenda".  More often than not, they simply take the easiest path to get that hour filled.

At the end of the day, what you get is a collage of video, a smattering of interviews, an incongruent story line, and a non-cohesive program.

All that said, it occurs to me that there's a lot of footage on the Blue Flame available.  Dick, did they even contact you?

To give short shrift to the Blue Flame is an unforgivable oversight on the producer's part, even if they don't know exactly what they're doing.

If it did raise awareness of the current North American Eagle program, I'd say that is a good thing.

Again, I need to watch it.
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« Reply #215 on: July 20, 2018, 11:21:15 AM »

Watch for the bit where they misidentify Nathan Ostich's car as Arfons'.
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