P.T. Barnum I: Jumbo

Lead: In 1882 P.T. Barnum scored a publicity triumph by carrying off one of Britain's most popular cultural figures, an African elephant named Jumbo.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: For decades in the nineteenth century Americans were entertained, fooled, and separated from their hard-earn livings by Phineas Taylor Barnum, part naturalist, part huckster, all showman in his various circuses, traveling exhibitions and so-called museums.

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Annie Oakley I

Lead: As a girl Annie Oakley helped feed her destitute family with her keen marksmanship. In later years she made good use of those talents.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: At the Woman's Building at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 the progress of the women's movement being led by suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was chronicled. A short distance away, a thoroughly liberated woman was mesmerizing large crowds, doing man's work better than most men. Born Phoebe Ann Moses in the year before the Civil War began, Annie Oakley, the principle performer of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, was practicing what the women's movement was preaching.

 

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Annie Oakley II

Lead: As one of the most celebrated entertainers of her age Annie Oakley excelled in field dominated by men.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the years following the Civil War, the art of accurate marksmanship was a coveted talent. In her youth Annie helped feed and support her family by accurate and consistent shooting. As a teenager she met and married one of the best exhibition shooters of their day, Frank Butler. He became her mentor and manager. By the time they joined forces with Buffalo Bill Coty in his famous Wild West Show in 1885, the two were quite popular in their own right. As her fame grew Butler took a supporting role and proudly watched as his wife's popularity expanded with each season.

 

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Patsy Cline II

Lead: In 1963, thirty-year-old Patsy Cline, at the top of her game, at the pinnacle of success, died on the way home in an airplane accident in stormy weather just 90 miles from Nashville. 

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: By the 1950s, country music was making its place in the world, but it was still a male-dominated conclave. All of this began to change in 1957 when a little lady from Winchester, Virginia won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show. Patsy Cline reached the top of the country charts with “Walking After Midnight” and then the song crossed over and became a mainstream popular music smash. She sold millions of records in her brief career and raised the visibility of and respect for female country music artists. Soon she was performing regularly at the Grand Ole Opry and was the first female country music star to sing at Carnegie Hall. She is considered one of the finest vocalists of the twentieth century, changing more than just the bottom line. Cline shocked the conservative country music establishment when she gave up cowgirl boots and tassels and started wearing sexy cocktail dresses and heavy makeup.

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Patsy Cline I

Lead: Patsy Cline became a cultural legend when country music was ghettoized, when only rarely did a country song cross over to the pop charts, and when female country singers were second class citizens. She broke down all the walls.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Virginia Patterson Hensley was born the oldest of three children in Winchester, Virginia in 1932. Her daddy was a blacksmith and her mother was a seamstress. It was the Depression and they were very poor and had to move around for work. Until she was 20, she was known as “Ginny” when, at the suggestion of her manager, she changed her stage name to Patsy.

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Charlie Chaplin

Lead: Few people have left a greater impression on the development of the motion picture business than Charles Spencer Chaplin. He is considered by many to be the greatest comic artist of the screen.

                Intro.:  A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Charlie Chaplin got started in vaudeville. Born in London before the turn of the twentieth century, Chaplin grew up in an acting family and by the age of 12 he was on his own, performing in music halls all over England. On a tour of North America in 1913, he was signed by Mack Sennett of Keystone Films to work in comic pictures at a significant increase in salary. He never looked back.

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