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EAST HADDAM HISTORY

Legacy of Progress
Resorts of Moodus
A Day at Banner Lodge
Mills Along the River
Best Fish Nets in America
The Coops Go Up in Smoke
Constant Waterman Journal
Memories of Meat
The Last Whaler
Old Chimney Stacks
East Haddam in 1913
Ode to a River Town
Early East Haddam

CONNECTICUT CULTURE

CT Barns
CT Freedom Trail
CT Heritage Gateway
CT Historical Society
CT History Online
CT Landmarks
CT Town Greens
Eli Whitney Museum
Mystic Seaport
Old State House

CONNECTICUT TELEVISION

As We Tell Our Stories
Between Boston & NY
Colt: Legend & Legacy
Connecticut & the Sea
Crusaders & Criminals
East of the River
From Here to There
The Green
The Mark of Uncas
The New Pequot
The Real Bob Steele
Schemitzun!
Suburbia: The Good Life?
USS Nautilus
Working the Land

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TELEVISION PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

NATURAL HOME LIVING Series Coming Soon
New Home Design and Lifestyle Series Integrates Fine Living with a "Green" Sensibility

For most Americans, home is the place to be right now. Whether they live in a city apartment or a suburban development, on the farm or in a mountainside cabin, Americans want the indoors -- where they spend most of their lives -- to be a natural and healthy refuge for their families. 

As environmental and health concerns continue to become more urgent and universal, Natural Home Living says: Here's what you -- one person, one household, one neighborhood -- can do to live conscientiously. Right now. Today.

Natural Home Living shows that there are hundreds of ways to go green. No effort is too small -- or too big.

The series is now in development for a 2010 premiere.

Click here for more information on NATURAL HOME LIVING
THE PEOPLE & THE PRESS Documentary Series in Development
History and Impact of the American Newspaper Is Focus of Four-Part Program

Since the first rabble-rousing newspapers shot from single-sheet presses in the colonies, American newspapers have evolved into one of the nation’s most enduring and foremost institutions.

Enshrined in the Constitution, the “Fourth Estate” has reflected – and profoundly influenced – government and its citizenry, commerce and culture for 250 years. 

Today, that preeminence is quickly eroding as newspapers undergo wrenching change due to the proliferation of digital  media platforms and changing lifestyles. What does this mean for the future of American democracy, of marketing, and the nature of the information we receive?

The story of the press in America is, in all its manifestations, the story of America – her people, her spirit and her dream.

Click here for more information on THE PEOPLE & THE PRESS

 
Discovering the Facts behind THE MYSTERY OF BREAST CANCER
A Documentary Investigation into Reasons for a Worldwide Epidemic 

Something about our modern lifestyle --we don't yet know what -- is driving breast cancer risk ever higher. Science and modern medicine have determined the causes for most types of cancer. Yet, despite advances in our knowledge of such things as the human genome and cellular biology, the root cause of the worldwide epidemic of breast cancer remains a profound mystery. We set off in search of an answer with leading international cancer experts and scientists in this one-hour documentary for broadcast on public television. Hurricane Voices, a Massachusetts-based breast cancer foundation, is the lead underwriter.

Click here for more information on THE MYSTERY OF BREAST CANCER

RECENT TELEVISION PROJECTS

WORKING THE LAND: The Story of Connecticut Agriculture
New Documentary Depicts Cultural and Economic Impact of Farming in the State
Phoenixville farmers in 1912.

Connecticut's rich agricultural tradition dates to its earliest settlement. From the first days of subsistence farming through its development into an economic mainstay, Connecticut farmers and the farming way of life helped to build the state, give sustenance to millions, and provide state residents with a special sense of place. 

Where once nearly everyone in Connecticut lived on or next to a farm, today there are fewer than 4,000 farms remaining in the state with about 20,000 people working in agriculture. The continuing loss of farmland to development is a worrisome trend; In the last five years Connecticut lost the highest percentage of its farmland to development than any other state.

Yet agriculture still generates more than $2.1 billion for the state economy. There are still successful egg, dairy, vegetable, fruit and tobacco farms in Connecticut, some farmed by the same family going back generations. Today's farmer, from small-scale proprietor to multi-million dollar operator, is finding new ways to grow, harvest, make and sell an increasingly diverse number of farm products. These include flowers, mushrooms, organic produce, gourmet vegetables, wine, cheese, grass-fed lamb and beef. With a highly affluent population and easy access to New York and Boston, Connecticut farmers have the opportunity to develop and serve a huge consumer base. Another bright spot is the growth of agricultural tourism to wineries, pick-your-own farms and farmers markets.

WORKING THE LAND, a new documentary from SimonPure Productions, tells the compelling story of state agriculture -- from its proud history to its present-day diversity. The program also explores current trends affecting state agriculture and the critical public policy decisions that help shape its future -- and the landscape of the state.

Click here for the WORKING THE LAND website

THE REAL BOB STEELE Premieres on Connecticut Public TV

Generations of Listeners Came to Know Longtime Radio Broadcaster over 65 years

For more than 65 years radio broadcaster Bob Steele brightened the mornings of Connecticut listeners. This October, on the anniversary of his first on-air shift at WTIC-AM, Connecticut Public Television premiered THE REAL BOB STEELE: CONNECTICUT'S RADIO LEGEND, a new half-hour biography of the legendary Connecticut radio broadcaster produced by SimonPure Productions.

In his heyday, which spanned several generations of listeners, he hosted the most-listened-to morning radio show in the U.S. with an audience that reached 500,000 people a day. From school closings, news and sports, to "the word for the day," Steele's warm baritone and witty persona were the reason why his program became the longest-running radio show in the U.S.

THE REAL BOB STEELE traces the life and career of this radio legend. Previously unseen pictures and footage of Steele, contributed by his family, complete this unique intimate portrait.


Bob Steele In 1936, his first year on the air at WTIC AM

Click here for more information on THE REAL BOB STEELE: CONNECTICUT'S RADIO LEGEND

THE MARK OF UNCAS Tells Story of Controversial Mohegan Leader
HDTV Documentary Profiles 17th Century Sachem Who Welcomed English Settlers

THE MARK OF UNCAS,  an HDTV documentary produced by SimonPure Productions, has won an Emmy Award for programming excellence. The Emmy was awarded by the New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the annual awards dinner in Boston. 

The one-hour program tells the story of the life and legacy of Uncas, the 17th-Century sachem of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. The name Uncas is recognized worldwide from James Fenimore Cooper's classic 1826 novel “The Last of the Mohicans” and the numerous movies based on the book.

Used by Cooper as the namesake for his fictional character, the real Uncas has left a  complex legacy. His most fateful decision was to form an alliance with the early English settlers, which forever changed the political balance of power in Southern New England.

Production took place at historic sites in and near Uncasville, Connecticut, and Banbury, England. THE MARK OF UNCAS is narrated by Inuit actor and artist Eric Schweig, who played the fictional Uncas in the 1992 version of "The Last of the Mohicans." Also appearing is American Indian activist and actor Russell Means, who played Uncas' father in that movie. Widely published Abenaki writer and storyteller Joe Bruchac is among the native American scholars and historians who offer their expert commentary. The documentary is available in HDTV 16:9 wide-screen format and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

Click here for the transcript of THE MARK OF UNCAS

MOODUS & EAST HADDAM FEATURES

History of Old Moodus Center Detailed in Online Series
A Sad Tale of a Renewal Project Gone Wrong and Its Effect on a Small Town

It was called "the most important decision that East Haddam has made in its 200-year history." The 1967 town vote to accept a federal urban renewal project indeed led to radical change for this rural Connecticut town. "Legacy of 'Progress' Gone Sour" details the history of the ill-advised project. Originally published in The Old Lyme Gazette, the 1982 series garnered a Champion Media Award for Economic Reporting. It is being republished here, with photos of long-gone local landmarks.

Click here for LEGACY OF PROGRESS GONE SOUR.

A Nostalgic Look at When Moodus Was Connecticut's Vacationland
Photos, Brochures and Memorabilia from the Golden Age of Moodus Tourism

In the nineteen forties and fifties, the East Haddam village of Moodus was the site for dozens of Catskills-like resorts. Now being posted online is a collection of historic photos and brochures featuring many of the resorts that for a time made Moodus the leading resort destination in Connecticut. 

Click here for THE OLD RESORTS OF MOODUS

How the Mills Made Moodus the "Twine Capital of America"
Back in the Day, Netting and Cotton Duck Provided Work and Built Fortunes

Excerpts from the definitive history of the cotton twine industry in Moodus, CT are now on SimonPure Web. Mills Along the River by Bruce Sievers tells the story of the men and women of Moodus who built the mills and invented the machines that gave employment to hundreds and made Moodus the "Twine Capital of America."

Click here for MILLS ALONG THE RIVER.

The Glorious Day When East Haddam's Swing Bridge First Swung
Residents and Dignitaries Flocked to the CT River Bridge on Opening Day

On Flag Day, June 14th, 1913, East Haddam residents thrilled to the opening of the swing bridge connecting East Haddam and Haddam. It was a major breakthrough in transportation for area residents. As part of the hoopla surrounding the opening day, the Bridge Commission produced a souvenir booklet, with much history, photos and local ads. See it now on SimonPure Web.

Click here for the HISTORIC 1913 OPENING DAY SOUVENIR PROGRAM

GREEN
RESOURCES

SERIES SNEAK PEEK

For an advance look of what our series Natural Home Living is about,  check out the Natural Home magazine site.

THE SOLAR SOLUTION

Mother Earth News Contributing Editor Steve Heckeroth explains why solar energy is the solution to our fossil-fueled crisis.

THE WONDER OF WIND

Another recent Mother article artfully argues for windmills and wind farms as a "higher order of beauty" that can provide a significant percentage of our electricity.

TOP 10 ECO PROBLEMS

Why and how business can profit with strategic environmental thinking  is the topic  of "Green to Gold," by eco-consultants Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston.

Here is their concise listing of the top 10 environmental problems facing the world today.

GREENWASHING SINS

TerraChoice has published a list of the top six sins of greenwashing, which is what companies do when they mislead consumers regarding their environmental practices.

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Earthly inspiration

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