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this is "through the decades," a unique hour-longtime capsule. we look back at this past week when three days of peace, love and music that would forever earn a place in rock history. "i'd like to say that i think the whole scene is out of sight. i mean really, this is a really groovy scene." and fans gather to give a final nod to a rock and roll king "i'm here to see elvis for the last time." plus, a mountaintop, an fbi seige and lingering questions about federal power "and it always seems to happen this way, when the fbi attempted to investigate itself." those stories and more, in a different kind of television experience, where we relive, remember and relate to the events and experiences that are cemented in history. i'm ellee pai hong. and i'm kerry sayers.
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and i'm your host, bill kurtis. this is "through the decades." day after day here we play witness to the enormity of history, the power of people and events to shape our world and capture our attention this week in august we have "relived, remembered and related" to the scandals, the controversies, the iconic happened "through the decades" we begin with ruby ridge. a mountaintop in idaho infamous beginning in august of 1992 pitting the fbi against a wanted white separatist. a mother and her teenaged son would be killed. a federal marshall would also die. in the aftermath, the government would pay millions to settle the case and leave questions about the use of
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enforcement agencies which are still being debated today. "i'll be all right." "it was the testimony federal lawmen have been dreading for three years. a carefully prepared father's story of finding his son dead, shot in the back by u.s. marshals." "i was cussing and screaming and yelling and kissing him and holding him in my arms." "randy weaver was recalling august 21, 1992 and what would come to be called 'the siege at ruby ridge.' marshals had had randy and vicki weaver's idaho cabin under trying to arrest randy for selling illegal weapons. but, in a sudden shoot-out, a killed." "today, accompanied by his daughter sara, weaver explained to a senate committee what happened the next day when fbi snipers arrived." "there was another shot and a loud boom right there." "but, again, it was an innocent who was hit; vicki weaver, mother of four."
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"vicki was turned around, laying down on the floor with her head in a kneeling position with the baby underneath her. i went over and picked the baby out of vicki's arms and checked her out. she had blood in her hair." weaver surrended nine days later "he was eventually tried and acquitted of the marshal's death and rejoined what was left of his family." then came the investigation into the deaths of the innocent at the hands of the fbi "fbi director louis freeh handed out suspensions and reprimands, saying the siege was poorly managed." @ and accusations that the agency attempted to cover up its mistakes. "questions have been raised about who approved shoot-to- kill orders at ruby ridge." "senators wondered aloud today if the bureau needs more oversight." "in conclusion, the fbi must stop thinking it's a military and get back to being fbi." "although weaver, a white separatist, acknowledged that he, too, bears some responsibility." "i've said things that have been wrong. i've done things that
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were wrong and i've paid a big and very heavy price for those things." "and now it is the government's time to pay. it has already million dollars to settle a civil suit over the deaths of the two family members. but there's also the question of possible criminal charges. some agents could face obstruction-of- justice charges in the ruby ridge case. some, investigators suggest, could even go to jail." but five years later, there were still no answers coming from law enforcement. "five years after an fbi sniper shot and killed the wife of white separatist randy weaver near ruby ridge, idaho, no one knows who approved those shoot-to-kill orders and today's decision not to pursue it any further would seem to ensure that now no one ever will. the justice department decision clears former fbi deputy director larry potts and three colleagues but held out the possibility of unspecified disciplinary action later." "potts was the man in charge
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back in washington in august 1992, when agents surrounded weaver's cabin." "original fbi paperwork showing agents could use deadly force had been changed to read 'deadly force can and should be used' only no one, including potts, remembered approving such a change." "at no time did i ever approve the 'can and should' language that appears in the proposed operations plan." "the irony of ruby ridge is that the fbi sniper who killed mrs. paid any attention to those 'can and should shoot' orders to kill. he said he opened fire only because he thought someone was firing at an fbi helicopter. the real trouble happen this way--when the fbi attempted to investigate itself and, by all accounts, did a pretty horrible job coming up with any answers." in the end potts was demoted, and one was sent to jail. history/incident-at-ruby-ridge when elvis presley died at age forty two, the country he jolted into the rock and roll age
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wasn't ready to say goodbye. but in august of 1977, thousands flocked to graceland for one final farewell. "they spoke of presley as a hero; these people who stood for long hours under a hot sun to pay a final tribute. most were simple working class people spanning all ages. they came from all parts of the country." by the time elvis presley died and gone. he'd become reclusive and hadn't handful of years. but the memories of the young hip-swinging singer, his soulful voice and magnetic looks that turned music of the '50s upside down never faded. something evidenced by the spectacle that his funeral became, an event that would play out in bizarre and varied chapters throughout august 18, 1977.
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"early this morning, the crowd was shocked when a car drove into three girls outside the presley mansion killing two of them." "all of a sudden this car come by and started hitting people. people flying all over the place and metal and everything else." "it's cold, malicious murder. that's what it is." that's how the day would begin; a tragedy but one that could not overshadow the loss of an american icon. "the family and friends of elvis presley today paid their last idol while thousands of his fans maintained their vigil outside his memphis estate." "we left at five thirty yesterday afternoon from five to nine this morning. and even though i can't get in, this is the best i can do. i can be here." "how long did it take you to come down here?" "twelve hours. twelve hours and it was seven hundred and thirty
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one miles." the three and a half mile processional from graceland to forest hill cemetary in memphis was a wall of mourners; each waiting for only a passing glimpse of the king riding away in a white hearse. "i'm here to see elvis for the last time." "what was your reaction when you heard the news?" "i was very sad. my whole household was very sad." "i can't believe it. he really died. i work right across the street and i can't believe it." disbelief and sadness hung heavy up and down elvis presley boulevard. "he gave me a car once and i said elvis, i don't have the words to express how i feel about you giving me this car and he looked at me and he said what is fame and fortune if you can't share it with your friends." but while many were there to mourn others were there to profit. "at times there was almost a
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carnival atmosphere. commercialism mingled with the mourning as hawkers sold elvis presley pennants and t-shirts." "do you think you'll make a lot of money on this?" "i don't know, you know? it'll be the first time i've ever made much money if i do, you know? this is kind of enjoyable, it's something to do. you know, i think you're giving somebody something and you're getting something too. i think elvis would've probably liked it, you know?" "i think it's a bunch of bologna, really. people don't really care. they're just giggling and carrying on, you know. i'm having a good time too but that's not really what it's all about." for being there, it was clear that elvis presley's impact on america was profound. "the somber procession moved slowly down the driveway and out onto elvis presley boulevard for the three and half mile drive to forest hill cemetery. just as it emerged, a young woman jumped in front of the hearse carrying presley's body. authorities pulled her out of motorcade moved on without
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incident passing grieving presley admirers who had gathered lining the boulevard." "i've been very upset since i heard the news and i just can't believe it. i just wish he would come back." often in early death, the greatest tragedy is "what could've been" but that wasn't the case with elvis. the country had already seen what he had been, and it was captivating, but it would never be seen again. so for many, thatbecame the greatest tragedy and one america's pop culture has never let go. "officials believe presley will continue to attract in death many of those who were so devoted to him when he was alive." our journey continues. three days of peace, love and rock n roll draws to a close. two unmanned spacecraft are rocketed into unknown territory. and an american political activist finds herself on the list of america's most wanted criminals. it's still ahead on "through the decades."
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they came from all over and met upstate new york. it was to become the defining moment of the 1960's - woodstock and in august of 1969, the music festival drew to a close returning quiet to the sleepy town it rocked for three straight days.
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when four young minds got together in early 1969 looking for ways to finance a recording studio in woodstock, new york, this is what became of their ambitions. arguably the greatest music event this country has ever seen and most certainly the epitomeof the 1960's counter- culture movement. "they began to arrive earlier in the week from as far away as california and new mexico attracted by a widely promoted music and arts festival peace and music." place inwoodstock residents, the festival's promoters to the town of bethel
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where they found a six hundred- acre dairy farm owned and operated by max yasgur. "at least 300,000 young people perhaps as many as half a million have jammed the highways and country roads trying to get to a music festival featuring the most popular performers of rock and folk music." days before the start of the festival, the tiny town of bethel was overrun. word had spread like wildfire. people came from far and wide for the promised three days of peace and music and facing crowds that were certain to grow. organizers were forced to abandon any hopes of making a profit woodstook was declared a free concert. "much of an entire county on the summer resort area of new york state's catskills mountains is virtually
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paralyzed this weekend by an overwhelming crowd of pop rock music fans from all over the country." "the local and state police were quickly overwhelmed by traffic - partly because a plan to hire 350 off duty policemen from new york city was cancelled by their commissioner at the last minute. reinforcements were called from all over the state, they came too late." at 5:07 p.m. on august 15, 1969, richie havens took the stage and so began woodstock. "what does this rock festival mean to you?" "a way to get out, you know? a time to get out." "it's been overwhelming. the townspeople, the local store- keepers are all in favor of it. it brings money into the community and they feel they need it." havens would be the first of 32 performers providing a non-stop soundtrack
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for the hundreds of thousands spread across max yasgur's farm. "i'd like to say that i think the whole scene is out of sight. i mean really, this is really a groovy scene." and while a wide array of musicians provided the sounds, the people, the attendees provided the sights. "they're very nice. i've seen but whatever's going to be in the future, more are coming in this town, talking to them. we had a very pleasant conversation with a few of them this morning. they're very nice." "so what do the people out there here?" "well, a lot of people think it's crazy, don't they?" "why? nobody's hurting anybody." muddy fields, large crowds and less than ideal sanitation, woodstock largely lived up to for peace and music.
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"until i got here, i thought i was crazy cong here and once i got here and felt the vibrations that these people are giving off and that the music and just to lay around and hear this music all day long, right into the night and right into the morning." "some place where you can be totally free to do and be anything you want and nobody's going to say anything or think anything about you. you're just accepted for what you are totally." as crowds began to vacate yasgur's farm on august 17, 1969, it was already clear. they were leaving behind something iconic. "i think woodstock was a nice reminder that we are all a community. it was a big, dramatic, graphic reminder that we're all in this together there are." "flying over the audience i knew immediately that we had
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not going to be erased very easily." "young people want to know what that time was about and i think created that woodstock." the fields and hills that for three days in august of 1969 reverberated generation. they have long since gone quiet returning to their rural hallowed grounds for a time and an era of great change in america. space and the start to gravity powered race cars that became an american tradition. this is "through the decades."
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they've gone where nothing from this world has ever gone before and they're still going. the ultimate inter-galactic journeymen - the voyager probes. and in august of 1977, the first of those two probes set sail for the great unknown. "scientists are getting ready to send two voyager spacecraft on far-ranging planetary tours. if all goes well, they will send back data on
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jupiter, saturn and many other bodies in space." from cape canaveral, florida, voyager two initiated one of nasa's most ambitious missions. on august 20, 1977, the space probe left earth with a one-way ticket to explore deep space. it was joined two weeks later by voyager one. their primary mission was to study the outer solar system taking advantage of a rare planetary alignment. "scientists have equipped each spacecraft with 10 instruments and two tv cameras. the equipment will study jupiter and its major moons then the vehicles will travel onto saturn for a close look at the mysterious rings." that wasn't the only equipnt the voyager probes were carrying. both were strapped with a 12- inch gold-plated copper disk which contained music and other sounds from earth in case any extra-terrestrial encounters. "american space officials today released a picture of the earth
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and the moon taken by one of the two unmanned voyager probes on their way to jupiter. the picture of eastern asia, the western pacific and parts of the arctic was taken in september and the voyager was seven million miles above mount everest. the two voyager space probes, sent aloft last summer, are due to reach jupiter in 1979." voyager one would reach jupiter first in march of 1979. voyager two which was sent along a different trajectory would follow four months behind. a first stop of many for two spacecraft that have never stopped journeying far beyond our solar system into intersellar space where they continue to communicate with nasa decades later. still ahead on "through the decades," the beginnings of a motorless race car with kids behind the wheel and the persistance of one man
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to achieve his dream of an education.
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now a "through the decades" moment in time from this week in 1970. cbs' charles kuralt spent a day in galax, virginia where generations gathered to pay homage to a sound of early america. "walking around the grounds, we got to remembering the words of a poem stephen vincent benet
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wrote back in 1925. if you changed a name here and there, it would describe the galax old-time fiddlers convention very well." (fiddler sounds) "never had a brother, ner' a whole pair a pants. but when i start to fiddle, why you got to start to dance." that's part of the benet poem kuralt used to explain the fiddler's convention that's been held on the second weekend in august each year since 1935. "clark is ready to take down an old-time number to play for us too. i think some of you might remember it. it's 'trouble among the yearlings.' clark kessinger." the galax old-time fiddler's convention has expanded over the years but in 1970, it was a saturday-only affair. "number 36, hailing from galax." "what are you playing jimmy?" "ebenezer." "ebenezer!" (fiddling and clapping) thousands of fans both young and
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old packed "felt's park" for this "moment in time" as a way to keep the memory of yesterday's tunes alive and well. (fiddler sounds) it's become a unique slice of americana and picking up speed is the name of the game. in august of 1934, the first official all-american soap box derby raced through dayton, ohio. the idea for the soap box derby observation. in the summer of 1933, a newspaper man in dayton, ohio came across a group of kids cars. he was instantly intrigued and went back to his bosses at the "dayton daily news" and convinced them to let him promote a bigger race. the following week, on august 19, 1933, over three hundred own makeshift cars.
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it was such a success, chevrolet agreed to sponser the first officialall-american soap box derby held the following year on august 19, 1934. the soap box derby would go onto become a summertime tradition drawing tens of thousands of spectators at its peak in the fifties and sixties. and it remains a pastime. young racers, in motorless cars, picking up speed all the way to the finish line. the answer to the question "who is angela davis?" varied greatly in the in the late 1960's and early '70s. to some, she was an admitted accused murderers. to other, she was one of the few americans speaking the truth about their country. both positions were
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galvanized whethe f.b.i. placed the former u.c.l.a. professor on the famed "ten- most-wanted" list. "the fact that i am now free. free from the fetters of prison. bares witness to our ability to force upon the enemies of oppression the defeat. the defeat they so rightfully deserve." she faced murder charges for two years withouthaving been at the murder scene. ucla fired her for being an admitted communist. but she was not defeated. angela davis is a strong- willed, educated, black woman with an unrelenting desire to speak for the oppressed. before her arrest, she rose to prominence as a decade of protests had conditioned many to become unafraid to demand change. but on august 18, 1970, davis'
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activism led her to become the third woman in history to be placed on the fbi's "most wanted" list. "anyone who makes a commitment, the kind of commitment that will impel him or her to continuously engage in the liberation struggle has to be aware of what the risks are." davis never hid her affiliation to either the communist or black panther parties. the latter led her to san quentin prison along with the so-called "soledad brothers." they were a trio of black men accused of murdering a prison guard despite public opinion that they were innocent and singled out for their political activities inside the walls. when one of them arrived at the marin county court for a hearing in august of 1970, all hell broke loose.
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"i stepped off the elevator onto the court floor and it seemed very deserted except for the sheriff, who along with two of his inspectors, were sort of crouched along the right hand wall. and i realized that there must be going on, just by looking at their situation and what their attitude was." a group of men, including the younger brother of "soledad brother" george jackson, snuck guns into court and kidnapped the judge, assistant district attorney and three jurors. "i proceeded to take pictures of the hostages of jonathan jackson who was armed with a machine gun-like apparatus." the attack was a violent political message. a way to try and strong-arm authorities into releasing the soledad brothers from prison. "mcclain turned to me and said, 'you tell everybody that want the soledad brothers released by twelve o'clock.'" of course that never happened and four people died in a shootout just outside the courthouse, including the
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younger jackson and the judge. "you could see that the back window was blown out. there were many bullet holes in the truck that were visible from the outside. the doors opened. the hostages bolted out and we looked in and we could see the dead convicts and the dead judge." what did the attack have to do with angela davis? she bought the guns used in the hostage situation. they were registered in her name and with her link to the soledad brother's cause, prosecutors charged davis with the murder of the judge. in california, anyone with a physical link to the crime could be charged with committing it. when she heard about the charges, davis went into hiding. on august 18, 1970, the fbi made davis the 309th and only the third woman ever to be placed on its "most wanted" list. after two months on the run,
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the fbi caught up with davis in a new york city motel on october 13. "angela davis is in jail on criminal charges but there's no political trial." as soon as the cuffs went on, those sympathetic to her beliefs hit the streets. "the whole world is watching! the whole world is watching!" and her story spread worldwide. from west germany, even somalia, the "free angela" attention to her case. "angela davis is probably one of the most beautiful persons i have ever known both inwardly and outwardly. in closing, i want to say more power to angela davis. may she long live in liberty." davis framed her arrest as a way her voice. "'i am innocent,' she said. 'i am the target of a political which condemns to
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silence one person who has the most to lose is self- defeating.'" protests remained steady for the duration of her trial. "fight, fight, free angela! fight, fight, free angela!" and davis credited those voices after a jury read a "not guilty verdict" in court. "you and millions of people here and abroad confronted the government of this country, the confederates in california, ronald reagan's administration, with a thunderous refusal to accept the policies and strategies of oppression. and this refusal, which echoed from the words and deeds of vast numbers of people was finally translated into the verdict of the jury, was finally translated into the two words, not guilty, which were
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in the courtroom." davis used what had happened to her as motivation to continue speaking out for those whom she felt did not have a voice. she even returned to teach at ucla. forty-five years after that same institution fired her for her beliefs. but in august of 1970, that future was in jeopardy when the fbi made her one of its ten most wanted fugitives. he entered with a fleet of 500 u.s. marshals and left with a college degree. in august of 1963, james meredith, the first african- american admitted to the university of mississippi graduated. for james meredith, the road to violent but one the former u.s. air force serviceman was deteremined to endure.
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he began applying to the university of mississippi in 1961 but the state and most of its racial segregation. meredith was rejected but he wasn't going to go down quietly. "in the midst of the struggle over voter registration, the eyes of the nation and the world shifted to oxford and jackson, mississippi where james meredith sought to become the first of his race to enroll in the university of mississippi." meredith sued the state of mississippi forcing the federal government to finally confront an open defiance of the u.s. constitution. in september, 1962, meredith won his battle in the courts but as far as the state of mississippi was concerned, the fight wasn't over. "to the cheers of many
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mississippi whites, governor ross barnett and the entire government apparatus of mississippi, planted themselves squarely in meredith's path and it will require the full weight of the federal government and the justice department and the courts to force his admission." that weight came down hard on the state of mississippi. governor barnett was found guilty of civil contempt and ordered to pay ten thousand james meredith out of the classrooms of ole miss. "now, the difficulty is, uh, we got two or three problems. in the first place, what can we do to, uh, if we can , if . . .. first place is the court's order to you, which i guess is, you're given until tuesday. what is your feeling on that?" "well, i want . . ." "what's your position on that?" president." "right."
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"uh, it, it's a serious matter, now i want to think it over a few days. until tuesday, anyway." meanwhile, an envoy of u.s. marshals steamrolled their way onto the campus of the university of mississippi and on september 30, 1962, president kennedy addressed the nation. "americans are free and sure to disagree with the law but not to disobey it. for any government of laws and not of men, no man however prominent or powerful and no mob however unruly or boisterous is entitled to defy a court of law." "if this country should ever reach the point for any man or group of men by force or threat of force could long deny the commands of our court and our constitution then no law would stand free from doubt. no judge would be sure of his writ and no citizen neighbors."
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the next day, flanked by armed guards, james meredith was escorted onto campus and became the first african- american to enroll at the university but enrollment would hardly be the end of his saga. "there's a new feeling of uneasiness among campus police, u.s. marshalls and soldiers guarding james meredith. they're especially uneasy now when night falls and he comes to the school cafeteria across the street from a row of men's dormitories. every night this week, ole miss students have heckled meredith." "do you have any fear for your personal safety in this situation?" "no ... i uh ... since i graduated from high school i uh have been in the air force and in college. i spent nine years in the air force and then immediately went into college." scorn followed meredith throughout his two semesters at
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ole miss but he'd tread the perilous line of racial hate for the sake of a most basic right. "the objective is to receive a better educational opportunities for the negroes in mississippi and of course, if personal safety will be a factor in keeping one from obtaining an educational opportunity that's no different from legal or other blocks." james meredith graduated from the university of mississippi on august 18, 1963 with a degree in political science. it was an accomplishment achieved by a persistence that was extraordinary. a will that would not bend. an ambition that showed no fear.
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a model that would come to personify the civil rights movement of the 1960's. with the hopes of striking it rich, gold seekers head west. and in our "through the decades" profile, we hear from the man behind one of the most influential science fiction franchises in history. "and i said, 'look fellas, it's little more than a western. we have spaceships instead of horses. zap guns instead of six shooters but it'll be familiar." and uh, unfortunately when, when they gave me the money, a set of good actors, and a director, i just uh.. went 'ape.' they didn't get what they had asked for, what they agreed on, they were naturally very upset."
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before california even became an official u.s. state, when it was still a mexican territory, americans flooded the territory hoping to strike it rich. those who had already settled had a big head start but once word reached the east cost in august of 1848, the gold rush was on. the hills of central california
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guarded an un-disturbed fortune for thousands of years. but in the 1848 winds that blew east was news of endless riches . and when word made it to a new york newspaper on august 19, tens of thousands became infatuated with one word: gold. a man named john sutter settled the land settled in central california when it was still under mexican control in 1839. he set up a fort and built a timber mill. in 1848, a newspaper reporter had come over to the central valley site from san francisco. he reported that people in sutter's camp knew someone who found gold and in the next few month papers up and down the west coast, even hawaii, were buzzing about the discovery. the price per ounce at that time settled around 20 dollars per ounce, roughly 600 dollars by today's value. at the time, the population of central california was tiny around a thousand non-native americans lived in the territory. so, even while the news spread, it didn't have a widespread impact on the valley.
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that changed, however, when the new york herald reported california's gold discovery on august 19, 1848. news traveled far and wide and soon thousands flooded california from all parts of the globe. future miners from as far as china, chile, australia, hawaii, both land and sea. by the end of 1849, california's hundred fold as san francisco became a global destination for anyone seeking to hit it big. of the 100,000 living in the territory around 40,000 were there mining the countryside. so many had traveled to california by 1850, union. while the gold finally began to become scarce after 1853, san francisco would develop into one of the most powerful cities in america.
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many gold rushes have come and gone "through the decades" especially when gold started selling for market value in the early '70s for the first time. but there are many who still come to the hills with the same wish as the very first prospectors. "in 1849, the bureau of mines reported that there was less than two million ounces of gold found. while in 1990, the productions jumped up to 9.6 million ounces of gold. looking for it now than there was in 1849 so that means simply that the technology has been applied to finding gold as it has to a lot of other things." word of the discovery of gold took eight months to make to the east coast but when the new york herald reported it on august 19, 1848, that triggered a great migration west with twinkling dreams of striking it rich.
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it began 25 years ago and since than has exploded into one of the most popular sceince fiction franchises in history. still ahead, we go back in time to hear from the man behind "star trek." >> i'm alex trebek. if you're age 50 to 85, i have an important message write down the number on your screen, so you can call when i finish. the lock i want to talk to you about isn't the one on your door. this is a lock for your life insurance, a rate lock, that guarantees your rate can never go up at any time, for any reason. but be careful. many policies you see do not have one, but you can get
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call this number now. the summer of 1960, saw the introduction of one of the longest and most inveterate children's toys, the etch- a-sketch. let's take a look back at one of their early ads.
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etch-a-sketch draws and writes like magic. turn the knobs and all around. no crayons, no chalks, never any mess. turn etch-a-sketch upside disappears. develop artistic and scientific skills with etch-a-sketch and from the ohio art company. hi-oh! his nickname was "the great bird of the galaxy" and he's best known for making captain kirk, mr. spock and the klingons household names. gene roddenberry "boldly went where no man has gone before" as the mastermind behind star trek, which went on to become one of the most successful science fiction entertainment franchises ever. roddennberry is featured in today's profile. he sat down with entertainment tonight in august of 1986 for the 20th anniversary of star trek, a movie that
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was originally marketed to the networks as something very different. "westerns were big and i wanted to sell it and i said 'look fellas, it's little more than a western. we have spaceships instead of horses. zap guns instead of six shooters but it'll be familiar." and uh, unfortunately when, when they gave me the money, a set of good actors, and a director, i just uh.. went 'ape.' they didn't get what they had asked for, what they agreed on, they were naturally very upset." "when you're a writer, you're really a part of all of your characters. captain kirk was the airline pilot i wish h been, eternally cool and resourceful. i had screwed up in my life so many times because of emotion. mr. spock was that gene roddenberry. you even become the women when you're writing. i do not think i have become a good of a woman as a
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man and i'd like to learn more about that alien species that we live with. they're all a piece of you." "i've shown it's possible to have shows about something and have exciting ones and ones that last. that there is more to entertainment than shotguns blasting off in bellies and sleazy characters. we had old fashioned characters. everything you could hope for to say to a child. be like mr. spock or be like captain kirk. they never lied. they didn't cheat. they said that perhaps there are things worth giving your life for if necessary. i think all of us would like - without making it too pollyanna, would like our kids to have a hero to follow." "i think it would be impossible to get it on the air today. there are a couple of things that would keep you from it. everybody today knows too much about science fiction. it was new to everyone in those days. i could say 'this is what a spaceship
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looks like' and they would shrug their shoulders and say 'well ok, if that's what they look like.'" "nothing would please me better than if star trek would come back in tv years into the future. bright young people, new stars, really make it something and have them say 'that's better than roddenberry's.' i'd like that."
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r journey continues monday. a shocking case of alleged child abuse by the world's biggest pop star. one of the most violent and infamous storms in the atlantic's history strikes the u.s. mainland andafter almost seven decades of ruling with iron fist, a world leader steps down. it's monday, august 24, on "through the decades." that'll do it for us toda i'm bill kurtis.
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