I once saw Ken Burns IRL, walking through the streets of SoHo in the rain, and he appeared to be a nice, unassuming guy. But I don’t know if I can take another one of his miniseries.
Are any of you going to try to watch the “Roosevelts”? I think I know what I need to know about Teddy and Franklin: according to Wikiepdia, Teddy was known for his “`cowboy'” persona and robust masculinity” (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and without even looking at Wikipedia, I know that Franklin was the most important person in the history of western civilization. I don’t know quite as much about Eleanor beyond an SNL bit “What If Eleanor Roosevelt Could Fly?” (soon to be made into a book by Niall Ferguson, btw).
I may try to watch some of “The Roosevelts”, but I think the only way I could stomach that much Doris Kearns Goodwin and Michael Bechbloss would be if I drank a lot. So how about a “The Roosevelts” drinking game?
Just to start:
A close up of a black and white photo lasts more than 15 seconds — take a drink.
You hear player piano music — take a drink.
Michael Bechbloss and Doris Kearns Goodwin appear onscreen at the same time — finish your glass.
Somebody says “bully pulpit” — take a drink.
Someone talks about what Obama could learn from FDR — finish the entire bottle.