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Saginaw28 May 2012 8:19 a.m. PST


A) the history of the drive-in theatre
B) Spanish-American War
C) barbecue
D) Regionalist art (Grant Wood, John Steuart Curry, and Thomas Hart Benton)
E) the Space Shuttle
F) War of Jenkins' Ear
G) other (suggest a topic)
H) tv is for sex, violence, and reality shows, NOT to learn something! huh?

I choose A, with E my second choice.

John the OFM28 May 2012 8:30 a.m. PST

The history of the venues for Historicon.

Saginaw28 May 2012 8:34 a.m. PST

So your answer would be….G? wink

John the OFM28 May 2012 8:42 a.m. PST

It's not for me to suggest to Dear Editor how to set up the Poll.
Man proposes, but Dear Editor disposes.

carne6828 May 2012 9:24 a.m. PST

YouTube link

A film not by Ken Burns…

T Meier28 May 2012 10:28 a.m. PST

A film not by Ken Burns…

Maybe he could do a historical documentary on the history of the study of history, at least he might learn something.

Redcurrant28 May 2012 10:36 a.m. PST

G – A history of how Hollywood can screw up your history.

Glengarry 428 May 2012 10:55 a.m. PST

G: The Pig War of 1859

Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP28 May 2012 11:01 a.m. PST

I already saw a documentary on: C) barbecue. Its actually quite interesting as it reflects values of the time and how those values changed over the course of time. B) Spanish-American War, is OK but its a topic that can be covered in a 1 or 2 hour documentary.

H) World War One
I) Revolutionary War
J) Indian Wars

Ken Burns' next documentary will be: The Vietnam War. I look forward to seeing it.

Lentulus28 May 2012 11:11 a.m. PST

I think "tv is for sex, violence, and reality shows" would make a very interesting Ken Burn documentary.

StCrispin28 May 2012 11:12 a.m. PST

i just played "here i stand" yesterday, and would love an in-depth look at the protestant reformation. there was so much too learn!

Sundance28 May 2012 11:52 a.m. PST

I'd go forGreyONE's suggestions. And the space shuttle. That could be lots of fun. I have a Span-Am documentary by PBS – dry as dust. I have NEVER been able to watch it all the way through without falling asleep. Still don't know what happened or who won.

flooglestreet28 May 2012 1:00 p.m. PST

G A history of Drive-in carhops on roller skates. (It's a stateside thing.)

Saginaw28 May 2012 1:13 p.m. PST

Ken Burns' next documentary will be: The Vietnam War. I look forward to seeing it.

I'm looking forward to seeing that, too, but according to Wikipedia, it won't be out until 2016. In the meantime, there's supposedly one coming up this year on the Dust Bowl. With Burns's magic, it shouldn't be too "dry" a subject (yes, I meant to say that wink).

Captain DEwell28 May 2012 1:13 p.m. PST

Well I thought this was a good question. I have seen his Civil War and was quite impressed with the artstyle of it – photographs, music, old letters.

(G) The American War of Independence + the War of 1812.

It's got to have a proper balance Brits + Loyalists + Patriots = different viwepoints and opinions. State them.

Then Mexican-American War

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2012 2:00 p.m. PST

A history of JSDF and its Continuation War with Gojira,

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2012 3:10 p.m. PST

I'd love to see one on the 1950's by him. I think he would make it fascinating.

Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP28 May 2012 3:23 p.m. PST

"Mexican-American War"

Yes, that would be a good topic, as would a documentary on the 1950's.

goragrad28 May 2012 4:01 p.m. PST

Mayhap a documentary on the Women's Rights crusaders of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries that included the anti-abortion views of the protagonists.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2012 4:06 p.m. PST

If Ken Burns did a documentary on Syphilis, would there be a violin as background music?


Great OFMs of the World

artaxerxes29 May 2012 2:17 a.m. PST

Vietnam is his next major project – and fairly well in hand.

richarDISNEY29 May 2012 7:53 a.m. PST

The history of wargaming.

Dynaman878929 May 2012 8:13 a.m. PST

Ten pin bowling.

ChicChocMtdRifles29 May 2012 9:02 a.m. PST

How about one on making documentaries/propaganda films? WW2 had tons of those…

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2012 9:33 a.m. PST

I think the Great War. More Americans need to learn about that event, as it completely changed the modern world.

J Womack 9429 May 2012 9:35 a.m. PST

How about a series on Kaiju movies?

Dynaman878929 May 2012 11:18 a.m. PST

> as it completely changed the modern world.

It didn't change it, it made it. True enough though, history at my school stopped at 1899, then we went to social studies which did not actually teach history as such.

Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP29 May 2012 1:48 p.m. PST

"Mexican-American War" x2

You cannot study the American Civil War without coming across references to the Mexican-American War. For some participants, it seems to have bled from one war to the next. Its interesting to read about the Civil War officers and their Mexican-American War experiences. Many comrades-in-arms in the first war found themselves on opposite sides during the next war. I am surprised I do not see many, if any, Mexican-American War armies on tabletop. The closest I have seen is the Alamo, which really doesn't count. I would love to have both an American Army and a Mexican Army in 10mm or 15mm… failing that, 6mm.

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Saginaw29 May 2012 2:37 p.m. PST

Besides the "interesting" suggestions (laugh), there are some excellent ones posted here. I'm fairly surprised to see noticeable support leaning toward the Mexican-American War. In thinking about it, it was the next major event that contributed to the literal and metaphoric growth of this country after the Louisiana Purchase, not to mention it being the war where most of our Civil War generals first cut their teeth in battle.

The Great War/World War I would be another excellent choice, and a fitting tribute, since the last of those veterans have recently passed into history. On the other hand, I've come to find some fascinating things about drive-in theatres and their history since beginning my research on my local "ozoners" five years ago. It's a uniquely American invention and story, combining two markedly American passions: the automobile and the movies (as in "Friday night at the movies", the "Saturday matinee", and so on). Heck, if I had the Ken Burns-kind of money, I'd certainly attempt to create a decent and entertaining documentary on it.

Captain DEwell29 May 2012 3:03 p.m. PST

drive-in theatres and their history

Now that could be worth watching. My knowledge is based solely on movies like American Graffiti and The Flintstones. But it sure looked an interesting concept.

Yabba, dabba, doooooo

Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP29 May 2012 7:47 p.m. PST

I saw a documentary on the Drive-In theatre. More Drive-In theatres have been built in the last 10 years and the previous 30. Interesting history. I have fond memories of seeing various films at the Drive-In. I saw "How the West Was Won" at the town of Radium in the late 1960's. The area around there looked and felt like the old west so it fit the feel of the movie perfectly.

We have a new Drive-In in our area, built within the last 10 years, although I am at a loss to tell anyone where it may be located? It shows up in the newspaper when playing movies in the summer… I hope its still there.

I remember driving through Washington State coming across an old, disused, Drive-In theatre. Nothing sadder.

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2012 7:57 p.m. PST

Vietnam should be good. The history of Gridiron (aka American and Canadian) Football would be interesting. It was almost banned a century ago, and now it looks like it may be changing due to the danger of head injuries. It be interesting to watch in 20 or 40 years and think, "oh, that was before the nerf body suit was mandatory."

Grand Duke Natokina30 May 2012 3:20 p.m. PST

I would like to see the SpanAm War or Vietnam.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2012 9:40 a.m. PST

Well since he does history it can be on any of the following subjects:

Running a Pawn Shop.
Running a stroage or moving company.
Being a Hillybillie of some description preferably in either Appalachia or Louisiana.
Running a fishing boat off the coast of Alaska
Driving an 18 wheel rig in Alaska.
Biblical prophecy.

All of the above are the staple of the History Channel so they must be history!

Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2012 8:32 p.m. PST

The American and Russian space programs and the race to the Moon.

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