You Are There Hosted by Charlie Grinker: The Best of the Rest of the Century 1970-1999
You Are There on the scene, and often behind it, to witness highlights of the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. Those who were there and share their memories with us, include Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer, Carl Bernstein, and Howard Cosell.
In 1971 we laugh out loud as television was changed forever by Archie Bunker and his family. Producer Norman Lear tells Charlie what it took to bring All In the Family to television, including the actor who turned down the role of Archie.
In 1972, after two decades of enmity between the United States and The People’s Republic of China, President Richard Nixon arrived in China in a search for peace. It was The Week that Changed the World. Two years later President Nixon was brought down by the Watergate scandal. Charlie interviewed key people who witnessed Watergate including President Nixon’s personal lawyer, Leonard Garment, reporter Carl Bernstein and Nixon’s young Press Secretary, Diane Sawyer. Nixon’s last day as President plays like Shakespeare.
You Are There on November 9, 1989 to see the greatest failure in Communist history, the celebration as The Berlin Wall comes down and German families are free to unite. It is a magnificent triumph for the United States and President Ronald Reagan.
In closing we flashback to D-Day, June 6, 1944, as General Dwight David Eisenhower stands face to face with his troops as they prepare to cross the English Channel for the monumental battle of the 20th Century. It is a 20th Century moment for all Americans to treasure forever. There was only one “Ike.”