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My June 2, 2005 interview with Chuck Strinz, writer and producer of a TV show featuring the Hastings Spiral Bridge that debuted on Twin Cities Public Television and other PBS affiliates on June 27, 2004 as part of the Grand Excursion 2004 celebration.
Q: What is the name of the TV show featuring the spiral bridge?
A: The show is called "Back
On The Mississippi -- Hidden Trails, Offbeat Tales".
Q: What is the show about?
A: It's been described in the Pioneer Press as
a "humorous travel documentary." I describe it in more detail
as a film that "reveals some of the more interesting oddities on
the Mississippis shores. It ties the best of the past to the realities
of the present, with a tone that is definitely on the offbeat side."
Q: How can I find out more about the show?
A: You can check out the show's production website,
. The show is the work of Strinz Creative Inc. and ZIBI Video, LLC., now
incorporated as Back On The Mississippi, LLC.
Q: Where has the show aired?
A: It aired on Twin Cities Public Television last
June and July (2004), and was viewed in over 100,000 Twin Cities households.
Since then, it has been seen on or is slated to be seen on about 30 other
PBS stations and networks across the country. On Sunday June 5, 2005,
it was on in Knoxville and Topeka. So some people in eastern Tennessee
and central Kansas will know about the famous Hastings Spiral Bridge next
week than they do today.
A: Three ways: Call the toll free number, order on-line, send a check. The details are found by clicking on the Flotsam and Jetsam icon at the top of the home page of www.backonthemississippi.com. VHS is $19.95, DVD is $24.95, both plus $5, S&H. Note the correct toll-free ordering number is 1-800-525-8474, not the one posted on the web site as we speak. Or just be happy knowing the show is out there. Nobody in California picked it up yet (call your local affiliate and bug them!). The show was aired in Washington and Oregon, but nowhere else on the west coast.
Q: How did you like my web site?
A: I read in today's (June 2, 2005) Pioneer Press that there are going to be some town meetings about constructing a landing and docks just upstream from the present bridge. Fastest way to the Pioneer Press (sez me, anyway) is www.pioneerplanet.com.
Q: How can people reach you?
A: The best address to reach me is email@example.com
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