Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Blog #23 - How does Seabiscuit reflect the Great Depression?
After watching clips of Seabiscuit and discovering how much of a hero he and Red Pollard were to America at the time, please explain why so many average Americans were identifying with a sports hero - and one that wasn't even human!
Check out "American Experience: Seabiscuit" and how Charles Howard turned the Biscuit's name into a brand name: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/seabiscuit/mammalsevents/e_branding.html
The radio calls for Seabiscuit's greatest races: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/seabiscuit/sfeature/sf_radio.html
Interview with the author, Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote the book that the movie is based upon:
Big Brown, the current Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, is battling a hoof injury and has taken a few days off before the Belmont Stakes that will be held on June 7th. Big Brown is the 4th horse since 2002 to come close to winning the Triple Crown (having come to Belmont after winning the first two races). You can even buy T-shirts and hats w/ Big Brown on them http://horsehats.com/BigBrown.html .
The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing hasn't been won since Affirmed last did it in 1978. Affirmed also happens to be the great-great-grandson of War Admiral who we saw in the film. Other famous horses include Secretariat (1973 Triple Crown winner) and Seattle Slew (1977 Triple Crown winner and the only undefeated horse to win the TC).
Due Thursday, May 29 - 150 words minimum (in brown in honor of BB).