I saw this program listed this afternoon minutes before it started and recorded it, but haven't had a chance to watch yet. But happily if you're in the Los Angeles area, it's being repeated tonight at midnight (Saturday night/Sunday morning) on KOCE. Check your local listing if you live elsewhere, and hopefully PBS stations be airing it nationally.
It's called JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala. The special is footage of the pre-inaugural entertainment for John Kennedy in January, 1961. The description says that the performers include (are you ready?) Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Ethel Merman, Gene Kelly, Jimmy Durante and Metropolitan Opera star Helen Traubel (who later in her career starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Pipe Dream.)
Yowza. Quite the historical document.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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