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Modern Marvels

Season 7 Episode 21


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 03, 2000 on The History Channel
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Episode Summary

They have been the backbone of the world's economy for centuries, but they have also been constantly reinvented over that time. And recent technological innovations promise to continue that trend, possibly revolutionizing the banking industry. From the influence of men like Alexander Hamilton to the creation of the FDIC, this is a fascinating chronicle of the institutions at the backbone of the world's economy. This show ventures back to the days of the Medicis and inside the mysterious workings of an ATM in this comprehensive look at the banking industry. We'll get the complete story behind such institutions as the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, and examine the influence of such notable figures as Alexander Hamilton, Henry Wells, Aaron Burr, William Fargo, A.P. Giannini, Andrew Jackson and J.P. Morgan. And experts and insiders consider the impact of comparably recent developments like the credit card and electronic banking, as well as the changes that the future may hold. More than just the storehouses of wealth, they have created fame and fortune and shaped the course of history.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • If all the currency in the five-story vault of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas was stacked in a single pile, it would reach 17 miles high.

      • In 1986, burglars tunneled into a First Interstate Bank vault in Los Angeles. They stole $2 million worth of cash, jewels, and rare coins. The burglars and their booty have never been found.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: They have processed billions of transactions a year involving trillions of dollars. The money flows through both huge repositories and tiny computers. It is their job to make sure the wealth of the world is aboslutely secure. Now, Banks, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Henry Wells (archival footage)

        William Fargo (archival footage)

        Amadeo Giannini (archival footage)

        Heddy Greene (archival footage)

        Jesse James (archival footage)

        John Dillinger (archival footage)

        Lester J. Gillis (Baby Face Nelson) (archival footage)

        Franklin D. Roosevelt (archival footage)

        D.W. Wright
        J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated

        Dr. Richard Sylla
        Financial Historian, Stern School of Business, NYU

        Duncan Knowles
        Retired Historian, Bank of America

        Paul D. Fiore
        Executive VP, New Ventures, Digital Insight

        Charles A. Hall
        Vault Erector

        Jim Nuss
        President, Hermann Associates, Inc.

        Frank Mullozzi
        Senior Lab Tech., Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

        Edward McDonough, CPP
        Business Development Mgr., Financial Services, ADT

        Dr. Eugene White
        Professor of Economics, Rutgers University

        Harold Anderson
        Wells Fargo Historian

        Meg Ventrudo
        Museum of American Financial History

        Peter Bakstansky
        Federal Reserve Bank of New York

        David Trade
        Transaction Services Region Mgr., Bank of America

        Rob Evans
        Director of Marketing, NCR Corporation

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Mark Mohr
        Producer: Mark Mohr
        Associate Producer: Holly A. Murdoch
        Editor: John Parsons
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda K. Clark
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Charlotte Carpenter
        Clearance Coordinator: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Barry Hill
        Researcher: Anthony Lacques
        Researcher: Gloria Morris
        Historical Consultant: Richard Sylla
        Historical Consultant: Ed McDonough
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Gene Maynard
        Camera: Steve Nitzberg
        Camera: Dylan S. O'Brien
        Field Audio: Larry Farkas
        Field Audio: Michael Kimball
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Assistant Editor: Harris Cohen
        Post Production Assistant: Brian Volk
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Glenn Takakjian
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Francis Ramey
        Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Gwendolyn Murphy
        Production Assistant: Suni Nivens

        Special Thanks:
        Jim Taylor
        Joe Hirschmuegel
        John Hourigan
        Kathleen Collins
        Museum of American Financial History
        Washington Mutual

        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday

    • ALLUSIONS (0)