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Modern Marvels

Season 5 Episode 19

Statue of Liberty

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Unknown on The History Channel
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It started as an idea at a French dinner party and became the symbol of the free world. The story of France's gift to the U.S. reveals a 20-year struggle to design and build the world's largest monument--using paper-thin copper sheets.
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • At 17 letters, this is the longest name on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island: Addawegezhegooqua.

      • Ellis Island was known as the "Island of Tears" because of the immigrants' fear of being denied entry. However, only about 2% were actually turned away.

      • Barthold also created a second American sculpture: the 15 foot tall statue of the Marquis de Lafayette in Union Square, New York City.

      • Barthold's fund raisers included lotteries, fancy dinners, and a lunch served to 20 reporters indide the statue's right leg.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: She was born in France though she is an American symbol. Like the immigrants she welcomes she was shunned by the rich and powerful. She was under funded, unappreciated and nearly undone by neglect. Through it all she has been an inspiration to millions. Now a story of hopes and dreams: The Statue of Liberty, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Richard Hayden
        Restoration Architect

        Serge Pascal
        Les Metalliers Champenois

        Ed Cohen
        Restoration Engineer

        Thierry Despont
        Restoration Architect

        Tom Bernardin
        Author & National Park Service Guide

        Lawrence Meinwald

        Felecita Salto

        Stephen Briganti
        President, Ellis Island Foundation

        Lee Iacocca
        Chairman, Ellis Island Foundation

      • On August 15-19, 2005, The History Channel had a New York City week, where they had shows about New York. This was one of them. Ed Koch hosted three of them (Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, and New York Bridges). David Dinkins hosted the other two (Statue of Liberty and The NYC Subway).

      • The original air date is unknown, but I believe it was from 2000.

      • Cast:

        Larry Bellante
        Director of Restoration

        David Dinkins
        Former Mayor of NYC

        Executive Producer: Bob Jaffe
        Writer: Andy Thomas
        Producer: Andy Thomas
        Co-Producer: Jeff Scheftel
        Coordinating Producer: Tim Busa
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Editor: Andrew Corwin
        Narrator: Harlan Saperstein
        Production Manager: Tammy Wood
        Researcher: Tom Huckabee
        Post Production Coordinator: Karen S. Meissner
        Post Production Assistant: Marc Cebrian
        Music: Scott Page-Pagter
        Music: John Valentino

        "American the Beautiful" Sung By: Elissa Lala

        Production Accountant: Wendy Price
        Production Assistant: James D. Wood
        Production Assistant: Lori Gray Costas
        Production Assistant: Holly Cade Culhane
        Motion Control: Jim Keeshen Productions
        Archival Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

        Special Thanks:
        Sidor & Isabel Belarsky
        John Cressey
        Paul & Lenore Blank Kelner
        National Park Services
        Diana Pardue
        David Dinkins
        Sharon Shamir
        Gordon Skene
        Peg Zitco

        Executive in Charge of Production: Mel A. Bishop

        V.P. of Historical Programming: Charlie Maday
        Coordinating Documentary Programming: Elyse Miranda
        Executive Producer for Hearst Entertainment Television: Gerald W. Abrams

    • ALLUSIONS (0)