"A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA," Wednesday, 8-9 p.m. (28)(15)(24); 9-10 p.m. (50)--Get yourself in the proper mood for Thanksgiving by feasting on this delectable program.
It isn't specifically about Thanksgiving, but it will put you in mind of some of the things for which you ought to be thankful. At the top of the list: an appreciation for having the opportunity to climb the mountain range of life, whose valleys of heartache and struggle are mitigated by peaks of beauty and human warmth.
This is a celebration of the ordinary--a look at how some of us Americans spent May 2, 1986. Not in the big ways that may have made news on May 3, but in the small ways--the ways most of us go through life: going to school, working, marrying, socializing, attending church . . . persevering.
The TV program was written and produced by Miriam Birch for Pittsburgh's WQED-TV in conjunction with the production of another in the series of "A Day in the Life" books, in which scores of photojournalists are deployed to record images of a single day's events in a particular country or state. To the force of 220 still photographers scattered across the United States, WQED added 23 camera crews, hoping to capture what executive producer Gregory Andorfer termed "a portrait of the American experience."