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The first president of the United States and one of our country's founding fathers, George Washington was a popular character in radio.

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There are two George Washington's in popular consciousness, the more important being the gentleman planter from Virginia who led the young nation's ragtag military forces to victory over what was then the most potent military force in the world and eventually became the first President of the United States, a role in which he helped to shape the Nation by defining just what it meant to be President. The other George Washington is the legend which has built up around the man's reputation.

George Washington

This second Washington is the one whom school children are taught cut down a cherry tree and then told his father of his misdeed, stating: "I cannot tell a lie!" This legend was first reported by biographer Parson Weems who based the story on what he was told by people who knew young George as a child and were interviewed after Washington's death. The story was popularized schoolbook publishers who wanted to spread a moral lesson based on historical figures, but after 1890, it became important to scholars that historical facts should be based on documentation and no such evidence exists for the cherry tree story beyond Weems' report of the anecdote. We are left with no proof that it ever happened (but, then again, there is no proof that it didn't!)

Factual Washington has an understandably difficult time living up to the national sainthood of Legendary George, but that does not make him any less of a heroic figure or diminish his contributions to the nation he helped found. Washington was not the great military man or brilliant tactician we would like to believe he was, however, he was able to recognize talent and inspired loyalty in his troops, characteristics which are more important to successful generalship than tactical brilliance.

The programs in this collection deal with the two Washington's in unique ways. Propagandist Father Coughlin makes use of the First President's reputation when Washington's words seem to support Coughlin's Isolationist agenda. Fibber McGee and Molly take advantage of the fact that Washington's birthday, along with Lincoln's, is the only Presidential birthdays declared a National holiday (originally celebrated on February 22, since 1971 the holiday has been moved to the third Monday in February under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which means it will never fall on Washington's actual birthday).

Young George Washington!Hedda Harper uses Washington's words in her own context while speaking in support of the anti-Communist "witch-hunt" of the HUAC during the early Fifties. The Man Called X travels to historic Philadelphia to recover a set of candlesticks which belonged to the first President but now hold the key to uncovering Nazi loot. In the fantastical tale "The Ballad of Dan McBurdy" presented by Family Theatre, McBurdy advises General Washington to cross the Delaware River on Christmas Eve to surprise the British at Trenton. Orson Welles has some fun with the audience of Radio Almanac when he announces that George Washington was the eighth President. The producers of Superman invoke the ideals of the first President by creating "The George Washington Patrol" for listeners to join in the fight against intolerance.

It is important to remember Legendary Washington became legendary because of the real-life adventures and accomplishments of Factual Washington. Radio presents a number of true-life dramas and biographical sketches from the life of George Washington. ABC's educational offering Mr. President had stories about Washington on at least five different occasions. Cavalcade of America looked at Washington's mother to see how she helped to plant the seed of greatness. Biography in Sound puts a unique spin on Washington's story by presenting it as though Washington had only recently passed away.

So, which is more important to America in the Twenty-first Century, the Fact or the Legend? Through the somewhat murky view of history, it is harder and harder to tell the difference. Perhaps the answer is that it does not matter as much as the realization that our nation owes a great debt, not only to the memory of George Washington, but to countless other heroes, great and small, who pledged their honor, their fortunes, and their very lives to make America what it is today.

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    total playtime 16 hours, 3 min
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      34 shows - total playtime 16 hours 3 minutes
      1. Barrie Craig 511114 Dead On Arrival.mp3
      2. Biography In Sound 550705 23 George Washington.mp3
      3. Cavalcade Of America 360930 Showmanship.mp3
      4. Cavalcade Of America 371208 Constitution Of United States.mp3
      5. Cavalcade Of America 410219 Plain Mr President.mp3
      6. Cavalcade Of America 410630 Jean Pierre Blanchard.mp3
      7. Cavalcade Of America 420810 I Mary Washington.mp3
      8. Cavalcade Of America 430222 Plot Kidnap Washington.mp3
      9. Cavalcade Of America 480322 President And Doctor.mp3
      10. Cecil Sally 0209 Talking To George Washingtons Spirit C.mp3
      11. Christmas Shows Collection 691200 Monitor.mp3
      12. Dr Christian 450221 326 George Washington Jenks.mp3
      13. Father Coughlin 381225 Father Coughlin.mp3
      14. Favorite Story 490129 072 Young Years.mp3
      15. Fibber Mcgee 540222 0841 Washingtons Birthday.mp3
      16. Fmm 550221 1100 George Washington Playlet.mp3
      17. Ft 531014 340 Ballad Of Dan Mcbirdy.mp3
      18. Hedda Hopper Show 510225 X David Nevin.mp3
      19. Let George Do It 500327 Tears Of Sorrow.mp3
      20. Man Called X 480222 47 Operation Silver.mp3
      21. Mr President 471127 George Washington.mp3
      22. Mr President 480328 040 George Washington.mp3
      23. Mr President 481226 079 George Washington.mp3
      24. Mr President 490731 110 George Washington.mp3
      25. Mr President 500226 140 Loophole.mp3
      26. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440202 Lionel Barrymore.mp3
      27. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440223 05 Hedda Hopper.mp3
      28. Quiz Kids 480704 420 Celebrating Independence Day.mp3
      29. Screen Guild 431108 169 George Washington Slept Here.mp3
      30. Sf 570908 09 Abominable Snowman Revisited.mp3
      31. Speeches 390220 German American Bund Rally Madison Square.mp3
      32. Standard School Broadcast 000000 21 New York.mp3
      33. Strange As It Seems 30000x Washington Crosses Rhine.mp3
      34. Taos 480426 1731 Crossword Puzzle Mystery Pt 08.mp3
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      34 shows - total playtime 16 hours 3 minutes
      1. Barrie Craig 511114 Dead On Arrival.mp3
      2. Biography In Sound 550705 23 George Washington.mp3
      3. Cavalcade Of America 360930 Showmanship.mp3
      4. Cavalcade Of America 371208 Constitution Of United States.mp3
      5. Cavalcade Of America 410219 Plain Mr President.mp3
      6. Cavalcade Of America 410630 Jean Pierre Blanchard.mp3
      7. Cavalcade Of America 420810 I Mary Washington.mp3
      8. Cavalcade Of America 430222 Plot Kidnap Washington.mp3
      9. Cavalcade Of America 480322 President And Doctor.mp3
      10. Cecil Sally 0209 Talking To George Washingtons Spirit C.mp3
      11. Christmas Shows Collection 691200 Monitor.mp3
      12. Dr Christian 450221 326 George Washington Jenks.mp3
      13. Father Coughlin 381225 Father Coughlin.mp3
      14. Favorite Story 490129 072 Young Years.mp3
      15. Fibber Mcgee 540222 0841 Washingtons Birthday.mp3
      16. Fmm 550221 1100 George Washington Playlet.mp3
      17. Ft 531014 340 Ballad Of Dan Mcbirdy.mp3
      18. Hedda Hopper Show 510225 X David Nevin.mp3
      19. Let George Do It 500327 Tears Of Sorrow.mp3
      20. Man Called X 480222 47 Operation Silver.mp3
      21. Mr President 471127 George Washington.mp3
      22. Mr President 480328 040 George Washington.mp3
      23. Mr President 481226 079 George Washington.mp3
      24. Mr President 490731 110 George Washington.mp3
      25. Mr President 500226 140 Loophole.mp3
      26. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440202 Lionel Barrymore.mp3
      27. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440223 05 Hedda Hopper.mp3
      28. Quiz Kids 480704 420 Celebrating Independence Day.mp3
      29. Screen Guild 431108 169 George Washington Slept Here.mp3
      30. Sf 570908 09 Abominable Snowman Revisited.mp3
      31. Speeches 390220 German American Bund Rally Madison Square.mp3
      32. Standard School Broadcast 000000 21 New York.mp3
      33. Strange As It Seems 30000x Washington Crosses Rhine.mp3
      34. Taos 480426 1731 Crossword Puzzle Mystery Pt 08.mp3
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    34 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 16 hours, 3 min

    George Washington Disc A001

    1. Cecil Sally 0209 Talking To George Washingtons Spirit C
    2. Strange As It Seems 30000x Washington Crosses Rhine
    3. Standard School Broadcast 000000 21 New York

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    George Washington Disc A002

    1. Cavalcade Of America 360930 Showmanship
    2. Cavalcade Of America 371208 Constitution Of United States

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    George Washington Disc A003

    1. Father Coughlin 381225 Father Coughlin
    2. Speeches 390220 German American Bund Rally Madison Square

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    George Washington Disc A004

    1. Cavalcade Of America 410219 Plain Mr President
    2. Cavalcade Of America 410630 Jean Pierre Blanchard

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    George Washington Disc A005

    1. Cavalcade Of America 420810 I Mary Washington
    2. Cavalcade Of America 430222 Plot Kidnap Washington

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    George Washington Disc A006

    1. Screen Guild 431108 169 George Washington Slept Here
    2. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440202 Lionel Barrymore

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    George Washington Disc A007

    1. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440223 05 Hedda Hopper
    2. Dr Christian 450221 326 George Washington Jenks

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    George Washington Disc A008

    1. Mr President 471127 George Washington
    2. Man Called X 480222 47 Operation Silver

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    George Washington Disc A009

    1. Cavalcade Of America 480322 President And Doctor
    2. Mr President 480328 040 George Washington

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    George Washington Disc A010

    1. Taos 480426 1731 Crossword Puzzle Mystery Pt 08
    2. Quiz Kids 480704 420 Celebrating Independence Day

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    George Washington Disc A011

    1. Mr President 481226 079 George Washington
    2. Favorite Story 490129 072 Young Years

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    George Washington Disc A012

    1. Mr President 490731 110 George Washington
    2. Mr President 500226 140 Loophole

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    George Washington Disc A013

    1. Let George Do It 500327 Tears Of Sorrow
    2. Hedda Hopper Show 510225 X David Nevin

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    George Washington Disc A014

    1. Barrie Craig 511114 Dead On Arrival
    2. Ft 531014 340 Ballad Of Dan Mcbirdy

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    George Washington Disc A015

    1. Fibber Mcgee 540222 0841 Washingtons Birthday
    2. Fmm 550221 1100 George Washington Playlet

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    George Washington Disc A016

    1. Biography In Sound 550705 23 George Washington

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    George Washington Disc A017

    1. Sf 570908 09 Abominable Snowman Revisited

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    George Washington Disc A018

    1. Christmas Shows Collection 691200 Monitor

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