• Passing the Torch

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    Stories of Service to The Great Republic


    Passing the Torch includes brief interviews of Peter Rubinstein, Tom Jacobs and Steve Downs. Each considers the influence of the liberal arts on his life, sometimes expressed in an appreciation of Robert Frost. And each reflects on the influence of the President as he urged service to "the Great Republic."


    Passing the Torch was created as an early exploration of the concept for The President And The Poet prior to the development of a full treatment for the documentary.


    President Kennedy spoke of 'passing the torch' in his Inaugural Address:


    Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. -- Listen to JFK's Inaugural Address