"Co-producing 'And Finally' with NBC
producer Jerry Hansen was a labor of love for me. I feel blessed.
It has really kept my dad alive, hearing him and watching him
as I put the show together. Jerry did a fabulous job writing
and producing the show eight years ago when Dad retired. My challenge
was to update it and include all the extra material I found in
the meantime. Thankfully, I had hours of home movies and tapes
of Dad's work to choose from... and a wonderful narrator in dad's
colleague, John Palmer. Dozens of people in Omaha, Kearney, Peoria,
and Chicago helped me locate supplemental material. I am very
grateful to them all. Most people don't have a record of their
parents like I do. This project taught me something I share with
people every chance I get... if your parents are still alive,
sit them down and do an interview with them. Camera quality is
not important, just make sure you get a microphone up close to
them so you can hear them clearly. You don't have to be a great
interviewer... just ask them about their lives. You probably
won't believe the things they will tell you. Most people are
thrilled to share their stories. And the result is invaluable.
It will be something to remember your parents by, something you
can share with your children and grandchildren. Interviewing
my parents on video might just be the single most important thing
I have ever done in my life."
Tropical Visions Video, Inc.
No one delivered the news with more integrity
or authority than Floyd Kalber. Present at the creation of television
news, "The Big Tuna," as he came to be known, made
up the rules as he went along -- and set a standard of excellence
for generations to follow. In a splendid career that spanned
five decades, Kalber was the epitome of the rock-solid, no-nonsense
anchorman. Mick Kalber's loving and insightful documentary skillfully
chronicles the remarkable story of his father's rise to network
prominence at NBC – from "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" to
the "Today" show -- and to unsurpassed ratings at two
different stations in Chicago. Drawing on a treasury of family
photos and home movies, it also reveals the private side of a
very public man: From impoverished youth in Omaha and storybook
romance with his high school sweetheart and best friend, wife
Betty, to his total devotion to family and friends, "And
Finally . . . The Floyd Kalber Story" is an inspiring tribute
to a larger-than-life legend.
-- Robert Feder
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"And Finally... The Floyd Kalber Story
The Life and Legacy of a Broadcast News Journalist
All proceeds will go to the Floyd Kalber Scholarship
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