The Kettering Group
2017 Apr 30
Sunday, Day 120
Kettering Group on the Web:
Book published on closure of the School
Kettering results, history, exploits and accounts
Geoff Perry item
Soyuz & Salyut - article by Geoff Perry
BBC News Feature
BBC Panorama 1968 - "The Seventh Continent"
Prior to the Christmas 1968 Apollo 8 mission to the Moon, the BBC current affairs programme "Panorama" that went out on December 16 interviewed NASA acting Administrator Dr Thomas O Paine. Instead of a straightforward face-to-face session with the reporter, Michael Charlton, the questions were put by pupils of Kettering Grammar School.
The interview was created by the questions and answers being relayed between the School's Lecture Theatre and a Washington studio by a voice link. Camera crews filmed each side separately for later editing into a seamless trans-Atlantic production.
The title of the report is slightly puzzling in that the Earth already had seven continents at the time it was made. Did someone at the BBC drop a clanger?
This contact sheet was created by John Marshall, one of the teachers at the School, from screen shots of the finished programme. It has suffered a little in 40+ years having been on display, unframed, in Bob Christy's parents' house. People discernable in the photos are listed below the image. The time sequence runs left-right and bottom-top.
NOTE - Dr Paine succeeded James Webb in 1968 and was named acting NASA Administrator. The Senate confirmed his permanency during 1969.
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