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February 22, 2006

Scholar appears on History Channel to explain what's 'Reel to Real'

Randy Roberts
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —A Purdue University history professor will tell moviegoers on the History Channel's "Reel To Real" whether movies about shark attacks, war and former presidents make good history lessons.

Professor Randy Roberts taped four segments in New York City for the History Channel in January. "Jaws" airs Saturday (Feb. 25), "MacArthur" airs March 5 and "JFK" airs March 11. Roberts also taped a segment for "Cool Hand Luke" that will air later in the year.

"Reel To Real," which airs weekly, shows a movie based on a historical event and a related documentary. During intermission, historians talk about the accuracy of the movie. The History Channel is Channel 40 on Lafayette's cable system, Insight Communications.

Roberts has participated in the show before, commenting on Denzel Washington's "The Siege" last year. The History Channel also invited Roberts to consult on another show about the 10 days that unexpectedly changed America. He also has appeared on shows for PBS, ESPN, HBO, CBS, NBC and ETV.

Last year, Roberts appeared in a Ken Burns documentary, "Unforgivable Blackness," on boxer Jack Johnson. Roberts also is author or editor of "The Rock, the Curse and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports," "Pittsburgh Sports: Stories from the Steel City," "John Wayne: American," "Heavy Justice: The State of Indiana v. Michael G. Tyson" and "Where the Domino Fell: America and Vietnam 1945 to 1990."

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Randy Roberts, (765) 494-0040 or (765) 423-7711, rroberts@cla.purdue.edu

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