Detail For Show: Excelsior Forever Upward!


Show Description:

Viewers have raved about this poignant Life story of a WWII combat veteran and the love of his first car, a 1939 Ford Fordor. You will see how this man used his imagination to get himself through difficult missions during WWII when he thought he was going to die. This is a tribute to World War Two combat veteran Gordon B. Lofquist and the crew he served with on a B-17 for the U.S. 8th Air Force over the dark skies of Europe.

Includes honors at: Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum. Also included are the crew duties and positions of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Kieth Ferris, the muralist at the Smithsonian. Excelsior, MN Mayor Nick Ruehl, Show Host Maria Lofquist. Thom Lofquist's Painting, The Undefeated. Also appearing is General Lewis E. Lyle the WWII general, and two honor guard ceremonies.

Notes to Stations About This Show:

This particular show is about my Dad who served on a B-17 in the 8th Air Force during World War II. I was always fascinated with his stories about the war and his many close scrapes with death. As he got older, he started going to WWII reunions and later needed my help in getting to them. I heard all sorts of stories from the people who were there that I have never heard anywhere else. Some of these are such great stories that I just had to share them. I only had a half hour and had to leave a lot on the cutting room floor, so I will do some follow-up shows in the future. Some have said the production quality, content-wise, is reminiscent of the History Channel or PBS. Of course my production skills are not of that caliber, but we are very proud of this show.

I thought the target audience was naturally going to be veterans, and it is. But we have been finding that women really have been enjoying the show too. Our show typically is of more local interest, but all of that has been edited out except for the introduction from our show host, Maria Lofquist. This episode will appeal to Americans everywhere. This is the Memorial Day, Father's Day, 4th of July, Armed Forces and Veterans Special Show. TRT 28:00

Type of Show: Specials

Target Viewing Market: National (US)

State of Production and/or Target State or Province: Minnesota

Frequency of Episodes: Approximately every 30 days

Show Producer: Thom Lofquist

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