Friday, September 28, 2007

Happy Birthday to Roots Television

I absolutely love and appreciate Roots Television. The interviews and the long seminar pieces are just OK. What I really like are the humor and the sentimental pieces about people's lives. I thought that the "Finding Annie Moore" play was the video highlight of 2007 for me (but then I thought that Megan's talk at the NYGBS last year was the video highlight of 2006).

So Roots Television has been available for one whole year. Break out the funny hats, the noisemakers, the big fudgy cake with lots of chocolate frosting and the wine...

"Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday, Roots TV,
Happy birthday to you!

And many more..."

To help us celebrate, they are offering a contest. Here is their news release sent via email today by Og (who?):

"Tomorrow is Roots Television's Fabulous First Birthday!

"Og is soooo very excited! He wishes he could share a super giant piece of fudgy chocolate birthday cake with all of his friends. Since no one has invented a sufficiently satisfying virtual dessert, we thought the next best thing was a good old-fashioned party game.

"So get ready for the first RTV Scavenger Hunt. Og's come up with six very tricky questions, listed below. It's your job to dig through the Roots Television archives to find the answers.

"Hint: a good place to start is to check out our searchable Program Guide. We'll choose the winners at random from those entries that have the most correct answers, and we'll send those winners some dynamite Roots Television gear. So synchronize your watches - you have until Monday, October 15th to email Og your answers (

Roots Television Happy Birthday Scavenger Hunt

* What song did Chris Haley sing at the 2007 FGS Conference?
* Was the man who raised Bob Zins his real father?
* Name three famous descendants of the Sockish.
* What was author Victor Villasenor’s grandfather’s claim to fame?
* What six required tools of the genealogist does Dick Eastman mention in his lecture "Putting the Genes in Genealogy"?
* Name any of Flat Stanley’s ancestors."

If you've been a fan watching Roots TV over the past year, you know how to look for the answers to these questions. Go for it!

Congratulations to Megan Smolenyak, Og and the rest of the Roots TV staff for putting together a wonderful product that enhances genealogy and family history research. Thank you for making it educational, funny, and free.

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