A Ninety-Minute Documentary Film for Public Television
Manifold Productions is producing a documentary film about Admiral Hyman G. Rickover for PBS national broadcast. This is the first and will be the definitive film biography of this important American. We have the active support of the Navy and especially the Nuclear Reactors Division.
Please help us find material to tell the story of Admiral Rickover’s life, especially his personal side. We are looking for anything visual (or audio) such as home movies, snapshots, films, videotapes, audiotapes or photos- but not letters and documents. In addition to material featuring the admiral himself, we are seeking material on any of the projects he worked on or his coworkers. For example, we would love home movies or candid snapshots of office parties or life on board the submarines or surface ships he worked on, beginning with USS NAUTILUS, especially during sea trials or Admiral Rickover’s visits.
Most readers probably know the outlines of Admiral Rickover’s dramatic story: he harnessed the power of the atom to drive the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS NAUTILUS, whose trip under the polar ice pack was one of the great adventure stories of the 1950s. Later, Rickover built the world’s first commercial nuclear power plant at Shippingport, PA.
Many questioned Rickover’s goal of a nuclear Navy, however, few contested that he had transformed the Navy and much of U.S. industry, and changed the course of America’s technological development.
Today, questions about nuclear power have risen again. To understand these issues, consider the story of the man who created the nuclear Navy as well as the civilian nuclear power industry, Hyman Rickover.
We have assembled a distinguished Board of Advisors including: Admiral Bruce DeMars, USN (Ret), Richard Hewlett, Richard Rhodes, and Admiral James D. Watkins, USN (Ret). Theodore Rockwell, who is also the executive producer, chairs our board. He served as Admiral Rickover’s technical director in the 50s and 60s and is the author of The Rickover Effect: How one Man Made a Difference (Naval Institute Press, 1992). Michael Pack is the producer/director. He is the founder and president of Manifold Productions and has been producing award-winning documentaries since 1977.
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