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NBC: Brokaw Feature on Gander, Newfoundland after 9/11/01

Old Mar 7, 10, 2:45 pm
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Found the Gander NBC Documentary

Hi... I was disappointed that I was not able to see the story about the folks in Newfoundland that opened their hearts and homes to the displaced passengers of 9/11. Today I found the three part story.

Click here and thanks to those who posted it!

http://vimeo.com/9977796
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Old Mar 7, 10, 10:33 pm
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Here you go:

http://vimeo.com/9977796
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Old Mar 11, 10, 3:31 pm
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Gander Story Re-Broadcast

For all of those who were interested in the Gander story, I sent an email to NBC until they were nice enough to let me know when it would air again.

Here is part of the email response. Spread the word!


PROGRAM NOTE: MSNBC PRESENTS "OPERATION YELLOW RIBBON" HOSTED BY TOM BROKAW, SATURDAY March 13th 12-1 PM AND SUNDAY March 14th 1-2 PM


NEW YORK - March 11, 2010 - MSNBC will telecast "Operation Yellow Ribbon" this Saturday, 12-1 p.m. ET and Sunday, 1-2 p.m. ET, hosted by NBC News' Tom Brokaw. Originally broadcast during NBC's coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, "Operation Yellow Ribbon" is the story of the town of Gander, Newfoundland where, on September 11, 2001, 38 jumbo jets carrying nearly 7,000 passengers were diverted. In September 2009, Brokaw traveled to Gander with several of the grateful Americans, including the parents of a New York City firefighter who was an emergency responder at the World Trade Center; a retired Ohio State administrator who was so inspired by Canadian hospitality she helped to organize a scholarship fund for local students; and a Texas woman and British man who found true love during that fateful week in September 2001.


"Operation Yellow Ribbon" was produced by the NBC Olympics Feature & Documentary Unit headed by Vice President & Creative Director Mark Levy.
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Old Mar 11, 10, 3:56 pm
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Welcome to FlyerTalk, scott palmer! Thanks for the update!
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Old Mar 13, 10, 3:47 pm
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I just saw it today on the MSNBC re-air. Brilliant storytelling, and I defy any air traveler to get through it with dry eyes.
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Old Mar 14, 10, 7:39 pm
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Originally Posted by scott palmer View Post
For all of those who were interested in the Gander story, I sent an email to NBC until they were nice enough to let me know when it would air again.

Here is part of the email response. Spread the word!


PROGRAM NOTE: MSNBC PRESENTS "OPERATION YELLOW RIBBON" HOSTED BY TOM BROKAW, SATURDAY March 13th 12-1 PM AND SUNDAY March 14th 1-2 PM


NEW YORK - March 11, 2010 - MSNBC will telecast "Operation Yellow Ribbon" this Saturday, 12-1 p.m. ET and Sunday, 1-2 p.m. ET, hosted by NBC News' Tom Brokaw. Originally broadcast during NBC's coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, "Operation Yellow Ribbon" is the story of the town of Gander, Newfoundland where, on September 11, 2001, 38 jumbo jets carrying nearly 7,000 passengers were diverted. In September 2009, Brokaw traveled to Gander with several of the grateful Americans, including the parents of a New York City firefighter who was an emergency responder at the World Trade Center; a retired Ohio State administrator who was so inspired by Canadian hospitality she helped to organize a scholarship fund for local students; and a Texas woman and British man who found true love during that fateful week in September 2001.


"Operation Yellow Ribbon" was produced by the NBC Olympics Feature & Documentary Unit headed by Vice President & Creative Director Mark Levy.
Good investigative work my friend ^

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Old Mar 25, 10, 7:43 am
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Exclamation Readers Digest - 2002 Article

Hey, not sure this has been mentioned, or embedded in one of the links above. But the Canadian version of Readers Digest had done a story about this back in 2002:

http://www.readersdigest.ca/mag/2002/10/strangers.html


The Kindness of Strangers
For almost 14,000 stranded “plane people,” compassionate Newfoundlanders helped to ease a troubled time



On september 11, 2001, when Islamic terrorists attacked the United States with hijacked American airliners, Washington halted all civilian air traffic at 9:45 a.m. In 45 minutes, 132 aircraft approaching from Europe were diverted to Canada’s east coast, 83 to Newfoundland alone. Warned by radio, most pilots withheld the news to avoid panic. On Delta Flight 15 to Atlanta, Capt. Mike Sweeney simply lied to his 218 passengers over the PA system: “Folks, we’ve got a minor problem with an indicator light, so we’re going down to have it checked at Gander airport.”

Upon arrival, all were amazed to see 27 jets on the remote tarmac. “Our ‘problem’ was a ruse,” Sweeney confessed after landing. “The truth is, we’re here because American airspace is now closed.” Gravely, he told of the earlier flights seized over eastern American states that exploded on impact with the two 110-storey towers at New York’s World Trade Centre and the Pentagon near Washington, killing thousands.

In the business-class cabin, Shirley Brooks-Jones shuddered. A 65-year-old retired college official, she’d been in Denmark at a board meeting of People to People International, an organization founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower to foster global goodwill. Now, confronted instead by hatred for her homeland, she was deeply afraid. “I couldn’t imagine what might happen next.” Least of all could she have conceived that such evil would inspire thousands of total strangers to the finest acts of kindness she’d ever known.

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After 4,200 visitors had landed in Gander, it was decided smaller communities would take the rest. In Lewisporte, a tidy town of 4,000 on Burnt Bay, Mayor Bill Hooper was phoned at his print shop by a Salvation Army padre just back from Gander. “They want our town,” said Maj. Lloyd George, “—all of it.”

“Okay, it’s theirs,” replied Hooper. That night at the “Sally Ann” hall, Hooper and his wife, Thelma, helped to lodge and feed 773 stranded passengers in four churches, three schools and various private homes. After the mayor made a radio plea for food, Lewisporte’s women cooked through the night while men went door-to-door rounding up bedding.

Typically, other communities pitched in. Besides casseroles, baked beans, pies, and such local delights as moose meat and cod tongues, they provided cases of baby food, toothpaste, razors, shampoo and deodorants, along with cribs, diapers, toys, dolls and games for all ages. As Gander received and distributed 4,000 army litters for the Great Canadian Sleepover, many kids lent blankets and pillows off their own beds.

The following morning, after a long wait, Delta Flight 15’s passengers left the plane with their carry-on bags to be screened by Customs and Immigration, then rode to Lewisporte in yellow school buses. As the first one arrived at the Lions Club, Mayor Hooper, wearing a Molson Canadian baseball cap, stepped aboard. “An awful tragedy brought you here,” he said, “but we hope you’ll see how welcome you are.”

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The story goes on for a few pages....
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Old Mar 27, 10, 12:59 am
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All of the links to video on this thread are dead. Can anyone provide access to this video anywhere? Thanks!
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Old Aug 4, 10, 12:52 pm
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Try the link in post #25.
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Old Aug 5, 10, 2:42 pm
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I seem to remember that there was also a documentary on PBS several years ago, including several other towns near Canadian airports or air bases that also received incoming flights and their passengers.

FWIW, I was on a flight that made a refueling stop at Gander in 1970, after most flights didn't need to. It was a Loftleidir Icelandic Airlines flight in a CL-44J, that had been kept on the ground at JFK with engines running for so long that there wasn't enough fuel to reach Keflavik. The original CL-44 had sufficient range for a nonstop transatlantic flight, but Loftleidir, since all flights had to stop in Iceland, chose increased passenger capacity and decreased range.
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Old Aug 7, 10, 3:44 am
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^In contrast with looting after Katrina like events, and comments by a former first lady about refugees/evacuees from New Orleans, it's such a refreshing story.
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Old Sep 15, 10, 7:55 am
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another posting of Gander doc

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Welcome to FlyerTalk, blbpdsusa, and thanks for posting!

http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/play/1335538
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Old Sep 15, 10, 8:55 am
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Welcome to FlyerTalk, northernlights17 - thanks!
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A tribute to the heroism of 9/11

Bringing this thread back...I watched Brokaw's Olympics piece when it originally aired and immediately began searching for it - it would be amazing to show this to my 8th grade History class. I haven't found it for purchase yet, though. Has anyone else? It was an incredibly moving piece that shows how everyday heroes pull together in times of great tragedy.
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