June 8th: The Topeka Tornado -
In 2006 on the 40th anniversary of the infamous storm, KTWU revisits the stories and memories of the tragedy with "June 8" The Topeka Tornado. Hear the reactions--then and now--from those who were there including Bill Kurtis, national television journalist who was the local Topeka TV news anchor warning the public that night, "For God's sake, take cover!"; former Topeka mayor Chuck Wright, who tells how he cried as he surveyed the damage; Dr. Jay Antle, Professor of History at Johnson County Community College, explains the facts behind the legend that safety from a tornado would be provided by Burnett's Mound; Dr. Irvin C. Rosen of the Menninger Clinic explores the defining events of the historic storm; and James B. Taylor, Emeritus Professor from the University of Kansas and author of the book, "Tornado: A Community Responds to Disaster," who identifies the psychological aspects of the tragedy. Filled with rare interviews and archival pictures, the stories of June 8, 1966 that live in the hearts and minds of those touched on that fateful day are revisited in this dynamic new documentary for television.
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