PBS series on Annie Oakley
Just was informed PBS should be running tonight (Monday) a documentary on Annie Oakley, entitled "Annie Oakley: Little Miss Sure-Shot." I don't have schedule information, so consult your local source.
This is the documentary that Riva Friefeld has been working on, for several years. Don Kates just emailed me a review in the NY Times (can't find it online yet) that praises it with NY Times-type reluctance, beginning "Plenty of women accomplished plenty of things in the first century or so of United States history, so it's a little dismaying to think that the country's first female superstar was famous not for her voice or her musicianship or her brain, but for her ability to shoot firearms accurately. Yet tonight's installment of "American Experience" on PBS makes the case that Annie Oakley was the first American woman whose fame and knack for spawning legends (a close cousin of gossip) qualified as superstardom."