COMMENTS: Chop Down that Tree
For a patriotic feature as the long holiday weekend gets under way, both NBC and ABC publicized an archeological dig in Stafford County Va. Bob Faw stayed in NBC's Washington DC studio to narrate the National Geographic videotape of the excavation of George Washington's boyhood home at Ferry Farm. ABC's John Donvan braved a looming thunderstorm to tread the ground where that cherry tree might have stood if it were not a hagiographic fiction. As the rain began to fall, the foundations of the house where the Founding Father slept as a boy had to be covered with a tarp, lest it by washed away.
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