Picks and Pans Review: That Memorable Year 1963

updated 08/01/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/01/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

More serious in tone, this 45-minute tape includes such pop-culture landmarks as the then just-discovered Beatles (singing She Loves You) and a scene from Bonanza. But this was the year of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech and the assassination of President Kennedy and neither time nor countless reruns of these scenes have dulled their impact. There are some distractions. Chicagoans will note a foolish mistake—the Bears' National Football League championship is said to be their first when it was their seventh. And Mary Travers (minus Peter and Paul) seems a peripheral figure to have as the tape's only current interview subject, reminiscing about such things as the meaning of Puff (the Magic Dragon). Host E.G. Marshall lends a satisfyingly avuncular touch, though, and the film and tape clips were smoothly edited by Len Morris. (Media Access, $29.95; 1968 available in same series; 800-451-7003, ext. 36)

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