This is Us
Northern California is known for stunning redwoods, mountains, and ocean views. It is also home to some of the most fascinating people in the country. This is Us profiles remarkable people who live in Northern California - barrier-breaking individuals who have made our area the special place it is while influencing the world beyond.
This is Us Previous Broadcasts
California History (Episode #202)
KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
* Greg Smesstad, 8th generation Californian - Greg Smesstad is a descendent of the Bernal family, one of 30 families who came from Mexico with Spanish Captain Juan Bautista de Anza in 1775. Smesstad has written the book on the de Anza Trail, a National Parks Historic Trail, for the Park Service. In it he documents the history of the first 30 families in California. The Bernal family helped to found San Jose.
* Anthony Powell, Buffalo Soldier expert - Powell became interested in the Buffalo Soldiers while listening to stories at his grandfather's knee. He tells us their history as he heard it from his grandfather and many other Buffalo Soldiers.
* Jean Harmon, WWII WASP - 84-year-old Jean Harman first took to the skies as a 7-year-old child. Inspired by Amelia Earhart, she went on to get her pilot's license at 18 and then later served as a WASP during World War II, ferrying North American AT-6's.
Millennials (Episode #411H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
This edition of This is Us includes profiles of young entrpreneurs Ernestine Fu, Stanford student, author and the youngest venture capitalist, and Brian Wong, a 20-year-old CEO who is the youngest person to receive venture capital. Also profiled is Steve Wozniak, local legend and co-founder of Apple Computer. The show was shot on location at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. Built on 175 gorgeous acres, the Mediterranean-style villa and stunning gardens were left to the people of California for the encouragement of the arts. We'll tour the villa and learn more about the interesting man who built it.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Santa Cruz History (Episode #201)
KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
* Jack O'Neill, inventor of the wetsuit and philanthropist - In the 1950s, Jack O'Neill opened his first surf shop in a garage across the Great Highway in San Francisco, a sand dune away from his favorite bodysurfing break. Jack created the modern-day surf shop. There he sold his first wetsuits, a few vests he made from gluing together pieces of closed cell foam.
* Susana Arias, internationally known painter/sculptor - If you happen to be holding on to a copy of Fodor's Travel Guide to Panama, you'll see two artists listed as the nation's most important. One of those is Susana Arias.
* Santa Cruz High School Class of 1954 - Classmates still get together for lunch 50 years after graduation.
* Richard Donnelly, one of the world's best chocolatiers.
Guide Dogs and Doctors You Should Know (Episode #410H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
This week we are on the campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. We're in the play area among 60 puppies to learn how the dogs are trained, how they change lives and how this amazing service organization got started in 1942. We also profile noted oceanographer, explorer and author Dr. Sylvia Earle who was named by Time magazine as the first Hero for the Planet. She has spent so much time on the ocean floor that colleagues call Dr. Earle "Her Deepness." Next, we take a look at Olympic hero Amy Chow's amazing career. A gymnast and a member of the famous Magnificent Seven, the first American team to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Amy is now a practicing pediatrician.
- KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 2, 2012 -- 3:30 PM
A special presentation featuring 3 profiles of World War II vets.
Leading the way is former US Army Force Captain Les Williams. At the height of WWII, a group of highly motivated African American pilots from the original 99th Fighter group flew some of the most challenging and daunting missions of the European Theater. They were known as the Tuskegee Airmen, and their story is more than just about individual heroism but rather about men, who were able to prevail over discrimination and American prejudice and the Nazi war machine. Les Williams was one of those young pilots that went through the training in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Pilot Barbara London served on the home front as one of the original WASPs. Among the very first group of women to fly military aircraft, London ferried everything from fighters to bombers coast to coast as the allies mounted their supreme effort to win the war.
Finally, we profile Sgt. Roy Diaz a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March and a local Salinas farmer that somehow endured more than 3 years as a POW in the most brutal conditions imaginable. If you would like to meet some real heroes, be sure to watch this episode.