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STATEWIDE PREMIERE OF KUAC
DOCUMENTARY: MR. ALASKA: BOB
BARTLETT GOES TO WASHINGTON
DEBUT
COINCIDES WITH CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS
AS A STATE

KUAC/AlaskaOne
For Immediate Release
January 5, 2009
Contact: Tammy Tragis
907.474.1890
E-mail: tammyt@kuac.org

Fairbanks, AK - With his horn-rimmed spectacles and plain speech, Edward Lewis "Bob" Bartlett was Alaska's face in Washington for two decades. His story has largely been forgotten, until now.

A new documentary from KUAC public television in Fairbanks explores the life and times of Bob Bartlett and celebrates his role in the creation of the 49th state. Mr. Alaska: Bob Bartlett Goes to Washington premieres on public television stations statewide January 29th.

The documentary continues the narrative begun with KUAC's Emmy-winning production of The 49th Star, which chronicles Alaska's groundbreaking constitution and the grassroots efforts that led to Alaska becoming one of the United States of America. The program is funded by a wide range of sponsors, including New York Life, the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and UA Eight Stars of Gold.

"KUAC is proud to produce this next chapter in the story of statehood and to once again be a part of Alaska history curricula throughout the state," said Claudia Clark, Executive Producer and KUAC Director of Programming and Production.

From his roots as a small-town reporter and gold miner to his position as Alaska's Territorial Delegate, Bob Bartlett left a legacy matched by few; he helped create the very state he served, changing the features of both the American flag and the country. Clark said it's an honor to be trusted with telling Bob Bartlett's story. "We're privileged to offer a chance for viewers to hear directly from many of the people who played key roles in Alaska's successful bid for statehood."

Spanning gold stampedes, the state's territorial days and even two World Wars, Bob Bartlett's story reflects the rapid changes that shaped the 49th state during the previous century. KUAC's documentary Mr. Alaska: Bob Bartlett Goes to Washington will air on the state's public television stations on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 9 p.m. as Alaskans begin the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of statehood.

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