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The Hartford Circus Fire An Audio Recollection
WWUH will present a special program commemorating the 66th anniversary of the Hartford Circus Fire Tragedy. This 90 minute documentary includes an interview with Don Massey, who co-wrote the book 'A Matter of Degree the Hartford Circus Fire and the Mystery of Little Miss 1565', as well as survivors talking about their memories of that day.
Originally broadcast in 2004, this documentary has been revised to include interviews recorded at the 2005 Circus Fire Memorial dedication ceremony. The program also Includes nearly a half hour of archival radio broadcasts from 1944 courtesy WTIC Newstalk 1080.
The program will conclude with a reading of the names of all 168 victims of the fire.
Tuesday July 6, 2010 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (date of 66th anniversary of the fire)