Television: Roosevelt Retrospective

The show is only a few minutes old when a wonderful snapshot appears briefly on the screen — of a 1907 car broken down under a canopy of sycamores somewhere on a road in Europe, with 25-year-old Franklin Delano Roosevelt grubbing in the dust beside it, fixing a flat. The shot is characteristic of the best moments in a new, 27-part ABC series called F.D.R., which promises to be about as complete a review of the President's life as television has yet provided. Using family albums and home movies made by his daughter, Anna Halsted, fully a third of...

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