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NOVA; Fireworks!


Anamorphic Green Label Master with current Nova Packaging made for 7/1/2008 PBS Broadcast Full Mix on Channels 1 and 2, DVS on Channel 3 and Closed Captions

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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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NOVA goes behind the scenes to show how the world’s foremost fireworks makers and exhibitors use high-tech methods, ancient alchemy, old family secrets, and a flair for showmanship to practice their incendiary craft. Fireworks! includes some very unusual practitioners, such as Wally Glenn, alias Pyroboy, a Seattle Web page designer by day, but at night dons a fireproof suit and a harness of more than fifty Class C explosives to become a living, dancing pyrotechnic display. Also featured is the even more spectacular artistry of Steve Pelkey of Atlas Pyrotechnics in New Hampshire. Pelkey was the impresario behind Boston’s most recent Fourth of July celebration, the Super Bowl of fireworks shows, which featured three-and-a-half tons of pyrotechnics set up in 5,700 launch tubes.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Fireworks!,” 01/10/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0E669BEA48E47B8A5F58BE2F5653099.
MLA: “NOVA; Fireworks!.” 01/10/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0E669BEA48E47B8A5F58BE2F5653099>.
APA: NOVA; Fireworks!. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0E669BEA48E47B8A5F58BE2F5653099
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