Bowdoin To Host Premiere of HBO Miniseries ‘The Pacific’

Bowdoin will host a premiere screening of segments from the upcoming HBO miniseries The Pacific at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2010, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. Kary Antholis ’84, president of HBO Miniseries, and Bruce McKenna, co-executive producer, will be on hand to speak about the miniseries and introduce the segments. The Pacific, an epic 10-part miniseries based on the true stories of three World War II marines, is the work of producers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman-the team behind the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

The private screening is open to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff, and members of the Association of Bowdoin Friends. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk. (Friends members may pick up tickets at the McLellan Building.)

One thought on “Bowdoin To Host Premiere of HBO Miniseries ‘The Pacific’

  1. Jim MacAllen

    There is a very interesting Bowdoin connection to this story, which probably will be mentioned at the time of the premiere. Eugene Sledge, one of the three main characters in the miniseries, and author of “With The Old Breed”, wrote admiringly of Captain Andrew Haldane, company commander of Sledge’s unit, Company K. Haldane was Bowdoin, Class of ’41, and each year the Haldane Cup is awarded at Bowdoin to the graduating senior who shows outstanding qualities of leadership and character.
    Of Haldane, Sledge wrote, “Acclaimed by superiors and subordinates alike for his leadership abilities, Captain Haldane was the finest and most popular officer I ever knew.” He went on to say, “While some officers on Pavuvu thought it necessary to strut or order us around to impress us with their status, Haldane quietly told us what to do. We loved him for it and did the best job we knew how.” Haldane epitomized serving the Common Good.
    “With The Old Breed” is a moving book and a worthwhile read for anyone looking for more on the Pacific campaign of WW11.

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