by Film Director Jim Jenner at the House of Commons Dinner, November 12,
Lord Banks, honored
guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honor to be here tonight to
speak to you about a subject dear to my heart.
I believe I was invited tonight to bring a little outside perspective
to your wonderful efforts here. My film-making has indeed taken me all
over the world and I stand before you as someone who may be able to shed
a little light on the issues of the pigeon sport globally and where it
fits in to modern society.
First of all it is important to note that the tremendous effort made here,
by my English racing colleagues, ably assisted by Lord Banks, to elevate
the legacy of homing pigeons as a vital part of our wartime history, is
unprecedented. Thanks to you, there is now a beautiful, and permanent,
monument to these brave birds here in London. And the fact we are gathered
here tonight, at the very epicenter of English society, to talk about
Columba Livia is the most positive step that I’m aware of, world
wide, to bring back some respect for a species that I like to think of
as the Underdog of the Animal Kingdom.
I use the term “Underdog” to refer to pigeons because it is
the saddest irony of my lifetime to see such a phenomenal creature, our
oldest domestic bird, our oldest feathered friend, become so misunderstood
and vilified in the last half century.
But why should we care about how pigeons are perceived by the public today?
Well, first of all, let’s remember what has changed and how these
birds once enjoyed a much more vaunted position in society.
As Jean Hansell has so beautifully documented in her books, it is the
Rock Dove, Columba Livia, that symbolizes the holy spirit in all the world’s
major religions. This species’ gentleness and loyalty, and their
success as caring parents, made them an icon of Venus, goddess of love.
The bird is also the international symbol of peace, and it is almost certain
that the bird that brought the olive branch to Noah was a rock dove, because
this is the family that has been a companion to man since ancient humans
lived with these birds in the rocky caves around the Mediterranean. So,
for centuries, domestic pigeons were revered. They were a big part of
everyday life. Pigeon keeping was a huge pastime in the Middle East, Asia
and Europe. Today there are over 1,000 varieties of domestic pigeons that
descend from the Rock Dove.
Pigeon racing, in one form or another, is easily as old as horse racing,
the sport of Kings. I guess it is more accurate to call our hobby the
sport of Queens, because her majesty Queen Elizabeth is a pigeon racer.
Actually she is a third generation racer because it was her grandfather
King George who first established a racing loft at Sandringham a century
When the Olympic Games open in London in 2012, tradition calls for the
release of homing pigeons to mark the official start of the games. This
again is symbolic of an ancient friendship. During the original games
in Greece it was common for an athlete to carry pigeons from his village
to the Olympics. If he won a race, he would tie a strand of the finish
line to the bird and release it to fly home and let his fellow villagers
know of his victory.
And speaking of Olympic athletes, I have to share some comments I recently
got about pigeons as part of the latest film we are releasing next week.
In the United States Professor Ken Dial is one of the world’s foremost
experts on how birds fly. For over 20 years this Harvard trained scientist
has conducted experiments on bird locomotion. He has been recognized universally
for many breakthrough findings, particularly on how dinosaurs likely learned
to fly. Professor Dial has studied the greatest fliers in the avian kingdom
and he calls our pigeons the ultimate Olympic athlete. According to Professor
Dial no bird, in fact no creature on earth, can match the speed and endurance
of modern racing pigeons.
But given all this rich history, from the Royal family to respect from
eminent scientists, how is it that we are fighting so hard to earn recognition
for the racing birds we care for? How did Columba Livia become an “underdog”
if you will.
We are victims of several factors, a perfect storm of negative components
that have made for reduced status for our birds. First, during the 1960’s
and 1970’s there was a concerted effort by the pest control industry
to convince public officials that pigeons carried dozens of diseases,
including tuberculosis. This false campaign was intended to elevate the
pigeon as a public health threat that could then be exterminated, for
a profit mind you, by the industry. And, even though the pigeon sport
eventually got them to cease and desist with their medical falsehoods,
the stigma has remained.
Secondly the American comedian, Woody Allen, coined a phrase in one of
his movies for the feral pigeons in New York City. He called them feathered
rats. Sadly, this too, took root in the minds of the public, or worse,
in the minds of everyone in the media who ever thought to do a story on
For us this stigma is very serious, because no matter how different our
pedigreed and pampered race birds are, to a city council they are just
pigeons and they now regulate us as if our birds were a health threat
and a nuisance. Now we have the joys of bird flu to deal with as well.
So, in our lifetime, one of the world’s most revered creatures,
and one of nature’s most phenomenal athletes, has been reduced to
the status of vermin in the minds of the media and much of the general
Why is this important? Why should we care about this if we can still quietly
practice our hobby? And what has this got to do with what may be next
for the effort that was born here in the Churchill Dining Room several
years ago? Well it has a great impact on how our sport can survive, much
Why we should care about people being able to enjoy pigeon racing can
be illustrated in my sharing my own personal journey to this room. And
I don’t mean the 7,000 miles to fly here from the Rocky Mountains
of Montana. I mean the emotional and intellectual journey that I have
experienced because of my fascination with homing pigeons. I’m going
to mention it because I know I am not unique, I know my comments here
will bring many nods of agreement from the pigeon fanciers here tonight.
I was ten years old when my family moved from the country to the city.
At school one day a boy brought a couple of street pigeons, in a bird
cage, for show and tell. I’d never seen these big birds up close.
And I had never had the experience of looking into a bird’s eye
and having it, basically look back, with an obvious intelligence that
was taking my measure. Science now tells us that the bird was indeed thinking,
pigeons have been found to be able to remember hundreds of faces, and
are equal to higher order animals, such as dolphins and porpoises, in
their cognitive abilities.
Anyway, I followed my new friend home and became part of a pack of black
and white boys who roamed the city catching and keeping street pigeons.
I then visited the library and, for the first time in my life I had a
topic that I wanted to know about. I discovered the incredible story of
homing pigeons in war and the fact that pedigreed racing pigeons, in countries
like England and Belgium, were raced by the thousands in competitions
of 100 to 600 miles.
Like many little boys of my generation I became a pigeon keeper. I had
to learn how to design a pigeon loft. I had to learn how to build it.
I had to learn how to find racing pigeons to buy and the very basics of
having a feathered family in my back garden that I was responsible for.
At ten years old I ruled my own little world. Twice a day it was up to
me to feed and care for my birds. I made mistakes, such as trying to help
a hatching baby bird out of its shell, a hard lesson when you realize
that mother nature often doesn’t want assistance, and the death
of the living thing I was trying to help broke my heart.
I learned how to convert dollars to pounds so I could send away for precious
English books that annually carried the stories of the Kingdom’s
greatest pigeon men. I learned these champions could be commoner or King
and that a great pigeon could win a race flying to a loft near a countryside
manor house or to the kitchen window of a Welsh coal miner. I learned
about the birds and the bees, well the birds anyway, without having to
have a sit down with my father! I learned how the life cycle of all living
creatures is tied to the seasons, to the changes in the length of the
day. I learned to observe and understand the weather. I learned about
nutrition and the components of grain, such as fiber, fat and protein,
in what I fed my birds. I learned about genetics and how the findings
of Mendel became evident in the feather colors of the babies of birds
I mated together. Let me repeat, I was ten years old, and I was learning
in the best way a child can, by hands-on experience, self-study and observation.
Far different that having my face glued to a video game.
Outside my little back garden pigeon world, I had to respect and deal
with my elders, because in my city there were Champion pigeon men I wanted
to know. Many of these expert trainers were professional people, but others
were salt of the earth, working men, and I had to learn how to speak to
them, and win them over, before I stood a chance to talk them out of precious
eggs or babies to raise.
I learned about management and planning and hygiene. And every day I alone
was responsible for delivering clean feed and clean water to my birds
and always scrapping away their droppings.
And for all this hard work, and all this study, I was rewarded. Because
each day I could visit my birds, birds I had raised, and I could let them
outside into the sky. And from where I stood, earthbound, I could watch
them fly. I would watch them disappear, often for an hour and then, magically,
come back, come back to me. At the age of ten I saw a creature give up
its freedom, to return to my care, because of the bond I had built between
It’s easy to be poetic about this part of my life because the emotions
are so deep within me. But the magic I am describing was not unique to
little Jim Jenner in the Northwest corner of America. These emotions,
the life lessons, are in the heart of every pigeon person in this room.
They are, in large part, what made us what we are today. And I can tell
you that all of we pigeons boys turned out OK, while many boys didn’t
do so well and fell into drugs and crime.
Now, like most pigeon men, there was a period when teenage hormones became
stronger than the pull of the birds, well a pull to a different kind of
bird you could say, the unfeathered variety. But the emotional satisfaction
of those early years was always in my heart and when I finally settled
down I took up the hobby again.
But what I am trying to describe here, by sharing what is by no means
a unique experience, is a simple illustration of how profound an impact
homing pigeons can have on a young person. Since then I have seen, in
virtually every country I have visited, that my own story has been repeated
several million times. That’s how many people keep pigeons world-wide,
and the emotions I’ve described are the same for the boys of Belfast
or Beijing, Cardiff or Calcutta.
Why is this important? Well I read with interest Lord Carter’s report
on sport in the U.K. It is obviously very much on the radar screen of
government today to encourage sport and active recreation for young people
that gets them away from television and violent video games, and into
drug free activities that engage their minds. For many experts sport is
Can we call pigeon racing a sport? Well a dictionary definition of sport
is a game or organized activity. It may or may not involve hard physical
play. Worldwide, pigeon racing is far greater in terms of participation
and prize money than dog racing for example. Much like horse racing it
involves highly bred contestants, although no horse race on earth matches
the twenty to two hundred thousand birds that can take part in a pigeon
race on a summer Saturday. In terms of size the Royal Pigeon Racing Assoc,
the RPRA, with over thirty employees, is much larger than the vast majority
of sport bodies in the U.K. When you read Lord Carter’s report you
realize that as many people race pigeons in the U.K. today as play volleyball,
or hockey or sail or learn gymnastics. And while building and managing
a team of racing pigeons may not be as physically demanding as running
down a football pitch, let’s look at the some other benefits. First
of all we can’t make light of the physical demands and responsibilities
of, twice a day, every day, hauling food and water back and forth to your
loft. And cleaning and cleaning and cleaning. But it is the mental and
emotional component that I think I can best address. A lot of Lord Carter’s
report discusses the benefits of sport that go beyond mere exercise. It
is the aspects of getting away from the TV, interfacing with others and
getting your mental gears turning that are listed as key goals of the
hundreds of millions of pounds investment in youth that the study contemplates.
That’s where the huge impact on my own life becomes noteworthy because
it is not unique. Pigeons can literally change children for the better.
Here’s what I mean by that.
I’m sorry that House of Commons decorum doesn’t permit the
showing of films. Because, let’s face it, a filmmaker’s work
speaks louder than his words. If I could, I would have shown you one of
the stories that was in my last film, “Share The Blue Sky”.
It was called “Pigeons Go To School” and it told about a program
for at risk teenagers at a secondary school in the United States. I’m
going to provide copies to Lord Banks and others so you have a chance
to see this saga.
At this school the science teacher is a pigeon fancier, as is his father.
Together they created a small pigeon loft behind the classroom and the
students were in charge of raising and training a flock of racing birds.
These teenagers, mostly from poor Hispanic families in a small farming
community, represent much of what modern society is burdened with. Most
are from single parent families, most ended up at this last chance, alternative
school because of serious attendance or behavior problems. They were no
strangers to teen pregnancy, drugs, crime or abusive home lives. What
you see in this film is the simple connection that pigeons can bring between
human beings and the natural world. And I need to point out to our honored
guests something they may not know. As a child’s pet, domestic racing
pigeons are hardy, they live happily in small spaces, they are easily
tamed and most of all, they fly. Since time began these big birds have
imparted something special to the soul of a child who cares for them.
My favorite images are of a huge boy, a legend as a vicious fighter before
he was tossed out of the mainstream school, cupping a tiny baby pigeon
in his big hands. My favorite comments are his words about how gentle
pigeon parents are with their young and how calm he feels when he watches
the birds fly. The most profound comments come from the school principal
who relates that the problems of the class have changed. Before the pigeon
program, he says, the problem was they didn’t come to school. Now,
he says with a smile, the problem is they don’t want to go home.
A follow-up study, commissioned by the state education department,
found that the students in the pigeon project improved by over a full
grade point in their academic performance. Their attendance rose dramatically.
Most significant the incidents of aggressive behavior all but went away.
Phenomenal results for any sport program to be sure. In my story one girl
spoke of how it made her feel to be asked to care for an abandoned baby
pigeon. In her own words she said she went from contemplating suicide
to deciding to continue with school, find a job and build a life for herself.
I’m not making this up. It’s all there.
So here we are, in the House of Commons, talking about pigeons. And you’ve
succeeded brilliantly in honoring the homing pigeons contribution to saving
lives in war. But what is next? Where does pigeon racing fit in the future
of society? Why should we fight to be recognized as a viable and important
part of youth sport?
Speaking of competitive sport I think of my friend Gerry Francis here.
It’s true to say he’s one in a million in more ways than one.
Statistically there can only be so many champions of his caliber, only
so many heroes of Team England. No matter how many hundred million pounds
are invested in expanding sport in the U.K., mother nature is going to
produce very few athletes of Gerry’s caliber. That leaves several
millions other kids on the sidelines. And, for many, simple exercise is
only small part of what is missing in their lives.
That’s where we come in. I think this is the next step. A critical
component of the entire sports effort is active recreation that gets children
out of a sedentary lifestyle and mentally engaged in something other than
TV or a computer screen. It is up to us to produce the tools that can
help to do this by working to help more young people become interested
in racing pigeons.
Now some will tell you this is impossible. Many within our sport will
say we are the last generation, that kids today just can’t be engaged
in our hobby. I beg to differ. In fact I venture that any pigeon person
who has visited a school to talk about pigeons in the last few years,
would also beg to differ. Say what you will about the spoiled and disinterested
youth of today, I have witnessed the same magic in their eyes that I had
when I saw my first pigeons. The flame can still be lit, and it is our
job to light it.
Ohhh, that will never work, others will say, schools or youth centers
would never let pigeons be around. Well, I’m reminded of a film
I worked on twenty years ago for a group that advocated introducing animals,
particularly cats and dogs, into the then antiseptic environments of convalescent
centers and homes for the elderly. Have you been to any of these places
lately? They have dogs, and cats, and birds all over. And do you know
why the administrators changed their minds? Because you can show, scientifically,
that contact with other living creatures makes humans calmer and happier
and we live longer!
Why should we care about this? Well the more young people interested in
our hobby today means the more people likely to take up the hobby later
in life. And all of the wonderful things that pigeon keeping brought into
my life, and yours, are still there to change the lives of a new generation.
And they need it more than ever.
Again, let me share what I’ve learned around the globe. Attracting
youth is a big problem for the pigeon sport everywhere. And I believe
one of the problems is that most efforts try to bring young people directly
into existing racing clubs. In most cases this is a mistake. First, let’s
remember that pigeon racing is the toughest competition out of the box
of any sport in the world. Unlike golf where you have a handicap, or tennis
where they have seedings, or football where the teams are scaled based
on their overall performance, from day one in pigeon racing you are competing
with the top trainers on an equal footing. You are often up against hundreds
of other fanciers with years more experience. Your birds are competing
against thousands of other pigeons each weekend, in races where a few
seconds means the difference between first and fiftieth place. Unless
you are a genius, early success is hard to achieve. What’s more
the average pigeon club is typically full of older folks who look forward
to their weekends with their mates, it is often not a place a young person
is comfortable, at least until they learn the ropes.
That said there are ample opportunities to put pigeons in front of young
people through their science education. Today’s teachers are desperate
for new and engaging curriculums that break the chain of young people’s
slavish devotion to their cell phones and video games. Whether it’s
a small loft at a school, or a youth center or even at a local zoo or
a nature center. We have to think about putting live, flying homing pigeons
in front of young people and be ready to help encourage those that become
fascinated by our birds. It can be done. It must be done. Imagine for
example if there was a replica of an historic military loft, with live
birds inside and display boards and a movie screen around it that described
military birds and modern pigeon racing. Now imagine that this entire
unit is at the London Zoo. How many people a day would get a positive
impression of our hobby?
Probably the single most significant change in the sport is the advent
of electronic clocking. Although it has not been adopted officially in
the U.K. it is still a fantastic resource to create programs that engage
young people. By that I mean it is possible for a small loft of birds
to be clocked over a series of races, either one bird sprints, or as a
group, download the data and come up with an overall winning bird. It’s
the kind of competitive information that can keep kids engaged in how
their individual birds are doing, and the races can be as simple as ten
or twenty mile events. And it also means that a single pigeon loft can
serve as a focal point for many children even if they couldn’t have
their own birds at home. And let’s also remember how little physical
space all this takes compared to a sports pitch. A demonstration pigeon
loft can be the size of a single parking stall.
What I really want to emphasis is that there is no significant youth oriented
program that is being used by the hobby world-wide, and I believe this
is the perfect forum for this type of effort to be launched. And I don’t
bring it up as a challenge that I make and walk away from, but as something
I would love to be involved with at any level.
I believe that this is the forum for several reasons. First the bulk of
the national pigeon organizations, world wide, are almost totally devoted
to the complex business running races and issuing bands. And, occasionally,
dealing with controversies like doping. I must digress for a moment to
point out to our many dignitaries here tonight that when I was here a
year ago the big news was the RPRA’s drug testing of British race
birds. Sadly, there has been virtually no follow-up report that this effort,
which made the Wall Street Journal, American television, etc. and made
us look like we had a shady sport going on, has turned up no, zero, I
repeat no instances, of drug use among the winning trainers who were suspect.
And this lack of positive public affairs is part of what I see as a problem
with the organizations themselves trying to reach out to youth. Most of
them are run by older pigeon men, who are often not the best or most sophisticated
marketers in the world. I believe an outside, ad hoc group, like your
amalgamation which has been so successful at attracting celebrity support
and positive media attention, would be far more effective at bridging
the many different arenas of the sport and be able to work at the highest
levels of government and education to tell our dramatic story.
As a side light there are considerable cultural advantages to this as
well. The highest number of at risk youth are those with the least access
to nature. They are often poor, disadvantaged and living in single family,
urban environments. Many of them, Muslims youth for example, also have
a cultural legacy of pigeon keeping that goes back hundreds of generations.
I can’t tell you how often I get letters in fractured English from
pigeon fanciers in Egypt, Iran, Pakistan and other Muslim countries who
are reaching out to learn more about pigeons worldwide. And let’s
remember that while the hobby is dwindling in many parts of the West,
it is exploding in countries such as China, Poland and Portugal, countries
where a growing middle class is taking up pigeon racing.
If we started today to create a U.K. and global effort to promote the
pigeon sport, to make it part of science curriculums and youth activities,
how on earth would you fund such an effort? Well, let me leave you with
this thought. The pigeon racers in this room know our hobby is a sport
in every sense of the word. It is mentally challenging, it is highly competitive,
it is extremely emotionally satisfying, and not just in your youth. We
care about our hobby’s survival. We honor what it has done for us
in our lives. Here’s what I mean.
Let me go back to Gerry Francis for a minute because he has a new job
you may not know about. Gerry said he didn’t want to coach but he
is coaching. Not on the field. He’s in his back garden breeding,
training and conditioning athletes that can go fifty miles an hour, flat
out, all day long. He’s the coach of what is arguably the formula
one flying machine of the avian kingdom. And, even though he may not be
running up and down a football pitch, Gerry is mentally and emotionally
tied to his team. And if one of his players wins, if one of his birds
is best, there won’t be cheering fans or headlines in the newspaper.
But there will be a little smile on Gerry’s face when he sees the
other fanciers in his club, and the emotional satisfaction he gleans from
that victory will go deep in his heart. Best of all, it is a sport he
can play, a team he can coach, until the day he can no longer walk to
the loft. Our sport is magical because the older you get the better you
get at it! And a successful and dedicated fancier like Gerry is willing
to commit his time and money to helping the hobby he enjoys so much.
I don’t make light of the importance of physically active sports.
I’ve quarterbacked my school team. I’ve reminisced with my
buddies about our victories on the field. You have too probably. But I
venture no victory in athletics is as clear in your mind as the first
pigeon race you won, or the band number of the marvelous creature that
won it for you.
That is what we are talking about helping bring to other people in the
world. And based on my world travels I can tell you that many other intelligent
pigeon leaders, world-wide would be proud to be invited to England’s
House of Commons to work on improving our hobby, to have it recognized
as a sport, to try to develop a global program to encourage youth involvement
in this hobby. But what about the money?
Well think about this. Is pigeon racing in your will? For all the thousands
of hours of satisfaction this hobby has brought to you, is there anywhere
you could send your money that would further the sport, that would help
it live on for future generations? No there is not. And as we witness
the passing of an entire generation of pigeon fanciers, I maintain that
the right program, achieving the type of success you have achieved with
the war memorial, could easily become a place that a fancier would bequeath
a few hundred or a few thousand pounds.
Our hobby is a wonderful, competitive sport that is beneficial to the
emotional well-being of the people who practice it, young or old. It is
indeed a sport worth fighting for. I hope some of these comments and radical
ideas may be a catalyst for where we go from here.
Again, to Lord Banks, thank you so much for hosting this event. Honored
guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for inviting us.
About Jim Jenner
A boyhood interest
in homing pigeons, combined with a career in broadcasting, lead Jim Jenner
to create what are considered the finest documentaries on pigeons ever
A native of Washington
State, Jenner became interested in pigeons at the age of ten and kept
them in his back yard in Seattle. At the age of 17 his family moved to
Hong Kong, where his father worked for an international bank, and Jenner
became a writer for the South China Morning Post, Asia’s largest
English language paper. Three years later he joined CBS News and worked
throughout Asia and the Middle East. In the summer of 1971, at 21, he
became the youngest reporter ever to appear on the CBS Evening News with
Walter Cronkite when he covered the dramatic story of the bombing of the
Intercontinental Hotel in Dacca, East Pakistan [now Bangla Desh]. CBS
later transferred Jenner to New York where he worked in the Special Events
unit covering the 1972 Presidential election and the Apollo 16 and 17
missions to the moon.
He left CBS in 1973
to return to the Pacific Northwest where he founded Pacific Communications,
Inc [PACCOM], one of the earliest video production companies in the region.
Over the years the firm grew to more than 60 employees and produced television
commercials and video programs. In 1988 Jenner constructed a special pigeon
loft in order to film the life cycle of his homing pigeons. This material,
combined with stunning aerial footage of racing pigeons in flight, and
footage taken in the US and Europe became the basis for his 57 minute
“Marathon In The Sky”. The documentary was narrated by the
late Michael Landon, who provided his voice for the documentary in exchange
for using Jenner’s pigeon footage in Landon’s last movie “Where
Pigeons Go To Die”. When it was released in 1990 the film was hailed
as a classic story of pigeon racing.
In 1993 Jenner sold
his advertising production company and took time off to be part of the
effort to create the World of Wings pigeon museum in Oklahoma City. In
1996 he released “Oldest Feather Friend”, which include 11
stories about the ancient relationship of people and pigeons. The film
won four first place awards in documentary film festivals. During production
of this film Jenner worked closely with IF members in the New York area
to capture the story of modern pigeon racing men.
In late 2001 Jenner
was invited to China by Beijing Television to discuss the creation of
a documentary series on pigeons for broadcast in Mainland China. Jenner
was eventually invited to write and direct the five-hour, twenty episode
series, the first instance of a joint production agreement between a mainland
broadcaster and a non-Chinese production company. Released in 2003, “Share
The Blue Sky – Stories of the Bird of Peace”, included stories
from five continents and 19 countries. It also won documentary production
awards. Following this production Jenner was asked by the IF to help with
a membership recruiting film, which is now available for IF members to
use to promote the hobby.
of his epic “Share The Blue Sky” in the Spring of 2003, Jenner
and his wife Susan moved to the tiny mountain town of Philipsburg, Montana
where they had owned property for many years. They renovated an historic
hotel, The Broadway Hotel, which Susan Jenner manages. In the Summer of
2005 Jenner again took up a camera to create “Secrets of Champions”
a film which chronicles the methods of many of the world’s longest-winning
pigeon racers, whom Jenner had met and befriended over the course of his
15 years of documentary work on pigeon racing.
has provided the pigeon hobby with important materials to promote the
hobby and fight back regulations to restrict the keeping of pigeons. Portions
of his films have been shown at over a hundred city councils in the US,
Canada and the UK to offset the negative image of pigeons with elected
officials. England’s venerable Racing Pigeon magazine called Jenner
”the pigeon world’s greatest story teller” and he has
been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Pigeon
Fancier’s Council along with honors from other pigeon organizations.
As to his future plans
with pigeon films Jenner has written a movie screen play, about a group
of inner-city kids who accidentally capture a champion racing, which he
hopes to turn into a feature film. He is also converting his production
system to High Definition television and hopes to update his classic “Marathon
In the Sky” with equipment which produces a stunning new level of