Set the TiVo – or pull up a chair — for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, when Discovery Channel airs an episode of Kidnap and Rescue starring John Benitz, assistant professor, Department of Theatre, College of Performing Arts. Professor Benitz plays Thomas Hargrove, kidnapped for ransom and held for nearly a year before being released, in an episode titled “Proof of Life.” The Discovery Channel program is a docu-drama series providing an inside look at true stories of abduction, rescue and recovery.
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Today, the comic book stories and graphic novels of our childhoods are getting, well, the hero treatment, rising from thin, cheap colorful pages to now occupy the big screen, video games, conventions and major retailers.
Until this summer, the legacy of Atticus Finch, small-town lawyer, believer in justice and fairness for mankind, was safely encapsulated in a half-century’s worth of character reverie. This Gulf Coast-ish summer bloomed problems for that character when Harper Lee’s old-new novel Go Set a Watchman published. Watchman is a rough draft of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning