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ETV's Producer/Director Mark Adams wins Telly Award

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2013

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"Carolina Stories: Space Heroes," a documentary about three South Carolina astronauts honored in the SC Hall of Fame, was recently recognized with a Bronze Telly award.

This is the third Telly for the program's Producer/Director Mark Adams.  Adams has also won Telly awards for "Carolina Stories: Over Here: World War I" in 2008 and "Carolina Stories: Carolina Caught" in 2010. 

"Space Heroes" explored the lives and careers of astronauts Charles M. Duke, Jr., Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair, and Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Charles M. Duke, Jr. grew up in Lancaster, SC, and is the only man from South Carolina to walk on the moon. Duke is also the first person to eat grits in space, a special request he made in order to bring a part of Southern tradition with him on his journey.

Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair came from rural poverty in Lake City, SC, but his drive to succeed transformed him into an astronaut of two Challenger Space Shuttle missions.  Tragically, McNair's second mission in 1986 would be his last.  He was one of seven killed in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster that January.  In 2011, the Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair Life History Center was opened in his honor.

Charles F. Bolden, Jr. was born in Columbia SC and is a decorated U.S. Naval Academy graduate, a Marine Corps Pilot, and is currently the Chief Administrator of NASA. He was a crew member for four historic missions from 1985-1994: the Space Shuttle Columbia, the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and twice on the Space Shuttle Discovery. 

“For me this documentary is more personal than my previous works, in that I grew up a fan and admirer of NASA and the American manned space program. It was a thrill and an honor to meet Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke, Jr. and Space Shuttle astronaut and current NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr., as well as tell their story and Ronald McNair’s story of following their dreams and having the courage to be pioneers in space exploration. I hope that my own sense of wonder and awe of these men and what they did came across in "Space Heroes." I hope we never forget their achievements and sacrifice,” said Adams.

South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.

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ETV’s Producer/Director Mark Adams wins Telly Award
Mark Adams at the Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair Life History Center
ETV’s Producer/Director Mark Adams wins Telly Award
Charles Duke's walk on the Moon. Photo courtsey: NASA


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