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Colorado Inside Out Travels Back in Time for Four Episodes Tonight

Travel back in time tonight on Colorado Public Television, which will be reprising four of the Emmy Award-winning Time Machine shows that the crew behind Colorado Inside Out, the Friday night public affairs program, creates every year. The weekly, Friday night CIO usually focuses on current events; these Time Machine shows, under the careful guidance of co-producer and CIO sound designer Larry Patchett, transport the concept back in history.

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The first episode, at 7 p.m. tonight on Channel 12.1, takes us back to 1951, when Harry S. Truman was President, a first-class stamp cost three cents, unemployment was 3.3 percent and Bobby Thompson of the New York Giants hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the National League pennant in the socalled "shot heard 'round the world." And here in Denver, the Mile High City was about to gain a famous resident: Ethel Merman, the Broadway star who married the head of Continental Airlines, then based here.

May Ethel rest in peace; I play her in the show.

But don't touch that dial! At 7:30 p.m., you can travel back in time to 1912; at 8 p.m., the cast lands in 1973, and at 8:30 p.m., the final episode takes us to 1964. Find complete details here.

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