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Seeking 1906

Kate Schermerhorn, Luna Park Productions, KQED Public TV 9

“Seeking 1906,” a documentary by Kate Schermerhorn, is a fascinating journey back to San Francisco in 1906. Following the compelling story of a major author writing his next book, we go inside the dramatic stories that make up the great and tragic events of the Great Earthquake of 1906. Simon Winchester spent the past year researching and writing his much anticipated sixth best-seller, "A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great Earthquake of 1906."

Simon talks with seismologists and earthquake survivors to piece together the story of the earthquake. Get swept inside this deadly event and the mysteries of the San Andreas Fault as Simon makes his way, by road, sea and air, from one picturesque end of the San Andreas Fault off the coast of Shelter Cove, California, to its end, 740 miles away, in the desert landscape of the Salton Sea.

Visit the most seismically active part of the San Andreas Fault in Parkfield, California, "The Earthquake Capitol of the World". There, Simon meets with the US Geological Survey scientists who are drilling into the fault. Soon after, as Simon begins the writing process, there is a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Parkfield. By coincidence, it happens on Simon's birthday, October 1, 2004. Simon is a writer, world traveler, and an adventurer (see www.simonwinchester.com), whose enthusiasm for both life and his subject matter is infectious. “Seeking 1906” focuses on the science of the event and a purely manmade phenomena: the writing of a best-selling book.

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Television premier: Monday, April 17, 2006, at 9 pm on KQED Channel 9 (SF Bay Area PBS).

Additional airing dates and times:
KQED Channel 9 (SF Bay Area PBS)
Tuesday, April 18: 12:02 AM, 4 AM, 8 AM, 12 PM, 4 PM, 8 PM

Friday, April 21: 3:30 AM, 7:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 2 PM, 6 PM, 9PM

Saturday, April 22: 12 Midnight, 4 AM, 8 AM, 12 Noon, 4 PM, 8 PM

Sunday, April 23: 11 AM, 1 PM, 6 PM, 10 PM

KQED-World, Channel 190 (SF Bay Area Comcast Cable station)
Wednesday, April 19: 8 AM, 11 AM

Saturday, April 22: 3 PM

Sunday, April 23: 9 PM

Public screening of film:
Tuesday, April 15, 2006 at 1 pm
The Exploritorium, McBean Theater
The screening is free with musuem admission.


TV broadcast: KQED Channel 9 (SF Bay Area PBS) and KQED-World, Channel 190 (SF Bay Area Comcast Cable station)

Public screening:
The Exploratorium, McBean Theater
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

For more information, call (415) 561-0363 or visit www.exploratorium.edu.


Through Simon Winchester's research, we learn about the events of April 18, 1906 and the science behind the San Andreas Fault.


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Kate Schermerhorn, (415) 566-6648 or (415) 425-3541

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