The History Man is a BBC four-part drama series based on Malcolm Bradbury's novel of seventies campus life.
Antony Sher plays the moustachio'd Howard Kirk, left-wing Marxist, promiscuous womaniser and bully. An ambitious sociology lecturer, he delights in stirring up revolutionary feelings at the University of Watermouth, manipulating students, colleagues and lovers alike to further his career.
Runtime: 50 minutes
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The Old Man of the Mountain, also known as the Great Stone Face or the Profile, was a series of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, United States, that appeared to be the jagged profile of a face when viewed from the north. The rock formation was 1,200 feet (370 m) above Profile Lake, and measured 40 feet (12 m) tall and 25 feet (7.6 m) wide. The site is located in the town of Franconia. The first recorded mention of the Old Man was in 1805. It collapsed on May 3, 2003.
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Details of the history of the Old Man of the Mountain include: 17th millennium BC–6th millennium BC — New England undergoes the Wisconsin glaciation, the most recent ice age. Glaciers cover New England and post-glacial erosion creates the cliff which would subsequently erode into the Old Man of the Mountain at Franconia Notch. 1805 — Francis Whitcomb and Luke Brooks, part of a Franconia surveying crew, are the first white settlers to record observing the Old Man, according to the official New Hampshire history. 1832 — Author Nathaniel Hawthorne visits the area. 1850 — Hawthorne publishes “The Great Stone Face”, a short story inspired by his visit. The story's title becomes an alternative name for the formation. 1869 — President Ulysses S. Grant visits the formation. 1906 — The Reverend Guy Roberts of Massachusetts is the first to publicize signs of deterioration of the formation. 1916 — New Hampshire Governor Rolland H. Spaulding begins a concerted state effort to preserve the formation. 1945 — The Old Man is made the New Hampshire State Emblem. 1955 — President Dwight D. Eisenhower visits the profile as part of the Old Man's 150th “birthday” celebration. 1958 — Major repair work to the Old Man's forehead as a result of a legislative appropriation the previous year. 1965 — Niels Nielsen, a state highway worker, becomes unofficial guardian of the profile, in an effort to protect the formation from vandalism and the ravages of the weather. 1986 — Vandalizing the Old Man is classified as a crime under the state criminal mischief law. Under the law (RSA 634:2 VI) it is a misdemeanor for any person to vandalize, deface or destroy any part of the Old Man, with a penalty of a fine of between $1,000 and $3,000 and restitution to the state for any damage caused.
1987 — Nielsen is named the official caretaker of the Old Man by the state of New Hampshire. 1988 — A 12-mile (19 km) stretch of Interstate 93 (which also runs jointly with U.S. Route 3 through the notch) opens below Cannon Mountain. The $56 million project, which took 30 years to build, was a compromise between desire for a four-lane interstate and those who sought to limit impact on the notch. 1991 — David Nielsen, son of Niels Nielsen, becomes the official caretaker of the Old Man. 2000 — The Old Man is featured on the state quarter of New Hampshire. 2003 — The Old Man collapses. 2004 — Coin-operated viewfinders are installed to show how the Old Man looked before its collapse. 2007 — Design of an Old Man of the Mountain memorial announced. 2010 — First phase of the state-sanctioned “Old Man of the Mountain Memorial” is unveiled.
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