Documentary filmmaker Sherry Barker Abaldo of Union and Marina del Rey, Calif., will give a presentation featuring selections from the award-winning Public Broadcasting System documentary “Jimmy Doolittle: an American Hero” at Union Historical Society’s August meeting. The meeting, open to the public, will take place 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4 at the Old Town House on Town House Road/Route 235, just off Union Common.

Abaldo will share personal reminiscences of the making of the documentary, on which she worked, and of her time with the general during filming, as well as a few thoughts on the importance of historical societies in the digital age. She also briefly will discuss the making of this film, shot in 16mm, with current technology.

“Jimmy Doolittle: an American Hero” features the four-star Air Force general, Congressional Medal of Honor winner and “originator of the Right Stuff” telling his story in his own words, spiced with incredible archival footage. In addition to leading the Tokyo Raid in World War II, Doolittle was a stunt pilot, an aircraft designer, an inventor, a motorcycle racer, a prospector, a boxing champ, a military strategist, a scientist with a doctorate in aeronautics from M.I.T., a hell raiser, a wit and the greatest aviator the United States ever produced — including pioneering instrument flight.

Abaldo was born and raised in Union, where her family is believed to have lived since very early days. She is a writer of fiction, poetry and film with degrees from Wellesley College and the University of Southern California. She and her husband Mario got married 25 years ago this August in Union and they have two children, Catherine and Julian. Abaldo said she loves traveling but has learned “there is no place like home.”

The program will be preceded by a short business meeting and followed by refreshments served by hostesses Kay Santorineos and Nancy Watson.  All Union Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public.

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