Skip to comments.Chatty Host Who Makes Archaeology Glamorous
Posted on 02/07/2006 10:28:30 AM PST by SunkenCiv
"The History Channel had put the word out that they wanted someone who was hands-on and who could travel around the world," Mr. Bernstein said of his decision to try out for the show. "It's been an exhilarating ride because it's who I am. I do get a lot of people reaching out now that we've done the first season. They say they learn a lot, and it makes them feel like they don't need a Ph.D. to appreciate it. Some people say it's the only family show they watch all together."
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An Ivy-League educated guy who grew up on the Upper East Side would not necessarily seem to fit the bill to be the next Indiana Jones. But Josh Bernstein, the chatty, photogenic host of "Digging for the Truth" on the History Channel could be the best thing for archaeology's image since Harrison Ford cocked his hat and starred in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Mr. Bernstein's show is the channel's highest-rated series, bringing younger viewers to a network whose average armchair adventurer is 50-something. Beginning today, there will even be a comic-book promotion for the show featuring Mr. Bernstein as a superhero.
The girls think he's hot; the guys like the adventurous stuff he does; the subjects are fairly interesting, and non-political. We actually do watch it together...
It is a pretty interesting show, one this former Archie enjoys watching when I get a chance.
Hmm on the hotness scale I'll give him a 6 stars out of 10, contingent on if he is over 6'0" tall. If he's not then I have to move him back down to a 4.75.
It's a great show, but he beat out the Gunny??? Oh, my!
He is superficial beyond redemption.
He's going to hang himself on the strap of his leather case one day if he isn't careful.
He is a modern day Richard Halliburton without the depth.
Any Halliburton fans here?
He is a cutie...
Erm, and I do pay attention to what he's talkin' about too!
Yup, I watch it. He's reasonable.
This is his second season and I really like this show.
He is a modern day Richard Halliburton without the depth. Any Halliburton fans here?Thanks, I'd never even heard of him before, and thought at first you'd meant Francis Burton. :')
Well, I like the fellow and yes, he's great to "look at" from this woman's perspective. But that's not the reason I enjoy his shows (somewhat of the reason, to be honest)...he is intelligent, not celebrity of sorts, a rather academic person of calm personality and interest in what he is supposedly exploring.
Of course, he could just be acting, who knows. If so, he's good at it, ha.
Said another way, I prefer this handsome fellow to the odd dinosaur guy with that icky, untrimmed beard and quirky personality.
They're both intelligent but this one's just nicer on the ears, eyes and mind.
Havent seen it yet, but not because I don think he's cute...mostly because I get insanely jealous over those who get to use their degree in anth/history whilst I sit here just homeschooling it! LOL LOL
It's a tough life. Living out of your car, wondering when you will be let go because you lost the next contract to another company, having to have at least a graduate degree to make burger-flipping wages.
I had fun doing it, but it not something I'd encourage others to go into unless they were wealthy or had a source of income that was not tied to being employeed.
Still, I miss tromping around the desert at times.
I enjoy the show though it's been a bit dumbed down to fit a one hour format and appeal to school-age kids.
Hope he goes to China and Mongolia.
Yes, the host is handsome, but that isn't the reason I watch the program. I'd watch it if the host looked like GODZILLA; I am just partial to this topic.
Know anything about working in a museum??? LOL LOL LOL
GREETINGS FROM ANOTHER MEN AT WORK FAN!! LOL
I worked the other end of the biz as a travel writer flown around first class, entertained by govt tourist offices in various countries. Everything topnotch on those press trips including great hotels and restaurants and PhD guides on daytrips to sometimes exotic spots. We were expected to write highly complimentary travel articles for various magazines to pay back our hosts. I got bored with using the word "delightful" and quit after three years. Now I wish I'd stayed with it.
*jots down Travel Writer as Something To Be When I Grow Up*
Not man, Man. Grrrrrrl here.
Those are very difficult assignments to get, even more difficult now then back in the pre-internet day when I traveled. I'd been in publishing since I was 23, recognized a name on the masthead of the airline magazine on a flight I took to SanFran as an early friend in the biz. He'd become production manager of a company that created and published inflight magazines for TEN airlines. He introduced me to their travel editor and voila! I wrote a lot of nontravel stuff for them as well and got paid for those articles.
I think that each airline produces its own magazine today, and they're not as good as they once were. Still, there's some opportunity. Query them with ideas for nontravel pieces or destination pieces about interesting spots near your hometown -- provided that the airline services the area. Work up to the plum assignments.
Come to think of it, assignments have always come rather easily because I was inhouse editor at various magazines and book publishing companies. So you might take that route. When I was editorial director at a non-NY house, I found it extremely difficult to hire editorial assistants who could actually do anything. Bad spelling, grammar, even guys with masters in journalism. Why? Because their allegedly good universities graded on political correctness, not writing ability. So I do recommend that you become expert at grammar, usage, spelling, editing -- even proofreading. Really, you have no idea how rare those skills are and how valuable to publishing houses.
>>as a travel writer flown around first class, entertained by govt tourist offices in various countries.
I think you are my new anthropology hero. Wow that would be fun! Though there is something to be said for being all grimy and dirty living out of a tent. Maybe it was my inner Boy Scout coming back--or possibly the 'liquid bread' we packed into camp. ;-)
Alkhin--I used to work in New England as contract archie. Think gravel pit with some soil around it. I think I still have knee problems as a result, but did get to work on some pretty cool sites, including an early 17th century native fort.
*jotting down notes for future reference* - Thank you! - right now my career is specified as homeschooler, but I do look forward to the day when my daughter is out on her own. Then she can be the one worrying about what her Mama is doing....
would love to excavate something older than 150 years old, and more substantial than broken dart points and ochre.
This is a good show.
I've done the concrete desert digging in New Mexico, and I can't tell which is worse, the gravel pit or the caliche. Both are probably better than one job where I worked outside in 5 degree weather, on the shore, with a wind chill around -20.
Yikes black soil gumbo sounds pretty nasty. I did work on an 18th-19th century cemetery that had some pretty nasty (and greasy) soil. That was ... err ... not fun. It also had a 'vampire' associated with it, which made it a lot more interesting.
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