Author Archives: Bill Smallwood

Fun Fact Friday: Flipping the White House

Fun Fact Friday: Flipping the White House

Did you know that when a U.S. President is sworn into office at noon on Inauguration Day, a hand-picked and highly trained team is tasked with transitioning the old administration out and moving the new administration in, all in less than six hours? Only White House staffers are allowed to touch a president’s belongings, and

LeVar Burton on the set of Star Trek: TNG

Fun Fact Friday: Reading Rainbow

Did you know that Reading Rainbow, which debuted in 1983, continued to run new episodes for over 20 years? Reading Rainbow ran from 1983 until 2006, and was hosted by LeVar Burton for its entire run. Burton was also one of the program’s creators, as well as executive producer. Burton, who would become a household

Discovery Education Thanks You

As we wrap up the year and head into the holidays, we here at Discovery Education would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our teachers and educators, for everything you do. Teachers mold the minds of the future. They give of themselves. They give their time, their attention, their caring, and their expertise.

On This Day: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered

Just out of college and headed for a career in music, Fred Rogers happened to catch an episode of what passed for children’s television in the 1950s – grotesquely grinning hosts, raucous improvised dialogue, and broad, pie-in-the-face humor. Appalled, Rogers vowed to counteract such programming with his own shows He started with the low-budget Children’s

Photo by Jim McNulty

Discovery visits Discovery!

As you may know, the Discovery Communications headquarters are in Silver Spring, Maryland, only a few miles away from the White House. Yesterday wasn’t your typical day at the office, as Discovery was treated to a brief, but very special visit by the space shuttle Discovery! At 9:45AM Tuesday April 17th, the shuttle passed by

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