Please note: This lecture will be held at the First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street, Falmouth, beginning at 7 pm
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are perhaps the two greatest quarterbacks of all time. They are living legends who have come to embody the quarterback position and shape an entire generation of the NFL. They have also been fierce rivals every step of the way, and their many epic duels have not only ranked among the best and most exciting games ever played, they have fundamentally shaped the lives of and careers of both men.
But for all their shared brilliance, they are a study in contrasts. Tom is the underdog turned ultimate winner, an unheralded draft pick who went on to win a miraculous Super Bowl and become the leader of one of the NFL’s greatest dynasties. He is as firmly associated with big game brilliance as anyone who has ever played. Meanwhile Peyton was born into NFL royalty and a mountain of outsized expectations, yet somehow lived up to and exceeded all the hype, claiming virtually every passing record along his path to football immortality.
The contrast in greatness—between the overachieving underdog and the crown prince of football, between postseason brilliance and statistical dominance—has served as an endless source of fascination for fans and media, and over the years as the two players have faced off again and again in classic games, the argument has onlyintensified.
But until now, there has never been a definitive treatment of the debate that tells the real story.
What do Tom and Peyton actually think of each other? What do their coaches think of them? What about teammates and opposing players? What are they like behind closed doors and in the locker room, and how does that influence their careers? How did their vastly different upbringings shape them, and how has each handled the injuries, setbacks and defeats they’ve dealt with over their careers? Veteran NFL correspondent Gary Myers tackles this subject from every angle and with unprecedented access and insight, drawing on a huge number of never-before-heard interviews with Brady and Manning, their coaches, their families, and those who have played with them and against them. The result is a remarkable collection of the most entertaining and revealing stories ever told about Peyton and Tom, from how they developed their vastly different leadership styles, to the unlikely friendship they’ve built over the years, to their respective exploits as locker room pranksters.
Downtown Falmouth comes alive on Friday night. The shops and restaurants from Queen’s Buyway along Main Street will showcase an assortment of groups ranging from classic swing to avant-garde with a little blues thrown in. Just wander in and out. It’s all free.
The 2015 line up features both local favorites and award winning ensembles. Each performance time is staggered so the audience has an opportunity to hear a variety of jazz styles throughout the evening. The Museums on the Green will participate by hosting Bart Weisman discussing jazz at 5:15 pm and then CJazz will perform from 6:45 to 8:00 pm. For a full schedule of Jazz Stroll events, click here
- Wednesday, October 7, 7 pm: Alex Kershaw, author of “Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage and One Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris”
The leafy Avenue de Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris’s hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the “mad sadist” Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.
From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director’s close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11–but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return.
Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II’s Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler.
Saturday, October 17th, 7 pm: An American Music Sampler
(To be held at Cape Cod Conservatory, 60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth)
The Spectrum Singers, a 12-piece chamber ensemble, will provide a one-hour program with a selection of America’s best choral music framed with commentary to provide historical context. Songs from American composers such as Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Stephen Foster, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, among others, will be performed.
Tickets are $ 15 each. Families of four (2 children 12 and younger) are $ 40 each.
Seating is limited, so reservations are requested.
- Wednesday, October 21, 7pm: M.T. Anderson, “Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmiti Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad”
In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Residents burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—one another to stay alive. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory.This is the true story of a city under siege: the triumph of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds. It is also a look at the power—and layered meaning—of music in beleaguered lives.
Tuesday, October 27, 7 pm: Alix Christie, author of “Gutenberg’s Apprentice”
Novelist Alix Christie brings to life one of the most momentous events in history: the birth of printing in medieval Germany—a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal, told through the lives of the three men who made it possible.
Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him to meet “a most amazing man”–Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, who has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. As they produce copies of the Holy Bible, mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, these men must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles—a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them.