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Original Series Seen by 80 Million People
Two Weekends at San Diego’s Skyline Church: May 11-12 and 18-19
RESERVE TICKETS NOW: BuildingAFamilyLegacy.com
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – April 26, 2012 – Dr. James Dobson, now heading Family Talk radio and known for bestsellers such as The Strong-Willed Child, Dare to Discipline and Bringing Up Boys—will restore and expand his legendary 1978 film series on parenting (more than a third of the U.S. population saw it at the time), with new segments filmed May 11-12 and 18-19 at a two-weekend conference free and open to the public called BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY.
“My son, Ryan, at the time a new dad, picked up a video and watched it one night,” Dobson said, describing the genesis of the new series. “He phoned me, and, after a few laughs about the sideburns and big eyeglasses, he said, ‘Dad, this is what parents are wanting right now!’”
Ryan’s plea was far from the first, and the Dobson team with producer David Nixon began to consider which segments to retain and what to update and add. In 1978 segments about dealing with young children, for example, the child psychologist speaks from the front lines of raising Ryan and Danae, at the time young children in the Dobson household (she inspired The Strong-Willed Child!). That one-of-a-kind footage will be restored and reframed. (“John Wickham, then Army chief of staff, was so taken with the Fathering film, he made it required viewing for soldiers around the world,” Dobson recalls.)
In the new Legacy session, one of five new titles to be presented at the San Diego conference, Dobson traces four generations in his family to examine the enduring influence of a single generation.
“Mixing the immediacy of youth and the perspective of age from one man’s long career is a rich capstone,” said Robert Wolgemuth, BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY executive producer and, interestingly, one of the marketers of the original film series at Word Publishers. “We’ve specially invited audience members from the original San Antonio event because that conference was a once-in-a-generation moment, and this is too.”
“Faces in the crowd in that San Antonio screening were minor celebrities for two decades,” Wolgemuth added, laughing.
Author of more than 30 books, Dr. Dobson currently heads Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, a nonprofit ministry and radio program. For 14 years, he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and was on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He earned his doctorate in child development from USC. He founded and is chair emeritus of Focus on the Family.
Friday, May 11
Saturday, May 12
Friday, May 18
Saturday, May 19
Each evening, sessions are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Road, La Mesa, Calif. (Highway 94 at Jamacha Boulevard)
INTERVIEWS: Dr. Dobson has limited availability through the end of April. For interview information, contact Monique Sondag Monique@Lovell-Fairchild.com.
To learn more about this once-in-a-generation event and to reserve seats (as they last), visit: BuildingAFamilyLegacay.com