This half-hour program was produced in 1985 to commemorate
the 60th Anniversary of the famous Arizona Highways
This is NOT a show about the publishing business. Rather,
it is a feel and a look at the beauty of Arizona through
154 breath-taking photographs from 58 photographers,
blended with ten Arizona heritage songs from State Balladeer,
Dolan Ellis. Add to this the comments and observations
from Senator Barry Goldwater and Governor Bruce Babbitt.
"One day the Lord cut about 113,000 square miles out
of heaven and let it drop to earth. And we call it Arizona!"
"The cowboy is the symbol of the achievement of the
individual prevailing in the face of first Indians,
and now government," observes Babbitt.
"An Arizonan is a survivor... He had the courage to
uproot himself and his family... and cut out a new life
for himself: A certain grittiness," concludes Ellis..
Captured by the worldís
finest photographers, are compelling images of Indian
pow-wows; Spanish missions; shining cityscapes; thousand-year-old
Hopi villages; deep canyons (including, of course, the
Grand Canyon;) high meadows; towering waterfalls, pine
and aspen forests; ocean-like Lake Powell; the desolate
Devilís Highway; Monument Valley; and much, much more.
Says Barry Goldwater, "Iíve always called that Arizona
Highways a book of poetry. I think thatís the answer.
I think, when you get down to it, it is a poem."