SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ - Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
Ivory Soap. Hasbro/Parker Brothers Monopoly board games. John Deere
tractors. Most Americans have used at least one of these products, but have
they thought about where and how they were made? Scores of products are "Born
in the USA," but what gives an American product staying power? Host John
Ratzenberger reveals the answers when he hits the road for JOHN RATZENBERGER'S
MADE IN AMERICA, which premieres Tuesday, January 6 at 9 PM (ET).
John Ratzenberger becomes the ultimate American Worker in this new series,
going into the factories and working side-by-side to create Welch's Grape
Juice, build with Craftsman tools, and test a new set of Goodyear tires.
Ratzenberger, who has a profound love for the ingenuity that goes into
manufacturing, uses his humor, wit and enthusiasm as he uncovers the history
behind some of the most recognized icons in America and persuades many of the
workers to talk about what it is like to make some of these classic American
"These are the people who really built America, who get up every morning
and work their hearts out every day," Ratzenberger said. "They get their
hands dirty and they are great at what they do. They take pride in their
workmanship, and there's nothing like it."
JOHN RATZENBERGER'S MADE IN AMERICA serves up snapshots of the people and
places that are the backbone of the American economy. The new series travels
from town to town, highlighting the unique niche each product has found in
popular culture. Ratzenberger provides viewers with an intimate portrait of
the American worker, focusing on the craft and the level of skill, pride and
dedication workers bring to the manufacturing process, as they create a
multitude of products that Americans, and often the rest of the world, have
come to depend on.
Travel Channel executive vice president and general manager Rick Rodriguez
said, "There is a thirst for knowledge about how American products got started
and how they are made. Coming from a hard-working blue-collar family, John
Ratzenberger has a genuine appreciation for inventors and craftsmen. This
series was a labor of love which honors the creative and entrepreneurial
spirit of America."
JOHN RATZENBERGER'S MADE IN AMERICA is produced for Travel Channel by
Termite Art. Erik Nelson is executive producer for Termite Art. Kathleen
Cromley is executive producer for Travel Channel. This program is produced in
cooperation with the Reader's Digest Association.
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travel entertainment. Capturing the fascination, freedom and fun of travel,
Travel Channel delivers insightful stories from the world's most popular
destinations and inspiring diversions. It is available in more than 74
million homes and is a service of Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of
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