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The real Joe and Shirley Wershba - played by Robert Downey Jr. and Patricia Clarkson (pictured) in George Clooney’s "Good Night, and Good Luck" - will participate in a discussion with Brooklyn College professors Anthony Mancini and Foster Hirsch, following a screening of the film at the school’s Whitman Hall on Monday.

The Wershbas were colleagues of legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow, whose courageous 1953 broadcasts on CBS’s "See It Now," concerning U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy, were recreated in the film. (The Wershbas’ covert romance is another highlight.)

Emmy Award-winning Joe Wershba, a member of Brooklyn College’s class of 1941, and Shirley Lubowitz Wershba, class of 1943, are broadcast pioneers; while Joe was a producer on "See It Now" and "60 Minutes," Shirley was one of the original producers on PBS’s "MacNeil/Le­hrer Report."

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3:30 pm on Monday, March 20. Whitman Hall is located on the campus of Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Rd. at Flatbush Avenue in Midwood. For more information, contact the college’s Office of Alumni Affairs at (718) 951-5065.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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Pearl Wiener from Brooklyn, N.Y. says:
Looking for Joe Wershba's sister Mimi from Coney Island Avenue. We were friends in the 30's. Please contact Pearl Potter's daughter at Debi1955@aol.com. Thankyou for your help.
Jan. 25, 2009, 12:56 pm

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