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.