Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Digging for the Truth: He's Not Indy, But He's Got the Hat

I would probably watch Digging for the Truth anyway, because I really love history shows. I could happily watch hours of the History Channel, as long as I didn't run into any of those ubiquitous military or engineering shows. (Sorry, Dad.) But Digging for the Truth has something special – its host, Josh Bernstein, who moonlights as an Indiana Jones impersonator. It's fairly obvious that he really loves Indy, and he's taken the job that allows him to most nearly become Indy. He gets to explore interesting archaeological sites, he gets to go to exotic places, and, of course, he's got his own fedora. (The fedora is practically his co-host, since he only takes it off when he's riding a motorcycle or deep-sea diving. I imagine he wears it while snorkeling.) And this week's episode, on Petra, was kind of an homage to his hero, as he wasted no time in telling the viewers that this was where the end of Last Crusade was set. Yeah, sure, it's all pretty and stuff, and amazing that they carved it out of the solid cliff face… but Indy was here! Sweet! But I can't complain about Josh's Indy obsession, since it makes him a better host. He's adventurous, and, like all good hosts, especially the inestimable Mike Rowe, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty. This week he demonstrated Petran rock carving; last week he collected natron to make a mummy. That's Digging for the Truth: a little bit of history, a little bit of Dirty Jobs, and a little bit of getting you ready for Indy 4.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Obviously, you don't really know anything about Josh Bernstein. He's had the "hat" since 1998, long before he got on "Digging for the Truth". This is his last season on the show; he's leaving for the Discovery channel, where he can do more adventurous stuff. He is a graduate of Cornell, with a double major in Anthropology and Psychology, and he is also the CEO of BOSS, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, in which one learns how to not only survive in the wilderness, but to leave no imprint that they were there. He is an ardent envirnonmentalist, who lives in a yurt in Utah, when he isn't living in New York City, where he was born and raised. He speaks fluent Hebrew, is an expert archer, professional photographer, and extremely intelligent. So, it's not all about the "hat"...look him up on Google...he's also easy on the eyes...and born on 2-24-1971. I am a huge fan and will miss him on DFT, but hope he gets to do even more on the Discovery Channel. Take it easy...

Lori said...

I'm not making fun of him for the hat. Okay, I am a little bit. But he's a great host, because he knows his stuff and he's adventurous. And thanks for the info - I had no idea!

Colleen said...

I saw the commericals for the petra episode this week, and my jaw absolutely dropped when i saw the facade from last crusade. I always thought it was an old-style glass-painted set, like in gone with the wind and etc. I had no idea it was a real place.

Somehow, that fact made me very, very happy. Soemthing about just a little bit of hollywood magic actually being real.

Lori said...

I know! Isn't it cool?