Media Center to broadcast Jim Burch Tribute series

Dec. 17 tribute will present documentaries Burch produced for the Media Center

The Midpeninsula Community Media Center will honor former Palo Alto Mayor Jim Burch, who was a longtime supporter of the center, with a special Jim Burch Tribute series on Saturday, Dec. 17. Burch died Nov. 28 at the age of 85.

The Jim Burch Tribute will present several documentaries Burch produced for the Media Center, according to a Media Center press release. The tribute will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 28 and will run for 26 continuous hours. A memorial service for Burch will also be held Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

"Jim was a guiding force in the early days of the Media Center and contributed to the design of the distinctive 'MC' logo," the release stated. "He continued to be a valued friend and advisor up until his passing. Jim is profoundly missed by staff and board members of the Media Center."

The Burch tribute series includes "Children and Nature" (6 p.m.), "The Living Land" (7:30 p.m.) and "Art of the Wild at Squaw Valley" (8:30 p.m.), among others.

Burch was also invaluable in helping launch the Greenlight Earth Day Film Festival. Media Center Executive Director Annie Folger credits Burch with getting the popular festival off the ground.

"I'll never forget the day that Jim called me on a speaker phone from City Hall. He was surrounded by his colleagues, who were brainstorming how to get youth more involved with environmental citizenship. Jim threw out the idea of a film festival and asked if the Media Center would co-sponsor. That was the day that the Greenlight Earth Day Film Festival was born," Folger stated in the release.

For the complete Jim Burch Tribute schedule, visit The series will be repeated Sunday, Dec. 18, at midnight, 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to the release.

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Memorial service Dec. 17 for former Mayor Jim Burch

Read Jim Burch's obituary in Lasting Memories

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Posted by Becky Sanders
a resident of Ventura
on Dec 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Thank you Palo Alto Online for letting people know about this weekend's events to honor Jim Burch. He was such an inspiration to the community and to all who knew him. Through his many charitable and creative and political activities, he touched the lives of millions of people. Thanks again.

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Posted by All bow
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm

The hero worship of a flawed, deeply troubled individual continues unabated. Maybe the City Council should change the name of Palo Alto to Burchville, since everyone is so busy singing his praises that they forget his distate for anyone that dared to disagree with him and his disregard for free speech. Will there be a permanent shrine erected in the city so that his disciples can worship him?? Perhaps a life-sized statue.

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