LOS ANGELES | The best Christmas present filmmaker Ken Burns ever got wasn’t something he could unwrap.
Instead, it came on a snowy morning after his two daughters had worked their way through a pile of presents. After a moment of awkward silence, Sarah, then 12, stood and flawlessly recited the Gettysburg Address.
“I wept,” Burns says now, several decades later. “It was the first or second year I was a single dad and I was trying so hard to buy them dresses and clothes and toys. And then there was this final present for me. I can start crying just talking about it.”