May 1, 2014

Save the David Susskind show - on this week's trip Around the Dial

I've written in the past about David Susskind, one of the pioneers of television.  So has my friend Cary O'Dell, who has news on a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the preservation of recordings of Susskind's talk show.  Read what he has to say, and please consider making a contribution to the effort.  I wrote here about the cultural amnesia that's afflicted television history, and this is one way to help address the problem.  Noble work, Cary!

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In other stories of interest, Kliph Nesteroff has a request as well, for help funding his research into the fantastic articles that appear at his Classic Television Showbiz.  Many of you have probably gotten hours of pleasure reading Kliph's interviews with entertainment stars of the past.  Once again, I'll say it - help the people who work so hard to keep these old memories alive for future generations.  It may not seem like a big deal, but these memories are part of our common cultural heritage and deserve to be preserved.

Jeff at Classic TV Sports has a very good article on the longest serving sports announcer trios, the latest in a similar set of pieces he's written.  One of the simple pleasures I get in reading the old TV Guides is seeing the names of long-gone favorite announcers, and Jeff's doing his part to make sure we remember who they are.

Not about TV per se, but that's how you're most likely to see Samuel Fuller's cult classic The Naked Kiss, and Rick at Classic Film and TV Cafe tells you here why you should watch it.  Keep it near the top of your list.

If you're like me, you'll be shocked - shocked! - to read this piece from the Broadcast Archives at the University of Maryland.  It's, horror of horrors, a script for a professional wrestling match.  Pardon me while I pick myself up from off the floor.

The Bootleg Files has a nice look back at Edwin Newman's A World's Fair Diary, his trip around the 1964 New York World's Fair.  You can see the program in a piece I wrote about it last year.  Certainly it's not as well-remembered as the legendary 1939-40 World's Fair, but it's quite interesting nonetheless.

And just today, Stephen Bowie's Classic TV History Blog has another of his terrific articles, this the second of a two-part review of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, a show that you see pop up quite often if you read the listings from 60s TV Guides that I occasionally put up here.

A good week all around - back on Saturday for another trip into the past!

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