I represent the first generation whom, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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You can always tell gifted and highly intelligent people as they always turn to the past. Any young person who knows anything that happened before 1980, or 1990, or 2000 for that matter, is immediately someone who is intelligent, probably creative, maybe a writer. Nobody who is drawn to the past and learning about the past is not gifted
Nichols moved back to Chicago to perform comedy with Compass and started doing improvisational routines withElaine May, which led to the formation of the comedy duoNichols and May in 1958. Three records of their routines, best-sellers at the time, were released and the duo made appearances in nightclubs, on radio and on several television programs.
In 1960 Nichols and May opened the Broadway show An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May, directed by Arthur Penn. In the show they were accompanied by Chicago pianist Marty Rubenstein, host of the television show Marty's Place and the musical director at Mister Kelly's. The LP album of the show won the 1962 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. Personal idiosyncrasies and tensions eventually drove the duo apart to pursue other projects in 1961. They later reconciled and worked together many times, such as on the unsuccessful A Matter of Position, a play written by May and starring Nichols. May scripted Nichols' films The Birdcage and Primary Colors.
Recognized by television viewers as Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard,Tom Wopatis also an accomplished recording artist and musical star known for his roles in such Broadway productions as Annie Get Your Gun, Catered Affair, Chicago, 42nd Street and Sondheim on Sondheim. Tom, along with his longtime friend and fellow Dukes co-star John Schneider, has just released a new CD, Home for Christmas, that will not only get you ready for the holidays, but puts a new spin on several holiday classics while also celebrating their 35-year friendship. Tom Wopat will join us in our first hour.
Tom has several appearances coming up, including Nov. 19 in Strum, Wisconsin, plus two joint appearances with John Schneider: Dec. 2 at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York City, and Dec. 9 at the John Schneider Studios in Holden, Louisiana. For more information on these and other events, go to www.TomWopat.com.
Speaking of singers who are also TV icons, also joining us this week will be Don Most. While most of you know Don as Ralph Malph from Happy Days, as well as his more recent roles on such shows as Men of a Certain Age and Glee, Don’s roots in musical theater—and his love for standards, swing and big band music—date back to his early years growing up in Brooklyn, New York. We’ll talk about Don’s music, his passion for Bobby Darin, and the 40th anniversary of Happy Days when he joins us in our second hour.
Don will be performing his live musical show,Donny Most Sings and Swings, on Friday, Nov. 21 at The Landmark Theater On Main, in Port Washington, NY; Sunday, Nov. 23 at McCloone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ; a command encore performance on Friday, Dec. 27 at "54 Below" in New York City; and Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles, CA. For more information on these and other upcoming dates, go towww.DonMost.net. Also on this week’s show: 2014 marks the 90th anniversary of the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While the parade itself has been a staple of television every Thanksgiving since 1948, most of the early broadcasts have been lost or erased. With that in mind, Phil Gries has put together rare audio highlights of some of the earliest surviving Thanksgiving Day parade coverage as part of a holiday-themed edition of The Sounds of Lost Television.
As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history, the more that fact and legend become intertwined. It's hard to say where the truth really lies.
November 17, 1944
Actor and director Danny DeVito is born in Neptune,
A former hairdresser,
DeVito made his stage debut in 1969. He began appearing in small movie roles,
including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). He spent five years
playing cab dispatcher Louie De Palma on the TV sitcom Taxi. By the mid
1980s, with comedy credits like Romancing the Stone (1984) and Ruthless
People (1986), he was in high demand as a comic actor. He began directing
in 1987, with Throw Mama from the Train, followed by the hit The War
of the Roses (1989). Recent credits include L.A. Confidential (1997)
and The Rainmaker (1997). In 1994, he began producing films with great
success. His hits as producer have included, including Pulp Fiction
(1994), Get Shorty (1995) and Erin Brockovich (2000). Married to
actress Rhea Perlman, DeVito owns his own film company, Jersey Films. DeVito currently
plays Frank Reynolds on FX's critically acclaimed comedy It's Always Sunny
November 19, 1919
Alan Young is born Angus Young. The British-born Canadian actor and voice actor best known for his role as
Wilbur Post in the television series Mister Ed and as the voice of Scrooge McDuck in Disney films, TV series
and video games. During the 1940s and 1950s, he starred in his own shows on
radio and television.
November 19, 1959
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show Premieres Jet Fuel
Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is the
collective name for two separate animated series:
Rocky and His Friends
(1959 – 1961) and The Bullwinkle
Show (1961 – 1964). Rocky & Bullwinkle enjoyed great
popularity during the 1960s. Much of this success was a result of it being
targeted towards both children and adults. The zany characters and absurd plots
would draw in children, while the clever usage of puns and topical references
appealed to the adult demographic. Furthermore, the strengths of the series helped it
overcome the fact that it had choppy, limited animation; in fact, some critics described the series as a well-written radio program
November 20, 1939
Richard Remick ”Dick“ Smothers is
born. He is best known for being half of the musical comedy team the Smothers Brothers, with his older brotherTom.
To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".