I represent the first generation who, 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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Our second hour will include a replay of our March 2014 tribute to Russell Johnson, the actor known to three generations as Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island. Russell’s daughter Kimberly Johnson will share some memories of her dad, plus she’ll talk about his favorite episodes, her favorite episodes, and her dad’s take on the whole Gilligan’s Island pop culture phenomenon.
Also joining us in our second hour will be our friend Bill Funt. The son of Candid Camera originator Allen Funt, Bill first came to know Kimberly and other Gilligan’s Island personnel (including series creator Sherwood Schwartz) as part of an effort to bring the three Gilligan TV-movies from the late 1970s to DVD.
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.
September 1, 1970
The last episode
of "I Dream of Jeannie" aired on NBC-TV.
Jeannie and Tony's cousin
want to make Tony the chili king even though NASA forbids its astronauts to
make commercial endorsements.The show premiered was on September 18,
September 5, 2005
Katie Couric makes network anchor debut on the CBS
Couric, who served
as co-anchor of The Today Show from 1991 to 2006, replaced Dan Rather,
who anchored CBS Evening News from 1981 until his retirement on March 9,
2005, in the aftermath of a controversial story about the military record of
President George W. Bush. (Bob Schieffer served as interim anchor between
Rather’s departure and Couric’s debut.) Barbara Walters was the first woman to
co-anchor the network evening news, when she was paired up with Harry Reasoner
on the ABC Evening News from 1976 to 1978.
Couric was born on January 7, 1957, in Arlington, Virginia, and graduated
from the University of Virginia in 1979. That same year, she began her career
in journalism as a desk assistant at ABC News in Washington, D.C. During the
1980s, she was a TV reporter in Miami and Washington, eventually becoming a
Pentagon correspondent for NBC. On April 5, 1991, Couric became the permanent
co-host, alongside Bryant Gumbel, of The Today Show, where she was known
for her perky on-air personality as well as her hard-hitting interview style
with politicians and other newsmakers. On April 5, 2006, after months of
speculation in the media, Couric announced she would leave Today. That
same day, CBS officially confirmed that Couric would become the anchor and
managing editor of CBS Evening News. Her salary of $15 million per
year--which made her TV’s highest-paid news anchor--reportedly remained the
same. Couric said farewell to Today Show viewers on May 31, 2006.
Meredith Vieira, a former co-host of Walters’ daytime chat fest The View, replaced
Couric on Today starting in September 2006.
Couric’s heavily hyped September 5, 2005, debut on the CBS Evening News
attracted large numbers of viewers, but the show’s ratings later dropped below
those of competitors NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and ABC’s World
News with Charles Gibson. Some critics charged that Couric didn’t have the
hard-news experience and gravitas of her CBS predecessors Rather and Walter
To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".