Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hi Bob

Donna and got to visit Chicago's Navy Pier and we had to stop and check out the TV Land Landmarks' lifesized sculpture of fictional psychologist Bob Hartley (played by comedian Bob Newhart on The Bob Newhart Show 1972-1978) .

To quote Bob Newhart, "But CBS decided it wanted to concentrate more of the show on my job as a psychologist. ... I think one of the reasons for the change is that some CBS officials heard the word condominium and thought the show was about sex."

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert 1950 - 2008

Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of Meet the Press, died today. He was 58.
Russert was best known as host of Meet the Press, which he took over in December 1991, and he was also a vice president of NBC News and head of its overall Washington operations. Russert joined NBC News in 1984. In April 1985, he supervised the live broadcasts of NBC’s TODAY show from Rome, negotiating and arranging an appearance by Pope John Paul II, a first for American television.

Archive of American Television Interview with Tim Russert
Journalism schools need to teach Russert 101.
1) Keep it simple and low tech.
2) Be true to your self and people will believe you and trust you.
3) Be smart, don't just talk smart.
4) Love what you do.

To quote Tim Russert, “The primary responsibility of the media is accountability of government, whether it's about lying under oath, which upset Democrats, or the mismanagement of responding to a hurricane, which happens to upset Republicans.”

TV Guide selected his use of the white dry eraser board (Florida, Florida, Florida) on Election Night 2000 as one of the “100 Most Memorable TV Moments” in history. The Washington Post credits him with coining the phrase “red state” and “blue state” to explain the nation’s political divide.

Good Night Mr. Russert. The election wont be the same with out you.

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Talking Television With Dave White: Laugh In (Click here for podcast)

Rowan & Martin's Laugh In will be the featured program this week on Talking Television With Dave White. Child Of Television writer Tony Figueroa will be the guest from 7:30-9PM Pacific time (10:30-midnight Eastern) Tuesday, June 3 on . Who was your favorite Laugh In comic and what was your favorite sketch from this imaginative and original program? Listeners can participate by phone (800)407-KSAV(5728) or e-mail For program details visit .
Dave White; Host
Talking Television With Dave White