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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Monday, January 09, 2012
This Week in Television History: January 2012 PART II
As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history, the morethat fact and legend become intertwined. It's hard to say where the truthreally lies.
Todaypremieres on NBC.
It was thebrainchild of Pat Weaver, who was then vice-president of NBC. Weaver was president of the company from 1953 to1955, during which time Today's late-night companion The Tonight Show premiered. In pre-production, the show's proposed title was TheRise and Shine Revue. Today was the first show of its genre when it signed on withoriginal host Dave Garroway. The show blended national news headlines, in-depthinterviews with newsmakers, lifestyle features, other light news and gimmicks(including the presence of the chimpanzeeJ. Fred Muggsas the show's mascot during the early years), and local station news updates. Today'sfemale anchors were once called "Today girls." Other hosts over theyears have included John Chancellor, Hugh Downs, Florence Henderson, BarbaraWalters, Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley, and Katie Couric. Current cast includes Matt Lauerand Ann Curry, with weatherman Al Roker,news anchor Natalie Morales.
To quote the BicentennialMinute, "And that's the way it was".