November 18, 1953
Kevin Nealon is born.
Actor and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995, acting in several of the Happy Madison films, for playing Doug Wilson on the Showtime series Weeds, and providing the voice of the title character, Glenn Martin, on Glenn Martin, DDS.
November 19, 1933
His parents were an Austrian
immigrant Edward Jonaton Zeiger, a restaurant owner and defense plant worker,
and his wife Jennie (Gitlitz), a garment worker, who emigrated from Belarus. Both parents were Orthodox Jews.
began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the
1950s and 1960s and became prominent as an all-night national radio broadcaster
starting in 1978. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview television
program Larry King Live
on CNN. He currently hosts Larry King Now on Hulu
and RT America Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. He also hosts "Politicking with
Larry King", a weekly political talk show Thursday evenings on RT America.
His work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and ten Cable ACE Awards.
Nov. 19, 1978- Jonestown Airstrip Shootings
When actor Will Lee died in 1982, it left the producers of Sesame Street with the question of how to deal with the loss of Mr. Hooper, a beloved character who had been on the show since the first episode. Dulcy Singer, executive producer at the time, said that "if we left it unsaid, kids would notice." One way out was to avoid the issue of death entirely. Producers toyed with the idea of telling viewers that the character had gone away. Caroll Spinney said that "we didn't know what to do. [We] thought perhaps he could just retire, move to Florida or something, but then the producers thought that the best thing to do would be to actually deal with death." After much discussion and research, the producers decided to have the character of Mr. Hooper pass away as well, and use the episode to teach its young viewers about death as a natural part of life and that it is okay to grieve and feel sad when a loved one passes away.
The episode was later adapted into the book, "I'll Miss You, Mr. Hooper" by episode writer Norman Stiles. The full, uncut version of this episode is available for viewing as part of the collection at The Museum of Television and Radio. The scene with the adults explaining Mr. Hooper's death was released on the DVD Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days, while Sesame Street Unpaved included a script for the scene, and portions of this scene have appeared in Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Streets Forever, Sesame Street Unpaved, A&E Biography: Sesame Street, and The Street We Live On.