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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We’ll take you back to Aug. 28, 1963 during our second hour as Phil Gries presents a special edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that remembers how television covered The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The largest demonstration for equality in the history of the United States, the March on Washington was the day on which more than 200,000 Americans of every age, race and religion descended on Washington, D.C. to support the passage of the landmark Civic Rights Bill. Phil has put together an impressive collection of audio from that day, including coverage from network news, comments from James Baldwin, Burt Lancaster and Marlon Brando, and excerpts from the speeches of Philip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King.
In Part 1, as you may recall, we discussed Bill’s early career on stage and in television. In this segment, we’ll talk about some of Bill’s favorite film and TV roles, including the Admiral on Get Smart, plus his work with such legends as Walter Matthau, Kirk Douglas and Don Siegel. Part 2 of our conversation with William Schallert will air during our first hour.
Also in our first hour: We’ll welcome filmmaker Steve Kosareff as we take a look at an aspect of television that is all but gone: the era of the locally owned, independent television set dealer. Once the backbone of television retailing, the local TV set dealer has virtually disappeared in this day and age of big box stores. Steve explores the reasons why in his new documentary, TV Man: The Search for The Last Independent Dealer.
For our listeners in Southern California, TV Man will have a weeklong showing at Laemmle’s Monica 4 Theater, 1332 2nd Street, in Santa Monica, from Friday, Sept. 6 through Thursday, Sept. 12. For more information, go to www.tvman.tv.
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.
August 29, 1958
The King of
Pop Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana. Jackson began performing with his four brothers in the pop group the
Jackson 5 when he was a child. The group scored its first No. 1 single in 1969,
with "I Want You Back." By age 11, Jackson was appearing on TV, and
by age 14 he had released his first solo album. A Jackson 5 TV cartoon series
appeared in the early '70s, and in 1976 the Jackson family, including sister
Janet Jackson, launched a TV variety show called The Jacksons that ran
for one season. Throughout the 70s, media attention focused on Michael, who
piped vocals in his high voice for "ABC," "I'll Be There,"
and many other Top 20 hits.
Jackson released several solo albums in the '70s, but
his great breakthrough came in 1979 with Off the Wall. He became the
first solo artist to score four Top 10 hits from one album, including
"She's Out of My Life" and "Rock with You." His next album,
Thriller (1983), became the biggest selling album up to that time,
selling some 45 million copies around the world. This time, he scored seven Top
10 singles, and the album won eight Grammies. Although his next album, Bad
(1987), sold only about half as many copies as Thriller, it was still a
tremendous best-seller. In 1991, Jackson signed an unprecedented $65 million
record deal with Sony. That year, he released Dangerous.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Jackson developed a
reputation as an eccentric recluse. He moved to a 2,700-acre ranch called
Neverland, which he outfitted with wild animals and a Ferris wheel. He
underwent a facelift and nose job and was rumored to have lightened his skin
through chemical treatment, though he claimed his increasing pallor was due to
a skin disease. In 1993, scandal broke when Jackson was publicly accused of
child molestation and underwent investigation. The case settled out of court.
In 1994, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley; the couple later divorced. Jackson
married Deborah Rowe in 1996, and the couple had two sons, Prince and Paris,
before divorcing in 1999.On
June 13, 2005, Jackson was acquitted of sexual molestation of a young boy,
Gavin Arvizo, in criminal court.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, in Los Angeles,
California, just weeks before a planned concert tour billed as his
"comeback." He was 50 years old.
To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".