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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Friday, October 17, 2014
TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Show No. 251 with guest Ken Osmond
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for Part 3 of our tribute to late night TV talk show pioneer Les Crane, including highlights from Crane’s controversial interview with Marguerite Oswald, the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, that was originally broadcast on August 5, 1964, nine months following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look at the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show, the television career of Bill Cosby, and the evolution of the Road Runner cartoon series. Second hour: Ed welcomes Ken Osmond, the actor known to three generations of television viewers as Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver. Ken’s new book, Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy, discusses his life and career before, during and after Leave It to Beaver, including his early years as a child actor working with the likes of Jennifer Jones, Ozzie Nelson, and Spencer Tracy; his twenty years with the Los Angeles Police Department; and his return to television on The New Leave It to Beaver. For our listeners in Southern California, Ken Osmond will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble in Manhattan Beach, CA on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 7pm to 9pm.