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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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Spielberg, To Tell the Truth and Dr. Seuss’ ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas
As a boy, Spielberg moved
to New Jersey and then Arizona with his parents, an electrical engineer and a
concert pianist. Spielberg was a shy youngster and expressed himself by making
home movies. By age 12, he was making scripted movies with actors. He won a
contest with a 40-minute home movie at age 13 and made a feature-length amateur
film at age 17.
studied filmmaking at California State College. In 1969, the Atlanta Film
Festival screened his short film Amblin', which landed him a job at Universal
Studios. He directed his first feature, The Sugarland Express, in 1974.
The following year, he helped make movie history with Jaws, a
blockbuster that grossed $260 million (the film cost $8.5 million to make).
followed Jaws with a succession of megahits, including Close
Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), which grossed $128 million; Raiders
of the Lost Ark (1981), grossing $242 million; and E.T.: The
Extra-Terrestrial, which took in nearly $400 million.
formed an independent company, Amblin Entertainment, in 1984 and began
producing such films as Gremlins (1984) and Back to the Future
(1985). He took a turn toward more serious subject matter in 1985, directing
the critically acclaimed The Color Purple. In 1987, he won the prestigious
Irving G. Thalberg Award, which recognized his body of work, at the Academy
Awards. However, he didn't win the Oscar for Best Director until 1993, for Schindler's
List, a black-and-white drama about Jews working in a Polish factory during
World War II. In 1998, Spielberg won another Best Director Oscar® for Saving
Private Ryan, which also won Best Picture. Band of Brothers, an HBO
miniseries produced by Spielberg, won an Emmy® Award for Best Miniseries in
1994, Spielberg teamed up with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen to form
Dreamworks SKG. He has been married twice, first to Amy Irving and then to Kate
Capshaw, who starred with Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Temple of
December 18th, 1956
To Tell the Truth debuted on CBS-TV.
by Bob Stewart and produced by Goodson-Todman Productions that has
aired in various forms since 1956 both on networks and in syndication. As of June 14, 2016, the show is
one of two game shows in the United States to have aired at least one new
episode in at least seven consecutive decades, the other game show being both
incarnations of The Price Is Right. As of the 2016 version,
a total of 26 seasons of the various versions of To Tell the Truth have
been produced, surpassing the 25 of What's
My Line? and the 20 of I've Got a Secret.
show features a panel of four celebrities whose
object is the correct identification of a described contestant who has an
unusual occupation or has undergone an unusual experience. This "central
character" is accompanied by two impostors who pretend to be the central
character; together, the three persons are said to belong to a "team of
challengers." The celebrity panelists question the three contestants; the
impostors are allowed to lie, but the central character is sworn "to tell
the truth." After questioning, the panel attempts to identify which of the
three challengers is telling the truth and is thus the central character.