"If you are an original and if you can write, you can't stop it. A real writer always writes. And it's the loneliest and the toughest."
About This Interview
In his four-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Mel Shavelson (1917-2007) talks about starting out as a press agent with Milt Josefsberg in 1938. He moved to Los Angeles the following year, with Mr. Josefsberg, to write for the radio show "The Pepsodent Bob Hope Show." In 1947, he wrote for the first commercial television program ever broadcast west of the Mississippi, for Paramount's experimental station W6XYZ that became KTLA. In 1953, he created the sitcom Make Room For Daddy. Mr. Shavelson also discusses the critically acclaimed series My World and Welcome To It, which he also created. He reminisces about writing for several years of the Academy Awards broadcasts. He also talks about the Writers Guild of America, for which he served as president. He speaks about writing and directing the following television movies: The Legend of Valentino, The Great Houdini, and Ike. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Los Angeles, CA on April 6, 1999.