"It's hard for young people today to realize what it was like to grow up before television. Television, I think, is the most revolutionary event of the 20th century....The television camera reduced the world to your living room, literally. You knew things when you were six that I didn't know till I was 40."
About This Interview
In his six-hour Archive interview, Tad Mosel (1922-2008) talks about his early years growing up in the Great Depression and his experience in World War II. He describes his education at Amherst College and the first original plays he got published or produced. He chronicles the very first script he sold for television, and talks about adapting a James Thurber short story for Omnibus. He recounts the many adaptations and original teleplays he wrote for Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse, Medallion Theater, Playhouse 90, and Studio One. In particular, Mosel recalls adapting "The Petrified Forest" for Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Henry Fonda on Producers' Showcase. He outlines adapting James Agee's novel "A Death in the Family" for the stage with a play titled "All the Way Home," for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. He speaks of the death of live television, and sums up his feelings about the Golden Age of Television. He concludes by detailing several people with whom worked in his career. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on October 18, 1997 in Concord, NH.