News from the Archive

Remembering Alan Young

May 20th, 2016
Alan Young

We’re sad to learn that actor Alan Young has passed away at the age of 96. Young was born in England to a Scottish family and grew up in Canada. He got his start in show business as a teenager on the radio and went on to his own radio show, The Alan Young Show, which later transitioned to television. Young is perhaps best remembered for his role as Wilbur Post on Mister Ed. Also a voice actor, he was featured on animated shows including DuckTales and The Smurfs.

Below are some selections from his 2001 interview:

On how Mister Ed really talked:

On Mister Ed's voice:

Watch Alan Young's full Archive interview and read his obituary in The Hollywood Reporter.

Share and Enjoy:

Remembering Morley Safer

May 19th, 2016
Morley Safer

We’re sad to learn that news correspondent Morley Safer has passed away at the age of 84. His retirement from 60 Minutes had just been announced last week, and 60 Minutes featured an hour-long special dedicated to Safer’s career on Sunday. Morley Safer began his journalism career in his native Canada, before becoming London Bureau Chief for CBS, a title previously held by legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. Safer then went on to cover the Vietnam War, doing stories so raw and groundbreaking, particularly his coverage of Cam Ne, that he helped changed public opinion about the war. He also faced backlash from the Pentagon, but CBS maintained their support of him. Safer joined 60 Minutes in 1970 and continued on as a correspondent for the news magazine until just last week. During those years, he conducted interviews with notables from Katharine Hepburn to Jackie Gleason, Betty Ford, and Ruth Madoff.

Below are some selections from his 2000 interview:

On quintessential Morley Safer stories:

On the story process on 60 Minutes:

On the hardest and most rewarding parts of his job:

On covering the story of American soldiers burning the village of Cam Ne in Vietnam:

Watch Morley Safer's full Archive interview and read his obituary in The New York Times.

Share and Enjoy:

IT'S THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR VERY FIRST INTERVIEW!

May 14th, 2016
Leonard H. Goldenson

20 years ago today, on May 14, 1996, we conducted our very first Archive of American Television interview! Leonard H. Goldenson, the founder of ABC, was interviewee #1.

Back in 1996 we were a pilot program approved to conduct ten interviews, and have since become a full-fledged, integral part of the Television Academy Foundation with over 800 interviews in the collection.

Here are a few highlights from Leonard H. Goldenson's interview:

On early programming at ABC:

On getting Disney into television:

Thank you to all of our fans and supporters over the years. Looking forward to the next 20 years!

Watch Leonard H. Goldenson's full interview.

Share and Enjoy:

Happy Birthday to Mister Rogers' King Friday XIII!

May 13th, 2016

A very special someone celebrates a birthday today. The honorable King Friday XIII, ruler of Calendarland in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, is the birthday boy not only today, but every Friday the 13th! King Friday paid us a visit during our 1999 interview with Mr. Rogers and we learned how the King got his name:

 

 

Happy birthday, King Friday!!

Watch Fred Rogers' full Archive interview for more in-depth looks at some of your favorite childhood puppets.

- by Adrienne Faillace

Share and Enjoy:

Remembering Nicolas Noxon

May 11th, 2016
Nicolas Noxon

We’re sad to learn that documentarian Nicolas Noxon passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the age of 79. A two-time Emmy Award winner, Noxon worked as a writer-producer on documentary series including Biography, Hollywood and the Stars, and Ripley's Believe It or NotHis longest-running association was with National Geographic, where he produced documentaries including “Dr. Leakey and the Dawn of Man,” The Sharks,” and “Secrets of the Titanic,” which was National Geographic's highest selling video at the time of its release.

Below are some selections from his 1999 interview:

On ethics in documentary filmmaking:

On advice to aspiring documentarians:

On one of his proudest achievements:

Watch Nicolas Noxon's full Archive interview and read his obituary in The New York Times.

Share and Enjoy: