News from the Archive

Who's Your Favorite TV Mom?

May 8th, 2006

In honor of Mother's Day (next Sunday, May 14th), the Archive of American Television is featuring its online collection of TV Moms! Check out our full-length interviews with:

Barbara Billingsley -- Beaver and Wally's mom June Cleaver on "Leave it to Beaver"

Diahann Carroll -- Corey's mom Julia Baker on "Julia"

Florence Henderson -- Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy's mom Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch"

Jane Wyatt -- Betty, Bud and Kitten's mom Margaret Anderson on "Father Knows Best" AND Mr. Spock's mother Amanda on "Star Trek"

Just click on the interviewee's name link to be taken directly to the Google Video page listing all available interview segements. You'll learn about the life, inspirations and career highlights of each of these talented actresses.

Of course, other TV moms in our vast collection, but not yet online include Shirley Jones, Doris Roberts, Marion Ross, Jean Stapleton, just to name a few.... More interviews are being uploaded regularly, so be sure to check this site frequently.

And, please click the comments link below and tell us who your favorite TV mom of all-time is.

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Comedy Writer / Producer Harvey Bullock has died

May 1st, 2006

Legendary comedy writer/producer Harvey Bullock passed away on October 6, 2005. Although his Archive interview is not currently available online, videos can be screened at the Archive's office at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences headquarters in North Hollywood.

Below is a link to his obituary:

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: Harvey Bullock Obituary

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Puppeteer (and Archive Interviewee) Carroll Spinney Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award

April 29th, 2006

Archive interviewee Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who plays the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, was honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd Annual Daytime Craft Emmy Awards. Spinney was chosen for his work entertaining and educating children for nearly four decades, since the series debut in 1969. His characters have been seen on more than 4,000 episodes, as well as Sesame Street television specials that have taken Spinney to China, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Spinney starred in the feature film Follow That Bird and has performed on a number of other shows, including The West Wing and Hollywood Squares.

Mr. Spinney's Archive of American Television interview was conducted on May 12, 2001.

Click here to access Carroll Spinney's interview segments.

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Elma "Pem" Farnsworth, widow of TV Inventor Philo Farnsworth dies at 98

April 29th, 2006

Elma "Pem" Farnsworth, the widow of Philo Farnsworth, has died at the age of 98. She was one of the first honorees interviewed by the Archive of American Television.

Interview Description:

Elma Farnsworth was interviewed for seven hours in Salt Lake City, UT. Farnsworth discussed at length Philo's first television invention - the Image Dissector Tube - and the excitement of seeing its first moving image. While Philo toiled to create the first electronic television, RCA and Vladimir Zworykin worked on a similar invention, both trying to finish before the other. Farnsworth talked about the heated competition and the ensuing patent fights between Philo and General David Sarnoff, then President of RCA. The interview was conducted by Jeff Kisseloff on June 25, 1996.

Click here to view Elma Farnsworth's interview segments.

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Fred Rogers' Legacy Continues...

April 23rd, 2006

Congratulations to the winners of the Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship presented at Saturday's 33rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (see the press release below for details). In 1999, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's Archive of American Television interviewed Mr. Rogers in-depth about his entire television career. Watch this amazing interview (and look for a few cameos by some of his favorite puppets) and see why he continues to be an inspiration to so many.

Interview description:

In his 4-1/2 hour interview, Fred Rogers described his work as the creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which began its run in 1968. He described the show’s evolution, which started with Misterogers which he produced in Canada for the CBC. He described each aspect of the show including the origin of his trademark sweaters. He described his early years in television working as a floor manager for NBC on such shows as NBC Opera Theatre, The Kate Smith Hour, and The Gabby Hayes Show. He detailed his move into public television in 1953 with his work as the program director for WQED, Pittsburgh. He described his first children’s program The Children’s Corner (1954-61 WQED; 1955-56 NBC), which introduced several puppets later used on Mister Rogers. He talked about the importance of children’s programming and his longevity as a childrens’ show host. The interview was conducted on July 22, 1999 by Karen Herman in Pittsburgh, PA.

Click Here to Access Fred Rogers Interview Segments


Graduate Students to Each Receive $10,000
for Their Work in Children’s Media

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA. April 21, 2006 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation along with Ernst & Young LLP jointly announced that Nathalie Carrick and Nicholas Deysher are the recipients of the second Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship. The announcement was made by Nancy Steingard and Vicki Ariyasu, Governors of the Television Academy's Children's Programming Peer Group and Andy Sale, Ernst & Young’s Media and Entertainment Leader for the Pacific Southwest Area.

The scholarships will be presented to the students at the 33rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, April 22 in Los Angeles by Daytime Emmy® nominee, J.D. Roth (“Endurance: Tehachapi"). Carrick, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the UC Irvine, will be given the Research Scholarship. Deysher, a grad student in the University of Miami’s Media Writing and Production program, will be given the Production Scholarship. Each will receive $10,000 to support their aspiring careers in children's media and furthering the values and principles of Rogers' work. In addition to the monetary award, both will be assigned a mentor from the Television Academy's Children's Programming Group who will work with them during the academic year.

"Both Nathalie and Nicholas are students that devote their time to the field of children's media and we are thrilled to be able to award these scholarships to them,” said Steingard. “They have both demonstrated a commitment to programming that reflects the values, creativity and spirit of Fred Rogers."

Added Ariyasu, "We couldn't ask for two better recipients to be emissaries of Fred Rogers and the Television Academy. Nathalie and Nicholas are both sincere and passionate about children's media and their work truly best represents Rogers' vision of using television to enlighten and inspire young children."

“Ernst & Young is proud to underwrite this unique scholarship program,” commented Andy Sale, Ernst & Young’s Media and Entertainment Leader for the Pacific Southwest Area. “We share a commitment to promoting quality education and hope this scholarship encourages others to pursue a career in educational programming for children.” ....

Click here to view the entire press release.

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