News from the Archive

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22nd, 2006

The Archive of American Television can't help you in the kitchen, but we can entertain you with an interview with one of American's top television chefs! As you wait for your turkey to be done, take a look at legendary TV chef Julia's Child's Archive of American Television Interview.

Click here to access Julia Child's entire interview.

Interview Description:

Julia Child (1912-2004) was interviewed for three hours in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Child discussed her first television show The French Chef created in 1962 for Boston's PBS station WGBH which was on the air until 1973. In 1978, Ms. Child returned to public television with Julia and Company. She talked about being a regular on Good Morning America throughout the 1980's. The interview was conducted by Michael Rosen on June 25, 1999.

Bon appetit!

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Bob Keeshan's ("Captain Kangaroo" and TV's First Clarabell the Clown) Interview is now Online

November 19th, 2006

Remember Clarabell the clown on The Howdy Doody Show? Or what about Captain Kangaroo, with his menagerie of "Dancing Bear," "Mr. Moose," and "Mr. Greenjeans"? Bob Keeshan, best known as television's "Captain Kangaroo" was interviewed by the Archive of American Television in 1999 and it's now accessible on Google Video.

Interview Description:

Mr. Keeshan related his experiences as an NBC page before going to work for "Buffalo" Bob Smith. Keeshan talked about the beginnings of Smith’s Howdy Doody Show and how he was eventually transformed into the show’s clown, Clarabell. Keeshan discussed his four years on the show, and his eventual falling-out with Smith, which led to Keeshan's departure. He talked about starring in two local New York childrens’ programs before CBS tapped him to star in his own show, which ultimately became Captain Kangaroo. He talked about executive producing and starring in the program for almost 30 years and discussed the ensemble cast and classic moments. The 3-1/2 hour interview was conducted by Karen Herman in Queechee, Vermont on October 19, 1999.

Click here to access the entire interview. (The interview is done chronologically, so it's best to watch the parts in order.)

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A Happy 90th Birthday to Archive Interviewee Sherwood Schwartz -- Creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch

November 14th, 2006

Today marks the 90th birthday of Gilligan's Island and Brady Bunch creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz!

Click on the play arrow to hear about "the way they became the Brady Bunch!"

Interview Description:
During his close to 6-hour Archive of American Television interview, Mr. Schwartz discussed his early years where he hoped to become a doctor, but soon found himself writing for Bob Hope. He talked about his work on shows including The Red Skelton Show, I Married Joan and It's About Time. He discussed in detail the creation, casting and production of the two cult classic situation comedies, Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch and their later incarnations and spinoffs. The interview was conducted by Dan Pasternack in Los Angeles, CA in 1997.

Click here to access all segments of his full interview.

Happy Birthday, Sherwood, from your friends at the Archive of American Television!

So many of us grew up with his shows and many of the shows' characters and catchphrases have entered the pop culture lexicon. What's your favorite?

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The Munsters Book -- In Non-Living Color!

November 13th, 2006

Writer (and Archive supporter) Steve Cox has updated his fabulous 1989 Munsters book! The redesigned and massively updated book, The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane (Watson-Guptill Publishing / Backstage Books, $21.95) is THE published resource for any Munsters fan. And, with the addition of new photos, expanded interviews, and lots of color pages, the book eclipses the earlier version. Cox even devotes a section to The Addams Family (on which he's also written a book).

On a related note, the Archive of American Television interviewed writer Allan Burns who talks about working on The Munsters. Click here to access the Google Video segment, then slide the time to 17 minutes in where his Munsters segment begins.

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"60 Minutes" Correspondent Ed Bradley Has Died

November 10th, 2006

Archive of American Television Interviewee Ed Bradley has died at age 65. Bradley was interviewed in two sessions on May 12, 2000 and May 8, 2001.

Click here to view the Archive of American Television's entire four hour interview with Ed Bradley.

Bradley on his career choice (from tape 2):

I’ve written poetry since I was in elementary school but it didn’t go anywhere. I mean, I’m not a poet. Just something I’ve dabbled in. I thought I was going to Paris to write the great American novel but you know that didn’t happen either. I started the book and realized I didn’t have a clue about what I was doing. I remember writing a scene one day in our apartment and this woman was standing in the doorway and she said something and it just struck me. I said oh, this is great. And I went into my room and closed the door and I sat down at the typewriter, put that paper in and I just described that scene and what she said and it was really wonderful and then I said, 'Now what?' I mean I had no idea. There was no plot. There were no characters. It was just this one scene and I realized that what I was good at was a reporter describing a scene and what had taken place.

Interview description:

Ed Bradley was interviewed for nearly four hours (in two sessions) in New York, NY. Bradley discussed his early career in radio in the 1960s, covering such events as the Civil Rights Movement. He talked about his first association with CBS, as a stringer while in Paris in the early 1970s. He described his work as a correspondent in Cambodia and Vietnam in the early to mid-70s. He talked about his work as an anchor on the CBS Sunday News (1976-81) and as a producer for CBS Reports (1978-81). He then discussed the series for which he is most associated, the CBS news magazine program 60 Minutes, where he first started in 1981.

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