News from the Archive

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.

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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.

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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.” ....

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Costume Designer Noel Taylor's Archive of American Television Interview is Accessible on Google Video!

April 19th, 2006

Just posted on Google Video: Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer Noel Taylor's Archive of American Television Interview!

About the interview:

Noel Taylor was interviewed for one-and-a-half hours in West Hollywood, CA. Taylor talked about his early experiences in the theater as an actor and writer before turning his talents to costume designing. He discussed his entrance into television working under NBC contract, primarily on the anthology series "Hallmark Hall of Fame". He talked about several of this series productions including “Hamlet,” “The Green Pastures,” “The Magnificent Yankee,” and “Barefoot in Athens.” He discussed such aspects of the craft as creating a shade of white that could be read on-camera and painting “embroidery” on costumes as a moneysaving technique. He talked about his landmark win of the first Emmy Award ever given for costume design for “The Magnificent Yankee.” He detailed his continued work in television including the 1970s KCET series "The Hollywood Television Theater", which earned him a second Emmy Award. Lastly, he discussed his long association with Katharine Hepburn on all of her later work, including "Mrs. Delafield Wants To Marry". The interview was conducted by Gary Rutkowski on April 19, 2005.

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Frances Reid's Archive of American Television Interview now on Google Video!

April 19th, 2006

Check out the latest addition to the Archive of American Television's interviews:

Soap legend FRANCES REID!

Interview details:

Frances Reid was interviewed for one-and-a-half hours in Los Angeles, CA. She talked about her early career working in live television, and her first experiences working on daytime dramas, on programs such as Portia Faces Life and As the World Turns. She described in detail her longtime role as matriarch Alice Horton on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives from its inception to the present day. She discussed her many co-stars throughout the years on the show, notably Macdonald Carey, who portrayed patriarch Tom Horton. Reid explained the production process on a daytime drama, and touched on some of the memorable storylines featured on the show throughout the years. Finally, she briefly described her involvement in the actors union AFTRA, and noted how important it is for her to continue working. The interview was conducted on August 13, 2003 by Jennifer Howard.

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Blog Your Thoughts about the Interviews

April 3rd, 2006

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