News from the Archive

The Archive is 10!

May 14th, 2006


Today (Sunday, May 14th) is the 10th Anniversary of the Archive of American Television (that’s right, 10 years of quizzing TV legends about their life stories, their career highlights, and anything else we can think of). On this date in 1996, the pilot project for the Archive taped its first interview, with ABC founder Leonard Goldenson.

Just thought you should know....

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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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