Mr. Rogers Defends PBS


In 1969, beloved children’s television personality Mr. Rogers testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. At the time, President Nixon had proposed funding cuts to the Public Broadcasting Service, which had originally been given a $20 million grant by President Lyndon Johnson. In his testimony, Rogers says: “I … Continue reading

The Tonight Show Starring Steve Allen
Steve Allen on the Early Days of the Tonight Show


The Tonight Show starring Steve Allen, the first nationally syndicated late-night talk show, began airing in September 1954. In this interview, Allen discusses the role that NBC played in deciding on the show’s content during its early days. Says Allen: “I had learned enough about life at that time never … Continue reading

John F. Kennedy
Televised Presidential Debate Between JFK & Nixon

Televised Presidential Debate Between JFK & Nixon

On September 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy–a young senator from Massachusetts at the time–and Vice President Richard Nixon squared off in a hour-long debate–the first-ever televised presidential debate. While Kennedy looked confident, healthy and dapper; Nixon seemed sickly and underweight from a recent hospitalization. Approximately 74 million viewers noticed the … Continue reading

TV Show Friends
Lisa Kudrow on Auditioning for ‘Friends’

Lisa Kudrow on Auditioning for ‘Friends’

Actress Lisa Kudrow details how she got the role of “Phoebe” on the popular television series, “Friends” and how she did multiple auditions during the pilot season–not expecting to get the part. She remembers getting called back a few times despite being unsure if she was right for the part … Continue reading

Robin Williams
Jonathan Winters on Robin Williams & His Generosity


Actor Jonathan Winters discusses Robin Williams’s generosity and kindness as a friend, especially during difficult times such as when Winters was diagnosed with cancer. The two both acted together on the popular show, “Mork & Mindy.” Winters says of working with Williams: “It’s like working in a wonderful library with … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Nixon Announces Resignation In Speech to America

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In the wake of the Watergate scandal, U.S. President Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the presidency on August 9, 1974, in a televised speech to the nation. Following accusations of crimes committed by his administration including bugging the offices of political opponents–Nixon’s impeachment was inevitable. However, his resignation speech, … Continue reading

Loretta Young
Beverly Washburn Describes Working With a Legend


Beverly Washburn, one of the stars of “The Loretta Young Show,” talks about her experience working on the set with beloved American actress Loretta Young. She states that everybody on set got along just like a family and that Young was like a second mother to everyone. Washburn goes on … Continue reading

Julia Child
A Food Stylist on Her Friend Julia Child


Sara Moulton, a friend of American chef Julia Child and a food stylist on Child’s show, “The French Chef,” talks about the kind of person that Child was. Moulton describes her as an inspiration and talks about the most important lessons she learned while working for Child, such as learning that cooking is all … Continue reading

Julia Child
Getting ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ Published


Senior editor and vice president of Knopf Publishing House Judith Jones talks about discovering American chef Julia Child’s cookbook. The book, which Jones named “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” was something that no other publisher would have worked with it during that time. According to Jones, other publishing houses … Continue reading

Julia Child
Americans Find Good Food


Beloved chef and television personality Julia Child talks about her 1963 cooking show, The French Chef. Child says that her show helped introduce Americans to adventurous and delicious foods, as well as techniques to make cooking easier. She explains that, before her show, people were not so keen to trying … Continue reading