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When Television Was Young: The Inside Story with Memories by Legends of the Small Screen [Hardcover]

By Ed McMahon (Author) & David Fisher (Author)
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This first oral history of early television by those who made it happen features reminiscences of the stars, the writers, and the producers that create a feeling of being there when television first came into Americas homes.

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When television was young . . .

  • Legendary movie producer Darryl Zanuck declared, "People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.
  • Before 5:30, there were only test patterns. "Howdy Doody" was the first show of the day.
  • CBS agreed to put "I Love Lucy" on film only if Desi and Lucy paid part of the production fee. In return, CBS gave them ownership of the shows, including the right to rerun it forever.
  • "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" was the first network show broadcast in color.
  • 50,000 fans showed up in a New Orleans department store to meet Hopalong Cassidy.
  • Movie studios would not let motion icture stars appear on television for fear that if people saw the stars on TV, they wouldn't go to the movies.

Filled with fascinating stories, "When Television Was Young" is a hilarious, entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at the world of the small screen.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.13"
Weight:   1.21 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 11, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1401603270  
ISBN13  9781401603274  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ed McMahon is an entertainment icon. In addition to thirty years as announcer on "The Tonight Show" he is well-known as presenter of "American Family Publisher's" sweepstakes, hosted the talent show Star Search, co-hosted the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, and has appeared in several films. Ed McMahon was a Marine fighter pilot during World War II and graduated from the Catholic University of America. He is involved in charitable causes and currently hosts a radio show, "Ed McMahon's Lifestyle Live."

Ed McMahon currently resides in Beverly Hills, in the state of California.

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WHEN TV WAS YOUNG  Oct 24, 2008
Excellent history of television  May 28, 2008
In writing this review, I need to share a bit about myself. I was born in 1947 in Austria, then raised in Germany, and came to the United States in 1965 with my parents and my brother. My mother and my brother did not speak English very well, so a friend of ours brought us a TV set so that they could learn it. I did not watch too much TV until 1967 when I started to watch the CBS Evening News every day upon return home. My mother enjoyed CONCENTRATION and TO TELL THE TRUTH. My father's favorites were GUNSMOKE and PERRY MASON. I myself enjoyed ANDY GRIFFITH and GOMER PYLE, U. S. M. C.; I still fondly remember these. Ed McMahon's description of TV starts with it during and after World War II, and for me, that was a learning experience. He accurately describes the functions of Walter Cronkite as CBS anchorman and Chet Huntley and David Brinkley as NBC anchors; I still remember these shows. He does not, however, mention news shows such as MEET THE PRESS (NBC), FACE THE NATION (CBS), and ISSUES AND ANSWERS (ABC), and this is a major omission in his otherwise excellent book. He mentions several other shows, but makes no mention of ANDY GRIFFITH or GOMER PYLE, U. S. M. C., either. But this is his way of doing things, and I realize that he had a volume of shows to cover, such as I LOVE LUCY, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, HAWAII-FIVE-O (which I enjoyed, too), and others. Of course, he mentions his role in THE TONIGHT SHOW, in which he aided Johnny Carson. From time to time, he hosted CONCENTRATION; he does not mention that in his book, but I remember him doing so. Another thing he mentions is the long-time role of Bob Barker as host of THE PRICE IS RIGHT; Bob Barker only recently retired from that show, and was replaced by Drew Carey, whom McMahon also mentions. But in summary, this is an excellent recap of television in its youth, and I enjoyed reading it. And I realize that McMahon had his way of selecting the shows to mention, and do not criticize him for not mentioning my favorites. I am sure there are many other readers who also have favorite TV shows from the past.
Enjoyable  Sep 25, 2007
I really enjoyed reading this book. If you are a baby boomer or older, it will bring back some fond memories.

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