Mr. Peepers Wedding: May 22, 1954

Show someone a photo of Wally Cox, and ask why he is famous? Most television fans would respond that he was the bird-watching boyfriend of Elly Mae Clampett, or the nervous guy from Here’s Lucy, or perhaps the computer geek from the classic Twilight Zone episode “From Agnes with Love.” An even more savvy television viewer might […]

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The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

On July 1, 1941, under the helm of William Paley, CBS and NBC began commercial broadcasting. Theater Guild charter member Worthington Miner was tapped to develop 15 hours of television a week for CBS. Those hours were filled with broadcasts of fairy tales, sports shows, quiz shows, and talk shows, and 2 daily news programs, one […]

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Playhouse Without a Puppet, December 27, 1947

In the fall of 1947, the television schedule consisted of a quiz show, a western movie, three hours of sports, a newsreel, and not much more. The few homes and bars with television were lucky to get even 2 hours of programming a night, and the networks were lucky if the 75,000 sets in the […]

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I Remember Mama, Do You? December 23, 1949

I remember Mama, but I love to visit the Museum of Television & Radio. This long-forgotten show ran seven seasons and was one of television’s early blockbuster hits. Mama featured a Norwegian family in early 20th Century San Francisco as remembered by daughter Katrin. Each episode opened with a classic monologue as Katrin flipped the […]

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1939 World’s Fair, April 30, 1939

1939 World’s Fair was the official end of the Great Depression. The focus was only forward, and the fair featured a world envisioned 50 years hence in 1989. Exhibits featured primitive computers, microwaves, copiers, and high speed jets, and of course, television. The 45,000,000 people who attended were opened to a world of unimaginable convenience […]

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