The Great Jackie Robinson

It’s not a stretch to label Jackie Robinson the first African-American superstar on television. His inaugural year in fact, 1947, was the same year National League Baseball began regular broadcasts on network television. And Jackie Robinson was the discussion, initially for the wrong reasons, around television sets across the country. By October 1947, with the […]

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Icon Restoration: Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott was an early pioneer in entertainment. She not only fought for equality in the industry, but demanded it. Her vocal and celebrated fight against segregation and unfair treatment of black entertainers established her as a leading civil rights trailblazer from New York to Hollywood. The early 1950s were a unique time in the […]

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Breakdown, November 13, 1955

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, puts his genius stamp all over this remarkable episode, The Breakdown, from early in the first season of 1955. Gripping, chilling, terrorizing, and psychologically horrifying and suffocating, this episode represents a notable leap forward in television production. No need to catch the closing credits! There is no doubt whom […]

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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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ICON RESTORATION: Gorgeous George, TV’s First Superstar!

By his first TV appearance on a local, live broadcast out of Los Angeles in 1947, Gorgeous George (Wagner) was already a national superstar. Filling arenas across the country, often to SRO crowds of over 15,000 people, the “Gorgeous One” commanded 50% of the box office at every venue. Papers across the country announced his […]

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