Betty White Lived a Wonderful Life
Betty White and her smile[The Classic TV Preservation Society]. Is it possible to be kind to everyone all the time, to be pleasant and cordial 24–7, as Golden Girls star Betty White had done for decades?Read full story
New Research Leads to Potential Healing Properties of Replicating Robots
An AI-designed “parent” organism (C shape; red) beside stem cells that have been compressed into a ball (“offspring”; green).[Douglas Blackiston and Sam Kriegman]. According to research provided by the University of Vermont, Tufts University, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, scientists have discovered a new form of biological reproduction—and applied their discovery to create the first-ever, self-replicating living robots.Read full story
"Leave it to Beaver - and Wally"
Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow were natural performers, particularly when it came to interpreting their characters on Leave It to Beaver, which first aired on ABC and CBS from 1958 to 1963. With Tony as older brother Wally Cleaver, playing opposite Theodore Cleaver, a.k.a. The Beaver, the two actors truly seemed like the kids next door.Read full story
Classic TV as Teacher?
In past generations, television loomed large in American households and around the world. There were no video games, internet connections, smartphones, or any number of such communication devices that are available today. At its genesis, TV was a means of entertainment and a window into domestic and foreign lands and imaginations. Educational programming was presented on networks like PBS, but society benefited in other ways from that shining box of light in the living room. The cultural conversation about and around television’s positive social influence has expanded in countless productive and illuminating ways, with regard to racial issues, domestic problems, women's rights, those with disabilities, and more.Read full story
"Wonder Woman" Memories from Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner
From 1975 (in ABC’s World War II setting) to 1979 (for the CBS then-contemporary version), Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner utilized grace and humor in portraying lead characters Diana Prince and Steve Trevor in the same, but different — if twin — television adaptations of Woman Woman.Read full story
Gene Roddenberry Beyond "Star Trek"
Along with popular television shows such as The Lieutenant, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, affectionately known in many sci-fi sectors as “The Great Bird of the Galaxy,” created a number of other series beyond his most well-known franchise.Read full story
Sargent/York: A Tale of "Two Darrins" on "Bewitched"
It is without question the biggest double-casting controversy in the history of classic television:. Dick York and Dick Sargent’s dual turn as mortal ad-man Darrin Stephens, married to Elizabeth Montgomery’s adorable witch-with-a-twitch Samantha on TV’s classic wituation comedy, Bewitched, which originally aired on ABC from 1964 to 1972.Read full story
Kim Loses 44 Pounds as N. Korea Gains New Missile
According to South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently lost approximately 44 pounds, but remains healthy and is trying to boost public loyalty to him in the face of worsening economic problems, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Thursday.Read full story
Ron and Clint Howard are "The Boys"
Who hasn't enjoyed Ron Howard on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Happy Days," or his younger brother Clint Howard on "Gentle Ben," and in a remarkable guest spot on "Star Trek"?. Eddie Murphy certainly has.Read full story
NASA's Recent Take On Space Visitors
Actor William Shatner, a.k.a. "Captain James T. Kirk," from TV's legendary Star Trek pop-culture franchise, at 90-years-old, recently became the oldest-living human being to catapult into space, with Amazon king Jeff Bezos.Read full story
Actress Joanna Cameron, Saturday Morning's "Secrets of Isis" Star, Dies at 70
Joanna Cameron, center, with "Secrets of Isis" co-stars Joanna Pang, left, and Brian Cutler.The Classic TV Preservation Society. Actress Joanna Cameron, star of Saturday morning's classic 1970s TV series, The Secrets of Isis, has passed away on October 22, 2021. She was 70-years-old. Isis had a limited budget, but Cameron's charismatic performance elevated the scripts and gave heart to this high-concept show.Read full story
$5 Million Legal Blues for Strawberry Pop-Tarts Tarnishes Childhood Memories
According to USA Today, Kellogg’s faces a $5 million legal fee for not having enough strawberries in its Pop-Tarts. A class-action suit filed by Anita Harris in the Southern District of Illinois, argues that the Kellogg Sales Company is misleading consumers by promoting nostalgic favorite breakfast treat with labels and marketing that imply the fruit filling contains "a greater relative and absolute amount of strawberries than it does.”Read full story
Elizabeth Montgomery and Her Most Famous TV Role
Magical themes abound in the magical life and career of Elizabeth Montgomery, who starred as twitch-witch Samantha Stephens on the 1964–1972 television classic, Bewitched. She followed in the spotlight footsteps her parents — film and television star Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen — while Bewitched was replicated by TV shows like I Dream of Jeannie, Nanny and the Professor, as well as the short-lived late 1970’s Bewitched spin-off Tabitha, which featured Lisa Hartman as the grown-up edition of Samantha’s daughter (originally played by twins Erin and Diane Murphy).Read full story
Rod Serling and “The Twilight Zone”
The development and execution of The Twilight Zone and its induction into the annals of TV history is a story of an obsessive need for acceptance on many levels. Exhibit A: Rod Serling, Zone’s creator, executive producer, central writing force, and charismatic host. The show’s popularity preyed upon his endless reservoir of ideas, originally inspired by his obsession with the past and his preoccupation with aging, mixed in with a measure of courage and faith, and the survival techniques he learned in the army.Read full story
Happy 60th Anniversary to "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
A happily-wedded husband and wife would watch The Dick Van Dyke Show during its initial run (on CBS from 1961 to 1966), and be gleefully vindicated. Upon viewing the comic adventures of Rob and Laura Petrie (as played by Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore), the merry married would turn to one another, and vow, “Now there’s an attractive, upper-middle-class couple. He has a great job. She enjoys being a housewife and mother (to Larry Mathews’ little Richie). But, sometimes, they act kind of goofy. Just like us, honey. That means they’re not perfect, which means we aren’t either. And that’s okay.”Read full story
My Life In Caregiving for My Elderly Parents
Caring for my parents in their elderly years was the most rewarding experience of my life. I became a better son, a better man, a better human being. At least, I hope I have. In 1989, I returned to my hometown of Rochester, New York to care for my mother and father, Frances Mary Turri and Herbert Pompeii Pilato, in their senior years. My acting career in Los Angeles had stalled and I began to write, specifically about the classic TV show, Bewitched, of which I was particularly fond. I thought, “Well, I can write anywhere. Why not go back to Rochester and write from there? This way, I can also take care of Mom and Dad.”Read full story
Happy 50th Anniversary to TV 1971
For many, the 1950s is considered television’s “Golden Age.” But as far as I’m concerned, that era expanded in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time I was born and raised in my hometown of Rochester, New York.Read full story
One Perspective on Juicing and Other Healthy Food and Drink Choices
Everyone’s juicing today — and with good reason. It’s good for you, plain and simple — especially when you juice first thing in the morning, with an electric juicer, on an empty stomach — before any solid food — with a nice 6 to 8-ounce glass of freshly-made natural juice (depending on your body size).Read full story
Everyone Grieves in Their Own Way
I lost my father to lung cancer in 1995, and my mother to Alzheimer’s and heart disease in 2008. I was close to both of my parents, more so in their later years when I served as their primary caregiver. I became more than just their son, and they became more than just my parents. They became my best friends and I became theirs. They also became my children. Somehow, the roles were reversed. I was always their child, but I then also became their parent.Read full story
Today’s TV Sitcoms Lack Charm
In a recent discussion with a friend about the state of contemporary television comedies, he said something quite brilliant:. Or as Buster Keaton once relayed to Lucille Ball, “You have to play comedy, dead straight. You have to believe that your nose is on fire [a reference to the classic I Love Lucy episode, L.A. at Last, in which Ball’s famed alter-ego Lucy Ricardo accidentally set her snout a flame).Read full story