Friday, December 18, 2015
Journeys Into Holiday Cheer with Bing and Frank

Holiday Cheer with Bing and Frank

This classic clip comes from 1957. Frank Sinatra was appearing on a weekly ABC series for alternate sponsors Bulova Watch Co. and Liggett & Myers [Chesterfield] on Friday nights at 9pm(et). It lasted one season, and was a “mixed bag” of variety shows and dramatic episodes. Some were produced “live”; others were filmed in advance. This Read Article

Posted by: Admin December 18, 20154:02 pm
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Journeys Into A Ralph Kramden Anniversary

A Ralph Kramden Anniversary

The Honeymooners as a series of its own debuted on October 1, 1955 on CBS Television. In fact, the Honeymooners were based on a recurring 1951–55 sketch of the same name. It originally aired on the DuMont network’s  Calvacade of Stars and then later on CBS’s The Jackie Gleason Show. The first episode of the new half-hour Read Article

Posted by: Admin October 1, 20156:21 pm
Monday, September 21, 2015
Journeys Into Passing: Jack Larson – TV Superman’s Jimmy Olsen

Passing: Jack Larson – TV Superman’s Jimmy Olsen

Jack Larson was a playwright and librettist who died on September 20 at his home at Brentwood, California at age 87. To most of us, though, he was known as the actor who played the cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in the television series “Adventures of Superman. The New York Times reports that In 1951, Larson was offered Read Article

Posted by: Admin September 21, 20151:03 pm
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Journeys Into “Authenticity” and Groucho Marx’s Duck

“Authenticity” and Groucho Marx’s Duck

If you’ve ever seen the old Grouch Marx hosted game show “You Bet Your Life”, an integral part of the program was  a contestant would say the “secret word”, a common word revealed to the audience at the show’s outset. If a contestant said the word, a toy duck resembling Groucho—witheyegalsses and a mustache—descended from Read Article

Posted by: Admin September 6, 20158:05 pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Journeys Into “Live from Ebbet’s Field”

“Live from Ebbet’s Field”

On this date (August 26) in 1939 the first telecast of a major league baseball game took place. It was the first game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, between the Dodgers and Cincinnati. Those who watched saw the league-leading Reds win 5-2. NBC broadcast the game on its station W2XBS based in the Read Article

Posted by: Admin August 26, 20152:20 pm
Monday, June 1, 2015
Journeys Into Passing: Betsy Palmer

Passing: Betsy Palmer

To many writing the obituaries she is best known as an actress in the “Friday the 13th” Movie. Others headline that she was in numerous other movies (Mister Roberts, Queen Bee), and on Broadway (South Pacific) For me, Betsy Palmer was one of those fixtures of television from way back when. She was a familiar Read Article

Posted by: Admin June 1, 20159:26 pm
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Journeys Into “Remember When You Had to Wait for the TV to Warm Up Before You Could Watch It?”

“Remember When You Had to Wait for the TV to Warm Up Before You Could Watch It?”

Dana Jennings does (so do I). She also recalls snowscreens, static, Tv top antennas, broadcast sign-offs and other imperfections of early television in this essay.Says the author, “This eccentric pining for the primitive electric hiss and sputter of my 1960’s childhood is an honest reaction to our modern culture’s unhealthy addiction to (apparent) perfection. We Read Article

Posted by: Admin May 13, 201512:39 am
Friday, May 1, 2015
Journeys Into Before Letterman and Carson…..

Before Letterman and Carson…..

On May 20, David Letterman will preside over his last episode of “Late Show”. It has been a long and successful run for Letterman who, as he retires, is being compared to the likes of Jay Leno and Johnny Carson. Someone whose name is missing from the conversation but who should be included is that Read Article

Posted by: Admin May 1, 20153:34 am