Veteran broadcaster Allen Ludden was born on this day in 1917. You remember him from Password and College Bowl, among others. He sure knew how to host a show, and he sure knew how to pick a life mate, too! Listen to some stories about him from his wife, the unforgettable Betty White! ... See MoreSee Less
If you were sitting in front of your television set today, October 1, 1955, you would have seen the birth of one of the funniest sitcoms in television history, "The Honeymooners".
True, it all started years earlier as a sketch on Jackie Gleason's variety show, but for many, these are the quintessential Honeymooners episodes.
Before Fox became the 4th network, there was the DuMont network and although "The Honeymooners" aired on CBS, Gleason used DuMont's Electronicam TV-film system. This allowed a live performance to be directly captured on film. This ensured superior picture and sound quality and is why "The Honeymooners" reruns are better suited for rebroadcast than other "live" shows at the time.
Only one season, 39 episodes of "The Honeymooners" exist. Yes, a season back then was an amazing 39 episodes! Gleason felt there was a chance the show would become stale and decided to walk away from the series after only one season. CBS tried hard to get Gleason to stay, but Jackie stood his ground and this one season is lovingly called "The Classic 39" by the fans.
I've seen these episodes over and over again, I know all the jokes, but they continue to make me laugh...why...because it's funny. It's a time capsule of the 50's and each episode is a simple premise...poor bus driver Ralph Kramden works hard and is always trying to come up with that "get rich scheme". He yells and barks at his wife Alice, but knows his bark is worse than his bite and she always gets the last word. But in the end, they love each other. No matter what Ralph does, you can be sure Alice will forgive him.
I hope you enjoy watching this debut episode! All you can say about this show is..."Baby, you're the greatest!" ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday, Sandy and I had the pleasure (along with our friend Eric Breslow) of attending a wonderful surprise 80th birthday celebration for superstar singer Johnny Mathis at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. We surprised Johnny just as he walked off the 18th hole.
Johnny's singing better than ever, and in 1965, his music was speculated to have "caused" an extra 1.5 million babies to be born. Talk about a voice! ... See MoreSee Less