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The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1920-1961
     

The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1920-1961

by Jeff Kisselhoff, Brian Mulligan (Designed by)
 
This enormous treasury of sparkling memories and candid photographs presents a fascinating history of the medium that changed the world, recreating TV's early years through more than 500 interviews with those who invented, manufactured, advertised, produced, directed, wrote, and acted in them.

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This enormous treasury of sparkling memories and candid photographs presents a fascinating history of the medium that changed the world, recreating TV's early years through more than 500 interviews with those who invented, manufactured, advertised, produced, directed, wrote, and acted in them.

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Library Journal
Kisseloff's (You Must Remember This, LJ 5/15/89) history of television's formative years will be of interest to historians, TV buffs, and the general public. The more than 500 interviews the author conducted are presented as an entertaining oral history. Those who contributed were there when the first televisions were invented, when TV shows were first developed and the performers became household names, and when others were blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee. They include actors, writers, inventors, directors, and producers. Especially interesting are the sections on the blacklists of the 1950s and those on the early, live television shows, where anything could and did go wrong. A good complement to Michael Ritchie's Please Stand By: A Prehistory of Television (LJ 11/1/94), this is recommended for both public libraries and special collections.-Judy Hauser, Oakland Schs. Lib. Svcs., Waterford, Mich.
Mary Carroll
Television's early years may not interest MTV and "X-Files" fans, but nostalgic fortysomethings--and teens who have discovered "The Honeymooners" and Lucille Ball on cable--will find fascinating behind-the-scenes details and a solid outline of television's technological, economic, and public-policy context in this enlightening oral history. Kisseloff, who gathered Manhattanites' memories from the 1890s to World War II in "You Must Remember This" (1989), met with hundreds of famous and not-so-famous people from television's first generation--as well as relatives of pioneering inventors and entrepreneurs like Philo Farnsworth, "General" Sarnoff, and Ernst Alexanderson, who can no longer speak for themselves. Readers will recognize some names and "voices" : on-screen favorites like Hugh Downs, Betty Furness, Rod Steiger, Barbara Billingsley, and Studs Terkel and well-known offscreen figures like Red Quinlan, Pat Weaver, Arthur Penn, Don Hewitt, and Fred Friendly. But "The Box" is most valuable in blending the memories of recognized pioneers with those of dozens of invisible foot soldiers in TV's early struggles. A welcome, insightful supplement to Erik Barnouw's classic histories of the medium.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670864706
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/15/1995
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.53(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.82(d)

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