The box: an oral history of television, 1920-1961

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Viking, Nov 1, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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Guaranteed to keep readers up long after prime time, The Box re-creates the old-time TV years through more than three hundred interviews with those who invented, manufactured, advertised, produced, directed, wrote, and acted in them. Here are household names and fascinating unknowns, from the brilliant RCA scientists, flying paper airplanes off the top of the Empire State Building, to Uncle Miltie, Rod Steiger, Imogene Coca, Studs Terkel, Edward R. Murrow, and Paddy Chayefsky. Go behind the scenes of many of television's classic shows and learn whether Father really did know best, and laugh at the hilarious low-budget antics of Captain Video (remember the opticon scillometer?). Hear about the great pioneering stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, where the horses ate the microphones on TV's only live daily western, and finally get the truth about the quiz show scandals that rocked America.

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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

Well-written with lots of good anecdotes, though I do wish the book covered more ground (no PBS? no MTV or CNN?), and some of the interviewers seem too interested in settling scores or making excuses for indefensible actions like blacklisting actors or rigging quiz shows. Read full review

The box: an oral history of television, 1920-1961

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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 ... Read full review

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THE RACE IS JOINED
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TV COMES TO 30 ROCK
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