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

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Viking, 1995 - Social Science - 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

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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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About the author (1995)

Jeff Kisseloff began his journalism career as a sportswriter and has since written two highly praised books for adults. He was an editor for a Scholastic magazine and is the author of a CD-ROM, "Baseball's Greatest Hits," His most prized possession is a brick from Ebbets Field. He lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

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