Sunday, November 19, 2017

Peter Falk biography

Listened, last night, to my friend Morgan White, Jr., on the overnight show on Boston's WBZ Radio. Morgan has his own show every Saturday night on WBZ (The Morgan Show, 10 to midnight, Eastern time), and he hosts the station's weekend overnight program (Fridays and Saturdays) every third week.

Last night, he conducted an enjoyable and informative interview with the authors of a book, published earlier this year, about the actor Peter Falk.  I hope to read the book--Beyond Columbo: The Life and Times of Peter Falk--sometime soon.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


In that the revised edition of my book about early television will be released sometime in the next couple of months, I'm also working on a revised website.  The (unfinished) site can now be accessed by these two addresses:, and

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October 7, 1950, "Your Hit Parade"

In 1950, on this date, Your Hit Parade began its weekly broadcasts on NBC-TV. There had been four experimental telecasts of the show in the summer of 1950. The show then began its regular telecasts on October 7th.

The show's primary singing stars, from 1950 to 1952, were Eileen Wilson, Snooky Lanson, and Dorothy Collins.  The show also featured the Hit Parade dancers, the Hit Paraders choral group, announcer Andre Baruch, and Raymond Scott, who led the show's Lucky Strike Orchestra.

My mother, Sue Bennett, was a featured singer on the program during the 1951-1952 season; she left the show after the end of the season, as did star Eileen Wilson.  Singer Russell Arms was also featured from 1951 to 1952; he later became one of the show's primary stars.

Friday, September 22, 2017

"The Vietnam War"

Five installments of the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War have now aired, on PBS; there are five episodes still to come. It is, simply, a remarkable, and riveting program--deeply informative, and deeply emotional to watch.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

More from Mel Simons

There is yet another book out by Mel Simons (who has been written about a number of times in this space); it is titled The Old Time Television Trivia Book III.  The book, his seventeenth, was released in August.  It is published (along with his other titles) by BearManor Media.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"The Vietnam War," by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, on PBS

The first three installments of The Vietnam War, the ten-part documentary directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (airing each night on PBS), have been just superb.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"The Vietnam War," documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, beginning tonight

Am looking forward to watching the new documentary, The Vietnam War, by the immensely talented Ken Burns; the film's co-director is Lynn Novick  The film, which is in ten parts, begins airing tonight (Sunday) on PBS.  It is written by Geoffrey C. Ward.

Here is a review of the film, from the New York Times, September 14th: