Perhaps no one has ever had a bigger impact on an entire generation of children than Dr. Benjamin Spock.
His book Baby and Child Care was published in 1946, just as the first baby boomers were being born. And his calm, reassuring tone quickly found an audience among new parents. Dr. Spock became the go-to guy for advice on child rearing.
Then, in the late 1960s, Dr. Spock became known for something else – his political activism. He even ran for president in 1972.
But Benjamin Spock had long resisted writing his autobiography. Finally, in the late 1980s, his second wife, Mary Morgan, persuaded him it was time. So, with her help, he finally wrote the book called Spock on Spock.
And that’s when I met him. So here now, from 1989, Dr Benjamin Spock.
Dr. Benjamin Spock died in 1998. He was 94 years old.
He was one of the hottest young movie stars in the 1950s…
Tab Hunter — who grew up as Artt Gelien — was a figure skater as a teenager. As a young man, a friend introduced him to a Hollywood agent who specialized in beefcake actors like Rock Hudson and Rober/ Wagner. That agent dubbed Art Gelien “Tab Hunter” and by 1950 he was in the movies.
And by the mid 1950s was major star, the strapping blond hunk of a man every girl wanted. Hunter made over 40 movies, and even recorded a hit song.
Hunger was also a witness to, and a participant in, the end of the Hollywood studio contract era. His movie and TV roles were fewer, until his last film role in 1992.
Then, in 2005, Tab Hunter wrote a memoir called Tab Hunter Confidential. In that book, he acknowledged publicly, for the first time, that he was gay. Turns out those gossip rags back in the day that had him romantically linked with various starlets were all fiction.
So here now, from 2005, Tab Hunter…
Tab Hunter died in 2018, just three days befopre his 87th birthdayl.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. So I wanted to revisit an interview I did nearly 30 years ago with a woman whose actions helped propel Dr. King to national prominence.
In December 1955, a young woman named Rosa Parks was on her way home after a long hard day at work. She was on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, when she was ordered to the back of the bus so a white man could have her seat.
She refused to move, and was arrested and jailed.
Her arrest sparked outrage in Montgomery’s black community, and soon they organized a bus boycott, which lasted for more than a year.That boycott was led by a young preacher named Martin Luther King Jr.
I had the opportunity to interview Rosa Parks in 1992, after she had written a book for young readers.
So here now, from 1992, Rosa Parks.
Congress has called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”
In nearly thirty years of interviewing celebrities and big names, I didn’t often get very Starstruck, but this day I did.
It’s hard to overstate how big a star Mickey Rooney was. For decades, he was one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of Hollywood. If you’ve ever watched one of his movies on one of the classic movie networks, you know his Andy Hardy series, and all those hey kids, let’s put on a show movies with Judy Garland.
To the general public, Mickey was known primarily for two things: his height, he was only five foot three, and his marriages, of which there were many.
So when he published his Memoirs in 1994, I jumped at the chance to interview him.
But as you’re about to hear, Mickey wanted to talk about not just the book he was there to promote, but all his other books. I think he was a frustrated author at heart.
Anyway, here now, from 1994, the great Mickey Rooney.
Had he lived, Mickey Rooney would ha veeb 100 today. He died in 2014, at the age of 93.