When he was still in his teens in the 1960s, Roy Firestone got an up-close look at Major League Baseball, as a spring training bat boy for the Baltimore Orioles in Florida.
But instead of following that career path and becoming a bat boy the rest of his life, Roy Firestone cut into television. Starting in Miami, then moving to Los Angeles, Firestone established himself as a skilled Sports commentator and interviewer.
In 1980 he joined ESPN, posting their so-called “Up Close.”
I met him in 1993, what he wrote a book called up close and in your
So here now, from 1993, Roy Firestone.
Roy Firestone will be 68 in December. He is still seen on television on “Good Day L.A.”
Nien Cheng was born into a well-to-do Chinese family in 1915. Her family was able to give her a college education, including post-graduate work at the London School of economics. That’s where she met her future husband.
But the time she spent in Great Britain may have been a time bomb of sorts.
In 1966, at the age of 51, Nien Cheng, by then a widow, was arrested and accused by the Chinese Communist government of being a Britiah spy.
For nearly seven years Nien Cheng was imprisoned and sometimes tortured.
After her eventual release, she came to the United States.
In the late 1980s, she wrote a gripping Memoir of her experiences, called Life and Death in Shanghai.
Today, August 20th, is National radio day. Every year on this day, we recognize the contribution that this hundred-year-old medium has provided four generations.
For four decades, one of the most popular radio personalities in America was Garrison Keillor, Creator and host of public radio’s Prairie Home Companion. That live musical variety show was a Saturday evening fixture in millions of homes.
The Minnesota-born Keillor brought his Midwest sensibilities, and sense of humor, to the ongoing stories of Lake Wobegon.
In 2003, Keillor wrote a novel. So here now, from 2003, Garrison Keillor..
Garrison Keillor celebrated his 79th birthday last week.
New York governor, or more precisely, soon-to-be ex governor, Andrew Cuomo has certainly had a rough few weeks.
In the face of a scathing report accusing him of sexual misconduct, Cuomo last week announced his resignation. It was a breathtaking fall from his Emmy award-winning performance during the pandemic in 2020.
And now the political future looks very murky for a man once considered the future of the Democratic Party.
I met Andrew Cuomo in 2003, when he was promoting a book, an anthology of essays by Democrats and Republicans on politics in America.
And Cuomo’s comments from 18 years ago still sounds very current.
So here now, from 2003, Andrew Cuomo.
Andrew Cuomo is 63. He’ll leave office nexxt week.
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.
It’s a rare privilege for an author to see, in their lifetime, the broad and deep social and cultural impact that one of their books has.
One of those who were so privileged was author Alex Haley. His meticulously researched 1976 book Roots, which traced his own family’s ancestry from Africa, became not just a best seller, but a cultural milepost.
It awakened a new pride of family and ancestry among millions of African-Americans, and it shone a harsh spotlight on the horrors of slavery, four black and white alike.
ABC TV recognized the power of Roots, and turned it into television’s first major miniseries. It was, and remains to this day, a landmark television achievement.
I met him almost 33 years ago, after he had just finished a novel based, in part, on the kind of characters he popularized in Roots.
So here now, from 1988, Alex Haley.
Today, August 11th 2021, would have been Alex Haley’s 100th birthday. He died in 1992 at the age of 70.