David Frost had a successful, decades long career as a television talk show host and interviewer, in both the UK and the US.
He interviewed thousands of VIPs, celebrities, and movers and shakers of all kinds.
But he may be best remembered for his 1977 series of interviews with former President Richard M. Nixon, who just three years earlier had resigned the presidency in disgrace after the Watergate scandal.
Frost paid Nixon some $600,000 for those interviews. But they paid off, big time, as they became a part of American television history, and helped restore some of Nixon’s credibility.
I met David Frost 30 years later, when he wrote a book called Frost/Nixon, a behind the scenes account of how the interviews came about, and what happened when the cameras stopped ruling.
Well many of us went to barbecues, reunions, or other big holiday events for the 4th of July.
And if you hosted such an event, you probably realized how much planning and effort goes into it. Maybe you could have used a little professional advice…
There may literally be no one in America who is better known for her expertise in entertaining than Martha Stewart.
For more than 40 years, Stuart has been dispensing advice on cooking and decorating and entertaining guests. Best-selling books, a magazine, and a television show have helped push her to the forefront.
I’ve interviewed her several times, including this conversation we had in 1994 when she published a book called Martha Stewart’s Menus For Entertaining.
So here now, from 1994, Martha Stewart.
Martha Stewart will be 82 next month . She lives in New York.
In 1981. Christine Craft was working as a television news anchor for a station in Kansas City, Missouri. Six months into her two-year contract, she was demoted from the anchor desk, because of the findings of a focus group.
The TV station had hired a team of outside researchers to find out what Kansas City viewers thought of. Christine Craft. And what they found was starling.
The focus group said that Christine was too old, not very attractive, and didn’t properly defer to men.
Well, she left the station, then filed a federal discrimination lawsuit. I’ll let her tell you, in a few minutes, what happened next.
I met her in 1988, after she wrote a book whose title was based on that focus group research. It was called Too Old, Too Ugly, and Not Deferential to Men
So here now, from 1988, Christine Craft.
Christine Craft is 79 now, and lives in Northern California, where she practices law and is a part-time radio talk show host.