Young journalist David Brinkley first came to Washington, D.C. in 1943, just as World War II was transforming the nation’s capital.
The sleepy Southern town that had been home to a small federal government suddenly burgeoned into a major city filled with office buildings, bureaucracy, lobbyists, and lots of money.
After the wa, in 1956, NBC paired Brinkley with Chet Huntley to co-anchor their nightly news.
After leaving NBC in the 1970s, Brinkley joined ABC, where he was the founding host of the Sunday morning show “This Week.” He retired in 1997.
It was in the late 1980s that Brinkley wrote his first book, on account of the War years called Washington Goes to War. It became a major bestseller. And that’s when I met him.
So here now, from 1989, David Brinkley.
David Brinkley died in 2003. He was 82.
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Long before Jimmy Fallon, way before Jay Leno, before Johnny Carson, or Jack Paar .. NBC’s Tonight Show was hosted by its co-creator Steve Allen.
In the fall of 1954, the 32 year old comedian and entertainer became the host of televisions first-ever late night talk show.
Largely thanks to Alan’s intelligent humor, The Tonight Show became a hit.
Steve Allen soon moved on to other Ventures, but was always widely popular and in-demand.
I first met him in early 1987, when he wrote a book he modestly called How To Be Funny.
So get ready for some tips from a master of his craft. Here now, my 1987 interview with Steve Allen.
Steve Allen died in 2000. He was 78.
If you were in network TV news 50 or 60 years ago, the place to be was the CBS News Washington DC bureau.
CBS was long considered the gold standard of television news – after all, Edward R, Murrow helped shape and define it.
Among the roster of journalism heavyweights in the bureau was Roger Mudd. He had a front-row seat to that historic 20-year period from 1960 to 1980, which he wrote about in a 2008 memoir. That’s when I met him.
So here now, from 2008, Rodger Mudd
Roger Mudd died 10 days ago. He was 93.
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Not all funny people on TV are comedians. Some are weathermen, like NBC’s Al Roker.
For years, Roker has been a fixture on The Today Show. And in 2000, he wrote a funny book about fatherhood, and especially the challenges of raising children years apart in age.
But as you’re about to hear, it wasn’t all jokes and humor. Al Roker had some serious and poignant things to say about fatherhood.
So here now, from 2000, Al Roker:
Al Roker is 66 now. He’s been with NBC for 42 years.