Posts Tagged ‘David Wolper Interview’

Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Served

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

“Television brought the war home in a way that had never been done before. I can remember the Korean War as a kid, and I didn’t see this [Vietnam War] on television that way. I mean there it was, every night in your living room. You are forced to confront the reality of what is going on there. When you would see Cronkite on Friday give the death toll for that week … I think it certainly raised questions because it provided information in a way that had never been done before.  And I think that an informed public shapes opinion.  I think television helped to shape that opinion by shining the light on what was going on there.” – Journalist Ed Bradley

Archive Interviewee Ed Bradley spoke eloquently on how television helped inform public opinion about the Vietnam War. He was not alone in discussing the impact of wars and television war coverage on his life and on the lives of others. Many of the Archive’s interviewees served in the United States Armed Forces, were journalists reporting alongside the troops, or were actors portraying servicemen and women on television. As we honor our veterans this November 11th, here are some selections from interviewees reflecting on times of service in the Armed Forces :

Writer/Performer Sid Caesar on organizing dances to boost troop morale during World War II:

Writer/Producer/Director Larry Gelbart on research for M*A*S*H and learning from those who served in the Korean War:

Actress Barbara Eden on Bob Hope’s unwavering energy during USO Tours:

Journalist Dan Rather on how meeting the Servicemen and Women in Vietnam shaped his news reporting:

Host Pat Sajak on serving as a DJ in the Armed Forces Radio Station in Vietnam:

Producer David Wolper on the importance of the GI Bill:

Thank you to all of the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces for all that you do.

For more reflections on times of service, click here

- by Adrienne Faillace

Producer David Wolper (“Roots”) has Died — Co-Founder of the Archive of American Television

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Legendary producer David Wolper, whose many documentaries and notable TV projects include Roots and The Thorn Birds — has died at the age of 82. Wolper was one of the co-founders of the Archive of American Television and was interviewed about his career on May 12, 1998.  His full Archive interview is currently available online.

Interview Description:

In his Archive interview, David Wolper talked about forming his first company, Flamingo Films, with father and son friends Joe and Jim Harris.  He discussed many of his documentaries, including the “Race For Space,” “Hollywood: The Golden Years,” and “The Making of a President,” among others.  Wolper fondly recalled working with his long time friend Mike Wallace, as well meeting and working with oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau.  He talked about two classic sitcoms, Chico and the Man and Welcome Back, Kotter, as well as the many television movies and specials he produced. Wolper also discussed in great detail his three highly acclaimed ABC mini-series, Roots, The Thorn Birds, and North and South.  The five-and-a-half-hour interview was conducted by Morrie Gelman.