Posts Tagged ‘Pat Sajak’

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

Pat and Vanna put their spin on the “Wheel”

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The hosts of America’s longest running, syndicated game show tell all in their Archive interviews!  Pat Sajak and Vanna White were interviewed both separately and together and share tales from behind the scenes of “America’s favorite game show,” Wheel of Fortune. They speak about show creator Merv Griffin, their shooting schedule, and why Pat never thought Vanna would get hired. In the following clip, Pat and Vanna discuss how they entertain each other on the set of Wheel of Fortune:

Watch the full interviews here:

http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/pat-sajak
http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/vanna-white

About the interviews:

Pat Sajak was interviewed for just over two hours in Culver City, CA in two sessions: a two-hour individual interview, and a fifteen minute chat with Vanna White. Sajak discusses growing up in Chicago and his early interest in broadcasting, and shares his experiences serving in the armed forces radio in Vietnam. He speaks of his local television work in the 1970s for WSM in Nashville and KNBC in Los Angeles, and details the early history of the show for which he’s best known: Wheel of Fortune. Sajak describes working with show creator Merv Griffin, the casting of “letter turner” Vanna White, and the fame that he and Vanna have experienced. He also discusses his foray into the talk show genre as host of The Pat Sajak Show. In their dual interview, Sajak and White talk about the atmosphere on the set of Wheel of Fortune, marvel at the show’s longevity, and offer personal anecdotes about each other. Barrie Nedler conducted the interview on October 10, 2007.

Vanna White was interviewed for nearly two hours in Culver City, CA in two sessions: a one-and-a-half-hour individual interview and a fifteen minute conversation with Pat Sajak. White speaks about her early years and influences, her work as a model, and her appearance as a contestant on The Price Is Right.  She then details the show for which she is best known, Wheel Of Fortune. White describes working with creator Merv Griffin and host Pat Sajak; talks about the show’s popularity and the resulting “Vannamania;” and speaks of her wardrobe and the show’s production schedule. In the dual interview, Sajak and White discuss the atmosphere on the set of Wheel of Fortune, marvel at the show’s longevity, and offer personal anecdotes about each other. Barrie Nedler conducted the interview on October 10, 2007.