"In the earliest days of television we only did one show a week. A Sunday night drama. The rest of the time we were either rehearsing that drama in the studio, or had the cameras at Madison Square Garden showing a basketball or ice hockey game. Not much was going on."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Don Pike (1914-2002) talks about working in Philo T. Farnsworth's laboratory and the early engineering developments of television. He recalls working as a technical director for several NBC shows, including Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse and Your Hit Parade. He details working closely on the development of color television at RCA Laboratories, and becoming a network color supervisor as color was introduced to the world on shows including The Perry Como Show, The Steve Allen Show and the Miss America Pageant. Pike discusses late-career activities including working with NASA on the cameras to cover the space program, becoming involved with the United States Information Agency under Edward R. Murrow, and accompanying NBC News to China to cover the historic visit of President Richard M. Nixon. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on April 29, 1998 in Chapel Hill, NC.