"I enjoy every show I do. I don't care what it is, even a game show. I enjoy anything and everything because every show is a challenge. If you go in there, and you don't love, live, and breathe the show that you're doing, you shouldn't be doing it. I don't care what it is - you better like what you're doing or get out and let the person that likes it do it."
About This Interview
In his three-hour Archive interview, Marty Pasetta (1932-2015) talks about his early interest in theater, which culminated in his first job in television at San Francisco's KGO-TV in 1952. He discusses his long association with KGO, where he moved up the ranks from a stage manager to a multifaceted producer. He describes his move to Los Angeles, where, because of his hands-on experience at KGO, he soon became a director for several variety series, including The Smothers Brothers, Summer Show Starring Glen Campbell, The Smothers Brothers, Comedy Hour and the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Pasetta speaks of his long association with The Grammy Awards (from 1971-78), where he was hired for the show's first live telecast. He outlines the growth of the show's success, some key performances, and the challenges of directing a live awards show. He details his long stint as director of The Academy Awards (from 1972-88), where he instituted the live nominee screenshots and the use of seat-fillers. He relates some historical moments from the show, including the 1970's streaker, Charlie Chaplin's appearance, and John Wayne's final appearance. He speaks in great detail about his favorite project, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, which was Elvis's 1973 comeback special. Pasetta also cites various specials, presidential inaugurations (Carter's and Reagan's) and the many variety stars he worked with through the years. Jeff Abraham conducted the interview in Los Angeles on January 18, 2007.