News from the Archive

Remembering Alan Young

May 20th, 2016
Alan Young

We’re sad to learn that actor Alan Young has passed away at the age of 96. Young was born in England to a Scottish family and grew up in Canada. He got his start in show business as a teenager on the radio and went on to his own radio show, The Alan Young Show, which later transitioned to television. Young is perhaps best remembered for his role as Wilbur Post on Mister Ed. Also a voice actor, he was featured on animated shows including DuckTales and The Smurfs.

Below are some selections from his 2001 interview:

On how Mister Ed really talked:

On Mister Ed's voice:

Watch Alan Young's full Archive interview and read his obituary in The Hollywood Reporter.

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Remembering Morley Safer

May 19th, 2016
Morley Safer

We’re sad to learn that news correspondent Morley Safer has passed away at the age of 84. His retirement from 60 Minutes had just been announced last week, and 60 Minutes featured an hour-long special dedicated to Safer’s career on Sunday. Morley Safer began his journalism career in his native Canada, before becoming London Bureau Chief for CBS, a title previously held by legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. Safer then went on to cover the Vietnam War, doing stories so raw and groundbreaking, particularly his coverage of Cam Ne, that he helped changed public opinion about the war. He also faced backlash from the Pentagon, but CBS maintained their support of him. Safer joined 60 Minutes in 1970 and continued on as a correspondent for the news magazine until just last week. During those years, he conducted interviews with notables from Katharine Hepburn to Jackie Gleason, Betty Ford, and Ruth Madoff.

Below are some selections from his 2000 interview:

On quintessential Morley Safer stories:

On the story process on 60 Minutes:

On the hardest and most rewarding parts of his job:

On covering the story of American soldiers burning the village of Cam Ne in Vietnam:

Watch Morley Safer's full Archive interview and read his obituary in The New York Times.

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May 14th, 2016
Leonard H. Goldenson

20 years ago today, on May 14, 1996, we conducted our very first Archive of American Television interview! Leonard H. Goldenson, the founder of ABC, was interviewee #1.

Back in 1996 we were a pilot program approved to conduct ten interviews, and have since become a full-fledged, integral part of the Television Academy Foundation with over 800 interviews in the collection.

Here are a few highlights from Leonard H. Goldenson's interview:

On early programming at ABC:

On getting Disney into television:

Thank you to all of our fans and supporters over the years. Looking forward to the next 20 years!

Watch Leonard H. Goldenson's full interview.

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Remembering Nicolas Noxon

May 11th, 2016
Nicolas Noxon

We’re sad to learn that documentarian Nicolas Noxon passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the age of 79. A two-time Emmy Award winner, Noxon worked as a writer-producer on documentary series including Biography, Hollywood and the Stars, and Ripley's Believe It or NotHis longest-running association was with National Geographic, where he produced documentaries including “Dr. Leakey and the Dawn of Man,” The Sharks,” and “Secrets of the Titanic,” which was National Geographic's highest selling video at the time of its release.

Below are some selections from his 1999 interview:

On ethics in documentary filmmaking:

On advice to aspiring documentarians:

On one of his proudest achievements:

Watch Nicolas Noxon's full Archive interview and read his obituary in The New York Times.

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Remembering William Schallert

May 9th, 2016
William Schallert

We’re sad to learn that actor William Schallert passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the age of 93. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Martin Lane, father and uncle to Patty Duke’s “identical cousins” on The Patty Duke Show. Schallert first began acting while a student at UCLA. He went on to perform with the Circle Theater in Los Angeles and he appeared on early television shows including Climax! and Playhouse 90. He also made memorable appearances on Get Smart and Star Trek

Below is a selection from his 2012 interview:

On his role on The Patty Duke Show:

Watch William Schallert’s full Archive interview and read his obituary in The New York Times.

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