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Bill Cosby being congratulated by his wife Camille on his first Emmy win for “I Spy” in 1966. Cosby was the first Black actor to star in a leading role in an American television drama. He won the first of what would be three consecutive Emmys for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.”

Florida, 1963 by Lee Friedlander.

Minus Manhattan

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Television - the wonder of the age by F.T. Haslett (1960). Vintage book cover

Tim Conway and Carol Burnett

Don Adams (né Donald J. Yarmy) (1923-2005) USMC 1941-45 WW II. Enlisted in the Marine Corps and assigned to 3rd Marines. Participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal and was wounded by small-arms fire. Contracted malaria and blackwater fever and spent a year in a Navy hospital in New Zealand. After recovery served as a Marine drill instructor. Best remembered for his role as secret agent Maxwell Smart in the TV series “Get Smart”.

Don Adams - Image 21 of 54

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Sony Portable TV 1960 Back when Style was NOT lost to function - What ever happened to the "Art" of manufacturing ?

Rod Serling, with the three Emmys he won for live-teleplay writing, pre-Twilight Zone.

Indian Head Test Pattern

Cover art, 1947. This image is that of the television antenna of station WNBT and for many years it sat on top of the Empire State Building.

On Jan. 11, 1949, Pittsburgh's first television station - DuMont's WDTV Channel 3 - went on air with live special from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. It began with a one-hour broadcast from Syria Mosque in Oakland. The remainder of show featured live segments from DuMont, CBS, NBC ABC. In 1954, Westinghouse offered DuMont then-record $9.75 million for station. After the sale closed in January 1955, Westinghouse changed WDTV's call letters to KDKA-TV after its pioneering radio station KDKA-AM.

Filming model special effects for Star Trek in the 1960's

PBS was born on this date 44 years ago. Over the course of a year, nearly 90% of all U.S. television households and 82% of all children ages 2-8 watch their local PBS station. And in September alone, Americans watched more than 261 million videos across all of PBS' web and mobile platforms; 74% of these streams were delivered on a mobile device. Thank you for your support! What's your favorite PBS memory? — with Mike Rodriguez.

Graham Kerr Galloping Gourmet

Roy Clark Buck Trent Dueling Banjos. This is probably the best preformance playing the dueling banjos ever.

The Milton Berle Show was really popular in the 50s - he had Elvis on even in 1956 before Elvis appeared on Ed Sullivan. Elvis was first on The Dorsey Brothers TV show however - and was on that 6 times!

Eerie Street Theatre "Phantom 2040: The Ghost Who Walks" (Fri 11/11/94)

Vintage Toledo TV - ToledoVision 5 - Eerie Street Theatre

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