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Sherman Hemsley starred in the all-time longest-running television series with a predominantly African American cast. His costar Marla Gibbs reflected on Hemsley, "He was very unselfish actor. And he was so good at setting me up—he would come up with hysterical stuff on the spot. We always got along great."

The Rockford Files - TV Guide

The Pee-Wee Herman Show (1981, HBO) An HBO special and the precursor to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Pee-Wee's Playhouse. Pretty great stuff from the "Groundlings" era, features Phil Hartman as Captain Carl. The kids will love it, and adults will catch some of the more "mature" bits. It's easy to see how the Pee-Wee character blew up in the 80s after this. A real piece of history.

Vintage Toledo TV - ToledoVision 5 - Interactive Television comes to TV5...Home Crossword (Mon 8/8/94 ad)

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin rehearsing with their daughters Tina Sinatra and Deana Martin on The Dean Martin Show, 1967

Johnny Carson, right, took over "The Tonight Show" on October 1, 1962, with co-host Ed McMahon. They retired from the late-night talk show 30 years later. This year, Saturday Night Live alum Jimmy Fallon became the show's new host after Jay Leno, who hosted the show for 22 years.

Eyes of a Generation - A Web site dedicated to the collection, restoration, and preservation of classic broadcast television equipment. Marconi Mark V, RCA TK-30 field camera

January 12, 1958 James Arness, star of Gunsmoke talks with Ed Sullivan on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'. This Sunday night moment is carried live to American living rooms with the help of a new RCA TK11.

RCAs called Ektanons. Just a note about the WNBT, WRCA and WNBC call letters on the cameras. WNBT was the original set of call letters of the NBC owned and operated station in New York city and was located among the networks studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The call letters later changed to WRCA in 1954 and finally to WNBC in 1960. Until the TK40s and colo

Some of the first robotic cameras used in TV news. From Eyes of A's Facebook page: Who knew that ABC had robotic cameras this early? The cameras I think are Ikegami HK 312E models, or another early Iki, so this would be in the 80s maybe. The center camera is on a Fulmar ped and there's a human running it (or floor directing), but the other two...well, I'm just amazed at how big the robotics are, and the fact that they're in use on the Evening News with Peter Jennings.

Walter Cronkite, (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America"...... It doesn't matter where you lived in the world everybody knew this mans face and, it seems to me, most everyone felt nothing but respect for him.

The Invaders (1967) - First Episode (1) A Quinn Martin Production. Starring Roy Thinnes. This episode was aired on Jan 10, 1967

Vintage Toledo TV - Buckeye CableSystem - Space Ghost Coast to Coast on Cartoon Network (Fri 6/10/94 ad)

Vintage Toledo TV - Buckeye CableSystem - Alfred Hitchcock Presents at 12:30 AM on Nick-at-Nite (Tue 6/14/94 ad)

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Claire Danes starred as Angela Chase.