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The Brady Bunch: Super Groovy After All These Years!  by Mike Pingel
 

It’s been 40 years since The Brady Bunch family hit the airwaves and the oft-satirized show is still being shown all around the world today.  The Brady Bunch was the story of a widow with three girls who married a widower with three boys, all of whom lived under one roof and solved life's problems (often with help from maid Alice) within 24 minutes!  Author Mike Pingel shares the history, fun facts, full episode guide and interviews with actors, Ann B. Davis, Susan Olsen, Robbie Rist, Geri Reischl and producers, Sherwood Schwartz, Loyd Schwartz, plus much more.  Brady Bunch fan Charlene Tilton ("Dallas") has penned the foreword.

 
 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 180 pgs.       

Price:  $19.95

 

Chicago Television,  Edited by Daniel Berger & Steve Jajkowski

Museum of Broadcast Communications;  Foreword by Bob Sirott
 

The history of television in Chicago begins with the birth of the medium and is defined by the city's pioneering stations.  WBKB (now WLS-TV) was the principal innovator of the Chicago School of Television, an improvisational production style that combined small budgets, personable talent, and the creative use of scenery and props.  WNBQ (now WMAQ-TV) expanded the innovative concept to a wider audience via the NBC network.  WGN-TV scored with sports and kids.  Strong personalities drove the success of WBBM-TV.  A noncommercial educational station, WTTW, added diversity.  The airwaves in Chicago have offered a wealth of talented performers and iconic programs that have made the city one of the country's greatest television towns.  With photos from the archives of Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, this book gives readers a front-row seat on a journey through the first 50 years of Chicago television, 1940-1990.

 

Softcover, 9 x 9½, 144 pgs.       
Price: $26.00
 

Close-Ups: Conversations with TV Favorites,  by Eddie Lucas

 

Listen up, viewers.  Mute the commercials and scan these exclusive one-on-one conversations with stars of some of our most beloved classic television.  What was life like on the set?  What are your favorite episodes?  Who did you keep in touch with?  Among the many beloved stars who share their memories: Barbara Billingsley (Leave It to Beaver); Dwayne Hickman (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis); Alice Ghostley (Bewitched); Kaye Ballard (The Mothers-in-Law); Jon Provost (Lassie); Marla Gibbs (The Jefferson); Peter Lupus (Mission: Impossible); Jon Walmsley (The Waltons).  Enjoy the amusing anecdotes and fond remembrances they share in these first-hand recollections.  

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 293 pgs.    

Price:  $22.95

 

Miss Dinah Shore: A Biography,  by Mchael B. Druxman 

 

She was the queen of the afternoon talk show.  For over five decades, Dinah induced a state of joy in people wherever she appeared, a love affair between her and her audience.  In the fickle world of popular music, Dinah had a longer run at the top than any other girl singer.  On television, she had no equal in the musical field.  Arguably, she was “the first lady of television.”  Dinah’s life, however, was not always easy.  She was a Jewish girl growing up in the Deep South and, at an early age, suffered a bout with polio.  Romantically, she was involved with many men, from her first husband, actor George Montgomery, to Frank Sinatra, to her May/December affair with Burt Reynolds.  Miss Dinah Shore is the candid story of a beloved lady whose show business career spanned radio, records, movies, television variety and talk shows: a remarkable journey.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9

Price: $21.50
      

 
Detroit Television, by Tim Kiska & Ed Golick

 

Detroit broadcasting history is rich with character . . . and characters.  It began atop the Penobscot Building on October 23, 1946, when WWDT shot a signal to the convention center, part of a "New Postwar Products Exposition."  WWJ-TV offered scheduled programming in June 1947, and WXYZ-TV and WJBK-TV jumped in a year later.  The medium has influenced the city's personality and social agenda ever since.  Soupy Sales turned getting a pie in the face into an art form.  Mort Neff celebrated the state's outdoor charms.  George Pierrot showed Detroiters the world.  Other beloved personalities include Milky the Clown, Ed McKenzie, Sonny Eliot, John Kelly, Marilyn Turner, Robin Seymour, Bill Bonds, Dick Westerkamp, Jingles, Bill Kennedy, Lou Gordon, Captain Jolly, Johnny Ginger, Auntie Dee, and many more.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price:  $21.00

 

The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television, by Ted Okuda and Jack Mulqueen

 

At one time, every television station in Chicago produced or aired some programming for children. From the late 1940s through the early the early 1970s, local television stations created a golden age of children’s television unique in American broadcasting.  Though the shows often operated under strict budgetary constraints, these programs were rich in imagination and inventiveness.  With a wide range of characters and formats, the shows drew a legion of devoted young fans.  The mere mention of their names brings smiles to the faces of Midwestern baby boomers everywhere: Kukla, Fran & Ollie, Super Circus, Garfield Goose, BJ & Dirty Dragon, Ray Rayner and Friends, and a host of others.  Kids waited months--sometimes years--for tickets to Bozo’s Circus, where a pie in the face always got laughs and some lucky kid would get a chance to play “The Grand Prize Game.”  Children’s television has evolved (perhaps for the better), but this book recalls some wonderful programs from this early chapter of television history.
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Softcover, 6 x 9, 249 pgs. 
Price: $17.95                                   
  

Louisville Television,  by David Inman

 

T-Bar-V Ranch went off the air in 1970.  Ask any Louisville baby boomer to sing the theme song and you'll instantly hear, "Brush your teeth each morning / Get lots of sleep at night / Mind your mom and daddy / Cause they know what is right."  Such is the power of homegrown television.  David Inman, who grew up in Louisville, is the author of five other books about television history and trivia.  Here he presents a look at Louisville television history over the last 50 years, from T-Bar-V to Tom Wills's retirement.  Along the way, you will catch a glimpse of Diane Sawyer (as the WLKY "weather girl") and dozens of images of locally produced musical shows, game shows, talk shows, children's shows, and newscasts--not to mention all the lyrics to the T-Bar-V Ranch opening and closing theme song.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price:  $21.00

 

No Retakes: Remembering Live Television,  by Sandra Grabman and Wright King 

 

Television was mostly “live” in the 1940s and 1950s, meaning everything from comedy/variety to kid shows to hour-long dramas was done in one “take,” with no tape to be edited for “flubs.”  Imagine blowing your line in front of the whole country with no chance to try again to make it right.  Yet week after week we watched brave actors and actresses take on the challenge, and they did an amazing job.  Wright King appeared on our screens in such shows as Studio One, Robert Montgomery Presents, and Kraft Television Theatre.  He and his fellow actors share fond memories of what it was like on the set as broadcast time drew nigh, and the reactions they got from people on the street when they left the studio.  Join them for an entertaining look back at the days when everything we saw on television was being broadcast live and absolutely anything could happen. 

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 127 pgs.          

Price:  $14.95

 

Old Time Television Memories,  by Mel Simons 

Mel Simons' telephone interviews read like conversations between close friends.  You'll think you're eavesdropping on a party line.  And if you're old enough to remember party lines, you're sure to love this book.  Clayton Moore recites "The Lone Ranger Creed"; Gale Storm (My Little Margie) opens up about her courageous battle with alcoholism; Larry Storch (F Troop) comments on the state of today's off-color comedy; eighty-year-old George Jessel tries to steal Mel's girlfriend; and legendary crooner (and former barber) Perry Como offers to give Mel "a good haircut."  Included here are interviews with Soupy Sales, Milton Berle, Willard Waterman, Steve Allen and many others.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 140 pgs.   

Price: $14.95

 

Timmy's in the Well,  by Jon Provost 

 

For viewers who regularly enjoyed the adventures¾and misadventures¾of young Timmy and his faithful collie companion, Jon Provost recalls his remarkable journey as television’s first child star.  Provost gives Lassie fans everything they hope for and more: an insider’s view of Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s; the low down on “Lassie,” one of television’s most enduring shows; celebrity anecdotes; rare photos; the perks and pitfalls of child stardom¾ and a remarkable look at what happens to a happy, normal, middle-class American family touched by fame.
 
Softcover, 7 x 8.7, 352 Pages
Price: $18.95
 

The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms, by David C. Tucker

 

Many bright and talented actresses made America laugh in the 1950s.  Smart and sassy women were a staple of TV sitcoms.  In an era when profanity and promiscuity were redlined from scripts, pure talent and screen savvy were the tools of these skilled actresses.  They successfully negotiated the hazards of the male-dominated workplace to bring class and humor to the small screen, and the work they did in the 1950s is inventive still by today’s standards.  This book pays tribute to 10 prominent actresses who played lead roles in popular comedy shows: Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy), Gracie Allen (The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show), Eve Arden (Our Miss Brooks), Spring Byington (December Bride), Joan Davis (I Married Joan), Anne Jeffreys (Topper), Donna Reed (The Donna Reed Show), Ann Sothern (Private Secretary and The Ann Sothern Show), Gale Storm (My Little Margie and Oh! Susanna), and Betty White (Life with Elizabeth).  Each chapter covers the works and personalities of one actress, concentrating primarily on her television work but also noting achievements in other areas.  Includes additional brief bios of 10 less famous funny ladies.
 
Softcover, 7 x 10, bibliography, photos, 215 pgs.    
Price: $39.95