Academy Of Televison's 19th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Gala
As a staff announcer at NBC for 60 years, Don Pardo was a robust, velvety virtuoso of enunciation, whose baritone resonated like the aftertaste of a full-bodied fine wine.
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Back in late 1950s and early 1960s, one of the coolest series on the tube was  77 Sunset Strip, a stylish variation on hard-boiled detective noir infused with wise-cracking hipster humor - sort of Raymond Chandler meets the Rat Pack, set in what TV historian Horace Newcomb describes as "a sun-drenched world of cocktails, cool jazz and convertibles."
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Washington, D.C., has more than its share of inquisitors. But perhaps the most renowned questioner of all was Maurice James "Mac" McGarry, the founding host of It's Academic who died on Dec. 12 at age 87 in Potomac, Md. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the televised test of wits for teenagers is the longest-running quiz show in the TV history.
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In celebration of the 500th performance of the Off-Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes, we grabbed a few minutes with cocreator Daniel Okrent.
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