How powerful an impression has Leonard Nimoy’s Star Trek portrayal of Spock left on American culture? Hold up your right hand in the split-fingered Vulcan salute that Nimoy invented for his relentlessly logical, dispassionate half-alien starship officer, and odds are that just about everybody in the room will get the reference.
There was a time when sports fans watching a live game on TV had no choice but to play close attention throughout. If they missed a spectacular play while reaching for the bowl of chips, they didn’t get a second chance to see it.
Antes de comenzar sus carreras artísticas, o para reforzarlas, muchos famosos participaron como modelos en comerciales de televisión. Anunciaban desde refrescos y papas fritas, hasta detergentes para trastes y antiácidos.
Actresses and singers come and go, but Polly Bergen had a multifaceted entertainment career that stretched from 1949 to 2012 because she was a star at just about everything she tried.
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.
Ruby Dee had impressive versatility as an actress in Broadway dramas, TV soap operas and movies that included Buck and the Preacher (1972) and Do the Right Thing (1989). Dee, who passed away on June 12 at age 92 in New Rochelle, N.Y., had an equally impressive career as a civil rights activist. She and her husband of nearly six decades, actor Ossie Davis, spoke out in the 1950s against McCarthyism; organized a campaign to press the government to restore the revoked passport of actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson; served as masters of ceremonies for the entertainment portion of the 1963 March on Washington; and demonstrated against segregation in the south and against the Vietnam War. Here she is in 1969, in reading the names of African-American men killed by police.
On June 9, 1969, the U.S. Senate confirms President Richard Nixon's choice of Warren E. Burger to succeed Earl Warren as chief justice of the United States. Though generally conservative, Burger will vote in favor of school busing and abortion rights, and will write the court's unanimous decision upholding a subpoena for the Watergate tapes.
If you watch The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, you already know Larry Wilmore as its "Senior Black Correspondent." But when Comedy Central picked him to host a new show of his own, The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore, which will replace the departing Stephen Colbert in the 11:30 p.m. slot in January 2015, the 52-year-old actor-writer-producer expressed surprise at getting the opportunity - not because of his race, but because of his age.
On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a lawsuit that some think will determine the future of television - or, at the very least, whether you can watch local TV news and broadcast channels over the Internet, without having to buy a cable TV subscription.
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