Going Public (1964-1970)

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From Michael Ambrosino: I’ve never considered myself an intellectual; my memory and thought processes are just not good enough for true intellectual work. I do, however, have an insatiable curiosity and enjoy the world of ideas.

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Skating Around the Rink (1956-60)

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In this, the first of three excerpts, Michael describes the early years at WGBH, an era of live and live-on-tape TV productions at the 84 Massachusetts Avenue studio in Cambridge.

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Sing, Children, Sing (March 1956)

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From Peter and Lilly Hollander WGBH-TV’s second Art Director, Lilly Hollander, appearing on the Tony Saletan show Sing, Children, Sing, the first locally-produced program series to originate in the WGBH studios. Lilly is adding necessary sound effects to the picture she has just drawn. Tony was busy playing the banjo.

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Tony Saletan’s What’s New Specials (1960s)

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When Don rolled tape and I cued him, the “miller” walked right up to the camera lens — imagining somehow that it worked like a microphone — and said his line. All we got was a mouth full of gums. He didn’t have any teeth!

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Lamb and the Bacon (1970)

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I think it’s time to tell the story of who filled 125 Western Avenue with the smell of cooked bacon that got trapped in the air condition system during the summer of 1970.

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Folksinger (1950s)

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Tony Saletan visited Old Sturbridge Village to record a typical day there as one of five specials to be seen on Ch 2 Mondays at 5:30 pm, beginning tomorrow.

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Quo vadis WGBH (1946-2000)

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From Don Hallock: It may surprise you to know how many places the station has called home. WGBH’s origins were in a converted skating rink on the second floor of 84 Mass. Ave. and the office spaces on the third, were the first home of WGBH from 1955 to 1961.

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