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  • [Once a Star raw: Bowie Kuhn in NYC #1]

    [Once a Star raw: Bowie Kuhn in NYC #1]

    Raw footage of an interview with former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn (1926-2007), shot for the 1986 television special “Once A Star.” Continue reading

  • The AIDS Connection: Hour V

    The AIDS Connection: Hour V

    This tape is a broadcast from hour 5 of an historic live, all night, talk show that addressed various issues surrounding the AIDS crisis. It was a breakthrough for live TV via satellite as it had never been attempted to connect five locations via satellite, with live feeds to and from the CONUS/Hubbard Broadcasting studio in Minneapolis. No nationally televised long-form program about the AIDS epidemic had been on the air when this was produced. It was seen on more than 120 stations around the country and brought together top experts in the field in the early days of public awareness of AIDS.

    Each hour featured a panel of guests taking questions from the hosts, the studio audience members, and the audience members and panelists participating via satellite. This hour is split into two half-hour segments. The first segment focuses on the global AIDS crisis and AIDS outside of the U.S. The second segment focuses on AIDS and religion (mainly AIDS and Christianity). Each segment features a call-in survey related to the segment topic. Several public service announcements, usually featuring celebrities, were shown in each half hour. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw : Floyd Patterson #10]

    [Once a Star raw : Floyd Patterson #10]

    This tape features raw footage of an interview with boxing legend Floyd Patterson (1935-2006) at a boxing arena in Atlantic City. Taped for the 1985 television series “Once A Star.” Patterson talks about his legendary boxing career and his schooling in Brooklyn, New York. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #3 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #3 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star.” Footage from the NBA Legends basketball game during the 1986 All-Star weekend. Cazzie Russell (1944-) is interviewed. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Bowie Kuhn in NYC #2]

    [Once a Star raw: Bowie Kuhn in NYC #2]

    This tape contains the continuation of an interview with former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn (1926-2007), shot for the 1986 television special “Once A Star.” Continue reading

  • Once A Star #1

    Once A Star #1

    The first of two hour-long programs profiling former professional athletes. The show focuses on these athletes’ lives after retiring from sports, with archival footage sprinkled throughout. We get an in-depth look at these personalities, while also indirectly getting a sense of the difference between professional sports of the 50s, 60s, and 70s versus today: virtually all of the athletes work for a living. This program features “no-hit” Chicago Cub pitcher Kenny Holtzman; Cy Young Award winner Steve Stone;  first African American in the NBA, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton; TV wrestling pioneer “Dick the Bruiser” (Afflis); all-time NFL scoring leader, kicker and quarterback George Blanda; bowling champ Carmen Salvino; Casey Stengel speaking “Stengelese;”  Clown Prince of Baseball, Max Patkin; and one-season phenomenon, pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw : Floyd Patterson #11]

    [Once a Star raw : Floyd Patterson #11]

    This tape features raw footage of an interview with boxing legend Floyd Patterson (1935-2006) taped for the 1985 television series “Once A Star.” Patterson talks about keeping in shape after retirement and having bigger hands than Muhammad Ali. Shot in Atlantic City, NJ. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #4 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #4 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star.” Shot during the 1986 NBA All Star weekend. This tape is a continuation of an interview with Cazzie Russell (1944-) before the game. Continue reading