Television was still young. Conversation was still valued. Wit and repartee were not only fashionable, they were desirable. People did not parrot talking points at each other; they exchanged ideas. When they disagreed, it was by turns vehement, provocative, catty, hilarious, and entertaining.
The show was topical. The guests were brilliant -- and the host was a match for them. He was still young and boyish enough to appreciate his good fortune at the gig of a lifetime -- the opportunity to chat with one's heroes and establish his own standing in the process.
A few years ago (2008), Dick Cavett sat down with Charlie Rose to discuss his newly penned Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets -- and to reminisce about a high point in TV entertainment, the show he helped to create.
Here's a clip from that interview, which I found on the way to researching something else. The clip within the clip (with Carol Burnett) is worth the price of admission.
And just for fun, here's a clip with the entire Dick Cavett Show on August 3, 1970. The guests were Janis Joplin, Gloria Swanson, Margot Kidder, and Dave Meggesy. Janis performs at 9 minutes, 25 seconds into the hour-long show. She sits down and talks for a while. Then she sings some more. It's a blast.
TAGS: Historical Moments, Figures & Events; Muses & Music; Truth & Beauty
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