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Chwast’s Quote: Words of Wisdom from Gore Vidal

A notable quote from Gore Vidal, illustrated by Seymour Chwast—number 102 in a weekly series. Submit a quote in the comments (or on Twitter or Facebook), and it will be considered for a future column. For more Seymour Chwast, check out …

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What Is This New Fangled Tee Vee?

Many people made something having to do with TV. Arguably the Nazis were the first to introduce television programs. Oy. (You can see their earliest shows in the documentary here.) Yet in 1884 (that’s right) Paul Nipkow, a German engineer …

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Mad Men’s Peggy and the Truth About Cigarette Branding

Mad Men is hooked on cigarettes. And it just can’t stop. In the first scene of 2007’s pilot–set in 1960 and titled “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”–Don Draper talks with a waiter about Old Gold vs. Luckies. He shortly learns …

Winky Dink and Me

Winky Dink And You was the first interactive TV show aired on CBS from 1953 to 1957, on Saturday mornings. Hosted by Jack Barry, a popular game show host, it featured the exploits of a character named Winky Dink (voiced …

Arnold Stang, What a Chunk

Arnold Stang, a character actor whose bespectacled, owlish face and nasal urban twang gave him a singular and recognizable persona, whether on radio or television, in the movies or in advertisements, or even in cartoons. Stang appeared alongside comedian Milton …

Logo Prices Slashed

Anyone who watches a fair amount of television knows that there aren’t that many new ideas going around. It’s okay. Us TV-ophiles aren’t hard to please. After a long day at work, you have a beer, turn on the tube …