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Steve Allen Overview:

Actor, Steve Allen, was born Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen on Dec 26, 1921 in New York City, NY. Allen died at the age of 78 on Oct 30, 2000 in Encino, CA .

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Radio and Television. In addition, Allen was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame and was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 2009.

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Video of the Week: Frank Zappa on the Show, 1963 revisited

By Marisa on Oct 7, 2015 From The Timothy Carey Experience

We received the sad news today of the passing of Gail Zappa, Frank Zappa‘s widow and the fierce guardian of his legacy. It seems appropriate, then, to reach back into the archives and re-post this video of young Zappa’s appearance on The Show back in 1963. He talks a bit abou... Read full article


Video of the Week: Frank Zappa on the Show, 1963

By Marisa on May 9, 2012 From The Timothy Carey Experience

This week we present something slightly different. This is a young Frank Zappa appearing on the Show in 1963. He talks about his involvement with Tim and the scoring of The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962). He is not exactly complimentary. Then he plays a bicycle. Take a look: “... Read full article


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Steve Allen Quotes:

Steve 'Mac' Macinter: My job and reputation are gone. Two years' work, destroyed. But that can't compare in importance with what you've just witnessed - the triumph of *stupidity* over reason. Let me tell you the deep secret about my past. Some years ago I began a sociological study of skid row. To do a study of this sort involving human beings, gaining their confidence is absolutely necessary. These men drank. So I drank with them, for months. And I became an alcoholic. Professor Addison here had me dried out. Before I joined this faculty I had begun work on another sociological study, one that I didn't think would be as dangerous to me.
[chuckles]
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: I thought it important to know what our educated young people, the ones we refer to as our future leaders, thought about a world that's been at war since 1914. I thought it important to know what neglected moral values - square concepts that some hipsters don't care to dig - were considered worth saving. And there were other things I wanted to know to pass along to anyone concerned with the world we live in. I planned the sociological questionnaire to cover youth, and the push-button civilization in which he lives. All the interrelated areas of contemporary society: home, education, military service, politics... and sex. Yes, my questionnaire had twenty pages. Two of them were devoted to sex mores. Shouldn't we *know* the attitude of young people towards sex? When we, presumably mature adults, no longer describe a woman as lovely, beautiful, and gracious, but as 36-24-36? When as patrons of the arts we treasure our collections of nude calendar photos? Our philosophers are warning us something is seriously wrong with the morality of our society. Would you say they're mistaken? *No.* No, because that would force you to *think*, to at least defend a position. No, the horrible things is, you're not even listening to them.
[pauses]
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: Now, some of you were shocked by my questions on sex but are you also shocked that a foreign sociologist has described Americans as knowing everything about sex and nothing about love? Has love, like other ethical nobilities, gone out of style? Were my questions on sex dirty? Or is it the adult mind that looks for dirt? Why do we search for dirt? Why are we so determined to find dirt? As if determined to debase our minds and spirit, to the end and at last we'll succeed in splitting apart behavior and morality, science and religion, so that both will wither and we'll be left with nothing but the cheapest, smuttiest, least ennobling aspects of sex. Once the worm begins to gnaw on ethical values, the character of a good society changes. Force may become an instrument of repression against its own citizens, and individual liberties may be outlawed. If that happens you'll be forbidden to think creatively about anything, you'll be stupefied dull till you're incapable of thought, reason, or judgment. I think about such things. And if you object to my thinking, well then, that is the crime for which I should be held. I plead guilty to asking questions about life, and living, which naturally involve sex.
[pauses, removes glasses]
Steve 'Mac' Macinter: Now I'm going to shock you good people even more than before. I'm going to reveal the source books of my questions. First of all, the Bible itself.


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Steve Allen Facts
First coined the question "Is it bigger than a breadbox?" when making an appearance as a panelist on "What's My Line?" (1950), 18 January 1953.

At one point in his broadcasting career he was a commentator for professional wrestling. He later admitted that in order to juice up his commentary, he made up the names of wrestling holds. Apparently, nobody ever questioned him about it.

Considered by many as the "father of late night television comedy", he was the original host of NBC's "Tonight Show" (1953-1957). During 1he 1963-64 season, Steve made a return to live late night TV with a syndicated (Ch.11 in NYC) variety show from Los Angeles. He now had access to videotape and multiple camera shots for his many skits on stage, off stage and in the street. According to TV Guide, this show fared well against the current "Tonight Show", hosted by Johnny Carson, especially with "the college age crowd". As the show was only seen in major cities it was not able to compete with the major networks in the long run and was canceled after its first year. Many other successful TV projects for Steve would follow, but this was his last late night endeavor.

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