“Dick Cavett Show: And That’s The Way It Is” The Icons of Network News Amos Lassen Since 1968, Dick Cavett has hosted his own talk show, in a variety of formats and on a number of television and radio formats. What we have on “And That’s The Way it Is” were taken from episodes that aired between 1968 through 1996 and feature some of the best known news reporters of the era. News-people appearing include: Walter Leland Cronkite (November 4, 1916 – July 27, 2009: Cavett conducted two one-on-one conversations with Cronkite, October 16, 1974 and the other on March 11, 1982. Thomas John Brokaw (February 6, 1940) : Cavett and Brokaw chatted face to face on May 29, 1989 Daniel Irvin Rather (October 31, 1931): Rather and Cavett conducted their interview October 26, 1991 Myron Leon “Mike” Wallace (May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012) : Mike Wallace was a participant on a Cavett panel that included Robert Klein, Joan Gans Johnson and Nicholas Johnson on June 30, 1970. Barbara Jill Walters (September 25, 1929): Walters was on a panel with Gig Young, Melvyn Douglas and fellow newscaster, Frank Reynolds, on October 15, 1970 Lila Diane Sawyer (December 22, 1945) : On November 18, 1985, Sawyer appeared on a panel with 60 Minutes producer Don Hewitt, Morley Safer and oddly, Teddy Ruxpin and Don Kingsborough (the man who introduced the Teddy Puxpin toy). Cavett is brilliant and a linguist. Many of his interviews are legendary. This 2-DVD set has almost 5 hours’ worth of interesting conversation. They come from the ABC series, the PBS series and the most recent is from 1991 (Dan Rather from the CNBC series.

In in some cases there was just one guest, while in others we get to see the news people along with others. A 1970 section with Mike Wallace also includes then FCC Chairman Nicolas Johnson plus Robert Klein and Joan Ganz Cooney (creator of Sesame Street). There are two Cronkite sections (1974 and 1982) – one in Cavett’s studio and another where Cavett goes to Cronkite’s New England summer home.

The earliest one – from 1970 – features a YOUNG Barbara Walters, Actors Melvyn Douglas and Gig Young, plus ABC newscaster Frank Reynolds (who seems to be uncomfortable). If you loved Cavett and want to watch a time capsule of what were current events, this is for you.

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