Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 23:52:49 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Television & Radio research; T.T.F.N.
MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO
Television and Radio are very important, but you won't see many OED or
RHHDAS citations from their programs. Perhaps that will change, but right
now, television and radio language research is very difficult.
I went to the Museum of Televison & Radio today. I typed in "Stapp."
Nothing came up.
Maybe John Paul Stapp said "Murphy's Law" on a radio or televison
program in the 1950s, and maybe he didn't. We may never know.
Stapp made the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Life, Collier's--every
important national print publication. Does this mean he never did a single
radio or television program? TV producers saw all those headlining stories
of a guy defying death at speeds of 600 miles per hour and all said "it's not
"We don't have every tv and radio program," said someone connected with
the Museum. No shit!
Most of the "What's My Line?" and "I've Got a Secret" shows are not
indexed, and many are missing. The "What's My Line?" shows were indexed by
"Mystery Guest" only, but each half-hour show had two other guests (three
guests each show). The "mystery guests" were mainly entertainment types,
such as Jack Benny or Zsa Zsa Gabor. Stapp was not there as a "mystery
guest." That doesn't mean he was never on the show as a regular guest.
Surely, some scientists appeared on "What's My Line?"?
These shows are in the Museum's archives and take a week to retrieve. I
don't even know what shows to request.
TV and Radio research really sucks.