Richard Alva Cavett is an American television personality and former talk show host notable for his conversational style and in-depth discussions. He appeared on nationally broadcast television in the United States in five consecutive decades, the 1960s through the 2000s. In years, Cavett wrote a column for the online New York Times, promoted DVDs of his former shows as well as a book of his Times columns, hosted replays of his TV interviews with Salvador Dalí, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Marlon Brando, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, John Lennon, Richard Burton and others on Turner Classic Movies. Cavett was born in Nebraska, but sources differ as to the specific town, locating his birthplace in either Gibbon, where his family lived, or nearby Kearney, the location of the nearest hospital. Cavett himself has stated that Gibbon was his birthplace, his mother, Erabel "Era", his father, Alva B. Cavett, both worked as teachers; when asked by Lucille Ball on his own show about his heritage, he said he was "Scottish, Irish and partly French, a dose of German."
He mentioned that one grandfather "came over" from England, the other from Wales. Cavett's grandparents all lived in Nebraska, his paternal grandparents were Gertrude Pinsch. His paternal grandfather was from Diller and his paternal grandmother was an immigrant from Aachen, Germany, his maternal grandparents were the Rev. R. R. and Etta Mae Richards. The Rev. Richards was from Carmarthen and was a Baptist minister who served parishes across central Nebraska. Cavett himself is an agnostic. Cavett's parents taught in Comstock and Grand Island, where Cavett started kindergarten at Wasmer Elementary School. Three years both of his parents landed teaching positions in Lincoln, where Cavett completed his education at Capitol and Irving schools and Lincoln High School; when Cavett was ten, his mother died of cancer at age 36. His father subsequently married Dorcas Deland a teacher from Alliance, Nebraska. On September 24, 1995, Lincoln Public Schools dedicated the new Dorcas C. and Alva B. Cavett Elementary School in their honor.
In eighth grade, Cavett directed a live Saturday-morning radio show sponsored by the Junior League and played the title role in The Winslow Boy. One of his high-school classmates was actress Sandy Dennis. Cavett was elected state president of the student council in high school, was a gold medalist at the state gymnastics championship. Before leaving for college, he worked as a caddie at the Lincoln Country Club, he began performing magic shows for $35 a night under the tutelage of Gene Gloye. In 1952, Cavett attended the convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in St. Louis and won the Best New Performer trophy. Around the same time, he met fellow magician Johnny Carson, 11 years his senior, doing a magic act at a church in Lincoln. While attending Yale University, Cavett played in and directed dramas on the campus radio station, WYBC, appeared in Yale Drama productions. In his senior year, he changed his major from English to drama, he took advantage of any opportunity to meet stars going to shows in New York to hang around stage doors or venture backstage.
He would go so far as to carry a copy of Variety or an appropriate piece of company stationery in order to look inconspicuous while sneaking backstage or into a TV studio. Cavett took many odd jobs ranging from store detective to label typist for a Wall Street firm, as a copyboy at Time Magazine. In 1960, Cavett was living in a three-room, fifth-floor apartment on West 89th Street in Manhattan for $51 a month, equal to $441 today, he was cast in a film by the Signal Corps. He was an extra on The Phil Silvers Show in 1959, a TV remake of the film Body and Soul for the DuPont Show of the Month the same year, Playhouse 90 in 1960, he revived his magic act while working as a typist and as a mystery shopper in department stores. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and future wife Carrie Nye landed several Broadway roles. Cavett was a copyboy at Time magazine when he read a newspaper item about Jack Paar host of The Tonight Show; the article described Paar's concerns about constant search for material. Cavett wrote some jokes, put them into a Time envelope, went to the RCA Building.
He handed him the envelope. He went to sit in the studio audience. During the show, Paar worked. Afterward, Cavett got into an elevator with Paar. Within weeks, Cavett was hired as talent coordinator. Cavett wrote for Paar the famous line "Here they are, Jayne Mansfield" as an introduction for the buxom actress. Cavett appeared on the show in 1961, acting as interpreter for Miss Universe of 1961, Marlene Schmidt of Germany. While at Time, Cavett wrote a letter to film comedian Arthur Jefferson, better known as Stan Laurel of the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy; the two soon met at Laurel's Hollywood apartment. On the evening of that first visit, Cavett wrote a tribute to him. Laurel saw the broadcast which he appreciated. Cavett visited the legendary comedian several times, their final time together came three weeks prior to Laurel's death in 1965. In his capacity as talent coordinator for The Tonight Show, Cavett was sent to the Blue Angel nightclub to see Woody Allen's act, afterward struck up a friendship.
Lubomír Zaorálek is a Czech politician, Minister of Culture since August 2019. Zaorálek served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka from 2014 to 2017, he has been a Member of the Chamber of Deputies since 1996 and unsuccessfully ran for the premiership in the 2017 election but his Social Democratic Party received only 7% of the vote. He was born on 6 September 1956 in Ostrava, graduated from Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Brno in 1982, he worked as a dramaturge at Czechoslovak Television in Ostrava. During the Velvet Revolution in November 1989 he participated in Civic Forum. Zaorálek was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1996 as a member of the Czech Social Democratic Party, becoming the party's vice chairman in 2009. From 2002 to 2006, he was the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2014 to 2017 in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. Official Chamber of Deputies website Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic official profile List of foreign ministers in 2017 List of current foreign ministers
Patricia Marie Cummings is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. Her father was in the Army, her family lived in different locations from Europe to Asia when she was growing up, she remembered "My brother and sisters and I were always the'new kids', but I found that art helped me to get to know my classmates." Growing up, her parents would read them stories about fairytales, which fueled her imagination as she explored castles on the Rhine River and villages on Okinawa. She attended Pratt Institute in New York City. After graduation Ms. Cummings freelanced for editorial and advertising clients before focusing on children's books. Cummings is the creator of over 30 books for children, including titles that have won the Horn Book-Boston Globe Award and the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction, she won the Coretta Scott King Award in 1984 for the illustrations in My Mama Needs Me written by Mildred Pitts Walter and was a finalist for Just Us Women written by Jeannette Caines, C. L.
O. U. D. S. Which she wrote and illustrated; as one of the illustrators for Our Children Can Soar she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work: Children. She worked as a producer and writer for Gullah Gullah Island, a Nickelodeon children's show and cohosted Cover to Cover, a cable TV talk show about children's books and the people who create them. Pat serves as National Secretary of The Authors Guild and sits on the Boards of The Authors Guild Foundation, The Authors League Fund, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, she is a member of The Writer's Guild and teaches children's book illustration at Pratt and Parsons, the New School for Design. Pat's goal is to prepare students for a career in children's books, her well-published former students include Julian Hector, Hiroe Nakata and David Ezra Stein, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Honor Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband. Jimmy Lee Did It, Lothrop, 1985.
C. L. O. U. D. S. Lothrop, 1986. Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon, Bradbury, 1991. Petey Moroni's Camp Runamok Diary, Bradbury, 1992. Purr, HarperFestival, 1999. Angel Baby, Harper, 2000. Ananse and the Lizard, Henry Holt, 2002. Harvey Moon, Museum Boy, HarperCollins, 2008. Eloise Greenfield, Good News, Coward-McCann, 1977. Jeanette Caines, Just Us Women, Harper, 1982. Mildred Pitts Walter, My Mama Needs Me, Lothrop and Shepard Books, 1984. Jeanette Caines, Chilly Stomach, Harper, 1986. Jeanette Caines, I Need a Lunch Box, Harper, 1988. Mary Stolz, Storm in the Night, Harper, 1988. Mildred Pitts Walter, Mariah Loves Rock, Bradbury, 1988. Joyce Durham Barrett, Willie's Not the Hugging Kind, Harper, 1989. Mildred Pitts Walter and Too Much, Bradbury, 1990. Mary Stolz, Go Fish, Harper, 1991. Margaret Read MacDonald, Pickin' Peas, HarperCollins, 1998. Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, Lulu's Birthday, Greenwillow, 2001. Elizabeth Winthrop, Squashed in the Middle, Henry Holt, 2005. Michelle Cook, Our Children Can Soar, Bloomsbury, 2012.
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