Archive for September, 1996

Gene Wilder

Wednesday, September 25th, 1996

Actor Gene Wilder is profiled and interviewed.

  • Born: Jun 11, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Occupation: Actor, Writer, Director
  • Active: ’70s-’90s
  • Major Genres: Comedy
  • Career Highlights: Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Bonnie and Clyde
  • First Major Screen Credit: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The Telephone

Sunday, September 15th, 1996

Undeniably essential to modern life, the telephone is the most important, influential, and effective communication tool ever developed. Stay on the line with THE HISTORY CHANNEL to witness this invention’s unbelievably dramatic true story-one of false starts, close calls, and a bitter rivalry. All his life, Alexander Graham Bell was driven by a desire to create a machine that would make it easier for the deaf to speak and hear. Using an actual human ear from a cadaver to understand the nature of sound, Bell even enlisted a young Thomas Edison to help invent what would become the telephone. Exploring how one man’s speaking device has grown into the technological web that links humankind, this thrilling program also revisits the race between Bell and rival Elisha Gray—who was building a similar design but ultimately filed the history-changing patent just two hours after Bell.

Tennessee Valley Authority

Monday, September 2nd, 1996

During the depths of the Great Depression, it was FDR’s greatest triumph: A massive public works project that took a 40,000 square mile, disaster-prone river basin, and turned it into a model of industrial progress.