CTVA US Documentary - "Wide Wide World" (NBC) (1955-58)  Documentary series

CTVA
The Classic TV Archive - US Documentary Series

Wide Wide World (1955-58)
Sponsored by General Motors
 Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


NBC
Created by Pat Weaver
Executive Producer Barry Wood

US 90 minute Documentary series 1955-58 59 episodes x 90 min (16-Oct-1955 to 08-Jun-1958)

Host Dave Garroway
Announcer Nelson Case

*Note: Wide Wide World was introduced on the Producers' Showcase series on June 27, 1955.
"Wide Wide World" introduced a lot of firsts for TV during it's three year run. An important program for its time.

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NBC Sundays 4pm (aired alternately for Special programming)

1.01 Wide Wide World: A SUNDAY IN AUTUMN [Premiere]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_jVlcbxkog
16Oct1955 NBC Sun

Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Saul Levitt
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
A visit to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, New York City's Radio City Music Hall, Dallas, Texas State Fair,
Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida, On a barge in Lake Meade, Nevada to cover Donald Campbell's effort
to beat his own world speedboat record, San Francisco Cable Cars, Plane ride over the Mississippi river.
DIck Button ice skating at Rockefeller Center. [TVG]

Maurice Evans Presents
23Oct1955
Maurice Evans Presents "Alice in Wonderland".


1.02 Wide Wide World: WIDE WIDE WEST
30Oct1955
Produced by Robert Bendick
Written by Charles Andrews and Lou Salaman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
1) Salt Lake City, Utah and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
2) Las Vegas, Nevada, an old-fashioned gas-lit stage show.
3) Tombstone, Ariona, Helldorado week and Boot Hill Cemetery.
4) The Continental Divide.
5) Santa Barbara, California, the Old Mission.
6) San Francisco, Rodeo at the Cow Palace.
7) Oklahoma City, oil well on the capital lawn.
8) Houston, Texas, Leopold Stokowski conducts a rehearsal by the Houston Symphony of the premiere of Alan Hovhaness's "The Mysterious Mountain".
9) St. Louis
10) Hoover Dam. [TVG]

Wide Wide World:
06Nov1955
pre-empted for
NBC Opera Theater production "Griffelkin".

1.03 Wide Wide World: A SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH YOUTH
13Nov1955
Produced by Norman Frank
Written by Bob Corcoran and Gene Wyckoff
Special material written by Dick Krolik
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
It's another television first for Wide Wide World as the country-wide NBC network presents a live TV pickup from Cuba.
This is the first time a telecast has ever been beamed from a foreign country to the U.S. across a body of water.
The distance between Havana, where the cameras are located, and Miami Beach, Florida, where the video cable starts, is roughly 250 miles, too far for a TV signal to reach.
Between the two points, therefore, an airplane will fly a tight figure eight to a height of 11,000 feet to relay the picture.
In Havana, the cameras will focus on a group of Cuban children in native costumes and performing native songs and dances. Another camera will present a panoramic view of the city.

The Havana, pickup climaxes another 90 minute video tour of North America, with Dave Garroway as the guide and "A Sunday with Youth", as the theme.
Bennington Vermont, a christening.
Oakland, California, Fairyland Park.
Toronto, Canada, Spring Lamb Ballet on Ice.
Massillon, Ohio, High school football rally.
Ojai, California, The Gymkhana, ancient Greek contest featuring feats of speed and skill on horseback.
Madison, Wisconsin, 4-H Fair with farm children.
Havana pick up.
Brigham, Utah, Navajo boarding school, with Navajo children performing the Squaw dance.
Detroit, Michigan, rock 'n roll jam session with singer Jaye P. Morgan and Hugh Winterhalter's orchestra.
San Fernando, California, hot-rod race.
Miami Beach, Florida, water skiing.
Dayton, Ohio, a simulated alert sends four young pilots streaking to their jet planes and aloft from Wright-Patterson field. [TVG]

Wide Wide World:
20Nov1955
pre-empted for
Hallmark Hall of Fame production "The Devil's Disciple".


1.04 Wide Wide World: AMERICA'S HERITAGE
27Nov1955
Produced by Hal Keith
Written by Howard Rodman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Includes shots from San Francisco, New Orleans and lower Manhattan. Carlsbad Caverns is seen, as is Vancouver, British Columbia.
Grandma Moses is seen painting in New York. [NYT]

1.05 Wide Wide World: AMERICAN RHAPSODY
04Dec1955
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
From the scenic roads to music, Frank Sinatra and Nat 'King' Cole direct from the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas to Juarez, Mexico for a tuneful
300th birthday party to a U.S. to Cuba cruise ship for Latin rhythms to New Orleans for Dixieland Jazz to Toronto for Ballet and Tchaikowsky.

Maurice Evans Presents
11Dec1955
Maurice Evans Presents Elmer Rice's "Dream Girl".


1.06 Wide Wide World: PREPARATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS
18Dec1955
Produced by Robert Bendick
Written by Charles Andrews and Lou Salaman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
President Eisenhower's Christmas Message from Gettysburg and ceremonies lighting the White House Christmas tree.

Wide Wide World:
25Dec1955
pre-empted for
"No Room at the Inn" Nativity drama.

1.07 Wide Wide World: NEW YEAR'S DAY
01Jan1956
Produced by Norman Frank
Written by Bob Corcoran and Gene Wyckoff
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Scenes of New Year’s observances around the world are shown. Diplomats from various nations offer greetings for peace in the coming year.

Maurice Evans Presents
08Jan1956
Maurice Evans Presents Emlyn William's "The Corn is Green".

Wide Wide World:
15Jan1956
pre-empted for
NBC Opera Theater production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute".


1.08 Wide Wide World: PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN WINTER
22Jan1956
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Children skating in Burlington, Vermont. Cameras captured live shots of Milwaukee, Palm Beach, Omaha, Niagara Falls and Valley Forge.
The cameras paint a "Portrait of an American Winter" as they pick up scenes and activities all over the U.S. Dave Garroway acts as the guide for another
90 minute tour via live video pickups.
1) Burlington, Vermont: American families enjoy the winter skating on a frozen pond, sleighing and roasting wienies.
2) Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Tugboats and docks on Lake Michigan typify an industrial city.
3) Omaha, Nebraska: At this beef-packing center of the world we see thousands of cattle being fed in their pens.
4) Niagara Falls: The honeymooners' mecca is seen in its icy winter splendor.
5) Valley Forge, PA: We see the cabins where Washington's troops were quartered in one of the most trying winters in American history.
6) Florida Everglades: For glimpses of a tropical scene in winter cameras are stationed on the water, on land and in the air. Alligators, snakes, bear and birds are in view.
7) Cypress Gardens, Fl: The camera is stationed aboard a speedboat towing water skiers including champion Willa McGuire.
8) Yuba City, Ca: This is the city that was flooded out in December. Viewers watch as residents prepare for a belated Christmas celebration.
9) Utica, NY: The International Curling matches are being held, with U.S. and Canadian teams participating.
10) Palm Beach, Fl: Helen Hayes is shortly to appear down here in Tennessee Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie". We see bothe Tennessee Williams and Miss Hayes at dress rehearsal.
11) Salt Lake City, Ut: At the Alta Ski Lodge we witness the Annual Snow Cup Slalom. Nearby, the cameras look in on the snow school run by the
Snow Conservation Service of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, designed to prevent disaster and promote irrigation. [TVG]

1.09 Wide Wide World: TWO WAYS TO WINTER
29Jan1956
Produced by Robert Bendick
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Seasonal festivities in two very different places – Minnesota and the Bahamas – are shown. The program includes the two governors
shaking hands, courtesy a split-screen effect.
Only two areas are covered by today's telecast - The Bahamas, British Crown Colony some 50 miles east of Florida and St. Paul, Minnesota.
They will point up the differences between a winter in the warm climate of the semi-tropical islands and winter in the Minnesota frosts.
Split-screen shots will include scenes of ice fishing, coupled with big game fishing and some words from Minnesota Governor Orville Freeman
conversing with the Rt. Hon. Earl of Ranfurly, Governor of the Bahamas.

Maurice Evans Presents
05Feb1956
Maurice Evans Presents Ferenc Molnar's "The Good Fairy".

1.10 Wide Wide World: THE WORLD OF CELEBRATIONS
12Feb1956
Produced by Norman Frank
Written by Bob Corcoran and Gene Wyckoff
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Mardi Gras in New Orleans, festivals in Canada and U.S. Abraham Lincoln's birthday observance.
Tied to Lincoln’s birthday, Wide Wide World looks at the sixteenth president’s life and legacy.

1.11 Wide Wide World: AMERICA AT PLAY WHILE S.A.C. STANDS GUARD
19Feb1956
Producer Alan Neuman
Written by Harold Flender and Alden Stevens
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The Boeing B-52 all-jet "Super-fortress" known as the "Bomber of Tomorrow" will be seen in flight for the first time on live TV in this special salute to the Strategic Air Comman on the flying group's tenth anniversary.
Also a visit to Travis Air Force Base near San Francisco, the Boeing Aircraft Plant at Seattle and Lockborne Air Base at Columbus, Ohio.
The remainder of the program will show Americans enjoying pastimes ranging from golf to sword play with a peace of mind engendered as narrator Dave Garroway will point out "because the men of SAC are holding their vigil in the skies."

Wide Wide World:
26Feb1956
pre-empted for
Antarctica: The Third World.

1.12 Wide Wide World: BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN
04Mar1956
Producer by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The life of a child is the theme of today's series of live pickups from all over the U.S. Dave Garroway is the guide for the 90 minutes.
1) New York City. A mother just before the birth of her baby. Later, the baby at the moment its mother sees it for the first time. From New York hospital.
2) Pewaukee and Monroe, Wisconsin. Children growing up on a dairy farm. Swiss festival, including yodeling and cheese.
3) Gainesville, Texas. The Gainesville Community Circus in which local children and grownups put on their own circus acts.
4) Deer Creek, Ohio. Youngsters helping with a cattle roundup and newborn calves and attending cattle auctions.
5) Springfield, Oregon. Small boy and his father watching as loggers fell 400 year old fir trees.
6) Montgomery, Alabama. Several thousand youngsters, members of the American youth singers, singing some religious songs.
7) Williamsburg, Va. The city which has been restored to its appearance in colonial days.
8) Washington D.C. The Constitution of the U.S. and other historical documents at the Library of Congress. [TVG]

Wide Wide World:
11Mar1956
pre-empted for
Shakespeare's "Richard III"

Maurice Evans Presents
18Mar1956
Maurice Evans Presents Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew".


1.13 Wide Wide World: THE LAND OF PLENTY
25Mar1956
Produced by Robert Bendick
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
"The Land of Plenty" is the theme of today's video tour, as Dave Garroway shows viewers delectable edibles all over the map of the U.S. Restaurant chefs and proprietors will describe the making of a good meal.
1) Oakland, Calif. Hors d'oeuvres at Trader Vic's.
2) Los Angeles, Calif. Fish course at Romanoff's.
3) Chicago, Ill. Steak at the Sirloin Room of the Stockyard Inn.
4) New York, NY. Pfannkuchen (dessert pancakes) at Luchow's.
5) New Orleans, LA. Caxe brulot (coffee with brandy) at Antoine's.
6) Hollywood, Calif. Farmers Market, featuring a "ballet of food processes".
7) Vero Beach, Fl. Brooklyn Dodgers training camp, featuring the consumption of hot dogs and soda pop.
8) Syracuse, NY. Cattail cookies, plus a jazz concert featuring the Princeton Tigers and the Syracuse Combo.
9) Santa Cruz Mountains, Calif. At the Paul Masson Winery: how wines are made, wine tasters' contest, traditional music and games.
10) Fresno, Calif. Near Fresno, Basque shepherds from the Pyrenees, shearing, putting their sheep dogs through trials and putting on a Basque barbeque and picnic. [TVG]

1.14 Wide Wide World: AWAKENING OF SPRING
01Apr1956
Produced by Norman Frank
Written by Bob Corcoran and Gene Wyckoff
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The story involves baby chicks, Indians, channel buoys, falcons, magnolias and a swooping roller coaster.
The camera is strapped to the nose of the roller coaster at Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey. Cameras will go to Woods Hole, Mass.,
to watch Coast Guardsmen doing their Spring planting, the placement of huge, several ton channel marking buoys in the water. The camera shooting
this sequence will be mounted in a helicopter.
Next the cameras go to Ocala, Fl., to visit a "Birds of Prey" farm. Here, a target will be mounted right behind the camera so viewers can find out
what it's like to have a giant condor or an eagle swoop at them.
At Terre Haute, Ind., Wide Wide World will tour the Pfizer Farm, an experimental breeding ranch where chicks, it is hoped, will hatch on cue as
the cameras look on. On view also will be an incubator that simulates the motions of the setting hen.
Next stop is Albuquerque, N.M., where the Acoma Indians will stage a costumed dance on their 'sky city' - a reservation located on the high plateau.
And at Natchez, Miss., the cameras are mounted on jeeps, and will explore an antebellum estate called Melrose. A Negro choir, the Natchez City
Chorus will sing spirituals. [TVG]

Wide Wide World:
08Apr1956
pre-empted for
NBC TV Opera Theatre with "The Trial at Rouen".


1.15 Wide Wide World: IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
15Apr1956
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Americans’ Sunday leisure activities are the topic of this broadcast. In Phoenix, people visit a dude ranch; beachcombers spend time on the
shore at Hermosa Beach, California; and a concert in Seattle is shown.

Wide Wide World:
22Apr1956
pre-empted for
Equality at Work with Vice President Richard M. Nixon.


1.16 Wide Wide World: SUNDAY DRIVER
29Apr1956
Produced by Robert Bendick
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Dirk Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
In its wanderings today "Wide Wide World" will go aloft in an old-fashioned basket balloon, embark on a "symphonic" sightseeing
tour of New York City and stage a split screen horse race among other things.
The show entitled "Sunday Driver" is being produced by Robert Bendick and includes sternwheel riverboat racing, a tour of Knott's Berry Farm
in Southern California and a trip to Canada observing Canadian - U.S. goodwill. Horse running at Hollywood Park, Calif. at the top and one
racing at Jamaica, Long Island, NY Race Track at the bottom - all live, of course. A camera will go away up in a balloon to telecast the
flight of a companion balloon over Valley Forge, Pa. and to provide a balloon's eye view of the famous Revolutionary War locale.
All this high flying is being done with the help of the Balloon Club of America.
New York City will be the subject of an all-electronic sightseeing tour. Numerous cameras and mobile units will be scattered about Manhattan
to beam 11 separate pickups to the rest of the nation. The symphonic element lies in the fact that "Wide Wide World" music director David Broekman,
will compose a New York Symphony program. He will select five instruments to symbolize various neighborhoods in the city, place them in the proper
locations and then blend their sounds.

Maurice Evans Presents
06May1956
Maurice Evans Presents "The Cradle Song".


1.17 Wide Wide World: POWER FOR PEACE
13May1956
Produced by Norman Frank
Written by Bob Corcoran and Gene Wyckoff
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The story of America's "Power for Peace" will be told explosively by "Wide Wide World" with such items as the detonation of two simulated atomic bombs,
the shooting down of a B-17 bomber and the firing of guided missiles.
The atomic bomb simulations will be stage by the Army at Fort Benning, Ga. and by the Marine Corps at Quantico, Va.
A squadron of fighter aircraft using rockets will shoot down the B-17 drone at an undisclosed spot and guided missiles such as Nike, Honest John,
Corporal Erectors (Army), Matador (Air Force) and Terrier (Navy) will be fired from an inland base from a beach and from shipboard.
Other items on the live television salute to the Nation's Armed Forces presented in conjunction with Armed Forces Week include:
A trip underwater with the Navy's Albacore, the world's fastest submarine.
An Army paratrooper's eyeview of a jump (a paratrooper will carry a creepie-peepie camera and shoot his fellow jumpers and the ground.)
An air-sea rescue demonstration by the Coast Guard in which a man is hoisted into a helicopter by basket.
Marine fire teams assaulting a pillbox (an unmanned camera will be located in the pillbox.)
An exhibition of bombing in which an Air Force B-36 giant bomber stitches a target area from end to end with 500 pound bombs.
The might of the Armed Forces will be explored at the Army's Fort Benning, Ga.; the U.S.S. Essex off San Diego, Calif.; the U.S.S. Mississippi off Virginia Beach, Va.;
the Coast Guard's Air Station at San Diego, Calif.; the Marine Corps' base at Quantico, Va.; and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Each pickup will be introduced by the chief of staff of the service branch involved. These are General Maxwell Taylor (Army), Admiral D.B. Duncan (Navy),
Admiral Albert Richmond (Coast Guard), General Randolph Pate (Marine Corps), and General Nathan Twining (Air Force). [TVG]

1.18 Wide Wide World: A PROMISE FOR AMERICA
20May1956
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Charles Speer and Alden Stevens
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Television is making an offshore crew of oil field drillers into a bunch of ham actos as fluttery as a new chairman at the neighborhood garden club.
Televiewers will be able to see the result this afternoon when NBC television cameras attempt the first live telecast from an offshore "wildcat well".
Back in early April things were going very well at Rig 52, a Magnolia Petroleum Co. drilling barge, which was hammering down a hole out in the Gulf of Mexico,
just east of the Mississippi River's mouth, 69 miles southwest of New Orleans. Drilling foreman Johnny Farrell of Hammond, Louisiana, who has seen about
everything in the oil drilling game, stepped to a radio set and answered a call. When he put the microphone down he swung around to Driller Tony Matthews
and said: "Get set, some television people are coming aboard".
A few hours later, two speedboats jockeyed up the barge and dumped a score of writers, technical and production personnel from NBC television in New York
and from Station WDSU-TV in New Orleans.

Wide Wide World:
27May1956
pre-empted for
Antarctica: Third World Part II.


1.19 Wide Wide World: THE ST. LAWRENCE STORY [Final episode of Season 1]
03Jun1956

Producer by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
About a new seaway and a new source of power in a joint international undertaking utilizing the facilities of both the National Broadcasting Company
and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In its role of electronic sidewalk superintendent for the big project, "Wide Wide World" will traverse the entire length of the new inland waterway
- from the Atlantic Ocean down the St. Lawrence River and through the Great Lakes to the ore and grain center of Duluth, Minn.
The project will enable big ships to penetrate the continent for the first time to load and unload in the Great Lakes industrial area and of equal
importance, how big ships will be able to sail from Duluth and keep on going to foreign ports.
The live cameras will focus first on the waves of the ocean crashing on the Atlantic coast.
Thence to the following places:
Quebec where cameras mounted on the historic Citadel will show the entrance of the seaway.
To Montreal for shots of the dredging and demolition work involved in creating a channel to bypass the Lachine Rapids.
The Cornwall (Canada), Massena (NY) and Iroquois (Canada) area for one of the most complex groups of live TV originations ever essayed. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

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2.01 [20] Wide Wide World: SONG OF AMERICA
16Sep1956

Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
"Wide Wide World" will open its 1956-57 season on NBC with an attempt to bring in a live pickup from London, England while pickups from across
the United States will offer "Song of America". The principle involved in the transatlantic telecast will be that of a high point in sunspot activity,
usually favorable for long range television transmission. Using the theme of music as a basic form of communication among peoples, television cameras
have been distributed across the country in unusual places to pick up music representative of those areas. To begin the telecast, the network has
arranged for a three day split screen showing the NBC TV master control rooms in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles at the same time. Viewers will
see the maze of equipment and personnel necessary to bring in the scattered points of program origin. From there "Wide Wide World" will switch to
Riverhead for the attempt at the London pickup. Then cameras will cover a block in the tenement district in Manhattan to offer the sounds heard in
the street there, using the "creepie-peepie" the ultra-portable camera during this phase of the telecast. In Salt Lake City, Utah, the network will
present Mother Gooseland in the New Lagoon Amusement Park, now abandoned as 100 youthful dancers enact a dream in which the park magically comes alive.
Other cities to be visited include: New Bedford, Mass., for the singing of ancient sea chanteys against a modern fishing background where the people
still go down to the sea in ships. Hillside, Ill., for a unique presentation of jazz in a monastery, featuring Brother Matthew, a former top jazz saxophonist
who performed under the name of Boyce Brown.
Durham, N.C., for the music of a tobacco auctioneer and the farmers in from the hills with their crops.
Denver, Co., for a performance by the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Chorus directed by Saul Caston.
Philadelphia, Pa., for a pickup inside Holmesburg prison, with songs written and sung by prisoners.
Laramie, Wy., for the song of a railroadman at a solitary lonely stop against a background of grazing cattle. [TVG]

Wide Wide World:
23Sep1956
"Starmaster" with Victor Jory.


2.02 [21] Wide Wide World: THE HOLLYWOOD STORY
30Sep1956
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Harold Flender and Charles Speer
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The history of Hollywood and its film industry. Walter Brennan, Debra Paget, Ginger Rogers and Roy Rogers are among those who make appearances to talk about the business of showbusiness.
Synopsis 2:
Dave Garroway tours Hollywood, visiting famous people and places. Jimmy Durante release a flock of pigeons at rededication of intersection of Selma and Vine.
Beulah Bondi makes her first public appearance as herself in the program.

Wide Wide World:
07Oct1956
pre-empted for the World Series.

2.03 [22] Wide Wide World: THE AMERICAN DREAM
14Oct1956
Produced by John Goetz & Garry Simpson
Written by Max Wylie and Jesse Sandler
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
An examination of industrial, scientific and cultural development in America. Includes shots of steel mills in Pittsburgh,
preparations for an Antarctic expedition and the Rochester (NY) Symphony Orchestra. Music from Copland is played.

Washington Square Variety
21Oct1956
Ray Bolger with Elaine Stritch, Rusty Draper, Bill and Cora Baird. Guests Bert Lahr and Richard Derr. [Premiere]


2.04 [23] Wide Wide World: SO GOES THE NATION
28Oct1956
Produced by Gerald Green
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
What Americans are doing just before election, including visit to Huntsville Prison Rodeo. [Waco Tribune Herald]

Washington Square Variety
04Nov1956
Ray Bolger with guests Sammy Davis Jr. and the Will Mastin Trio.

2.05 [24] Wide Wide World: THE FLORIDA STORY
11Nov1956
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The state of Florida is the of all of today's pickups. Dave Garroway in New York acts as guide.
St. Augustine: surrey ride, with stops at the oldest house and the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the U.S.
Cypress Gardens: Lakeland bathing beauties, water skiers, helicopter boat.
Largo Rocks: underwater views of a coral reef.
Clermont and Killarney: citrus groves, packing plant.
Greetings from Governor Leroy Collins.
Sarasota: performance by youngsters of the traditional "Sailor Circus" and visits to the Ringling Museum and the John Ringling Mansion.
Kissimmee: visit to a ranch, featuring a family barbeque and a roundup of prize Brahma cattle.
Miami Beach: it's history, plus a look behind the scenes at the Fontainbleu Hotel, to the accompaniment of the new composition "Rhapsody of Miami Beach" by David Broekman.
Lakeland: reunion of Congressional Medal of Honor winners. [TVG]

Washington Square Variety
18Nov1956
Ray Bolger with guest Martha Raye.

2.06 [25] Wide Wide World: AN AMERICAN SUNDAY - A VISIT WITH THREE FAITHS
25Nov1956
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Harold Flender and Charles Speer
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Evangelist Billy Graham is featured in one of the pickups.
Dave Garroway makes the following stops.
Charlottesville, Va.: Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the celebrated statutes of religious freedom in Virginia's law.
New York City, NY: St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan.
San Francisco, Calif: Trinity Methodist Church.
Houston, Tx: Temple Emanu-El Reform Jewish Temple.
Milton, Mass: The non-denominational Children's Church.
San Fernando Valley, Calif: Men preparing for the priesthood and the Mission Choir at San Fernando Mission.
Chicago, Ill: Congregational Community centers, including a special nursery for underprivileged youngsters.
Las Vegas, Nv: Nellis Air Force Base, life of an Air Force Chaplain.
New Orleans, La: Choir of Dillard University.
St. Louis, Missouri: Rev. Billy Graham at St. Louis Arena.
Newport, RI: Irish Rabbi Theodore Lewis at Touro Synagogue, oldest in the U.S. [TVG]

Washington Square Variety
02Dec1956
Ray Bolger with guest Charles Laughton.


2.07 [26] Wide Wide World: THE AMERICAN CAMPUS
09Dec1956
Produced by John Goetz and Garry Simpson
Written by Jesse Sandler
Special material written by Dick Krolik
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Phoenix, Az: Taliesin West, architect Frank Lloyd Wright's combination home and school.
Seattle, Wa: University of Washington students demonstrating log-rolling, tree-climbing, plus oceanography.
Philadelphia, Pa: fire department school.
Reno, Nv: University of Nevada students sponsored by a gambling club, students on a mining trip, interfraternity ski meet at the Reno Ski Bowl.
New Haven, Ct: master's tea at the Branford College common room, Yale University featuring a rendition of "The Whiffenpoof Song".
Corvallis, Or: forestry students at Oregon State U., reducing a log to pulp.
Columbia, Mo: fashion show by students of Stephens College.
Omaha, Ne: visit to Boys Town and director Msgr. Nicholas H. Wegner. [TVG]

Washington Square Variety
16Dec1956
Ray Bolger with guests Stubby Kaye, Vincent Price and Richard Torigi.

2.08 [27] Wide Wide World: THE JOYOUS TIME - CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR CHILDREN
23Dec1956
Produced by Gerald Green
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
"The Joyous Time" when North America experiences Christmas in its varied ways is explored on "Wide Wide World".
New Orleans where the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson sings carols in the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church - the church in which she worshiped as a girl.
New York City and the Roxy Theatre to visit the chorus girls and their families as they hold a backstage Christmas party.
Juarez, Mexico for two pickups:
One is a visit with Don Antonio Rivas, a great matador of yesterday. Now 80, he will demonstrate the techniques of bull-fighting to his two sons Pepito 5 and Jesusito 7.
The other Juarez event is an exhibition by "charros" (Mexican horsemen) of trick riding as part of a holiday celebration.
The Farallones Islands 30 miles out from San Francisco where Coast Guardsmen and their families observe an isolated but nonetheless cheerful holiday season.
Santa Claus will be hoisted on to the rocky isle by breeches buoy.
To Moosehart, Ill., where the Loyal Order of Moose operates a children's city - largely for orphaned youngsters.
Featured here will be a 60 piece symphony orchestra composed of youngsters and a unique choir made up of two-to-five year olds.
To Weiner, Ark., where cameras will be concealed in a duck blind at the Wild Acre farm. Some quarter of a million ducks may be seen here. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Wide Wide World:
30Dec1956
pre-empted for Pro-football Championship game.


2.09 [28] Wide Wide World: A WOMAN'S STORY
06Jan1957
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Helen Keller with her first live TV appearance, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, the only woman senator in the U.S., Margaret Mead,
one of the world's leading anthropologists, Eleanor Roosevelt from her New York City home, Kathryn Hulme, author of "A Nun's Story"
and Hanya Holm, choreographer of "My Fair Lady" talk about achievement.
The Singing Mothers of the LDS Church perform. The 600 voice chorus will sing under the baton of Dr. Florence Jepperson Madsen.
LDS Relief Society members from Salt Lake City and other counties in the central-northern part of the state comprise the chorus.

Washington Square Variety
13Jan1957
Ray Bolger with guests Milton Berle and Polly Bergen.


2.10 [29] Wide Wide World: AMERICAN RICHES
20Jan1957
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Harold Flender
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
A visit with Duke Ellington in the Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. Ellington and his band rehearse the "Congo Square" section of A Drum is a Woman,
then plays a medley of Ellington standards.

Washington Square Variety
27Jan1957
Ray Bolger with guests Gertrude Berg, Stubby Kaye, Lionel Hampton and Richard Torigi.


2.11 [30] Wide Wide World: TEXAS, U.S.A.
03Feb1957
Produced by John Goets and Garry Simpson
Written by Jesse Sandler
Special material written by Dick Krolik
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Televiewers will see 1,000 oil wells within range of a single camera shot.
The world renowned Kilgore College Rangerettes will perform in the middle of the forest of steel derricks which stand in downtown Kilgore.
Cameras mounted in helicopters will tour Houston industries at San Jacinto, viewers will see the famous USS Texas, now completely landlocked.
At San Antonio the cameras will record a Mexican fiesta and will picture the "Alamo Story".
At Waco a visit will be made to the unique three-dimensional Baylor Theatre, and a tour will made of the drought area in West Texas.
At Fort Worth, a visit will be made to the vast Convair plant, showing the first live television appearance of the B-58 supersonic jet bomber.
Shrimp fishing off Galveston and a tour of the Hildreth ranch in Parker County will complete the story of Texas. [Corpus Christi Times]

Washington Square Variety
10Feb1957
Ray Bolger with guest Martha Raye.


2.12 [31] Wide Wide World: THE CREATIVE SPIRIT
17Feb1957
Produced by Gerald Green
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
A live television camera will penetrate the sonic barrier and the only baby gorilla born in captivity will make her live TV debut when "Wide Wide World" tells the story of "The Creative Spirit".
These firsts will be augmented by an unprecedented study of cancer - a visit with prison inmates who are volunteering to contract the disease.
Producer Gerald Green will investigate, too, the fields of music, drama, construction and invention.
From George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif., for a supersonic jet ride. A special lightweight camera developed by the Philco corporation especially for "Wide Wide World" will be mounted in a T-F102 jet interceptor to focus on the horizon on another jet plane and on the pilot as the plane goes faster than sound.
The Columbus Zoo in Powell, Ohio for a visit with "Colo" the only gorilla ever born in captivity. Viewers will meet Colo's mother and father as well.
Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus where convicts who "want to do one good thing in this world" are offering their bodies for cancer research. The convicts, none of whom have yet contracted cancer, will discuss their reasons.
Detroit, Michigan where folk singer Big Bill Broonzy will give a concert to a group of music students at Wayne University.
The Circle-in-the-Square Theatre in Manhattan's Greenwich Village for a look at Eugene O'Neill's Quintero, the brilliant young director will guide viewers about the famed off-Broadway theatre.
Denver, Col., where a camera perched on the top girders of the 28-story Murchison Tower will focus on workers rushing the structure to its completion. The tower will be the tallest building in the Rocky Mountain area and will view the entire city of Denver from its skyscraping vantage point.
Miami, Fl., where Charles F. Kettering, the famous inventor and industrialist, has his laboratory. Kettering invented the self-starter - the device that replaced the auto crank and is currently at work trying to find out why the grass is green and will discuss his project. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Washington Square
24Feb1957
Ray Bolger with guest Ann Sothern


2.13 [32] Wide Wide World: A MAN'S STORY
03Mar1957
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Dave Garroway introduces U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, playwright Tennessee Williams, actor-dancer-producer-director Gene Kelly,
psychiatrists Karl and William Menninger, German scientist Wernher von Braun and baseball star Mickey Mantle.
White Sands, NM: Guided missiles in action, including the Nike, Corporal, Dart, Honest John and Little John.
Undisclosed area: Dr. Von Braun discusses the missiles.
Philadelphia, Pa: Tennessee Williams discussing criticisms of his controversial movie "Baby Doll".
Washington, DC: Justice Douglas analyzing the Supreme Court's functions, while the cameras tour the court's building.
St. Petersburg, Fl: Mickey Mantle currently in Spring training with the New York Yankees.
Topeka, Ks: the Menninger brothers demonstrating treatments at their famed clinic for mental patients.
Hollywood, Ca: Gene Kelly explaining how he puts a dance together.
Rehearsals for Tennessee Williams' Orpheus are shown. Williams sits down for an interview with himself, via special effects. [TVG]

Washington Square
10Mar1957
Ray Bolger with guests Peggy King, Jim Backus and Enid Mosier.


2.14 [33] Wide Wide World: FLIGHT
17Mar1957
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Will Sparks
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
A dog fight between two World War I planes. An unusual balloon ascension. One-man helicopter in action. Sky-diving world's most daring new sport.
1909 Bleriot in flight. Teletours to New York's Idlewild Airport and Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. [TVG]

Washington Square
24Mar1957
Ray Bolger with guests Patti Page, Gertrude Berg and Jim Backus.


2.15 [34] Wide Wide World: SPRING JUBILEE
31Mar1957
Produced by Gary Simpson and John Goetz
Written by Jesse Sandler
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Poet Robert Frost and musical stars Dinah Shore and Cyd Charisse appear in the course of today's country-wide tour called "Spring Jubilee",
under the guidance of Dave Garroway.
Shrewsbury Center, Vt: tapping for maple sugar. Frost reading a new poem, "Fear of Delight".
Yosemite National Park, Calif: scenic wonders, including Half Dome Glacier Point, giant redwood trees and Yosemite Falls.
Jamestown, Va: Jamestown Festival, re-creating the landing of colonists 350 years ago.
Mesa, Az: Maricopa County Fair, including jelly and pie making contests, and a rodeo for children.
Beverly Hills, Calif: best dressed lady awards to Dinah Shore and Cyd Charisse. [TVG]

Washington Square
07Apr1957
Ray Bolger with guests The Andrews Sisters.


2.16 [35] Wide Wide World: AMERICAN WATERS
14Apr1957
Produced by Gerald Green
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Green who doubles as an author (current best seller "The Last Angry Man") will take the cameras to ...
The Pacific waters off Coronado, Calif., for an underwater view of Navy frogmen detonating a mine, one of the frogmen being Lt. Jon Lindbergh son of Charles Lindbergh.
To Hannibal, Mo., for the story of the Mississippi River told in terms of Mark Twain.
New York Harbor for a five mile trip for five cents - a tour of the Staten Island Ferry from Battery to the borough of Richmond.
Lake Pontchartrian, New Orleans, La., for a race between two ocean going yawls off the Southern Yacht Club.
Arizona for the story of the Colorado River and its greatest creation: the Grand Canyon. [Amarillo Sunday News]

Washington Square:
21Apr1957
Ray Bolger with guests Patrice Munsel, Sammy Davis Jr. and the Will Mastin Trio.


2.17 [36] Wide Wide World: LAND OF PROMISE
28Apr1957
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The entire 90 minutes is devoted to an exploration of California.
Its live cameras will range from the Mexican border to the Donner Pass in the Sierra mountains.
In the program, entitled "Land of Promise - A Look at California Today", producer Herbert Sussan will present a ballet on the Golden Gate Bridge, a dramatic study of the Mexican "wetback" story and other features. In portraying the grandeur of the Golden State, the program will tour El Camino Real, the historic King's highway that threads the length of California.
During this sweep the cameras will focus on Mexican border activities, proceed to San Diego Mission, and then show Huntington Beach and its sunbathers and oil derricks, Los Angeles and its complex of freeways and conclude with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Special segments will include visits to Hemet for the traditional outdoor performance of "Ramona", a play utilizing the entire slope of a mountain for its stage. Governor Goodwin Knight will speak there.
Westwood and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) for the story of the young people and their future in California.
Sacramento the state capital and Sutter's Fort where the first words of the discovery of gold were voiced.
Chula Vista for the "wetback" story. "Wetbacks" the Mexican nationals who swim across to provide cheap farm labor are a major California problem and "Wide Wide World" will visit Mexicans in the prison compound and goverment officials at border patrol headquarters of the US Department of Immigration and Naturalization.

Wide Wide World:
05May1957
pre-empted for Project 20 special program.


2.18 [37] Wide Wide World: ARMED FORCES WEEK
12May1957
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Will Sparks
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Garroway narrates a taped piece on the function of the four branches of American military. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force training exercises are shown. [TVG]

Washington Square
19May1957
Ray Bolger with guests Vera Ellen, Jose Greco and Richard Hayden

2.19 [38] Wide Wide World: THE AMERICAN INDIAN - BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
26May1957
Produced by John Goetz and Garry Simpson
Written by Jesse Sandler
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
In 90 minutes of live television you'll meet noted Indian personalities and stop at historic Indian sites.
Los Alamos, NM., Indian laboratory workers.
Pima Reservation, Az., tragic story of Mt. Suribachi hero Ira Hayes.
Tulsa, Ok., Chat with Allie Reynolds
Chicago, Ill., Maria Tallchief teaches ballet.
Anadarko, Ok., Cheyenne war dances. [Bluefield Daily]

Washington Square
02Jun1957
Ray Bolger with guests Sophie Tucker, Vivian Blaine and George Jessel.

2.20 [39] Wide Wide World: SUMMERTIME [Final episode of Season 2]
09Jun1957
Produced by Gerald Green
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Earth satellite No. 1, the metal sphere which scientists will project into space next year, will make its first live television appearance today, when Wide Wide World pays a call to the Naval Research Laboratories in Washington, D.C. to watch it being tested.
The satellite's appearance is a cosmic sort of highlight on an over-all program entitled "Summertime".
Wide Wide World's live cameras roaming from New York Coney Island to Los Angeles in a portrayal of the nation's warm weather activities.
Seattle, Wash., for a look at seven boats of unlimited hydroplane class, the fastest competitive boats in the world - racing at 140 miles per hour in preparation for the national Gold Cup championship.
Annapolis, Md., for a blending of tradition and sentiment as a young Naval Academy graduate takes a bride. Lt. Forrest Hanvey and Suzanne Monnett will speak their vows and emerge from the Academy chapel under crossed swords.
Los Angeles, Calif., for a concert by the California Junior Symphony one of the finest groups of young musicians in the country, in Plummer Park, Peter Meremblum will direct.
Stratford, Conn., where "Othello" will be in rehearsal at the American Shakespeare Festival, Alfred Drake, Earle Hyman and Jacqueline Brookes will perform.
New York's Coney Island. Here the live camera will promenade down Surf Avenue, the heart of the famous amusement area. [Bluefield Daily]

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3.01 [40] Wide Wide World: THE CHALLENGE OF SPACE
15Sep1957
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The cameras explore the subject from earliest times to the present International Geophysical Year. Remote pickups will include
a visit to the closely guarded installations at Santa Susana, Calif., to show test runs of rocket engines; a show of giant
missiles at Huntesville, Ala.; Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base; and a preview of the launching of the earth satellite. [Pasadena Independent Star]
Synopsis 2:
A visit to Wright Air Development Center at Dayton, Ohio, the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards, Calif., the Army Ballistics
Missile Agency at Huntsville, Alabama and other closely guarded scientific and defense installations. Meet the pilots and see the
planes that have taken tem higher and faster than man has ever flown in an aircraft before. See actual missiles being fired, witness
a test firing of the world's most powerful rocket engine and see how the first man-made satellite will circle the earth. [Salt Lake Tribune]

Omnibus:
22Sep1957

3.02 [41] Wide Wide World: IN BETWEEN
29Sep1957
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Will Sparks
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
"Wide Wide World" cameras travel to Sacramento, Calif., where we see boys and girls voluntarily helping disabled children and adults;
also a visit to an Illinois high school where Charles Van Doren will have a word or two with a few typical teenagers; and a close-up
of a group of 4-H Club members. [Pasadena Independent Star]
Synopsis 2:
"In Between" the world of the teenager as we take a close look at that unpredictable, fun-filled and sometimes controversial segment of America
- the teenagers. Meet them in their own world - visit a teenage dance, go to a colorful county fair, see city teenagers at a record session
with leading disc jockeys with host Dave Garroway and special commentator Charles Van Doren. [Oakland Tribune]

Omnibus:
06Oct1957


3.03 [42] Wide Wide World: MAN AGAINST THE MOUNTAINS
13Oct1957
Produced by John Goetz
Written by Jesse Sandler
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The stories of seven men who have pitted themselves against the mountains will be told when the live cameras of "Wide Wide World" move high up into the Rockies.
Host Dave Garroway and roving reporter Charles Van Doren share the experiences of a stone cutter from Vermont, an industrialist from Chicago, a dog breeder from Iowa,
a musician from Hollywood, a doctor from New Hampshire, a miner from Texas and an astronomer from Massachusetts.
"The mountains have special meaning for each of these men," says John Goetz who produced the program. "Each came to the Rockies in search of something and each,
in his own way, became a man to match the mountains."
Viewers will be taken for a sled ride behind a team of huskies, will be guided into a mine a mile beneath a mountain and will be carried to the top of Mt. Aspen in Colorado for the highest telecast ever attempted in this country.
Horace Tabor, the stone cutter from Vermont who struck it rich during the silver boom, married the beautiful Baby Doe, became Governor of Colorado, lost everything in the Panic of 1893 and was immortalized in the American opera, "The Ballad of Baby Doe".
Walter Paepcke, the Chicago industrialist who founded a Shangri-La in the mountains where the nation's business leaders can take refuge from their daily cares, read and discuss the world's great books and develop their minds and bodies.
Stuart Mace, the dog-breeder from Iowa who fled zoning laws to a lonely spot in the Rockies where he raises huskies for America's polar expeditions and where his son has a ghost town as a playground.
Fred "Schnickelfrizt" Fisher, a musician from Hollywood who suffered a heart attack several years ago, quit his job as a top bandleader, traveled into the mountains until he found a town without a fix-it shop and there set up a modest business of his own.
Dr. Charles Houston, the doctor from New Hampshire who heads a mountain health center and led the third American mountain-climbing expedition to attack K-2 in the himalayas, the second highest peak in the world.
John Petty, the miner from Texas who worked his way up to become assistant superintendent of Climax Molybdenum Company mine which provides nearly three quarters of the free world's supply of the vital metal used to harden steel.
Dr. Walter Orr Roberts, the astronomer from Massachusetts, who went to the mountains for a clear view of the universe and who has spent seven years at a time isolated in the mountains observing the sun. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
20Oct1957


3.04 [43] Wide Wide World: THE HOUSE I ENTER
27Oct1957
Produced by Ted Rogers
Written by Harold Azine
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
A major operation will be performed on 'live' television today when the cameras of "Wide Wide World" move into hospitals, research centers and homes across the nation to tell the story of American doctors.
The operation will be performed at University Hospital in Cleveland by resident surgeon Dr. James M. Smith and will be supervised by Dr. William Holden, director of surgery.
The program will open in a classroom amphitheatre at Western reserve University in Cleveland and viewers will hear the remarks of Dr. John L. Caughey Jr., associate dean of the School of Medicine, as he talks to a group of beginning medical students.
The program continues to the small town of Overbrook, Ks., where the cameras will pick up Dr. Charles O. Hoover, a 76-year-old general practitioner, and follow him into a patient's home for a bedside consultation.
At Overbrook viewers will also meet Dr. James Ruble, head of the town's glistening new clinic.
To Milwaukee to talk with Dr. Nicholas Dallas, a top psychiatrist, who will take time off from a patient to discuss the problems of mental illness.
Viewers will also be taken to the studios of station WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee where a group of parents on the program "The Hot Seat" will interview Elwood W. Mason M.D. on such questions as medical fees and services.
To a medical clinic in New York City where anyone can walk in off the street and get psychiatric treatment for a nominal charge of 25 cents. Viewers will meet Dr. Frederic Wertham, one of the country's best-know psychiatrists and watch him at work in the clinic.
To Cleveland where Dr. Herman K. Hellerstein, assistant professor at Western Reserve Medical School and his team of research doctors will demonstrate their cardiac research in the school and at a nearby steel mill. Dr. Hellerstein will compare the work done by a housewife and that done by a steelworker.
To the U.S. Public Health Service in Chamblee, Ga., to see "disease detectives" in action and learn how they track down an epidemic to its source.
Viewers will meet Dr. Robert Anderson, director of the Cummunicable Disease Center and Alex Langmuir, director of the Epidemic Investigation Service. The segment will also include an up-to-the-minute report on the Asian flu and availability of vaccine.
To the City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., where a group of 15 doctors work around the clock toward some means of arresting recuring leukemia. The cameras will show stricken children and their parents whose greatest hope is that a cure will be found. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
03Nov1957


3.05 [44] Wide Wide World: THE FABULOUS INFANT
10Nov1957
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
An historic joint broadcast among NBC, ABC and CBS, looking at the achievements of the then-young television industry. Clips from important news
events are shown, as are representative samples of comedy, drama and children’s programs. [LOC]

Omnibus:
17Nov1957


3.06 [45] Wide Wide World: MIRACLE IN THE DESERT
24Nov1957
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Will Sparks
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
A "Miracle in the Desert" which is transforming the American Southwest into a land of rich farms, booming industry and luxurious resorts.
To "Old Tucson" a town of adobe houses and swinging door saloons, where the program will re-create scenes from the Southwest's violent past.
At "Old Tucson" leaders of the region will tell about its history, its progress and its promise for the future.
To Maryvale, a suburb of Phoenix covering an area that was nothing but cotton fields three years ago. Viewers will meet the man who is building Maryvale
37-year-old John Long who started 10 years ago with a borrowed hammer and saw and now owns a company that puts up 12 houses a day.
To a 3,000 acre ranch which combines farming, cattle-raising and sheep herding. The ranch has pointed the way to a peaceful solution of the old range wars
that once raged between cattlemen and sheep-herders.
To the Paradise Valley Racquet Club in what was once called Windy Gulch, where the value of land has soared from $10 to $20,000 an acre in a few years.
To the University of Arizona to talk with world famous astronomer Dr. Andrew Douglas, who has unlocked many of the Southwest's age old secrets by reading tree rings.
To Youngstown to visit a community dedicated to the belief that retirement need not mean the end of fruitful activity or the loss of personal dignity.
The townspeople all over 50 years of age, have come from every part of the country to live in the Southwest's sunshine and enjoy its way of life. [Bluefield Daily]

Omnibus:
01Dec1957


3.07 [46] Wide Wide World: THE ENDLESS FRONTIER
08Dec1957
Produced by John Goetz
Written by Jesse Sandler
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Wide Wide World surveys the scientific race between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The program will introduce Dr. Jonas Salk, discoverer of the Salk anti-polio vaccine, Luis Alvarez, Glenn T. Seaborg, Ernest Lawrence and other leading American scientists and will look in at centers of education and research both in this country and in Russia.
The program is entitled "The Endless Frontier" and guides us to the atomic submarine Seawolf to witness a dive at sea and to meet the captain and crew.
To the University of California to see the university's Bevatron and to talk with scientists who will compare American and Russian progress in science and education.
To schools across America to survey student attitudes toward science and learn what happens to the enthusiasm and curiosity with which children in their early years regard the natural world around them.
To the Smithsonian Institute in Washington to meet its director, Dr. Leonard Carmichael and to find out about the process of scientific discovery.
To the Argonne National Laboratories in Illinois to see such experiments as the nuclear irradiation of foods.
To the Bronx high school of Science in New York City to look in on meetings of the students science clubs. The program will attempt to find out how this school has imparted a sense of adventure to the study of science. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
15Dec1957


3.08 [47] Wide Wide World: AN ACT OF LAW
22Dec1957
Produced by Ted Rogers
Written by Harold Azine
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
"Wide Wide World" will move inside the walls of Leavenworth (Ks) penitentiary and the Chilicothe (Oh) reformatory for the first live telecasts ever attempted from inside these federal prisons.
The program "An Act of Law" will also present exclusive films of Alcatraz, the first ever taken inside the main cell block and forward of the bullet-proof glass wall in this maximum security prison.
At Leavenworth, viewers will see and hear two prisoners as they are interviewed by the classification committee and Warden Chesley Looney. At Chilicothe, they will watch as a young offender receives his parole papers.
James Bennett, world famous penologist and director of the Bureau of Prisons, will appear in the telecast from Chilicothe to explain the bureau's policies toward prisoners and its methods of rehabilitation.
George Reed, chairman of the Federal Parole Board, will also take part in the program.
"An Act of Law" will deal with all major phases of justice in the United States, legislations, crime detection, capture of criminals, legal prosecution, interpretation of the law, and custody and parole of prisoners. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
29Dec1957


3.09 [48] Wide Wide World: THE WORLD ON WHEELS
05Jan1958
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
"The World On Wheels" tells of the high-powered, free-wheeling story of American automobiles and the people who make and drive them.
The 90 minute show will start with the covered wagons that were the first wheeled vehicles to push across the country and will finish with an experimental, turbine powered, rada directed motor car traveling the electronic highway of the future.
The program will cover small town byways as well as big city freeways. It will show the creation of an automobile from the style expert's first rough sketch to the highly-polished job that rolls off a mile long assembly line.
Host Dave Garroway will guide viewers to these locations.
To Hannibal, Mo., the hometown of Mark Twain, to see how the motorcar has shaped the life of a small town and test the truth of the remark that America has more cars than bathtubs because "you can't ride a bathtub to town".
To Flint, Mich., to visit the city that has made more motor vehicles than any other and to watch people descended from almost every nation in the world celebrate the anniversary of their industry.
To Los Angeles, which has enough cars to let everybody sit in the front seat - to watch police handle a "Sig Alert" for a Freeway traffic jam that can back up cars at the rate of a mile a minute.
To an auto plant in Flint to see the world's longest assembly lin in action and to observe the "mechanical monster" from the viewpoint of the men who feed it.
To Phoenix, Ariz. where pupils in the first three grades of elementary school learn highway safety by driving miniature cars on miniature streets, complete with signs, crosswalks and "police officers".
To Warren, Mich., to visit an automotive research and styling center and see the development of a car of the future from drawing board to the finished prototype that will steer itself along a stretch of the "Highway of Tomorrow". [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
12Jan1958


3.10 [49] Wide Wide World: MISSILE MEN
19Jan1958
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Will Sparks
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
The actual firing of a Regulus Missile. "Wide Wide World" have made arrangements with the Navy to splice their cables into a closed-circuit television system
at a West Coast launching site and as a result viewers at home will be able to watch the count-down and actual firing of the missile through the eyes of
TV cameras used by naval scientists to control missile launchings.
The complexity of the research efforts in the missiles field will be demonstrated in pick-ups from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute
of Technology here in Pasadena; the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.; the country's oldest Guided Missile Training School at Fort Bliss,
Texas and the Douglas Aircraft Company at Santa Monica.
Among the authorities in the field who are appearing include Dr. Wernher Von Braun, noted scientist and the Army's leading advisor on rockets; Dr. Simon Ramo,
chief scientist of the Air Force ballistic missile program; Dr. James Pickering, Army missile expert; Major General James Gavin of the Army and Rear Admiral William F. Raborn Jr.
of the Navy. [Pasadena Independent Star]

Omnibus:
26Jan1958


3.11 [50] Wide Wide World: NEW ORLEANS ON THE RIVER
02Feb1958
Produced by John Goetz
Written by Earl Hamner
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
New Orleans at Mardi Gras time is the scene of today's entire show.
From the bridge of an ocean going ship, we watch a river pilot guide the vessel up the Mississippi.
A Cajun trapper and fisherman guides viewers through the Avery Island bayous.
A plantation owner is visited at his home in New Iberia, across the delta from New Orleans.
At the Desire Street dock, activities in this busy port are observed.
There is a tour of the famous streets and buildings in the French Quarter. Aboard
the river boat "President", the New Orleans Jazz Club celebrates it's 10th anniversary
by playing some traditional jazz music and talking about the early days of jazz. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
09Feb1958


3.12 [51] Wide Wide World: THE HOUSE IN WEBSTER GROVES
16Feb1958
Produced by Ted Rogers
Written by Harold Azine
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
St. Louis: A middle-aged couple and their family are visited in Webster Groves, a residential section of the city.
Madison, Wi: Psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers describes the problems of the "middle years".
Westport, Ct: We meet Walter Pitkin Jr. who gave up a high-paying job in New York and opened a small store here.
Port Charlotte, Fl: Retired men and women are visited.
Los Angeles, Calif: Teenagers talk about the future.
Other brief stops include, a home for the aged in Philadelphia, a Cleveland housing project for elderly people, a hotel for the aged in Miami, Fl. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
23Feb1958


3.13 [52] Wide Wide World: FORCE FOR SURVIVAL
02Mar1958
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
"Force For Survival", the story of America's global defenses from West Germany and Morocco to Vietnam and the South China Sea.
The program will also look into the nation's defenses against air attack, with live telecasts from a Nike batery in Chicago, an air base in Canada and from major nerve centers in Washington, D.C., Omaha, Neb., and Colorado Springs, Col.
Viewers will see Marines making a landing on Sardinia, missile men within striking distance of Soviet territory, flyers at a forward base of the Strategic Air Comand and submariners on patrol off the coast of Red China.
Host Dave Garroway will guide viewers to those locations:
To the Pentagon in Washington to interview Gen. Nathan F. Twining, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
To the headquarters of North American Air Defense at Colorado Springs to pose the problem of an air attack against the U.S.
To the war room of the Strategic Air Command in Omaha to see how SAC bombers are alerted.
To the Army Nike battery in Chicago to witness a simulated alert in the heart of an American city.
To the Royal Canadian Air Force Base at St. Huberts in Canada to see the take-off of RCAF fighter planes.
To Paris to interview Gen. Lauris Norstad, Supreme Allied Commander for Europe.
To Pearl Harbor to talk with Admiral Felix B. Stump, commander-in-chief Pacific.
To Sadi Slimane in Morocco to see a "reflex action" at a forward base of the Strategic Air Command.
To a village in South Vietnam, where Americans are training the Vietnamese to defend themselves against Communism.
To Hann, Germany to meet Air Force missile men only minutes away as the missile flies from the Soviet Union.
To the Mediterranean to watch Marines of the Sixth Fleet make a simulated assault landing on Sardinia.
To Meinz, Germany to visit an Army Missile base which is on constant 24- hour alert.
To such other outposts as the Dewline in the Arctic, the Pinetree and Mid-Canada radar installations, a Texas tower in the Atlantic, killer submarines, picket ships, radar blimps and radome aircraft. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
09Mar1958


3.14 [53] Wide Wide World: AMERICAN THEATRE '58
16Mar1958
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Helen Hayes, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Preston and Peter Ustinov participate in "American Theatre '58", a behind-the-scenes look at the problems
and promise of the theatre.
The program will move across the country from a "Three Penny Opera" matinee at the off-broadway theatre De Lys to the San Diego Community Theatre,
where members will be seen preparing for their annual Shakespearean festival.
The live cameras will look in on the unique Children's Theatre in Evanston, Illinois, a rehearsal of William Inge's "Picnic" at the Carnegie Tech Theatre
in Pittsburgh and a performance of Noel Coward's "Still Life" at the Alley Theatre in Houston.
Helen Hayes, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Preston and Peter Ustinov will appear at Sardi's restaurant, a Broaway gathering place. Each of the performers will
introduce and comment on some phase of the program while Ustinov will compare
the theatre of this country with that of Britain. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
23Mar1958


3.15 [54] Wide Wide World: FLAG STOP AT MALTA BEND
30Mar1958
Directed by Dick Schneider
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Tells the story of America's railroad trains. The program focuses on the small town of Malta Bend, Mo., where train tracks converge from all directors.
Baltimore: The historic 1831 race between Peter Cooper's "Tom Thumb" engine and a horse-drawn carriage is recreated.
Washington, DC: Cameras on a special sightseeing train record some of Washington's landmarks.
New York City: The activity in Pennsylvania Station is seen.
San Gabriel, Ca: We visit movie director Ward Kimball who has set up a private railroad in his backyard.
Sierra Valley: Viewers are taken for a ride on the California Zephyr, a speedy streamliner. [TVG]

Omnibus:
06Apr1958


3.16 [55] Wide Wide World: WASHINGTON - HEADLINE CITY
13Apr1958
Produced by Ted Rodgers
Written by Harold Azine
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
More than 50 top newsmen will participate in "Headline City", the story of Washington, D.C. as the news making and news gathering capital of the world.
The 90 minute program will show the Washington Press Corps at work, will follow reporters as they cover their beats,
will move into news bureaus and government offices and will trace a wire service bulletin from a presidential press conference to front pages around the world.
Participants include James Hagerty, Presidential press secretary; Ben McKelway, president of AP and editor of the Washington Evening Star; Lyle Wilson,
vice president and bureau chief of UP, and James R. Wiggins, executive editor of the Washington Post and Times Herald.
The program will visit the National Press Club on its 50th anniversary and will introduce its president, Jack Horner. At the club, syndicated columnists Marquis Childs
of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Roscoe Drummond of the New York Herald Tribune, and Frederick Othman of United Features will explain their approach to the news.
Viewers will meet Ernest K. Lindley of Newsweek, John O'Donnell of the New York Daily News, James Reston of the New York Times, Marvin Arrowsmith of AP, Al Friendly,
managing editor of the Washington Post and Times Herald, Ed Pollard of the same paper and many other members of the Washington Press Corps.
In the press room of the White House, Press Secretary Hagerty will be interviewed on the nature and demands of his job. A specially filmed segment will show White House
reporters questioning the President at a recent news conference. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
20Apr1958


3.17 [56] Wide Wide World: A STAR'S STORY
27Apr1958
Produced by Herbert Sussan
Written by Lou Salaman
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
What does it mean to be a celebrity? Wide Wide World's cameras profile some of the era's stars, including Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
Stars of the art world are also shown, and Garroway muses about what, exactly, makes a celebrity.
Synopsis 2:
The program will trace Academy Award winner Joanne Woodward's rise to stardom through her girlhood in Greenville, S.C., her drama school days in New York,
her early screen tests, her first big break in the TV play, "Interlude" and her acceptance of the Oscar for her multi-role part in "Three Faces of Eve".
Other participants will include actor Paul Newman, studio head Buddy Adler, and movie historian Richard Griffith, who will mark the growth of the star legend
through such archetypes as the romantic daredevil, the villain, the Western hero, the Vamp, the Siren and the girl-next-door. Gloria Swanson is also interviewed.
The show will look in on the front office of a movie studio, a school for young actors and actresses, a gathering of movie fans, a Hollywood residence club and
a projection room for a viewing of scenes with such silent film stars as Mary Pickford, Theda Bara, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Greta Garbo, William S. Hart and Erich Von Stroheim. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
04May1958


3.18 [57] Wide Wide World: FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK
11May1958
Produced by Alan Neuman
Written by Will Sparks
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
A mobile TV unit will roll past banks, churches, museums and glittering shops to cover the full length of Fifth Avenue and to show it as a center of finance, high fashion, modern architecture and the fine arts.
Some 25 other cameras along the way will look into such points of interest as Washington Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park Zoo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Armory, which is the last building at the northern end of the avenue.
At Washington Square, the program will show the old houses facing the park, will recall some of the history of the square and will introduce artists, writers and musicians who live in the neighborhood.
The program will then move northward past Madison Square, the Empire State Building, the New York Publice Library and will stop at the ultra modern bank of the Manufacturers Trust Company at 43rd Street.
The cameras then move into Rockefeller Center for a look at the problems of planning and maintaining a huge skyscraper complex and into Bergdorf Goodman's for a behind-the-scenes view of high fashion in the making.
In Central Park, the program will tour the zoo and will enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see some of its art treasures and to learn how it is adding to its collections and services.
At the northern end of Fifth Avenue, the program will look in on The Armory of the 369th Field Artillery Group Regiment of the New York State National Guard. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Omnibus:
18May1958


3.19 [58] Wide Wide World: THE SOUND OF LAUGHTER
25May1958
Produced by John Goetz
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Features clips and commentary by Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Smith and Dale, Robert Benchley,
Mort Sahl, Claude Rains, Al Capp, Will Rogers and Peter Ustinov.

Omnibus:
01Jun1958

3.20 [59] Wide Wide World: THE WESTERN [Final show of the series]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZPIwCdRLUI
08Jun1958

Produced by Ted Rogers
Written by Harold Azine
Directed by Van Fox
Host Dave Garroway
Synopsis:
Today's 90 minute program, narrated by Dave Garroway, traces the evolution of the Western, which emerged from the pulp magazines to become a popular movie and television staple.
Much of this program originates at Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in Newhall, Calif. This ranch is the oldest extant location for Western films and many TV shows are filmed there.
At the ranch we meet Gene Autry and his horse Champion; John Wayne and Ricky Nelson, who are on location for the movie "Rio Bravo". TV Western stars James Arness ("Gunsmoke"),
James Garner ("Maverick"), Jay Silverheels (Tonto of "The Lone Ranger"), Gail Davis ("Annie Oakley"), and Ward Bond ("Wagon Train"). Broncho Billy Anderson, cowboy star of the silent screen;
character actor Chill WIlls, who pays tribute to Will Rogers, movie producer Jack Warner, director John Ford, who shows clips from his classic movie "Stagecoach", writer Frank Gruber,
TV producer Norman MacDonnell, who talks about "adult" Westerns and Indian actor Rodd Redwing who gives a shooting exhibition with a Colt .45 and a rifle.
Gary Cooper, Maria Schell and Karl Malden are seen at another location site, Anchez Washington, where they are making the movie "The Burning Tree".
The three actors and their director Delmer Daves, comment on the current Western trend.
Filmed sequences show footage from current TV Westerns and from some old and recent Hollywood cowboy films.
Such horse opera stalwarts as William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, Harry Carey, Tim McCoy and Buck Jones as well as Johnny-come-latelies James Stewart, Gregory Peck,
Gary Cooper and John Wayne are seen in action. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

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