Perry Como was an American Singer, who got his start on NBC Radio. In 1948, Because of his popularity, The cameras were simply brought into the radio studio to televise the radio broadcast ...
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Perry Como was an American Singer, who got his start on NBC Radio. In 1948, Because of his popularity, The cameras were simply brought into the radio studio to televise the radio broadcast and named it The Supper Club. In 1950 Como and his Sponsors moved to CBS and named this The Perry Como Chesterfield Show. Written by
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All New York City television networks' contracts with the United Scenic Artist's Union IATSE # 829 designated that the production's designer credit clause be stipulated that a television (stage) scenic designer credit could only be designated as a "Scenic Designer" - not "Art Director". On the west coast, the networks did not have this agreement with any union contract, specifically, The Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors - IATSE #876 Union. (Changed to The Art Directors Guild IATSE #800). The NYC networks had a contract with the graphic artists' union designating employed graphic artists and affiliated associates be given the credit "Art Directors." This television irony is the reason scenic designers could not have nor redeem the "art director" title for a credit title. With production for television specials being produced by both independent sponsors and producers, the "art director credit" used on a New York based television program's credit list prevented the network's monopolized "art director-graphic artist" credit denied to the stage scenic designer performing theatrical set design duties. See more »
I am a native of Canonsburg, PA, the hometown of Perry Como. My mother knew him when they were children, and his sister, Venzie, was my mother's best friend the last thirty-five years of their lives. When I was in second grade, Perry came to Pittsburgh to broadcast his show from the Civic Arena. The morning of the broadcast, Venzie called my mother up to ask us to come over before school began. We lived next door to her at the time, and we immediately ran next door, only to meet Perry himself. When we addressed him as Mister Como, he told us to call him Uncle Perry. From that moment on, we always called him that. We went to the Arena that night and I saw my first television show, live.
It was one of those childhood memories I will never forget. Thanks, Uncle Perry.
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