Comedian Jan Murray; Jerry Lanning from the Broadway hit "Mame"; Robert Manry, author of "Tinkerbelle," named after the tiny wooden sailboat (13.5 foot) that Manry sailed from Falmouth, MA, USA to Falmouth, Cornwall, UK in 78 days in 1965.
Hugh Downs with "The Eternal Hope", a 2-hour salute to Bob Hope on occasion of his 30th anniversary with NBC, including interviews with Hope and Bing Crosby at their respective homes and a film report on Bob's career.
Gary Coleman and his parents discuss kidney health, dialysis & the need for organ donors; in Chicago, Phil Donahue talks to Robert Flack & James Finney about the corn-row hairstyle popularized by Bo Derek in the film "10"; Eubie Blake talks about turning 97 and performs a few of his songs.
Liza Minnelli talks to Gene Shalit about her upcoming film "Arthur" and the release of the extended director's cut of "New York, New York"; Dudley Moore talks to Rona Barrett in Hollywood. Married astronauts Sally Ride & Steve Hawley are also profiled.
Roberta Flack & George Benson promote their series of concerts at Radio City Music Hall, Flack and Willard Scott reminisce about growing up in Washington, D.C.; Secretary of State James Baker; Roger Miller talks about his hit Broadway musical "Big River."
Liza Minnelli talks to Gene Shalit about her PBS TV special tribute to her film director father "Minnelli on Minnelli" and mentions that "Lust for Life" was Vincente Minnelli's favorite of his own films.
Skaters Witt & Hamilton preview their "Stars On Ice" tour; Ann-Margret talks about her NBC TV film "Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story"; Goldberg & Pentecost talk to Al Roker about their Disney film "Pocahontas".
As the Today Show nears it's 50th anniversary (01/14/2002) it offers a look at past Christmas programs including a compilation of Barbara Bush, Liza Minnelli, Willard Scott and Cicely Tyson reading Clement Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas."