At Our Next Luncheon: NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters will honor another television pioneer: Writer, humorist and talk show host Dick Cavett at its celebrity luncheon on November 7 in the Empire Room of Sportsmenís Lodge. PPB President Chuck Street will present Cavett with the beautiful Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award.

Yale-educated Dick Cavett established his reputation as the most erudite of American talk show hosts in the late 1960s and early '70s. Cavett's late-night talk show ran on ABC from 1968 to 1974, and then for an additional year on CBS. He has since appeared on numerous talk shows into the 21st Century. Cavett was famous for attracting guests who normally did not appear on talk shows, such as Katharine Hepburn, Laurence Olivier and the post-"Godfather" Marlon Brando.

Cavett was born in Nebraska and was an aspiring amateur magician, as was fellow Cornhusker Johnny Carson, for whom Cavett worked on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) as a writer after having broken into the business in a similar capacity for Jack Paar, Carson's predecessor.

He was born Richard Alva Cavett on November 19, 1936, in Gibbon, Nebraska, the son of two educators. After spending his childhood in Lincoln, Nebraska, he matriculated at Yale, where he first experienced the debilitating depression caused by bipolar disorder that would plague him though his adult life. He switched his major at Yale to drama and, upon graduating, made the rounds of casting agents, as did his first wife, the actress Carrie Nye whom he married in 1964 and remained married to for 42 years, until her death.

An American treasure, Dick Cavett now writes regularly for "The New York Times." In November 2010, he married for the second time, tying the knot with writer Martha Rogers in New Orleans.

• Dick will be interviewed by legendary talk show host Larry King!


Honoree: Carl Reiner

Talk about a man who has done it all: Carl Reiner is that man, and he received PPB's coveted Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from PPB President Chuck Street at our celebrity luncheon on September 12 at Sportsmen's Lodge.

In a departure from the usual PPB luncheon format, there was no head table nor dais guests. Instead, Carl was interviewed by Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron, who questioned him about his early TV history starring with Sid Caesar, and the amusing anecdotes he has included in his two best-sellng books. Carl had previously autographed every page in one of them and passed it into the audience of some 300 PPPers with instructions to tear out one page each for a souvenir./p>

Born in the Bronx borough of New York in 1922, in his teens Carl became a performer in Broadway musicals like "Inside U.S.A.," "Alive and Kicking" and "Call Me Mister," in which he had the lead role. In 1950, he began a memorable run in Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows," appearing in skits and learning writing skills from the likes of Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart.

On "The Steve Allen Show" in 1960, Carl teamed with Brooks as a comedy duo. They developed their famous skits where Carl was the straight man to Brooks' "2000-Year-Old Man" character. The routine eventually expanded into a series of five comedy albums and a 1975 animated TV special.

In 1959, Carl developed a weekly comedy series that became "The Dick Van Dyke Show," which made stars of Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Not only did Carl write and direct the shows, but he appeared in many episodes as the series ran from 1961 to 1966.

He then took his acting talents to the big screen, appearing in such movies as "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" and "The Jerk," the latter with Steve Martin for whom Carl wrote and directed four films starring the young comedian.

Carl has also written several books, including his 2004 memoir My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir and 2006's NNNNN: A Novel. He has appeared on dozens of television shows over the years and has voiced various cartoon characters. He is truly a Pioneer Broadcaster!

In December of 1943 when he was 21, Carl married Estelle Lebost. They were married for 64 years until her death in 2008 at the age of 94. Their offspring include well-known son: actor and director Rob Reiner; daughter: poet, playwright and author Sylvia Anne Reiner; and son: painter, actor and director Lucas Reiner.

Below: Tom Bergeron holds the Gilmore Award as Carl Reiner autographs pages of his book with PPB President Chuck Street looking on. (David Keeler Photo)

Would you like to join the PPB and attend the Dick Cavett Luncheon on November 7, 2014? If you have worked in Broadcasting or in any related field for 20 years or more, please e-mail our Membership Committee with your request to join us to honor Dick Cavett. Please include your name and daytime telephone numbers.

PPB Members receive their Luncheon Notice and Reservation Form by mail before the date of each luncheon, and send in their request for table seating along with their check.

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