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Three Tristans!

December 29, 2009 |  8:00 am


Ramon Vinay, the tenor cast with Birgit Nilsson in "Tristan," said he was too ill to do the entire opera, so Rudolph Bing had Vinay sing Act I, Karl Liebel (likewise under the weather) sing Act II and Albert da Costa (also ill) sing Act III.

Dec. 29, 1959, Ernie Kovacs

Hedda Hopper interviews Ernie Kovacs.

Dec. 29, 1959, Dick Norman

Jeane Hoffman profiles Stanford’s Dick Norman.
Dec. 29, 1959: A fascinating bit of insight from Ernie Kovacs: “The part of the public I lose completely is the 8-to-5 clerk who bowls every Thursday night and has Sunday dinner with his mother one week and his wife's mother the next.” I wonder what Kovacs would say about TV audiences today.