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Allen, Charles

Abstract Charles Allen graduated from ASU in 1960; worked at KAET for four years; moved to Allentown PA; worked in Hollywood for 14 years; returned to KAET in 1980; and retired in 1995 as the third Director of KAET. His interview is divided into three videos: Early Years, ASC/U Years, and KAET Years. There are stories about the name change, the Tempe campus (size and faculty), Kay Gammage and Al Michaels. There are ten Hollywood stories many involving well know Hollywood personages. As Program Director of KAET, Allen recounts two memorable programs: the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Sandra Day O’Conner and the live coverage of an open heart surgery.
Table of Contents Following are three Tables of Content, one for each of the three sections of the interview.
EARLY YEARS 1938–1964 (51:51)
1. INTRODUCTION @ 0:0:00
2. PRE-ASU YEARS 1938-1957
2a. Growing Up in Phoenix @ 0:02:19
2b. High School @ 0:11:42
2c. Early Radio Experiences @ 0:14:00)
3. ASC/U STUDENT YEARS 1957-1960
3a. Entering ASC/ASU @ 0:15:21
3b. The Sewer Club (Name Change) (Kay Gammage) @ 0:17:03
3c. The Diamond Jubilee @ 0:18:45
3d. Selling Frat House (Tempe Campus) (Kay Gammage) @ 0:20:34
3e. 1959 Ford Skyliner Fire @ 0:25:37
4a. ASU Faculty (Tempe Campus) @ 0:28:54
4b. Early Influencers (Kay Gammage) @ 0:30:27
5. KAET 1960-1964 @ 0:34:05
5a. The Call Letters @ 0:35:29
5b. Collecting Tapes from AZ St... (more)
Created Date 2012-02-02
Contributor Ellis, Robert (Interviewer) / Arizona State University Retirees Association (Producer)
Subject Conflicts Promoting ASU / Name Change / People / Gammage, Katherine / Michaels, Al / Campuses / Tempe / Size
Series Administration, KAET
Type Moving Image
Extent 127 minutes
Language English
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Citation Allen, Chuck. Interview. 02 Feb. 2012. ASURA Video History Project. © Arizona Board of Regents.
Note Barry McNeill: Editor, John, McIntosh: Video & Audio recording, Dave Scheatzle: Director, Linda Van Scoy: Chair of Video History Project
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Note Taylor Edwin Hackford (born December 31, 1944) is an American film director and former president of the Directors Guild of America. He won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Teenage Father (1979). Hackford went on to direct a number of highly regarded feature films, most notably An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Ray (2004), the latter of which saw him nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and Academy Award for Best Picture. – taken from Wikipedia on 2/14/2019 at
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

  Early Years 1938-1964
2.5 GB video/mp4
Download Count: 57
  Non-ASU Years 1964-1980
2.5 GB video/mp4
Download Count: 56
  KAET Years 1980-1995
1.4 GB video/mp4
Download Count: 403