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Over 200 episodes of TV's legendary "David Susskind Show" are in danger of being lost if they are not immediately transferred. Read more

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Over 200 episodes of TV's legendary "David Susskind Show" are in danger of being lost if they are not immediately transferred.

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David Susskind (1920-1987) was one of the most important, prestigious and prolific producers in the history of entertainment.Along with bringing to the big screen such films as “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” Susskind and his company, Talent Associates, brought to the small screen the films “Eleanor & Franklin,” “Blind Ambition,” and “All Creatures Great and Small,” as well as productions of “The Glass Menagerie,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Of Mice and Men” and the television series “East Side/West Side” and “Get Smart.”

Learn more about David Susskind here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Susskind

Still, mention Susskind’s name to most people and they will probably recall his eponymous weekly talk show that ran in syndication from 1958 to 1987.

Learn more about “The David Susskind Show” here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_David_Susskind_Show

During his show’s tenure, Susskind, a highly skilled interviewer, conducted one-on-one interviews with the likes of Martin Luther King (one week before Dr. King delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech) and Nikita Khrushchev and boldly took on any number of other timely, controversial topics.

Though many of Susskind’s most famous programs have been preserved and some have even made it to DVD and Youtube (including his famous interviews with Jerry Lewis and his “How to Be a Jewish Son” show featuring Mel Brooks), an enormous number of his shows are still residing on the now ancient format of 2-inch videotape and have not been seen, in whole or in part, since they were first broadcast.

Currently, over 200+ 2” reels of various “David Susskind Shows” are being housed at the University of Southern California.Most date from about 30 years ago.They now serve as a unique snapshot of a timeand culture.Susskind was often pioneering in the issues he addressed.Below are just some of the episodes of “The David Susskind Show” currently at USC:

--“Plato’s Retreat,” from 1978

--A look at the rise of cocaine use in the US, from 1975

--“Women Fed Up with Women’s Lib,” from 1970

--“Parents Who Adopt Black Children,” from 1970

--“Homosexuals,” from 1970

--“Saturday Night Fever:The Real Tony Manero,” from 1977

--“Conversation with Four Nuns,” from 1966

--“Survivalists,” from 1978

--“Kid Criminals,” from 1974

--“Without Tears:Children Coping with Cancer,” from 1980

--“Men Who Became Women:3 Transexuals,” date unknown

--“The Mafia,” from 1979

--“Studs Terkel,” from 1980

--“Congressmen Who Quit Washington,” from 1980

--“Downward Mobility,” from 1982

--“Life After Death,” from 1978

--“The Hell of Vietnam,” from 1970

--“Addicted Doctors,” from 1975

--“It’s Hell Being a Copy,” from 1970

--“Mothers Without Custody,” from 1981

--“Women Pumping Iron,” from 1979

--“Anorexia and Agoraphobia,” from 1978

Also in the collection are copies of one-on-one interviews with the likes of Truman Capote, David Frost, George McGovern, George C. Scott, and Bette Davis.

Risks and challenges

Heavy and bulky, two-inch videotape is the dinosaur of the film and video industry. Today, few machines are still in existence which can still play 2”. Furthermore, 2” videotape (like most other formats of videotape) is not a very stable medium. Videotape is fragile. Eventually, these tapes will become unplayable.

Learn more about 2” videotape here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadruplex_videotape

Because of all of these issues stated above, time is of the essence.

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