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About edsweb

Ed Robertson is an award-winning author, journalist and analyst who divides his time between collaborative writing and editing, and hosting and producing his radio show, TV CONFIDENTIAL. He has had seven books published covering such genres as biography, media and entertainment, including MAVERICK: LEGEND OF THE WEST (“a notable work of television journalism,” according to the Nassau Herald) and THIRTY YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES, a behind-the-scenes history of James Garner's groundbreaking, award-winning TV series. Ed has also written for The New York Times, Media Life Magazine, The Wave Magazine and other media venues, including Columbia House Video Library, Highbury House Communications and the TalkAmerica Radio Network. For five years he was the monthly TV analyst for The Tony Gill Show (AI Radio, Boston). He currently appears as a regular guest on the top-rated Ronn Owens Program (KGO Radio, San Francisco). Ed is also a successful ghostwriter who helps publishers, agents, authors and companies produce books, articles and other content. His previous collaborations include the San Francisco Chronicle best-seller VOICE OF REASON by National Radio Hall of Fame nominee Ronn Owens; THE ETHICS OF STAR TREK, an engaging blend of pop culture and classic philosophy that he co-authored with Indiana State University professor Judith Barad; and the memoirs KEEP ON KEEPING ON and UNFULFILLED DREAMS: THE STORY OF A FATHER AND A SON. Since 2008, Ed has produced and hosted TV CONFIDENTIAL, a radio interview show that takes listeners behind the scenes of all aspects of television, as well as features special guests from the world of entertainment. The show is broadcast on two stations, with archives available at www.tvconfidential.net. Ed Robertson is a member of the Authors Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Editorial Freelancers Association and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. For more information, visit www.edrobertson.com.

All Aboard Suntrain

Talk about timing. With President Obama calling for investments in renewable energy, Bay Area transportation expert Christopher Swan has devised a full-service passenger train system that is not only completely solar-powered, but just might be the ticket to solving our most pressing transportation, energy, and environmental problems. Known as Suntrain, it is the subject of Mr. Swan’s Big Idea (Sopo Press, 2009), a new book by San Jose State University professor David Vasquez. My interview with Vasquez appears in The Wave Magazine:

http://thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=27017

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Remembering John Updike

A few of the many notable remembrances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who died last week at the age of 76:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/30/ED3E15JLBU.DTL&hw=john+updike&sn=002&sc=807

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/28/MNMU15I9RQ.DTL&hw=john+updike&sn=003&sc=704

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/28/SPCA15I7DV.DTL&hw=john+updike&sn=007&sc=297

Ed Robertson
www.edrobertson.com

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Remembering Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban

Tony Figueroa recently joined Frankie and me as we remembered Patrick McGoohan (Danger Man, The Prisoner), Ricardo Montalban (Fantasy Island) and the marks they left on film and television:

http://media.podcastingmanager.com/9/3/5/3/3/142636-133539/Media/012709tvc13_1.mp3

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday, 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net
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F. Scott Fitzgerald on film

With the recent release of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the Golden Globe-nominated film starring Brad Pitt, which was based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at other notable (and not so notable) movie adaptations of the works of the author of The Great Gatsby:

 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/24/DDA814JQ3L.DTL&type=movies

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net
Also available as a podcast via iTunes and FeedBurner

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Interview with Andrew Lee Fielding, author of “The Lucky Strike Papers”

In case you missed it, the Dec. 16 edition of TV Confidential is now available online on our archives page. Our guest that night was Andrew Lee Fielding, author of The Lucky Strike Papers: Journeys Through My Mother’s Television Past. Andrew’s mother, singer Sue Bennett, was a featured performer on Your Hit Parade, Kay Kyser’s College of Musical Knowledge and other early network musical variety shows. His book explores the pioneer days of live TV via the shows on which his mother sang.

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT
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www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net
Also available as a podcast via iTunes and FeedBurner

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Majel Barrett Roddenberry dies at 76; widow of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry kept the legacy of the series alive

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-roddenberry19-2008dec19,0,1017655.story

I never met Majel Barrett (nor Gene Roddenberry, for that matter), but I did get a chance to chat with their son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr., at one of the Star Trek Grand Slam conventions in Pasadena.

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Television Historian
Co-Author, The Ethics of Star Trek
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT
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Interview with author Paul Green on Share-a-Vision Radio

In case you missed it, our Dec. 2 program is now available on the archives page at www.tvconfidential.net. Our guest that night was Paul Green, author of A History of Television’s The Virginian; our topic was The Virginian (NBC, 1962-1971), the long-running Western series based on the classic novel by Owen Wister.

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at
10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.edrobertson.com
www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net
Also available as a podcast via iTunes

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