Famous & Notorious People

Ormand & Eve Knowles- AE: Johnny Carson

Ormand tells his story about an interesting encounter with Johnny Carson. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History.

Ormand & Eve Knowles- AE: NBC Security

Ormand tells his story about an interesting encounter while working security at NBC. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History.

S.D. Houston

S.D. Houston – AE: Arnold Palmer

S.D. Houston had a lot of business golf games, and he even got to play with some famous people. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

David Arant

Hugh “David” Arant – AE: Winston Churchill

David Arant found comfort in Winston Churchill’s words, “There is nothing more exhilarating in life than to be shot at with no results.” CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

George Paul Rollin

George Paul Rollin – AE: Martin Luther King Jr.

George Rollin met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Helen Lee

Helen Lee – AE: Robert E. Lee

Helen Lee’s husband was cautious about commitment. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Nancy F. Holland

Nancy F. Holland – AE: Coal for Hogs

Nancy F. Holland talks about walking along trains and picking up coal to feed their hogs. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Josephine Cook

Josephine “Jo” Cook – AE: Kids and Uncles

Jo Cook’s mother raised 21 kids, and Jo’s uncle was Sergeant Alvin York. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Roger Wessels

Roger Wessels – AE: Babe Ruth

Roger Wessels was a neighbor of Babe Ruth. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Alan Waters

Alan Waters – AE: Glenn Miller

Alan Waters was the public relations agent for Glenn Miller and the military band he formed. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Tina Wasserman

Tina Wasserman – AE: Cook Books

Tina Wasserman has published two books about Jewish Cooking and lectures around the country. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Dorothy Wachter

Dorothy Wachter – AE: Elvis Presley

Dorothy Wachter’s mother knew Elvis Presley long before he became famous. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky – AE: Groundhog’s Day

Stephen Tobolowsky talks about his favorite role in the film Groundhog’s Day. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky – AE: Woody Allen

Stephen Tobolowsky talks about how fickle Hollywood can be and talks about a time Woody Allen wanted him for a movie. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky – AE: TV vs Film

Stephen Tobolowsky gives his insight on the differences in working on a television show and working on a film. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky – AE: The Turning Point

Stephen Tobolowsky talks about the turning point in his career as an actor. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ann Hearn

Ann Hearn Tobolowsky – AE: Julie Harris

Ann Hearn Tobolowsky recalls the time she rubbed elbows with the talented Julie Harris and laughs at once her mom once said. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Barbara Stone

Barbara Stone – AE: Dr. DeBakey

Barbara Stone worked in microbiology and met Dr. BeBakey at Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Sydelle Schectman

Sydelle Schectman – AE: Jackie Robinson

Sydelle Schectman’s family owned a candy store in neighborhood where Jackie Robinson lived. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

June Sachs

June Sachs – AE: Harold Lloyd and Roy Lichtenstein

June Sachs’ father was friends with the well known actor Harold Lloyd, and she dates the famous artist, Roy Lichtenstein. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Connie Rudick

Connie Rudick – AE: Ann Richards

Connie Rudick knew Texas Governor, Ann Richards, in her early years. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bunny Radman

Bunny Radman – AE: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Bunny Radman went to high school with Ruth Bader Ginsburg who would become a US Supreme Court Justice. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Gloria Mazer Quinlan

Gloria Mazer Quinlan – AE: Marx Brothers

Gloria Mazer Quinlan was a dancer for the USO, and was discovered by one of the Marx Brothers. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Zona Pidgeon

Zona Pidgeon – AE: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Zona Pidgeon’s grandfather owned a business right near where St. Valentine’s Day Massacre occurred. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Flozelle Norred

Flozelle Norred – AE: Midnight Cowboy

Flozelle Norred’s daughter had a role in the movie Midnight Cowboy. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Art Mueller

Art Mueller – AE: New Jersey

Art Mueller talks about corruption in Jersey City, New Jersey. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jack Melick

Jack Melick – AE: Big Band & Jennifer Aniston

Jack Melick was a big band leader who met many of the famous entertainers of the 50s and 60s. He also has a special connection to Jennifer Aniston. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Gigi McWhirter

Mary Gene “Gigi” McWhirter – AE: Steve Martin

Gigi McWhirter grew up in Waco, TX, the same place that Steve Martin grew up. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Larry Mallory

Larry Mallory – AE: MLK

Larry Mallory was in Memphis when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Betty London

Betty London – AE: Pretty Boy Floyd

Betty London’s father hired bandits like Pretty Boy Floyd to construct roads in Cook County, OK in 1935 CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Nathan Ivey

Nathan Ivey – AE: Judith Ivey

Nathan Ivey proudly talks about his successful daughter, Judith Ivey. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Sel Heller

Sel Heller – AE: Jazz Musicians

Sel Heller met some of the greatest musicians of his time. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Rita Goldfarb

Rita Goldfarb – AE: Tiny Tim

Rita Goldfarb talks about the time she got to serve dinner to Tiny Tim. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Al Garment

Al Garment – AE: Working Family

Al Garment’s grandfather did some bootlegging, his grandmother was  seamstress to royalty, and his great uncle built the top of the Eiffel Tower. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Roy Elsner

Roy Elsner – AE: Al Capone

Roy Elsner grew up in the shadow of Capone’s machine gun. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Howard Cohen

Howard Cohen – AE: Ann-Margret Olsson

Howard Cohen went to high school with some famous people, including Ann-Margret Olsson. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Toppy Bell

Toppy Bell – AE: Houdini

Toppy Bell’s grandfather was an electrician who worked with Houdini and also worked on the Golden Gate Bridge. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Alvi Bell

Alvie Bell – AE: Bootlegger

Alvie Bell’s grandfather was a bootlegger CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Carol Alkek

Carol Alkek – AE: Van Cliburn

Carol Alkek had a private concert from Van Cliburn. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History