On This Day: Premiere of Early TV’s Texaco Star Theater

The first episode of comedian Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater premiered on this day in 1948. Like many performers from television’s early days, Berle got his start on radio. After Texaco Star Theater had its premiere, he became the new medium’s first superstar, earning the nickname “Mr. Television.” Another of Berle’s nicknames, Uncle Miltie, reflected the way his weekly presence made him seem like a member of the family.

Berle was known for his clowning, often in outlandish costume, and was credited with driving up television sales. After Texaco withdrew its sponsorship in 1953, the name of the series was changed, and the singing quartet (“Oh, we’re the men of Texaco…”) who opened each week’s show became a fond memory.

Anyone out there remember watching the show when it was on? What was your favorite episode?

The Texaco Star Theater stamp was issued in 2009 as one of 20 stamps on the Early TV Memories stamp pane. The stamps are no longer available, but you can still get the stamped cards, a perfect way to keep those memories alive!

Texaco Star Theater Photo by: NBC Universal Photo Bank.

Is it Twilight Zone Day where you are?

It’s Twilight Zone Day, and no, we don’t know why, either. But let’s celebrate!

The Twilight Zone, a thought-provoking anthology series focused on the imaginary and the bizarre, began in a half-hour time slot in 1959 and ran for several seasons, ultimately expanding to a full hour. Its creator, a prolific young playwright named Rod Serling (pictured in the stamp art), served as the show’s narrator and wrote many episodes.

This intelligent series cautioned viewers not to be too sure of anything. The best scripts for The Twilight Zone dealt with the shadowy area of the almost-but-not-quite, the unbelievable told in terms that could be believed. Time travel was a frequent subject and so was contact with aliens from outer space. The contest between humanity and technology was another characteristic theme.

Have a favorite episode? Let us know in the comments!

The Twilight Zone stamp was issued in 2009 as one of 20 stamps on the Early TV Memories stamp pane. The stamps are no longer available, but you can still get the stamped cards, a perfect way to wrap up National Postcard Week!

THE TWILIGHT ZONE © 2007 CBS Broadcasting Inc.

The Dramatic, Heartfelt Finale of The Biggest Loser

This is it folks, the night we’ve all been waiting for—the live season finale of The Biggest Loser. As you get ready to find out who is, in fact, the biggest loser, why not consider making some heart healthy changes in your own life? Exercising and controlling your weight is one of the best ways to lower your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD)—the number one killer for men and women in the U.S. Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy heart, but you don’t have to be an athlete to reap the rewards. Getting a moderate amount of exercise most days of the week will lower your risk for heart disease and help maintain a healthy weight. Ask your doctor how much and what kind of exercise is right for you.

The emotional transformations of all of the contestants on this season of The Biggest Loser provide a great example of the power of exercise. With a combined weight loss of more that 1,800 pounds, they show us how successful we can be when we put our minds to staying healthy. The winner of First Lady Michelle Obama’s PALA Challenge will also be announced. You won’t want to miss it!

It’s not too late to mail in letters to your favorite contestants from this season. The more you send, the better your chances of winning some awesome heart-healthy sweepstake prizes! Check out our contest page for more details.

Be sure to tune in to NBC tonight at 8/7c. to catch all the action!

Let’s Take Heart Health Nationwide

In a two-part celebration of Makeover Week on The Biggest Loser tonight, First Lady Michelle Obama challenges the remaining contestants to help America get fit. What better way to take on that challenge than by incorporating some healthy choices into your own life? Stress is a huge risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD)—the number one killer for men and women in the U.S. Did you know that prolonged emotional stress can actually harm your heart? Regular exercise and supportive relationships with family and friends can help relieve stress and improve your physical and emotional well-being. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if anxiety or depression interfere with your ability to function.

After their White House workout and physical and emotional makeovers, the contestants will learn ways to take their personal healthy initiatives nationwide. You won’t want to miss this touching and informative episode!

It’s not too late to mail in your letters of encouragement. The more you send, the better your chances of winning some awesome heart-healthy sweepstake prizes! Check out our contest page for more details.

Be sure to tune in to NBC tonight at 8/7c. to catch all the action!

A Heart-Healthy Makeover for Body and Soul

It’s Makeover Week on The Biggest Loser tonight, and what better way to get in the spirit of fitness than with some healthy lifestyle choices of your own? Exercising and controlling your weight is one of the best ways to lower your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD)—the number one killer for men and women in the U.S. Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy heart, but you don’t have to be an athlete to reap the rewards. Getting a moderate amount of exercise most days of the week will lower your risk for heart disease and help maintain a healthy weight. Ask your doctor how much and what kind of exercise is right for you.

The emotional transformations of the remaining contestants on The Biggest Loser provide a great example of the power of exercise. First Lady Michelle Obama guest stars as their incredible journey takes them to Washington, D.C., where they’ll hold the show’s first-ever White House workout. You won’t want to miss it!

It’s not too late to mail in your letters of encouragement. The more you send, the better your chances of winning some awesome heart-healthy sweepstake prizes! Check out our contest page for more details.

Be sure to tune in to NBC tonight at 8/7c. to catch all the action!