Harpo Marx kept his mouth shut even when answering questions on TV (here and here), but Marcel Marceau, mimetic Everyman and French Resistance hero, used his voice quite well when interviewed by James Day in San Francisco in 1974.
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The great writer Katherine Anne Porter, in her eighties, making a rare talk-show appearance with James Day in 1974. She nearly died during the flu pandemic of 1918, which claimed at least 50 million people, but squeaked by after all hope seemed lost.
Dr. Jonas Salk, not his cousin, appears on James Day’s talk show in 1974. He looked like Larry David at this point in his life, which is pretttty, pretttty good. Salk was a cerebral guy not really cut out for the great mainstream attention he received in the 1950s after his polio vaccine proved successful. It’s difficult to overestimate how much his discovery changed the world.
Decades before he was a reality show caricature who swam in the shallow end of American pop culture, Hugh Hefner was a trailblazer politically and socially, even if his taste in art was meh. At the tail end of his cultural prominence, in 1974, he was interviewed by James Day.
James Day interviewing Ayn Rand in 1974. In addition to explaining her Objectivist claptrap, Rand names Victor Hugo as her greatest literary influence.
Before the Waldheim Affair became an international fiasco during the 1980s and he was banned from the United States, Kurt Waldheim, the future Austrian president with the Nazi past, spoke with PBS talk show host James Day in New York in 1973.
Nuclear physicist Edward Teller was best known as the father of the hydrogen bomb and claimed to have no regrets about it. James Day interviewed the controversial scientist, 1974.
From Teller’s 2003 obit in the Stanford Report: “The model for the title character of Stanley Kubrick’s satirical film Dr. Strangelove, Teller became in the last half of his life the leading proponent of major weapons systems, the guiding inspiration for the Strategic Defense Initiative (‘Star Wars’) and an enthusiastic supporter of nuclear energy. He became arguably the most influential scientist of the Reagan Administration.”
Pretty rare Christopher Isherwood interview from 1974, with the writer in Los Angeles talking about the film version of Cabaret. James Day interviews.