Have I ever mentioned to you that I was a cousin to Syd Cassyd before his passing in 2000? "Who's he?" you're asking, right?
From Syd's obituary as reported in Variety: "(Syd Cassyd) the longtime writer and TV pioneer established the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1946 as a central library and archive to preserve the history of TV during its early years.
He served as the Academy's fourth president and in 1955 received his first Emmy, the President's Award, for his contributions to ATAS. In 1972, he received his second Emmy, the 25th Anniversary Governor's Award, and in 1991, he was honored with his third, a special Emmy.
Cassyd recruited radio and film star Edgar Bergen to be its first president; Bergen took office Jan. 7, 1947. A year later, the Academy was formally incorporated as a nonprofit organization with its primary aim being "to promote the cultural, educational and research aim of television."
Cassyd, a high school dropout, was proud of his six-month appointment in 1960 as an administrative aide to science great Linus Pauling at Caltech.
Cassyd received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 15, 1996, as part of the Academy's 50th anniversary celebration."
What the hell does this have to do with TVD's new tradition of yearly '70's theme weeks you're asking?
Why, it's a tale of intrigue, ...a chance meeting of strangers, ...millions of dollars, ...and MURDER...
Pilot - Magic (Mp3)
Paul McCartney & Wings - Listen To What The Man Said (Mp3)
ABBA - SOS (Mp3)
10cc - I'm Not In Love (Mp3)
Minnie Ripperton - Loving You (Mp3)