©1977 Community Television of Southern California/KCET; ©1978 Steve Allen; (P)1991 Dove Audio
"Meeting of Minds held our family fascinated. We felt it a conception of originality and courage...a masterpiece of presentation." (Will Durant)
I've wanted to watch this highly-regarded TV show for a number of years, but it has not been released on DVD (to my knowledge). The show is essentially Steve Allen doing standard Tonight Show interviews (a format he invented) with actors playing historical characters. I believe I recognized Jayne Meadows (Allen's wife) as Cleopatra in this recording. Without the picture, it is difficult to enjoy this presentation. All the non-verbal information conveyed by costume, gestures, and facial expressions is missing, and the audio is pretty grainy, too. The studio-audience applause seems to last for several minutes for no apparent reason. Overall, a poor recording that fails to capture the magic of the television broadcasts. Even though I am a fan of Allen, I could not get interested in this recording.
This show was "must see TV" in my household back in the day. Now when we're surrounded by tweets, unending, unedited blogs, and YouTube videos, it is so nice to plug into really intelligent discussion and conversation once again. I purchased all the volumes audible has available and I'll end here by holding up my iPod & saying, "Please, sir, I want some more."
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