Founder Syd Cassyd, a writer and film teacher, organized the first meeting of the Television Academy in Los Angeles at a time when only 50,000 private homes in the United States owned a television set. Five people attended. That figure grew rapidly in subsequent meetings however, as the burgeoning industry used the Academy as a form for discussion and networking. A little over two years later, the Academy began the tradition that would do more to raise its profile with the general public than anything else: the Emmy Awards. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Vanessa Bayer, SNLer (31); Josh Duhamel, Vegasite (40); Laura San Giacomo, fashion journo (50); Gary Grubbs, character actor (63); Brian Keith, judge (d. 1997); Paul McGann, Eighth Doctor (53); Dick Powell, playhouse player (d. 1963); Sherwood Scwhartz, producer (d. 2011); Dana Snyder, Aqua Teen (39); McLean Stevenson, 4077th vet (d. 1996); Patrick Warburton, mechanic (48) Harland Williams, comic (50).