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Vintage interviews with notable personalities, dating from the 1980s to the mid 2010s. Actors, musicians, politicians, athletes, authors, scientists. inventors, and heroes of all kinds.

Now I've Heard Everything Bill Thompson

    • Arts

Vintage interviews with notable personalities, dating from the 1980s to the mid 2010s. Actors, musicians, politicians, athletes, authors, scientists. inventors, and heroes of all kinds.

    Debbi Fields

    Debbi Fields

    Mrs. Fields Cookies can be found in hundreds of cities across America, and around the world.  It's one of the largest names in the snack food industry.

    It all started back in 1977, when Debbi Fields and her husband started a small business selling homemade-style cookies.

    It grew into a major enterprise, which Debbi Fields sold in 1993.

    When I met her in 1996, she had just published a book of dessert recipes -- traditional classics ti which she had added the Mrs. Fields touch.

    • 10 min
    Bob Greene

    Bob Greene

    Tomorrow, August 6th, is the 75th anniversary of the first-ever use of a nuclear weapon in war, when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

    At the controls of the B-29 called the Enola Gay was a young pilot named Paul Tibbetts.

    After the war, Tibbetts returned to a very humble and private life in Ohio.

    As the 1990s were drawing to a close, Chicago Tribune columnist and author Bob Greene was finally, after years of trying, to get PaulTibbetts to talk about his history-making flight.

    • 14 min
    Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    A few years before he was an Illinois state senator,  long before he became a U.S. Senator and years before the nation elected him our first African-American president, Barack Obama was a law professor and community organizer. 

    Just before he went off to law school, Obama traveled to Kenya to learn more about his father, and to try and put some perspective on his mixed-race heritage. 

    The result was his book "Dreams From My Father."

    • 14 min
    Noel Neill

    Noel Neill

    One of the most popular, and most iconic series from the early days of television was "The Adventures of Superman," which ran from 1952 to 1958.

    George Reeves was Superman / Clark Kent.  Jack Larson played young photographer Jimmy Olson, and Noel Neill was reporter Lois Lane. 

    But, like so many TV stars, Neill saw her career take a new and unexpected path, and not necessarily the path she had planned.

    • 16 min
    Denny McLain

    Denny McLain

    In all of major league baseball history, going back well over a hundred years, there has been only a handful of pitchers who have won30 or more games in a single season.

    That very short list includes names like Cy Young, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Dizzy Dean.

    And .. the last to do it -- righthander Denny McLain.

    • 12 min
    Jim Gaffigan

    Jim Gaffigan

    If you know Jim Gaffigan's comedy, you know he has a big family, five kids.  

    He was one of six kids, his wife was one of nine.  So they know big famililes.

    I met Jim in 2013, when he wrote a memoir that was funny and poignant and reflective -- as was our interview.

    • 10 min

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