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Ten O'Clock News; Al Capp interview


Interview with Li'l Abner cartoonist and political satirist Al Capp in his Cambridge home. He talks about evading his father's creditors, and scheming to take semesters at various arts schools around the city. He says he likes the Boston view of the world, and talks about the influence Boston has had on his work. He talks about turning conservative. He criticizes American presidents, calling Gerald Ford ‘clumsy’ and Jimmy Carter ‘weak.’ He talks about working on Li'l Abner with a team of men.

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Ten O'Clock News

Al Capp interview

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Politics, Practical
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006
Mass media
Capp, Al, 1909-1979
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Cambridge (Mass.)
News Report
Capp, Al, 1909-1979 (Interviewee)
Lydon, Christopher (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Al Capp interview,” 11/04/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed May 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_133B6FE11F5C45FA9383AC5D37289A56.
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APA: Ten O'Clock News; Al Capp interview. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_133B6FE11F5C45FA9383AC5D37289A56
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