Born in 1930 in "Diddlin' Dora's" establishment on the banks of
Rapid Creek and carried by the Madam herself to a social worker at
the Alex Johnson Hotel in Rapid City, Ron Hull was destined from
the outset to live an interesting life. And interesting it has
indeed been, at the very least. A well-known and much-loved figure
after six decades in television, Hull sets out in "Backstage" to
tell his story--from playing a bellhop in a junior class play in
South Dakota (and meeting his "real" mother backstage) to
initiating the" American Experience" series for the Corporation for
Before he even owned a television set, Hull produced a military
TV show at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. But it wasn't until he got a job in
public broadcasting in Lincoln, Nebraska, that he truly found his
medium. Hull has a lifetime of fascinating anecdotes to tell:
working as a producer and director, encountering celebrities like
John Wayne and William Shatner, befriending famous Nebraskans like
writers Mari Sandoz and John Neihardt and actress Sandy Dennis,
moving to Saigon in 1966 to bring television to embattled Vietnam,
and working in Washington as director of the program fund for the
CPB. Through it all, though, Hull's story is a tribute to his
adopted Nebraska, a celebration of the people--stars and unsung
heroes--he's known, and a moving memoir of the dramas of life,
large and small.
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