In his four-and-a-half-hour interview, Aaron Ruben (1914-2010) discusses his start as a radio writer for many popular stars including Dinah Shore, Burns and Allen, Fred Allen, Henry Morgan, and Milton Berle. He talks about the first time he worked in television on The Sam Levenson Show with writer Selma Diamond and his television directorial debut on The Phil Silvers Show. He discusses the first television show he produced, The Andy Griffith Show, and talks about other television shows he produced including Gomer Pyle, USMC (which he also created), CPO Sharkey, Sanford and Son, and his work writing for Matlock. He also discusses his long-time philanthropic work with at-risk children. Morrie Gelman conducted the interview on February 25, 1999 in Beverly Hills, CA.