Heino Ripp

Technical Director


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview, Heino Ripp (1925–2009) recalls his earliest days at NBC in the NBC Development Group, working alongside engineers who were creating the modern television system. He discusses his transition to working as a technical director, and explains the duties he carried out in that position. He also speaks about some of the programs that he worked on in this capacity, including The Howdy Doody Show, Admiral Broadway Revue, Your Show of Shows, dozens of Max Liebman "Spectaculars" and especially, The Perry Como Show. Ripp also talks briefly about working on the first two television specials starring entertainer Barbra Streisand, and being on the job during the Apollo space launches. Finally, he discusses his work on NBC's Saturday Night Live, and working as a director on The New Show. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on October 23, 2000 in Lake Hopatcong, NJ.

"The reason they have technical directors in the first place was because there were a lot of people coming around into television who had no idea what television was. NBC decided that we would be the ones who would guide everybody and be the chief of the crew. Basically, we were teachers."

Highlights
Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Howdy Doody
10:41
Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows
08:04
Heino Ripp on working on several shows at the same time at NBC in the early 1950s
02:16
Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for The Bob Hope Chevy Show
04:37
Heino Ripp on his first professional job at NBC
06:28
Heino Ripp on The Perry Como Show traveling to other countries, including London and Cuba
11:33
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on radio he listened to growing up; on his first professional job at NBC
18:19
On early television technology, and on the picture quality and reception of television when he started; on being in the newsroom on D-Day; on becoming technical director for NBC
10:58

Chapter 2

On the reliability of the equipment at NBC when he started; on what a technical director does; on acting as technical director for The Bob Hope Chevy Show
13:17
On what it was like in the control room of The Bob Hope Chevy Show; on acting as technical director for Howdy Doody
14:50

Chapter 3

On the technical staff of Howdy Doody; on working on several shows at the same time at NBC in the early 1950s; on acting as technical director for Arturo Toscanini's first televised concert
09:42
On acting as technical director for Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows; on Sylvester L. Weaver's relationship to Your Show of Shows
09:54
On Max Liebman Presents, also known as the NBC Spectaculars; on the technical aspects of switching to color for Max Liebman Presents, also known as the NBC Spectaculars
08:07

Chapter 4

On being technical director on various episodes of Max Liebman Presents aka the NBC Spectaculars; on being technical director for The Perry Como Show
20:50
On where he was when John F. Kennedy was assassinated; on the directors of The Perry Como Show
05:33

Chapter 5

On The Perry Como Show traveling to other countries, including London and Cuba
11:33
On acting as technical director for the Barbra Streisand Specials; on his work as a technical director on various Apollo missions
10:02
On being technical director for Saturday Night Live, and on working with the cast, including John Belushi
08:56

Chapter 6

On working with John Belushi and Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live; on leaving Saturday Night Live to direct Lorne Michaels' The New Show
15:26
On going into semi-retirement, and on various projects he worked on subsequent to it, including the Orange Bowl Parade; on his favorite assignments at NBC, his longevity, and the cameramen he worked with
14:18

Chapter 7

On b-roll pictures from his career- Various pictures of the NBC Engineering staff through the years; the set of "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"; picture of Max Liebman Presents; from the set of "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"; Times Square on VE Day; in the basement at NBC; in the control room at NBC in New York; studio 3H at NBC in New York for Howdy Doody; on the set of Philco Playhouse; the control room of Your Show of Shows; in the control room of Saturday Night Live with Dave Wilson; in the control room of Saturday Night Live circa 1984
12:17
Shows

Admiral Broadway Revue

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows
08:04

Barbra Streisand Specials

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for the Barbra Streisand Specials
05:42

Bob Hope Chevy Show, The

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for The Bob Hope Chevy Show
04:37
Heino Ripp on what it was like in the control room of The Bob Hope Chevy Show
04:09

Howdy Doody

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Howdy Doody
10:41
Heino Ripp on the technical staff of Howdy Doody
02:52

Max Liebman Presents

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Heino Ripp on Max Liebman Presents, also known as the NBC Spectaculars
04:12
Heino Ripp on the technical aspects of switching to color for Max Liebman Presents, also known as the NBC Spectaculars
03:55
Heino Ripp on being technical director on various episodes of Max Liebman Presents aka the NBC Spectaculars
07:29

New Show, The

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Heino Ripp on leaving Saturday Night Live to direct Lorne Michaels' The New Show
06:29

Perry Como Show, The

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Heino Ripp on being technical director for The Perry Como Show
13:17
Heino Ripp on the directors of The Perry Como Show
01:53
Heino Ripp on The Perry Como Show traveling to other countries, including London and Cuba
11:33

Saturday Night Live

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Heino Ripp on being technical director for Saturday Night Live, and on working with the cast, including John Belushi
08:53
Heino Ripp on working with John Belushi and Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live
08:58

Your Show of Shows

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows
08:04
Heino Ripp on Sylvester L. Weaver's relationship to Your Show of Shows
01:48
Topics

Historic Events and Social Change

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Heino Ripp on being in the newsroom on D-Day
02:21
Heino Ripp on where he was when John F. Kennedy was assassinated
03:38
Heino Ripp on his work as a technical director on various Apollo missions
04:17

JFK Assassination and Funeral

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Heino Ripp on where he was when John F. Kennedy was assassinated
03:38

Moon Landing

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Heino Ripp on his work as a technical director on various Apollo missions
04:17

Technological Innovation

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Heino Ripp on the reliability of the equipment at NBC when he started
03:00

War

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Heino Ripp on being in the newsroom on D-Day
02:21

World War II

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Heino Ripp on being in the newsroom on D-Day
02:21
Professions

Technology Innovators

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Heino Ripp on what a technical director does
05:40
Genres

Children's Programming

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Heino Ripp on the technical staff of Howdy Doody
02:52

Comedy Series

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Heino Ripp on working with John Belushi and Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live
08:58

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows
08:04
Heino Ripp on being technical director for The Perry Como Show
18:55
Heino Ripp on The Perry Como Show traveling to other countries, including London and Cuba
11:33
Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for the Barbra Streisand Specials
05:42
Heino Ripp on being technical director for Saturday Night Live
08:53
People

John Belushi

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Heino Ripp on working with John Belushi and Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live
08:58

Perry Como

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Heino Ripp on being technical director for The Perry Como Show
13:17

Bob Keeshan

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Howdy Doody, starring "Buffalo" Bob Smith and Bob Keeshan as "Clarabell the Clown"
11:11

Lorne Michaels

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Heino Ripp on working with John Belushi and Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live
08:58

Bob Smith

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Howdy Doody, starring "Buffalo" Bob Smith and Bob Keeshan as "Clarabell the Clown"
11:11

Arturo Toscanini

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Arturo Toscanini's first televised concert
04:40

Sylvester L. "Pat" Weaver

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Heino Ripp on Sylvester L. Weaver's relationship to Your Show of Shows
01:48

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