I was reminded of all this as I looked out my window yesterday to see what the weather was doing. Of course I didn't see that building where the Foundation is housed in ''close-up', I saw it like this. And I spoke to the wonderful Jamie Rigler on the phone today...he lives just up the hill from me and was home sick today. I asked him if Classic Arts Showcase, which first went on the air in 1994, is shown in England, or Brazil, or Australia or New Zealand (thinking about my blog buddies)...and he said not at this time...but it is shown all over our country in almost every state....The thing to do would be to look up the schedule for your PBS stations and see if they carry it...you may already know the answer to this and if you do, I hope you are enjoying this wonderful opportunity which is a gift and it really is 'the gift that keeps on giving'. This is a great great way to introduce your young children to the so called 'fine arts'....it is one of the most wonderful programming ideas to ever be executed, and all thanks to the passion and money of Lloyd E. Rigler, who died in December, 2003 at the age of 88. Lloyd was not an easy man in any way, shape or form---in fact at times he was impossibly difficult, but...but...BUT---and here is the thing---he had such a love of the arts and put his money where his mouth is...all thanks, dear Lloyd, for caring about the future of the arts in this country, especially given that there have been such horrendous cutbacks in our Public Schools...Classic Arts Showcase isn't the whole answer to this but it certainly fills a great need...all these great GREAT artists coming into our homes every day or night for all of us to see again, or for many of us to see for the very first time. Like I said....'the gift that keeps on giving'....Rest well, dear Lloyd, you have left an incredible legacy for all of us, and for our children, and for our children's children....the future generations who will keep the arts alive because they have been inspired by something you created because you cared so very deeply.
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A lovely tribute and reminder. Thanks Naomi. I followed you over today from Michele's.
wonderful tribute. Thanks for visiting today
Wow... here is an example of a life lived, not wasted.
That was a lovely post. I'd never heard of "Classic Arts Showcase" before this, but it sounds like it's worth looking for!
Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday.
We do have the "Arts" channel here but it is not part of our cable set up so we don't get to see it.
We did have it for free for a month though.
Classic Arts showcase does sound like an amazing piece of programming :)
Our local cable company devotes a whole channel to this programming, Naomi. Mr. kenju and I watch it often.
It's people who give (whatever it is) out of love that make a difference. This is really well written. Thank you. :)
I don't spend near enough time watching PBS as I should. Thank you for that wonderful reminder! :)
very nice --
This is an amazing tribute Naomi! You have a wonderful way of writing and reminding us of the importance of the arts! Thank you!! Hope you are feeling well my friend!
That tribute made him smile wherever he was. Van Cliburn is one of my favorite pianist. I have CDs of him.
Nice story. Is there anyone you don't know!! You never cease to amaze and astound me,
its amazing what things you remember of people after they died... i hope when im dead i too can have someone say such nice things about me...
and i hope i can make a difference so that its not just me that does it but everyone...
Was, as ALWAYS, lovely to read your blog...
Michele sent me, Naomi.
It's amazing that all that good work started with two men buying the "recipe" for a mixture of enzymes and salts from a chef and marketing it themselves. Like you said, Naomi, that's the American Dream. Great post, Naomi.
As Daffy Duck so often said to Bugs: You're incorrigible!
As a musician and wife of a musician/conductor, I can fully appreciate what these wonderful men have done for the arts. I have seen many of the programming you have spoken about. What a wonderful tidbit about Adolph's seasoning! And you're right, what they did with their fortune is the best part.
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He must be smiling now after this very beautiful words dedicated to him.
What is going to happen to opera? I heard an interview with an opera singer (whose name, of course, I forget) on the radio--WNYC. When Margaret Juntwait, the interviewer, asked if he had any recordings coming out, he said, no, opera really isn't being recorded these days.
Lovely tribute and thanks for the education. I just love architecture and in particular old theatres and the Art Decco period. So glad they restored the theatre.
Very interesting post Naomi! You are filled with such a wealth of information and you know so many folks!
I do watch PBS a lot. It's about the only station left with decent shows anymore! I'll have to watch for this one and see if it's available in our area.
Thanks for a great post!
wow another lovely tribute.
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Hey, back for a visit via Michele. I used to catch Classic Arts Showcase on various channels when I had cable and have discovered some of the coolest stuff on their. I wish it was on its own regular channel as much of what it has to offer is fascinating and cannot be found anywhere else. Unfortunately I haven't noticed it anywhere on my satellite and PBS here usually is running something else. I will have to be a little more vigilant in searching for this, thanks for the reminder. And how cool that you have that connection to the show. Thanks, this was awesome!
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Isn't it great how our tastes can change from the Monkees and Beatles of youth, to Broadway shows and now even Opera. (Probably because of my brother). Classical music has always been a favorite. My favorite of childhood was the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody #3. I had an old vinyl record 331/3 speed and played it until the track wore out, crackles and critches. Sigh. Ah, youth.
Have a great one.
This was truly a beautiful tribute. There are not enough people like this in the world. Thank you for sharing this with us. Beautiful post Naomi.
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Hey from Michele's today -- sounds like some wonderful history and sounds like you have a great respect for the man, his nephew and the arts :)
What a great post! You were blessed to have known such a great man.
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How blessed you are to have known such a fine man.
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Have a great weekend!
Great history and remarkable memories, Naomi!
Have a lovely and happy weekend!
I'm a PBS whore, and our local PBS station, WGBH is responsible for most of the PBS programming in the US. Think This Old House, Victory Garden, Masterpiece Theatre, etc. I don't think we have these class art showcases here in Boston, but I may have not been paying attention when they are on. They do have a ton of small art clips here, but they're mostly of various small artists (visual) throughout the city. I'll look more carefully, though.
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Wow. What an amazing man! And what an interesting post.
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A very nice tribute, Naomi :-)
And I'm sure a little technical glitch won't stop us returning again and again for your wit and wisdom :-)
Not here from Michele's, but a last visit before I turn in....
Man, the things I learn by reading blogs! And sadly, I don't even know what the PBS channel is here... I don't think I've tuned in since my kid stopped watching Sesame Street :(
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what a wonderful posting. I'm glad I stopped in. Good to 'see' you again.
great post ..
Great great post
It's wonderful that you know Jamie Rigler and that he is carrying on the love for the arts. I have never seen the program. I will have to check my local PBS station for it.
Michele sent me. Have a great weekend.
Very interesting post and the interior of Graumann's Egyptian looks spectacular.
Its a shame that Graumann's Chinese gets all of the attention, although I've visited both.
We don't get those shows in England, but luckily there are some other good arts channels.
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Michele sent me back tonight, Naomi, Hope you are well.
I had to come back and thank you for the lovely comment at Michele's. I never miss your blog either, Naomi. Have a great weekend.
A nice tribute. Thank you Lloyd. Almost all TV I watch outside of sports is public TV.
Pursuing some blogs from Michele!
Hope you have a great weekend!
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Michele sent me, Naomi. Welkl to you!
I hope you're feeling okay, Naomi. Anytime you leave a blog post up for a while I fear that you're overly tired or maybe have a cold. That upper respiratory disease stuff isn't good for you!
I'm off to wash some dishes, Naomi. See you later...
Long time no see!
As a fine arts person, with an education background, I don't find that many people who are sympathetic to my cause! I am glad that someone is carying on his tradition.
I don't have TV right now, but it sounds like something that CBC might pick up.
All the best.
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Hello! What a life...talk about doing something with your time. Great post...here from Michele's tonight.
Naomi, you might see if you can install Haloscan comment service on your site. I don't get any of that spam stuff with them. Here from Michele this time.
What a wonderful tribute.
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WooHoo on getting your blog fixed! :)
I love, love, love watching PBS, but I must admit, I've never seen this before. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
Lloyd sounds like he was an incredible man.
Excellent story. I love reading and/or hearing about the lives of others. I was fascinated by all he had accomplished and that it's being passed on to his family.
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I read other comments using that name--I hope I got it right. Thought I'd add a bit of trivia re the ND folks who went "Out West" and achieved fame and fortune. Rigler was from around the same heavily German area of ND that produced Lawrence Welk. Funny how Rigler turned out to be a true philanthropist while Welk remains known for being a tightwad.
Also from that era, Peggy Lee. My daughter-in-law's father dated her before she left Fargo for sunny CA. It's all so fascinating. Thanks getting my brain in gear!
Oh, I've caught that show from time to time. The background behind it is really fascination and will add to my enjoyment next time I run across it!
Hey there! You know I just love reading your stories. Michele sent me today, but you know I am here daily!
it's great to hear that their legacy lives on, dear naomi. what a warm, loving tribute to truly dedicated artists. :)
Now that is a serious tribute and I never knew any of that at all. I'm glad I came by via Michele today!
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How are you today? The sun is shining but a north wind is keeping temps under 60 and there is a distinct chill. I am so stiff from digging in the flowerbeds yesterday, I think a hot cup of coffee and a bit of reading is in store.
bravo, madam! How wonderful to see Lloyd Rigler finally getting the credit he so richly deserves deserves!
I must point out and emphasize to everyone that CAS is NOT a PBS production! It is carried by some PBS stations, who regard it as filler, and are not particularly pleased when, sans pledge breaks and infomercials, it becomes one of their most popular programs.
It is totally paid for by the R-D foundation, and programmed by the incredible multi-talented Jamie Rigler and a very small but capable crew. If this were a PBS program, it would have a staff of at least 80, a budget increased by a factor of at least ten, and would be devoid of the taste and artistry which make it so unique.
CAS is carried on the Dish network at ch. 9406, and on the big (C band) Galaxy satellite 24/7, as well as many cable systems and in-house networks.
Eastern hemisphere residents who might wish to sample this cultural jewel can google: cal poly pomona, go to its website, click on streaming video then program 1, then classic arts showcase. Sound quality is excellent, but the streaming video is of very limited bandwith. CAS runs there during the evening and nighttime hours(PDT).
Today, May 3, is Lloyd Rigler's birthday, and the 12th birthday of Classic Arts Showcase. Your post is a wonderfully appropriate birthday gift. There are many CAS fans who will bless you for providing a place to shout what we have been known during these twelve glorious years.
a dedicated CAS fan
Came across this post I missed earlier when looking for another, and surely glad to find it. I do so enjoy listening and watching this PBS feature when I happen to be up in the wee hours. Nice to know more about the origins, the man responsible as well as the person who keeps it going now. Thanks to them and to you for sharing this information.
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