In almost a text-book example of how to combine praise, entertainment, history and achievement, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences inducted eight honorees into its Hall of Fame Saturday during a black-tie ceremony/telecast at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater.
Among the eight honored for their pinoneering work in TV was "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Lorne Michaels.
Steve Martin began his words about Michaels by saying, "It would be easy to honor Lorne Michaels, but this is neither the time nor the place," which got a laugh, as did his mentioning that Michaels "befriended me in 1975 when no one cared about me - except just about everyone in America."
While Michaels thanked the many "SNL" casts for his success, his best line went to his wife, Alice, for "making it appear completely normal that Daddy is asleep at noon."
Jim Lehrer, Robert MacNeil, Carl Reiner, Fred Rogers, Fred Silverman, Ethel Winant, and the late Herbert Brodkin were also inducted.
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